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Coldplay soothes the Amphitheater

Coldplay will set out to prove to its critics that its more than Gwyneth Paltrow’s husband’s band when it performs at the Ford Amphitheater tonight with opening act Rilo Kiley.

The band is touring in support of its latest album, X&Y, released in June. The album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to The first single, “Speed of Sound,” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Fix You,” released at the beginning of this month, is the current single off the album.

Front man Chris Martin, who is married to Paltrow, is lead vocalist and plays piano. He is accompanied by bandmates Jonny Buckland on guitar, Guy Berryman on bass and Will Champion on drums.

The band’s first studio release was Parachutes in 2000. The album “brought the band great critical acclaim in both the U.K. and the U.S.,” according to, and was propelled by the hit “Yellow.” In 2002, the band released its sophomore album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, on which “Clocks” was the standout track. Rush “established the British group as internationally recognized rock stars,” the Ticketmaster Web site said.

Coldplay’s music has a spacey feel to it. It is possible to become so lost in the music that you may forget the name of the song, but the melody is burned in your brain. Martin’s pounding piano in songs such as “Clocks,” “Trouble” and “Speed of Sound” is so insistent that it cannot be erased from memory.

The use of the high octave range by Martin, coupled with piercing guitar riffs from Buckland on songs such as “Shiver” and “Yellow,” makes the listener want to sing along. Coldplay’s music takes the listener on a trip of love, loss and life, with many highs and lows along the way.Love is a common theme on Coldplay’s albums because its albums are created through a labor of love.

“The only way I can work out how to make an album is to just live it and breathe it every day until it’s finished,” Martin said on “For as long as it takes.”Opening for Coldplay is Rilo Kiley. This tour could be the band’s big break into the world of mainstream.

The band’s music is upbeat yet doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything in its lyrics. Rilo Kiley’s latest release, More Adventurous, came out in 2004. In the song “Potions for Foxes,” lead singer Jenny Lewis belts out the following lyrics: “And the talkin’ leads to touchin’ / and the touchin’ leads to sex / and then there is no mystery left.”

The blunt lyrics continue in the song “It’s A Hit.” Lewis turns what might otherwise be an unpleasant activity into a doo-wop style song: “It’s a holiday for a hangin’ / shoo bop shoo bop / my baby.” The lyrics might be hard to swallow if the music was drab and dreary, yet the guitar melodies lighten up what Lewis has to say, even if what she says might not be easy to hear.

The band’s first two albums were Takeoffs And Landings and The Execution Of All Things.

Lewis and guitarist Blake Sennett founded Rilo Kiley in 1998. Bassist Pierre “Duke” de Reeder and drummer Jason Boesel came along later to complete the ensemble.

As a teen, Lewis appeared in movies such as Troop Beverly Hills and Big Girls Don’t Cry-They Get Even, while Sennett can be remembered for his TV roles in Salute Your Shorts and Boy Meets World, though they try to stray away from their actor images.

During times when the band was on break, individual members worked on side projects; Sennett toured with a solo album under the name The Elected, Lewis sang and toured with the band

The Postal Service and Boesel recorded with the band Bright Eyes.

The concert is tonight at the Ford Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Show time is at 7:30. More information can be found by visiting .