viva la streaming or that album that isn't so bad
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008

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In light of recent events, we're forgiving British rockers Coldplay for all fifty minutes of 2005's X&Y (we'll give them a few minutes of decent material that needs no apology). Other than that, the album was a low point in the career of Chris Martin and the boys, one that child-of-Coldplay Apple Martin will leave out when she brags to her friends about her parents. However, there is no way she will leave this one out: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends is available for streaming around the world just a week before it's release, and to our surprise... we like it.

Any fans of Brian Eno (who happened to produce the album), tales of revolution and kings, or music in general, will find this album pleasing and accessible. The music is rooted in Coldplay building blocks, and yet, has an edge of development and (gasp) artistic progression. Whereas X&Y was a stale reflection of the least enticing moments of Rush of Blood to the Head, this is a new monster; one that has the bite to be unique and attractive. Check it out here.

Coldplay had to delay their tour by two weeks due to "production setbacks." This means they won't meet the kickoff date in Philly. We're wondering if they are having trouble with those mysterious magic balls...-joe puglisi

Coldplay on Tour
7/14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
7/15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
7/18 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
7/19 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
7/23 - Chicago, IL - United Center
7/25 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
7/27 - Pemberton Festival
7/29 - Montreal, QB - Bell Centre
7/30 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
8/2 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
8/3 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
8/4 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Arena
10/20 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
10/21 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
10/26 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
11/3 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/7 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
11/9 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - BankAtlantic Center
11/11 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
11/13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
11/14 - St Paul, MO - Xcel Energy Center
11/16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
11/18 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
11/19 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
11/21 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Arena
11/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solutions Arena
11/26 - Phoenix, AZ - Jobing.com Arena


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Stream Viva Le Vida or Death and All His Friends
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