Coldplay create sparse, emotional soundscapes, dripping with melancholy. The London-based quartet is singer Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion. Their debut album, Parachutes, was released in late 2000 in the U.S., and they quickly became a sensation. The record went No. 1 in the U.K. charts and won Best Alternative Music Album at the 2002 Grammys. Marked by Martin's falsetto-happy vocals, songs like "Yellow" and "Shiver" employ stop/start dynamics that allow serene verses to build to a crescendo, centering on the well-trodden theme of love. Sophomore effort A Rush of Blood to the Head took home two Grammys and earned a spot on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Hits "Clocks" and "In My Place" were wistful and romantic, labeled by some as radio-friendly Radiohead. The group's third album, XandY, became the best-selling album of 2005, and "Speed of Sound" topped the year's charts worldwide. After conquering the charts and the Grammys, Coldplay shifted their focus from chart-topping anthems to a more experimental approach for their fourth album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (which nevertheless topped... See More
Coldplay Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minRiding high on the phenomenal success of A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay is in peak form on Coldplay Live 2003. This concert was filmed (on Super-16mm film) and recorded in Sydney's Horden Pavilion on July 21 and 22, 2003, during an exhaustive year-long world tour, and the medium-sized arena provides a fitting stage for the London-based rock quartet, not so grand as to overwhelm the music, but large enough to indicate their large and loyal following, which includes enthusiastic fans of either gender. Especially when played in DTS 5.1 surround, this 90-minute concert is richer, thicker, and (of course) louder than Coldplay's studio recordings, lending a wall-of-sound expansiveness to the band's signature sound, which draws from such diverse influences as Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Verve, U2, and their own unique sonic landscape. "Politik" gets the gig off to a rousing start, and other impressive highlights include "Daylight," "Yellow," the as-yet-unreleased new song "Moses," and the popular hits "In My Place," "Clocks," and "The Scientist." And while the concert visuals are slick and professional, this film--the latter containing a truncated 70-minute version of the same performance--are best appreciated for their pristine audio quality.
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Love is Here: Live
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minSome would say that Starsailor are Chorley's biggest contribution to modern culture since the opening of the nearby Charnock Richard M6 motorway services in the 1960s. Like the aforementioned favourite resting point for Blackpool day-trippers Love Is Here (Live), will become a solid, long-stay favourite for fans. Recorded in November 2001, one month after the release of their debut album and while they were still being lauded as "the next big thing", the main feature is a live run through of the album. New composition "Some of Us" and the B-side "From a Whisper to a Scream" are also performed, along with versions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Elton John's "Rocket Man". The concert footage and the audio (Dolby 5.1) are of a high quality, and breakthrough tracks "Poor Misguided Fool" and "Alcoholic" sound stunning. The show is hampered, though, by the limited material the guys can draw upon, and Walsh's repetitive melancholic delivery of existing songs. What does become apparent is that after a couple more albums and a little more musical experimentation Starsailor are on course to be live giants.
Live at Earl’s Court: The Reflektor Tapes
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minArcade Fire released their live film recording "Live at Earls Court," in 2015. It was recorded during the band’s shows at Earls Court in London, during the Reflektor Tour in 2014 and it features some of the most fan-appreciated tracks.
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minOn the 19th of August, Placebo performed a unique one-off show for MTV Unplugged at the London Studios in the UK. Here we present the results of this incredible show.The band were encased in spectacular LED box during the performance, from where they belted out some of their most well-loved tracks such as 'The Bitter End' and 'Every You Every Me.' Some new gems were dropped in for good measure, alongside surprise guests Joan As Police Woman and Majke Voss Romme (Broken Twin). No Placebo show would be complete without some signature cover versions and this set did not disappoint, from the breath-taking opener to the show- Sinead O'Connors 'Jackie' to a melancholy version of Pixies 'Where Is My Mind'
Live At V Festival 2014
Runtime: 45 minV Festival has been held across two beautiful stately parks for one epic cross-country weekend of live music. V Festival takes place simultaneously at hylands park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, with world class artists taking to the stage at one venue.
R.E.M. By MTV
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minOn April 5, 1980 four college pals-Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe-took the stage together for the first time to play at a friend's birthday party. The band they started that night stayed together for thirty years and changed the shape of rock music. R.E.M. By MTV tells R.E.M.'s story in their own words, through three decades of performances and interviews R.E.M gave to MTV channels in the USA and around the world. Featuring revealing, never-before-seen footage, R.E.M. By MTV tells the amazing story of a band that did it their own way, and changed how a generation of musicians after them did it, too.
Runtime: 12 minInternational superstar, James Blunt, joins PausePlay to talk to us about touring with Ed Sheeran, being the creepiest singer he knows, stalking our host, and of course his great new album, the AfterLove.
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Panic! At The Disco
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minTwo thousand eight was a big year for the Vegas quartet known as Panic At the Disco. After famously dropping the ! from their nomenclature, the band released their sophomore album Pretty. Odd., the follow-up to 2005's platinum debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. The band eschewed their signature emo-dance party sound for classic Beatles-esque pop-rock. Touring in support of Pretty. Odd., the band headlined the annual Honda Civic sponsored tour with support acts Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom Planet. Their May 23, 2008 stop at the Congress Theater was filmed for Live In Chicago, the band's second live offering, and features new hits such as Nine In The Afternoon, That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed) and Northern Downpour, as well as longtime fan favorites like I Write Sins Not Tragedies.
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Five For Fighting
Runtime: 2 hr 18 minA musician's creative energy is truly captured in their live performance and Five For Fighting's new Live performance showcases just that. Recorded live at The House Of Blues, Five For Fighting's first live release is sprinkled with captivating tales and stories behind many of singer/songwriter John Ondrasik's favorite songs. The live album spans tracks from Five For Fighting's last three albums including their well-known hits ''Superman,'' ''100 Years,'' ''The Riddle,'' and ''Easy Tonight,'' along with many other gems. Finally, the lyrical storyboard of ''California Justice'' and acoustic rendering of ''If God Made You'' brings the performance to full circle.
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minIn the late 1990's Jamie Hewlett met Damon Albarn and the concept of Gorillaz was born soon after. At the birth of the project, film maker Ceri Levy set about to document this undertaking. The result is Bananaz, 91 minutes inside the remarkable real world of Gorillaz - the most successful cartoon band ever. Levy filmed alongside and behind the scenes from 2000 to 2006, from first drawings, animations, music and the musicians, through to the faces behind the voices of Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. The result is an unsanitized, free-wheeling documentary film; an intimate, honest and often hilarious account of the working relationship between Albarn and Hewlett. With appearances by many of those who occasionally pass through this world: Dennis Hopper, De la Soul, Ibrahim Ferrer, Dangermouse, Dan the Automator, D12, Bootie Brown and Neneh Cherry.
Live at Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minLive at the Albert is Robbie Williams' tribute to the swingers. Backed with a full swing band and dancing girls, Robbie smartens up his act with a suit and a smart haircut and croons his way through a wealth of classics.
Live at Hyde Park
Runtime: 2 hr 5 minBlur: Live At Hyde Park is the definitive live Blur concert film. Directed by Giorgio Testi, the film was shot on the 2nd of July 2009 in front of a crowd of 55,000 fans in London's Hyde Park. The gigs were the climax of their hugely successful 2009 comeback tour and saw the band play a 25-song, career spanning set to a rapturous reception from fans. Shot using 18 cameras and featuring stunning HD cinematography, the film lovingly documents Blur's incredible Hyde Park performances.
Live at the V Festival 2014
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minThe Killers could literally be V Festival veterans. Returning to the event for their fourth year, Brandon Flowers and Co were back for yet another go at headlining.
Live at Rome Olympic Stadium
Runtime: 1 hr 57 minThis second live album from the English neo-prog superstars sees them bring their preposterously epic, stadium-sized live show to their Italian fans. The accompanying concert film, the first ever captured in 4K "ultra-high definition," presents the show in all its glory, featuring pyrotechnics, video walls, and acrobats as the band live out their rock god dreams, vamping it up for the cameras for all they're worth as they blast through hit after hit.
Meeting People is Easy: A Film by Grant Lee about Radiohead
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minMEETING PEOPLE IS EASY presents a visual diary of Radiohead's 1997-98 world tour in support of their acclaimed album OK COMPUTER. The film includes behind-the-scenes and concert footage of the innovative band in Barcelona, Paris, New York, and Tokyo. Interviews with band members Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway, along with director Grant Gee's artfully probing camera, provide candid, revealing insights into the difficulties of dealing with the unwelcome label of "rock star." This often melancholy documentary features clips of songs such as "Lucky," "Airbag," "A Reminder," "Paranoid Android," "Street Spirit," and "Electioneering."
Live At Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minThe Fray packs a punch with an emotion-filled performance featuring songs from 2005’s How to Save A Life and their eponymous 2009 album The Fray. Singer Isaac Slade leads an expressive set, always connecting with the audience, as he belts out hits including “Never Say Never,” “How To Save A Life,” “You Found Me” and “Cable Car.”
Classic Albums: The Joshua Tree
Runtime: 51 minAn outstanding entry in the Classic Albums video series, this hourlong documentary, produced in 1999, assembles the creators of U2's The Joshua Tree to comment about the musical magic that occurred a dozen years earlier in a home studio in Dublin. Merging past and present, coproducers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, mixer Steve Lillywhite, and guitarist The Edge isolate separate tracks on the album's master tapes to illustrate how some of U2's greatest songs were layered with each individual's crucial contributions. Bono listens in while Lanois deconstructs the masters, appearing genuinely shy about his vocal tracks but eloquent in describing the album as "not Irish at all" in its innovative sound, but "very Irish" in terms of the emotions that inspired it. Later, The Edge describes the "cinematic" sound of the album, intended to transport the listener to a specific physical location based on each song's mood and atmosphere.
Bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen weigh in with illuminating comments, and the hour offers an abundance of video excerpts, concert footage, and memorable anecdotes. Eno sets the record straight on the torturous process of recording "Where the Streets Have No Name" (he almost "accidentally" erased the master tape in hopes of starting from scratch), and Bono admits to a heavy Led Zeppelin influence on "Bullet the Blue Sky." Archival footage shows the recording in progress (one wishes there were more of it), and what emerges from this collective reminiscence is an enlightening study of mutual chemistry and fruitful collaboration. Upon viewing this video, another listening to The Joshua Tree will be more rewarding than ever.
In Session: 2008
Runtime: 12 minSnow Patrol performs live at the intimate In Session in 2008. The Session, features performances of Take Back The City,” The Shutters, Chasing Cars.” The Session concludes with an interview with Snow Patrol.
Smoke + Mirrors Live
Runtime: 1 hr 36 minFilmed as part of their current tour, Smoke + Mirrors Live features hits such as Demons, It's Time and the Grammy Award-winning Radioactive from their platinum-selling debut album Night Visions. The Smoke + Mirrors album charted at #1 around the world earlier this year, including the US Billboard and UK Official Album Charts and features recent hits such as I Bet My Life, Gold and Shots, all performed as part of the concert film
Front Row Center
Runtime: 54 minGrammy-nominated OneRepublic displays boundless energy throughout this episode of Soundstage while offering up rousing performances of hit singles “Apologize,” “Stop and Stare,” “Say (All I Need)” and “Mercy.” Catch a perfect blend of pop and rock on other featured tracks from their debut album Dreaming Out Loud, along with a fantastic version of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”
Frat Party At the Pankake Festival
Runtime: 56 min"Frat Party At the Pankake Festival" features 6 music videos including "One Step Closer," "In The End" and "Cure For The Itch." Also includes live performances of "Points Of Authority" and "Crawling" taped at the Dragon Festival in Southern California in February 2001.
Front Row Center
Runtime: 55 minThe Grammy Award-winning California rock band celebrates their fifth album, Save Me, San Francisco with highlights including “Hey, Soul Sister,” “If It’s Love,” and “Marry Me,” as well as past hits “Drops of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels.” One hour.