Posted in music | pictures on March 15, 2013

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

The Flaming Lips @ SXSW, 3/14/2013
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The Flaming Lips have become known for doing special things at concerts in the last ten years -- confetti, blood, giant hampsters balls. But last night (3/14) as part of SXSW's "Warner Sound captured by Nikon" series that happened at The Belmont in Austin, the Lips did something special and different by playing 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots front-to-back for the first time ever. It was also a straight band performance, with little in the way of special effects, hulk hands, etc.

Could this be how the plan on presenting their thematically heavy, musically experimental new album, The Terror, when they tour later this year? (Like at Wellmont Theatre in NJ on 5/16 [tix]). We shall see. Meanwhile, check out more pics -- and video of the live debut of "Are You a Hypnotist?" -- from their SXSW Yoshimi performance below.

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The Flaming Lips - "Are You a Hypnotist?" @ SXSW

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Comments (28)

man they sound sloppy

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 5:47 PM

Would it be chill if I reposted these shots on my blog and shared them with the world? My blog gets a lot of hits from artists, talent scouts and miscellaneous celebrities + tastemakers. I just wanna alter them a little.

Posted by Bros4life | March 15, 2013 5:48 PM

"man they sound sloppy"

That's why they have been playing karaoke for over a decade now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 5:48 PM

This is also the first time they ever played this song live

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 5:53 PM

This is probably the only way I'd want to see this band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 5:54 PM

Cabs are here!

Posted by Guy who still thinks it's 2011 | March 15, 2013 6:04 PM

Is it true the Spin Docs will play "Pocketful of Kryptonite" in full?

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 6:08 PM

my guess is the size of the venue restricted their usual theatrics. but this would be pretty awesome if they play the album elsewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 7:11 PM

It would be pretty awesome if they never played anything recorded after 1998 again.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 8:15 PM

"The Flaming Lips have become known for doing special things at concerts in the last ten years -- confetti, blood, giant hampsters balls."

But if you do it at every show how is it special?

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 8:29 PM

They call my cousin special too, he wears a hockey helmet to school and acts inappropriately too

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 9:19 PM

This is gonna be so cool in the next commercial

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 9:24 PM

So, I'm confused. Is this Brooklyn Vegan, or is this Austin Vegan??

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 11:11 PM

Ever since the arcade fire diss on pitchfork I can't trust these guys no more

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 11:25 PM

Back smith revert. sweet.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2013 11:55 PM

one of the worst bands ever

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2013 4:51 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2013 6:47 AM

The Galaxy 4s

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2013 10:08 AM

They played The Terror last night at the free show at Auditorium Shores. It was...interesting.

Posted by ttrentham | March 16, 2013 11:07 AM

... aaaaand, thanks for the onsite report, Jimbob. My summary sheet here says that you will be at the greater-Austin 10-12 year old calf roping event tonight, so we look forward to your updates tomorrow.

and now, back to Brooklyn .....

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2013 11:49 AM

FINALLY SHAKING UP THEIR SETLISTS!

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2013 12:57 PM

We get it - you're in Austin.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2013 7:44 PM

Horrible combo. One of the worst..

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2013 11:20 AM

This is not actually true about them playing Yoshimi in full, you need to fix that. They played mostly crap from their new album and then a couple tracks from Yoshimi and some other shit. Here is part of the show review from the Austin Chronicle:

"Then the Flaming Lips took the stage and crashed that transcendental plane to smithereens. As Lips frontman Wayne Coyne prepared his cumbersome prop, a fake baby strapped to his body with dozens of lighted tubes, he issued a warning: "We've got an album none of you have heard, and a show we haven't even seen, so if we fuck up, go back home and tell everyone we rocked it out." The band subjected the rapidly dwindling crowd to an hour of oddly paced new material interspersed with drawling, unintelligible patter from Coyne, which felt like an enormous middle finger to the audience, 90% of which comprised families, gray-haired folks on dates, and chubby sorority girls sucking booze-infused Jell-O out of veterinary syringes. These people want the bunny suits, the confetti cannons, the upbeat songs they can sing along to and that make them feel happy, not watch a man yank a grown woman around by the hair in the name of "art."

Posted by John Espana | March 17, 2013 2:00 PM

^ it looks like both reviews can't be correct ... sooo BV, speak up .... who was there and who is the big Fibber McGhee?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2013 3:54 PM

@2:00 that was a different show, dude.

Posted by kyle dean reinford | March 17, 2013 4:22 PM

Oh, you're right. Still, show in the park scared all the parents and their kids away.

Posted by John Espana | March 17, 2013 11:41 PM

i like the song about the wizards and mist, 'what is love and what is hate...and whyyyyyy does it matter' that song

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2013 9:52 AM

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