Germany’s Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring) Festival included headlining sets from Ash, Danzig, System Of A Down, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, and Coldplay, among many other bands. Coldplay used their June 4 appearance to debut a few tracks that will most likely appear on their upcoming, still-untitled fifth LP. The concert was streamed live in Germany, and thanks to several YouTube users and CoS, the stream is now up on YouTube and ready for you to enjoy. You can check out a live version of first single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” as well as a handful of other new tunes below. If you didn’t like “Every Teardrop” you might prefer the quiet “Us Against The World.” Or you can just sleep through it, as Chris Martin suggests at the beginning at the track. Watch:

“Hurts Like Heaven”

“Major Minus”

“Us Against The World”

“Cartoon Hearts”/”Charlie Brown”

“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”

(via CoS)

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  1. I’m not trying to be a dick but I’m curious about why you guys cover this corporate, focus group’d brand. It seems weirdly out of place?

    • I’m curious why you are always so negative? And why you end many of your comments with unnecessary question marks? They are weirdly out of place?

      Chris Martin is an amicable, (mostly) self-aware dude and even though the band’s output is spotty at best, they’ve got a sense of fun about them that a lot of other big bands don’t. I for one like the fact that Stereogum covers news about Coldplay, U2, Kings of Leon, etc. It shows open-mindedness towards music. :)

  2. This site is amazing and I love it but you’re not going to convince me that covering the most popular band in the world that gets endlessly covered in literally every music publication possible is “open-minded”. ?

  3. Will their next album be called “Terrible Song Titles”?

  4. Was it really raining during “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” or did their touring budget allow a huge sprinkler system?

  5. I will tell you why they cover Coldplay:

    When Coldplay’s debut “Parachutes” hit shelves in 2000, we were just coming out of the grunge era. At that time, a lot of people (including myself) had transitioned from grunge to jam bands (Widespread Panic, Phish, Moe, Disco Biscuits, etc.). At that time however, here comes this new band out of nowhere who has more of an acoustic alternative sound. I remember hearing Parachutes for the first time and thinking, these guys are going to be big.

    I really believe that Coldplay was at the forefront of the indie movement. Many will disagree but when I heard ‘Parachutes’, it gave me hope for music beyond the grunge era that had pretty much defined my college years.

    Fast forward a few years in the 2000′s and the indie movement had really gained steam with the likes of Interpol, The Shins, The Wrens, etc.

    Tell me your thoughts, but I think this is a main reason why Stereogum continues to cover Coldplay.

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