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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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.
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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.
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.
We Come In Pieces
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minThis concert was filmed at London’s Brixton Academy in September 2010 at the culmination of the world tour in support of their “Battle For The Sun” album released the previous year. The tour had been an unqualified success with the band playing to over 2.5 million fans in all parts of the world. The concert film is a visual feast enhancing the live footage with skillful editing and selective digital effects to create a stunning film that really captures the essence of a Placebo live performance.
Live at Firefly
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minThe British indie pop band Bastille knows how to throw a remarkable show as they take over the stage at the Firefly Music festival and perform some of their most notable tracks.
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.
Live at the O2
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minFilmed in high definition at London’s renowned O2 Arena on December 15th, 2011. The show came on the back of the band’s No.1 album “Velociraptor!” and the setlist combines tracks from that album with hits and classic album tracks from across their career so far. The concert was part of a sold out arena tour that covered the UK and Ireland at the end of last year. Kasabian are the recipients of numerous awards for “Best Live Band” and “Best British Band” in recent years and this new show with its spectacular and innovative staging will be a must have for their huge and dedicated fanbase.
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.
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 Rockwood Music Hall
Two Door Cinema Club
Runtime: 13 minTwo Door Cinema club exhibit the same knack for chance that propelled them to the stage in the very beginning, experimenting ever so slightly by trimming the intense rhythms, dashing tempos, and inventive flourishes of "Undercover Martyn", "Cigarettes In The Theatre", and "Something Good Can Work" down into acoustic roots. The result is a set of songs that places emphasis on the melodies, harmonies, and story lines that drive at the heart of what this trio does. Call it another chance that, to no one's surprise, pays off in the form of this candid Guest Apartment style session with Two Door Cinema Club.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Making Of Night Visions
Runtime: 44 minImagine Dragons: The Making of 'Night Visions', follows one of the world's most exciting new alternative rock bands band during the process of writing and recording their debut album at the Palms Studio in their hometown of Las Vegas. In this documentary you also get a quick history of the band, how they formed, and how Alex Da Kid, a hip-hop producer, could get the much sought after rock band to sign with his label KIDinaKORNER, adding to the innovative sound of Imagine Dragons. From the first day or recording at the Studio at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, you get to see the close-knit friendships and collaborations of four extremely talented musicians. You get to watch Dan Reynolds and his unbelievable ability to write a song anywhere at any time, Wayne Sermon and his intense push for perfection in his music, Ben McKee, the willing friend and calming voice of the band, and Daniel Platzman, who can play almost any instrument handed to him when he steps away from the drums. Imagine Dragons have a truly unique creative method that plays out over the time spent working the studio. They have the ability to laugh with and tease each other, but also maintain a professional work environment. They work until they can barely stand up, and then prank anybody in their path to relieve tension. In The Making of 'Night Visions' we also get to see the band do what they do best. perform live to a packed and enthusiastic crowd. Fresh out of the studio, they perform songs live from their debut album to a raucous crowd in Hollywood, CA just a month before the release of their first full-length album. This is the story of a rising band who, after years of life on the road, is getting a chance to realize their dreams of a life in music. To them, their first album is everything-it's a statement of their sound, and an announcement that they've arrived. Imagine Dragons, The Making of 'Night Visions,' is the story of four young, talented, and fun-loving guys, becoming stars.
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.”
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minAll aboard for Midnight Moon, a rousing homecoming concert from San Francisco pop masters Train. Featuring breathtaking renditions of multi-platinum hits "Meet Virginia" and "Drops Of Jupiter," this is one Train you won't want to miss.
Road to Revolution
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minHelmed by noted director Blue Leach (R.E.M., Depeche Mode, Snow Patrol, Beck), Road To Revolution, Live At Milton Keynes captures Linkin Park on its acclaimed 2008 Projekt Revolution tour in front of 65,000 fans in England. The band's first live document in five years, the almost 80 minute concert DVD (and the accompanying CD version) will surely help fans survive a break after the group's recent touring and before the next Linkin Park studio album.