There are still 88 years and eight months remaining in the 21st Century, but thus far, Coldplay is the most influential band of it. This is not a statement of opinion, but one grounded in anecdotal data—no other band is mentioned after the words "this band sounds like..." as frequently as Coldplay. Their shows often clock under an hour-and-a-half, taut and energetic, with Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion singing so hard they look as though they're going to explode. They're the Will Ferrell of rock. With Metronomy, The Pierces. MIKE SEELY
Coldplay photographed at Millennium Mills in East London's docklands.
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