Identifying genres Watch
Alternative is The Kooks etc
this is how i think of genres anyway!
I just spent 30 minutes reading random stuff on Narnia having just watched the film...loving it...and then having pangs of atheistic guilt.
Surely, even accounting for subjectivity, The Kooks cannot be described as 'alternative' by any stretch of the imagination What justification do you have for this? What are they alternative to? They're a pure pop band. Coldplay also cannot be described as an indie band in my opinion, but at least that's slightly more plausible than where you have classified The Kooks as being on the musical spectrum.
Anyways, yeah wikipedia is cool, and websites like allmusic.com list artist pages with their genre defined.. like:
Coldplay = Rock, then subgenres = alt pop/rock and brit pop.
And The Kooks = indie rock, apparently.