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Are You Acquainted with Portishead?

I’m referring to the band, not the city. Since it has been entirely too long since I’ve written a music-related post, I thought I would take a moment to spotlight a fantastic, off the radar group.  Portishead formed circa 1991 creating raw music with a trip hop/alternative vibe. Here is one of my all-time favorite songs by the band entitled “Glory Box” from their debut album Dummy.

Thoughts on this group? Leave a comment below. Thanks for reading.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

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Concert Review: Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Chicago, Il 2012.  Property of Kristen DeLange

Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Chicago, Il 2012. Property of KDL

August 8, 2012                  

United Center                 

Chicago, IL

Opening Acts:

Marina and the Diamonds

Charli XCX

The Band:

Chris Martin-lead vocals, piano, guitar

Jonny Buckland-lead guitar

Guy Berryman-bass

Will Champion-drums

As you probably know, Coldplay is a British alternative rock band with a sound that is simultaneously pensive and high energy with a bit of pop and passion.  They have earned numerous awards, including seven Grammys.  Mylo Xyloto is their fifth studio album since their inception in 1997.

Beginning with Hurts Like Heaven, the band performed with an electricity that was contagious to the crowd.  They played a great mix of new songs and old favorites: Paradise, Princess of China, Yellow, In My Place, Amsterdam (played in full for the first time since 2005).  They even snuck in a Louis Armstrong cover of What a Wonderful World, a sweet rendition featuring only Martin and his piano (for a complete playlist see below).

The main stage was huge with a long walkway, plus a small mini-stage within the crowd for a more intimate set.  The sound was incredible live, which certainly cannot be said of every band.  Vocals were spot on, music was perfect, sound and speakers well balanced.  How awful it is to attend a concert with distorted sound!  The laser lights timed to the music added to the visual intensity, as did the numerous confetti eruptions and graffiti symbols that covered the album.  They even provided bracelets, or xylobands, for the crowd that also lit up to the music.

Overall this was an excellent concert experience that I highly recommended.  While I must admit Coldplay is one of my all-time favorite bands, that was also the consensus of those we met at the concert.  They ended with Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, somehow still with tons of energy.  The only diappointment was that it had to end.

Songs Performed:

Mylo Xyloto

Hurts Like Heaven

In My Place

Major Minus

Lovers in Japan

The Scientist

Yellow

Violet Hill

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Princess of China

Up in Flames

Amsterdam (played in full for the first time since 2005)

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart

Viva La Vida

Charlie Brown

Paradise

Us Against the World

Speed of Sound

Clocks

What a Wonderful World

Fix You

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Thanks for reading.  Have you seen Coldplay in concert?  Leave a comment below!