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    May 7, 2014

    Is It Ridiculous to Believe My Guitar-Driven Band Could Become Huge?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Five Worst British Import Bands

    ​ While we might have done some wonderful things for y'all with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Radiohead, we have also sent you some terrible crimes against music. And while none of this really compares to Canada foisting Avril Lavigne and Nickleback on you, it's still not great. I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The Best Part of Being in a Band is the Broke, Sloppy Beginning: Enjoy it

    [Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Photos: Friday Night in Deep Ellum

    For the $100 you spent at Coldplay, here is what you could have done Friday night: Dinner and live music from the food trucks on Main Street: $7 Cold IPA at Double Wide before the crowds hit: $4 plus tip RTB2, Sealion and the Whiskey Folk Ramblers at LaGrange: $8 Drink at LaGrange: $4 plus tip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Man, I Used To Really Love Coldplay

    Years ago, something disturbing was taped up on the walls of my friend's dorm room at SMU. Printed on plain, white paper were the lyrics from "A Rush of Blood to the Head" by Coldplay. He'd even increased the font size, bolded some words, and put them on multiple pages to make them stand out against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    12 of This Weekend's Top Concerts: Coldplay, Fungi Girls, Chamillionaire & More

    Coldplay, Robyn, Wolf GangJune 22, June 23 at American Airlines CenterIs Coldplay the biggest band in the world? That's what they were always shooting for. Their latest album, Mylo Xyloto, has only continued their ascent. Its syrupy melodies and sincere lyrics pull in fans by the truckload and make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The Best and Worst Performances of Last Night's Grammys

    Five Best Performances 1. Jennifer Hudson Grammy host L.L. Cool J had a hard enough job presiding over a celebration undercut by tragic circumstances, and he achieved a perfect, almost pastor-like tone from the get-go. But Miss Hudson's musical tribute to Whitney Houston - a subtly searing but stil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Bring On the Meatless Mondays

    ​Happy belated birthday, sweet infant Jesus! Now that all that trimming the tree and wrapping presents is over, all Santa's cookies have been eaten, and all the stores are ready to mark down all the stuff you just bought by 60 percent, we can look ahead to the dawning of another year and the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Coldplay and Tool Announce 2nd Shows and This Week's Show Announcements

    Get a double dose of Coldplay next summer.​This week, we learned that ticket demand for two shows we recently wrote about (Coldplay and Tool) was so overwhelming a second show has been added for each. On Saturday, June 23, Coldplay will perform a second show at American Airlines Center. Tickets fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Coldplay Announces Dallas Tour Date Next Summer

    Coldplay, spray painting their way to an arena near you.​Fresh off the release of their fifth studio album, Coldplay have announced a massive world tour  that will make a stop at American Airlines Center on  Friday, June 22. The album in question, Mylo Xyloto -- the band's most unabashed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    In Defense of... The Fray's "Heartbeat"

    Looks like Coldplay released their album Mylo Xyloto on Monday. I'm racking my head about what the album title means. Is it the name of Chris Martin's pet axolotl? No idea.So, instead, I'm gonna put Mylo Xyloto off and check out at another soft-rock band -- one often compared to Coldplay -- that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    The 10 Best Music Videos Featuring Puppets

    ​On Saturday, the world celebrated the birthday of the late master of puppets and all-around creative genius Jim Henson. Henson modernized the age-old art of puppetry by using foam rubber to coat the puppets' limbs. Previously, most TV puppets were made of carved wood. But Henson believed that fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2011

    Last Night at ACL: Coldplay Plays All the Hits and The Others, Too.

    Coldplay AMD Stage -- Austin City LimitsSeptember 16, 2011 Better than: waiting for Coldplay to release a Greatest Hits album. Coldplay​It would be a pretty hipster thing to say that the Coldplay show at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday was cheesy and overly sincere. But you won't actu ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2011
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    June 23, 2011

    The Problem With... Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall"

    I think I've figured out how the limeys in Coldplay think up their music: They visit museums and brainstorm ideas based on what they see there. It's the only way a band could name their songs "Yellow"and "Clocks," if you think about it. You tend to see yellow stuff and clocks in museums. The most g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire and Coldplay Highlight 2011 Austin City Limits Bill

    ​We had some fun yesterday trying to guess the bill for the 2011 Austin City Limits Musical Festival -- and, hey, we were right about Kanye West, if nothing else. Early this morning, the folks behind the festival announced for full lineup for their end-of-summer offering. And, as expected, the 10t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Tonight, Tonight: Alpha Rev at House of Blues, The Vespers at The Aardvark and The Jam Session at the Prophet Bar

    A couple touring acts pop into town to spruce up an otherwise slow Wednesday evening -- well, aside from perhaps the city's most happening weekly event.

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    The Problem With... Coldplay's Christmas Lights

    During the holidays, artists tend to release disposable singles to cash in on the season. To my mind, no one ever buys these singles for themselves, they always get them as a gifts. We're too busy buying albums on Best of the Year lists for ourselves. Anyway, this year, we're treated to a few new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Last Night: Torche, The House Harkonnen at The Nightmare

    Torche, House Harkonnen, White Mountain The NightmareSeptember 23, 2010(A Little) Better Than: Torchy's Tacos.Torche​Torche brought their Florida stoner metal prog rock to 60 or so people at The Nightmare in Deep Ellum last night, and took them all along for a head-banging journey.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Gig Alert: Jettison Never at Lakewood Bar and Grill Tonight

    Jettison Never​Even though the band hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jettison Never hasn't a country or southern rock bone in its collective body. Instead, the trio led by brothers Matt and Josh Gilbert mines the modern sounds of Mute Math, Coldplay and Kings of Leon in its search for mainstream ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Today In Music News: The Killers Going On Hiatus, Brits Urged To Claim New Religion And Coldplay Accused Of Stealing Songs... Again

    Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, January 19, 2010...The Killers are going on an indefinite hiatus.  I wonder what 80's group they borrowed that idea from?Brits heavy metal fans are being urged to adopt the genre as their religion for the upcoming census. A Los Angeles man cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Today In Music News: Hot Chip Announces New Album, Ian Brown Gets Arrested And Weezer Now Loves Coldplay

    Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, November 3, 2009...Hot Chip have announced plans for a new album. It's good to see that dance-rock isn't dead just yet.Britpop legend Ian Brown was arrested for "allegedly" beating his wife. Gives "Bye, Bye Badman" new meaning...It's hard to tell w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Radio, Radio: Ayo Says Adios, While We Look at Just What Passes for "Quality Rock"

    Two follow-ups in this particular radio round-up. First, I exchanged a few messages with Alan Ayo via Facebook, and the long and short of it is, he's not at all upset that Clear Channel gave him his walking papers yesterday. Writes the former midday host and music director at KDGE-FM:I'm feeling rat ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009

    The AirborneToxic Event, Alberta Cross

    Tuesday, March 17, at The Loft

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Is New Amerykah Pt. 1 The 'Token Urban Album' Of '08?

    Speaking of Erykah Badu: Much like we're doing in this upcoming week's paper, Stereogum today asked some of its favorite artists of '08 to name some of their favorite artists, albums, songs, etc. of 2008, and right at the top of the list, Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes names New Amerykah Pt. 1 as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    MTV Names New Amerykah The 9th Best Disc Of '08`

    Considering that I've only seen eight of the 25 artists mentioned in MTV's year-end best albums list (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, No Age, Death Cab, Vampire Weekend, Panic At The Disco, MGMT, Coldplay) actually have their viddeos played on MTV or sister network VH1, you've gotta imagine that, for 17 of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Fact: Chris Martin Popped Pills And Gargled Whiskey Before Dazzling You At The AAC

    EasyAim on FlickrOnly... well...The pills are vitamins, and the whiskey is mostly to lubricate Martin's throat for the many quavering high notes to come. "It's pretty exciting back here, right?" cracks drummer Will Champion, who spends most of his pre-show time playing a PlayStation 3 soccer game. " ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008

    It's Not Americana; It's Dress-Up

    Don't be fooled by the faded denim and snap-button cowboy shirts

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Dallas Out-Rocks Houston, Las Vegas and Seattle

    Radiohead's May 18 show was Dallas' top-selling concert of the summer, far as StubHub's concerned.(Michael Insuaste) StubHub just announced "America's 20 Most Rockin' Cities of 2008," and Dallas came in at a somewhat respectable tenth place, edging out Atlanta and Las Vegas but slipping three space ... More >>

  • Music

    June 19, 2008


    Viva la Vida (Capitol)

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    Death Cab for Cutie, Rogue Wave

    Tuesday, June 17, at Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie

  • News

    July 5, 2007

    Go Away

    Rainy days and Coldplay always get us down

  • Music

    April 5, 2007


    Saturday, April 7, at the Granada Theater

  • Music

    January 11, 2007

    Red Monroe, New Frontiers, Quiet Company, Manchester Orchestra

    Friday, January 12, at Sons of Hermann Hall

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Radiant Bliss

    How to survive "Coldplay disease"

  • Music

    September 21, 2006


    And the Glass Handed Kites (Sony)

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Rain or Shine

    We drove to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in ponchos, but we left wearing surgeon's masks

  • Music

    June 23, 2005


    Tourist (Astralwerks)

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    June 9, 2005


    X&Y (Capitol)

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    Snow Patrol, Embrace

    Monday, April 25, at Gypsy Tea Room

  • Music

    March 24, 2005


    Mercury (Columbia)

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    The Band Who

    Not Radiohead. Not Coldplay. Not Oasis. Just Travis, and that's fine.

  • Music

    March 27, 2003

    Turin Brakes

    Ether Song (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Various Artists

    Ultra Chilled 03 (Ultra)

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Various Artists

    Maybe This Christmas (Nettwerk)

  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    Blood Work

    Coldplay's success hasn't gone to Chris Martin's Head

  • Music

    January 24, 2002


    Love is Here (Capitol)

  • Music

    June 7, 2001

    The Band Who

    Coldplay conquered America before its passport was even stamped

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    See By Be Seen

    At the annual South by Southwest music festival, it's the singer, not the song

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Blind Man's Bluff

    Six things you have to hear

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