Outrageous but true statement of the week: Keane is Coldplay without guitars. Ridiculous! you argue. A lie! you say. Just check out the English trio's 2004 release, Hopes and Fears, and you'll hear for yourself. Front and center are vocalist Tom Chaplin's rosey-hued voice and Tim Rice-Oxley's melodramatic piano. All the same adjectives that describe Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow's chart-topping overachievers could be used on Keane -- glorious, emotive, yearning, soaring, tender, etc. The one word that sets the band apart is scrappy -- despite its growing international reputation, Keane is still a heartfelt pub-pop band at heart, albeit one that'll have you weeping in your whiskey at all the world's tragic beauty. Soulful sincerity like this is hard to come by. It's also a great change of pace and a good warm-up for Coldplay's South Florida appearance this fall.
Keane plays with Regina Spektor at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $23. Call 954-727-0950.
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