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Video Du Jour: Coldplay

Posted in News with tags on November 30, 2012 by 30daysout

Every year we look up from our daily routines and say “Wow, is Coldplay still here?” Well, not really – but this band has produced five studio albums since 1999 and has pretty much toured constantly since then.

Touring after their 2011 monster Mylo Xyloto, the band hit a peak of sorts. Now they reside in that small fraternity of rock acts who are known and embraced worldwide. So, just in time for Christmas, the band has released a live DVD appropriately titled Live 2012.

Here’s “Paradise” from the new DVD.

Ring in the New Year with Coldplay

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on December 26, 2011 by 30daysout

A special episode of the venerable “Austin City Limits” TV series airs Saturday night, featuring Coldplay in a 90-minute program that spotlights a wide selection of the band’s music (including songs from their most recent album Mylo Xyloto) and a countdown to midnight. The episode airs on PBS, Saturday at 11 p.m. EST/PT. Check your local listings.

“Austin City Limits” official website

Coldplay takes the stage at "Austin City Limits" on Dec. 31. (Courtesy of Scott Newton for KLRU)

Austin City Limits Festival lineup announced, griping begins

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , on May 17, 2011 by 30daysout

Performers have been announced for the 10th annual Austin City Limits music festival, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Austin’s Zilker Park. Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Alison Krauss & Union Station and Fleet Foxes. You can see the whole lineup here.

Before the announcement fans speculated on artists that included Radiohead, the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Paul Simon and maybe even the reformed Buffalo Springfield. All of those acts are booked at other festivals this summer and at first glance the ACL lineup seems in line with the other three major U.S. festivals – Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza. But truth to be told, the Austin lineup also feels a little off, when you consider it’s the 10th anniversary of the festival and all. You would expect something a little more spectacular, you know?

The middle part of the roster includes diverse acts like Randy Newman, Iron & Wine, Chromeo, TV On The Radio (didn’t one of its members just die?), Airborne Toxic Event, Big Boi, etc. which may be fine to see for free at SXSW but a little harder to get enthused about when you’re paying $185 for a three-day entry. The middle part of the lineup seems light on hometown heroes this year, even though it includes staples Asleep at the Wheel, Jack Ingram, Ryan Bingham, Hayes Carll and Courtyard Hounds (two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks). And Fleet Foxes just played Austin a few weeks ago, Bright Eyes had a free full show during SXSW – you can nitpick this one to death.

Stevie Wonder set for ACL Fest.

But on the other hand: Arcade Fire is the biggest band in the world after its Grammy Award for Best Album, Kanye West may be a dick but he’s also backing an acclaimed current album, and Stevie Wonder is a stone legend. So if any of these interest you, go to the ACL festival website sooner than later and purchase a one-day ticket for $90. Three-day passes sold out a long time ago, but they are easy to find (particularly a few days before the event) on StubHub and Craigslist.

The fest, with a capacity of 75,000 a day, grossed just over $15 million in ticket sales last year but it’s the cheapest ticket of the four major U.S. festivals. Three-day passes to Lollapalooza are $215, Coachella and Bonnaroo multidays also top $200. But one weird thing about ACL is that it’s the only one that puts three-day passes on sale before it announces headliners or any part of its lineup.

This year, the limited amount of three-day passes sold out within a few hours and now all that’s left are one-day tickets at 90 bucks apiece – if you want to go all three days, do the math … it’s more expensive than any other festival. So it’s no wonder ACL has so many complainers. Maybe they should use a more conventional ticketing system and not let fans’ expectations run wild.

Well, if you’re in Texas and want to do some outdoor music before September, by all means check out the Free Press Summerfest, slated for June 4-5 in Houston’s Eleanor Tinsley Park. This one has as headliners Weezer, Cut Copy, Ween, Big Boi, Beirut, Yeasayer and many others. General admission weekend passes are $45 and are still on sale!

Austin City Limits festival website

Free Press Summerfest website

Download Coldplay CD for free

Posted in News with tags , on May 19, 2009 by 30daysout

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As a “thank you” to its fans, Coldplay is handing out a free nine-track CD to everyone who attends one of the band’s U.S. concerts this summer.  If you can’t get out to one of the shows, Coldplay invites you to download LeftRightLeft RightLeft for free at the band’s official website.  The nine tracks are recorded live, some of the songs are from Coldplay’s international hit Viva La Vida and a few are older songs.

Download Coldplay for free

Summer’s Here!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2008 by 30daysout

Today is the first day of summer.  No matter where you live, it’s always the best time of the year.  Enjoy our little summer mix – some of these have nothing to do with the season, they’re just good summer singles.  And have a good weekend.

MP3: “Holiday Road” (live) by Lindsey Buckingham

MP3: “Always A Friend” by Alejandro Escovedo

MP3: “Summer Turns To High” by R.E.M.

MP3: “Summer Is Here” by the Outsiders

MP3: “Surf Wax America” by Weezer

MP3: “Ted F–king Williams” by The Baseball Project

MP3: “Little Pad” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Watermelon Time” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” (winter mix) by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “All Summer Long” by Chris Rea

MP3: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

MP3: “Wildest Dream” by Journey (w/Arnel Pineda)

MP3: “She Loves The Sunset” by the Old 97s

 

 

 

Review: “Viva La Vida,” Coldplay

Posted in Review with tags , , , on June 10, 2008 by 30daysout

Coldplay has sold more than 30 million albums since breaking onto the scene in 1997 with their brand of big, dramatic, catchy pop songs. This new offering, Viva La Vida, should help them pad their numbers by at least a few million.

While they have been compared to Radiohead and Oasis, Coldplay really has a sound all their own.  In fact, I think they are closer to U2 than either of the other bands.  Part of that could be the participation of producer Brian Eno, who helped U2 break through in 1984 with An Unforgettable Fire. On Viva La Vida, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin has excellent range, their melodies are unique, and their instrumentation always has a flair for the dramatic. This is evident on the upbeat title track, which has megahit written all over it, the U2-infected “Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love.” and the instrumental “Life in Technicolor.” Other tunes like “Cemetaries in London,” “Lost,” and “Violet Hill,” and the excellent moody ballad “42,” which features the line “those who are dead are not dead, they’re just living in my head,” are tunes that, if you are a songwriter, you wish you would have written.

Martin is calling this CD the band’s An Unforgettable Fire. The U2 classic still sounds great nearly 25 years later, and I guarantee this one will sound just as good in 2023.

MP3: 42

MP3:Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love

YouTube: Viva La Vida (MTV Movie Awards)

Coldplay Official Website