Review + Photos: The Flaming Lips treat Oakland’s imagination

The Flaming Lips (photo: Joshua Huver) Wayne Coyne was all smiles on Wednesday night as he and his psychedelic rock outfit the The Flaming Lips catered to a sold-out crowd of glittery, rainbow-clad unicorn themed fans at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. The 35 year veterans of the stage (they formed in 1983) has seen the band‘s obsessions with 60s psychedelia and inter-dimensional science fiction themes evolve into an outstanding and simultaneously incredibly elaborate experience. Never one to hide their affinity for the mind-releasing agents of music and psychedelia, with album titles such as Clouds Taste Metallic, their 2009 note-for-note [...]

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Interview: Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss 'The Terror,' the evolution of their live show and much more

Photos by Paige K. Parsons The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and multi-instrumentalist/music arranger Steven Drozd won’t mince their words – their band’s new album, The Terror, is their darkest offering yet. “Dark” isn’t the right word for it, but they haven’t thought of an appropriate replacement yet, says Drozd, prior to the Lips’ set at BottleRock Napa Valley. The Lips have made alterations to their well-known stage show to fit the mood of the new album. Yet, at the same time, the gloom that hangs over the music is just one of many sides for the band. Yes, Coyne [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Day 1 with Flaming Lips, Tumbleweed Wanderers, SorryEverAfter & Swiftumz

Day 1 ended at Bimbo's with the Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin. I'm more of a Clouds Taste Metallic guy, but damned if the Lips didn't put me through another test of faith. "Waitin' for a Superman" with only Steven and Wayne playing was powerfully beautiful. Between songs, Wayne shared his interpretation of the record. As much as we want to enjoy the beauty of life, we must do so with the understanding that a lot of horrible shit is going on all around us. There is more horror than beauty. Yet WE, WE can create more beauty (for [...]

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Noise Pop 2012: Tuesday Preview

Over the next several days, we'll be running day-by-day previews of what to expect from the 2012 Noise Pop Music Festival. We're kicking off with a look at Tuesday's slate of shows. Date: Tuesday, February 21 Number of Noise Pop Shows: 3 shows, 10 performers Already Sold-Out: So Tuesday's Flaming Lips show is very, very sold out, and why wouldn't it be? To have a band that co-headlined Treasure Island playing their best record at Bimbo's is something pretty special. Tickets on Craigslist are going for upwards of $250, although it looks like folks are also proposing trades for Radiohead [...]

Noise Pop 20: Flaming Lips, Class Actress, Bob Mould, more great additions

The show calendar for Noise Pop 20 has fleshed out nicely. Recent additions include a pre-party with Class Actress at the Academy of Sciences, The Flaming Lips playing The Soft Bulletin at Bimbo's, two performances by Two Gallants at The Edinburgh Castle (!?), Bob Mould performing Sugar's Copper Blue at Bottom of the Hill, Mac McCaughan from Superchunk playing solo at the Swedish American Hall, and Sleigh Bells at the Regency. Class Actress - "Weekend" Born To Lose by Sleigh Bells Those are the headliners, but plenty of supporting names have been added to existing bills as well. Chief among [...]

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