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photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

We already knew that Glenn Danzig would be one of the guests on season 6 of Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen's show Portlandia, and now Pitchfork points out IFC announced the premiere date (January 21) and more guests:

Guest stars coming to Portlandia this season include Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Louis C.K. (Louie), musician Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, rocker Glenn Danzig, Gregory Gourdet (Top Chef), Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development), Moshe Kasher (Another Period), Zoe Kravitz (Dope, Mad Max), John Levenstein (Kroll Show), NPR's Kai Ryssdal, Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live), and Bitsie Tulloch (rimm).

Returning guest stars include Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).

Sounds great as always. While you wait for January 21 to roll around, you can catch up on the first five seasons on Netflix.

Carrie Brownstein's new memoir is out now and we just interviewed her about that and other things. Sleater-Kinney are touring soon too, including five NYC shows in December. Most are sold out but tickets for some are still available.

The Flaming Lips are also touring soon as Miley Cyrus's backing band, and with Dan Deacon opening. They're also giving a physical release to their Christmas single with Yoko Ono, and an autographed copy is one of the items being auctioned off with proceeds going to Surfer Blood's Thomas Fekete, who is battling cancer.

Spongebob musical

David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors and other artists are contributing new songs to a Spongebob Squarepants musical. According to Entertainment Weekly, other artists contributing songs include Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, T.I., Jonathon Coulton, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T's, and Lady Antebellum. The musical is directed and co-conceived by Tina Landau who said:

I was drawn to this project not only for its wild theatrical possibility, but also because I felt SpongeBob, at its core, is a layered and hilarious ensemble comedy. SpongeBob himself is of course its center and beating heart -- the eternal innocent in a sea of cynics. He's also the classic underdog hero, and so our production sets him on a hero's journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show's trippy humor and irreverence. We're taking our leads from the TV show but this is an original story, with an original design approach, and original songs written just for the occasion by an amazing array of songwriters. We will present the world of Bikini Bottom and its characters in a whole new way that can only be achieved in the live medium of the theatre.
The Spongebob musical will premiere in June, 2016 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre before moving to Broadway in the fall.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus hosted last night's VMA Awards on MTV where she did things like flash a nipple and get into an onstage confrontation with Nicki Minaj, who was giving an acceptance speech for Best Rap Video. Nikki called out Cyrus in a move that seemed straight out of the WWF/WWE Wresting playbook and some think it may have been about as real as that too. Decide for yourself: video of that is below. The VMA's ended with a performance by Cyrus of her single "Dooo It!" accompanied by a flock of drag queens.

That song is from her long-in-the-works collaborative album with The Flaming Lips, titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz which also features guest appearances from Ariel Pink, Phantogram's Sarah Barthel, Big Sean, her dad Billy Ray Cyrus, and more. She surprise released it right after the VMAs and you can stream the whole thing, and watch her VMA performance of "Dooo It!", below.

Miley will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on October 3.

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photos by P Squared Photography

Mac DeMarco / Chelsea Wolfe / Flaming Lips / Fuzz @ Levitation Fest 5/10/2015
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3
2015 Levitation Fest Day 3

"Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" That was Mac DeMarco bassist Piece McGarry asking the crowd during the final day of Levitation Fest (5/10). The three-day event used to be known as Austin Psych Fest, so of course the crowd wanted to hear it. They immediately launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." Between Mac and the main stages' closer, The Flaming Lips, Levitation 2015 ended on a light note. And a thankfully dry one, as reports earlier in the week called for Sunday to have heavy thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Instead, it just felt like it was going rain the whole time (aka hot and muggy).

Most people on Sunday were excited about the 13th Floor Elevators reunion but lots of great sets happened, including A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Nothing, ZZZs, Chelsea Wolfe (subbing for Melody's Echo Chamber), and a sweaty closing-fest set from Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz.

Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More pics from Levitation day 3 below...

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photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Flaming Lips

Earlier this month, part of the lineup leaked for this year's series free concerts at Montauk's restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge, and we've now got the full schedule. Some highlights include Mac DeMarco (5/22), Flaming Lips (6/7), Alvvays (6/14), Benjamin Booker (6/20), The Allah-las (6/27), Jon & Josiah of The Head and the Heart (6/28), Sylvan Esso (7/26), Delta Spirit (8/8), tUnE-yArDs (8/9), The Joy Formidable (9/4), and more.

As usual, the annual series hosts these free shows each weekend from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. It's not too far from NYC, and the bands make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for a weekend.

A handful of the artists, including Mac DeMarco, The Flaming Lips, Alvvays, Sylvan Esso and tUnE-yArDs, also have other NYC-area appearances coming up.

Check out the full 2015 Surf Lodge concert series schedule below...

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Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting free concerts this summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, BUT... UPDATE:. The lineup we had up had leaked early and we're told it had errors. Stay tuned for the official announcement.

UPDATE 2: lineup announced.

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photo: Flaming Lips at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James RIchards IV)
Flaming Lips

The annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert is now in its 25th year, and happens at its usual location of Carnegie Hall on March 5. Artistic director Philip Glass is once again curating the lineup, which includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Canadian roots musician Ashley MacIsaac, and more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds support the Tibet House US. You can also purchase the special gala package (starting at $500) which includes admission to the concert and a dinner reception with the performers.

Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl will be the Honorary Chairpersons for the night.

photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic

The Flaming Lips / Afghan Whigs / mohawks
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014
Riot Fest 2014

Riot Fest Chicago kicked off this past Friday (9/12) in Humboldt Park and continued the following day with Samhain (playing Initium) (video below), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Pictures of the second day, and Milos and Zach's reviews, are in this post.

I skipped the rainy first day of Riot Fest and waded through the muddy aftermath to The Dandy Warhols perform at the Riot Stage. Getting there early I used the extra time attempting (and failing) to clean my sneakers, which had accumulated enough mud under the soles to make them look like brown platform shoes. The Dandys hit the stage on time and managed to squeeze in a good variety of their hits in the short 45 minute set time, including "I Love You," "We Used To Be Friends," "Bohemian Like You," and "Boys Better." The sound was a bit off the first couple of songs, possibly having something to do with Courtney Taylor's dual mic setup. But overall the set was excellent and managed to distract me from the sinking feeling under my shoes. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, especially keyboardist Zia McCabe who danced like a hippy while playing her Korg synth and tambourine. I spotted her again later in the day rocking out among the audience during the Die Antwoord set. Overall my only complaint was that Dandy's set felt criminally short and left me craving more. --MM

I started off day 2 of the festival by catching NYC punk legends Television's late afternoon set on the Rise Stage. They delivered almost all of their classic Marquee Moon (3/4 of their current lineup recorded the LP), complete with its signature paranoid feel and fantastic interlocking guitar work. Though they don't play all that many shows these days, the band were way on at the fest and came off sounding just as powerful as their recordings. After watching a large part of their set, I headed over to the Riot Stage for something very different: Die Antwoord.

The South African rave rappers began their performance by piping a highly-effected "DJ Hi-Tek Rulez" over the sound system, which includes the hook "DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass." Their subsequent set followed suit, with more ridiculous and highly danceable songs. During what I stuck around for, rapper Ninja mooned the crowd multiple times and did some serious stage hopping with Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We then broke for food prior to The Afghan Whigs' set on the nearby Roots Stage. --ZP

The crowd waiting for the Whigs couldn't have been more different than the one we had left. Older and somber, they occasionally took furrowed glances at Die Antwoord's stage in manner similar to a disgruntled parent. The Afghan Whigs finally hit the stage at 4:15 sharp and the crowd erupted with a mix of excitement and relief. Greg Dulli and the band were dressed in the debonair style that they're known for and reached deep into their back log, pulling out favorites like "Debonair" from their classic Gentleman album (which they're reissuing this year). The band flat out rocked and Duli even slammed his own drum near the end of the set. It was a real pleasure seeing these guys fully back in action. --MM

After Afghan Whigs, we headed to the smaller Revolt Stage to catch Buffalo, NY punk pop trio Lemuria. The three-piece delivered a mix of tunes from last year's The Distance Is So Big and its predecessors with a ton of energy. The humble crowd they gathered seemed to eat it up too. Highlights included the driving "Clay Baby" and grungy "Brilliant Dancer." After a handful of songs from Lemuria, we headed over to the already-packed Roots Stage where Wu-Tang Clan would soon be playing.

The Wu entered with their classic party-starter "Bring Da Ruckus," followed by the majority of 36 Chambers. Standout moments from their overall fun set included the RZA-led "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'," "Protect Ya Neck," and the classic "C.R.E.A.M." RZA also gave Syl Johnson a big shout out while talking about influential Chicago artists. --ZP

The Flaming Lips were our next mark, who were to take the Roots Stage after Wu-Tang. Wayne Coyne and co. began their sprawling trip-out with "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" followed by "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The band had an elaborate, hanging fiber-optic setup and a stage-spanning screen with visuals behind them. When combined (most often with a tunnel-looking rainbow video), the backgrounds and fiber-optics worked extremely well together. There were also various blowup mascots on stage throughout their set, like a sun, mushrooms, a creepy butterfly, etc. with people inside animating them. While attempting a confetti cannon shot during "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," The Flaming Lips blew the power on the Roots Stage. The confetti still shot off, and it was a bit sad for a few minutes while they assessed the situation. They did manage to come back strong, yet Coyne still seemed understandably deflated. This didn't stop him from putting on a great show though, and he channeled some of that weirdness into an excellent performance of The Terror standout "Look...The Sun Is Rising." The uplifting "Do You Realize??" came next, followed by their incredibly warped cover of The Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The verses remain fairly intact, but the chorus is shopped with doom-ridden explosions throughout. It's a really interesting take on the song, and I'm curious to see what the recording will be like. --ZP

The National were a bit delayed due to a border crossing mishap in Ottawa, so The Flaming Lips were given a bit more time. When they did arrive, Matt Berninger first joked that he was busy checking his email before actually explaining what happened. The National proceeded to give us a mostly late-period headlining set that featured songs from Trouble Will Find Me and High Violet. That's not to say their older material was completely ignored. " They capped off their characteristically great show with "Fake Empire" into "Mr. November," and finished with "Terrible Love." --ZP

Day 1 pics and review HERE. Day 3 HERE. More pictures of most of the above-reviewed artists and a handful of others from day 2, below...

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Fest photos by Samantha Saturday, Soundwave photos by Wilson Lee

Courtney Barnett / Woods / Spoon / Flaming Lips / Jenny Lewis
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3
2014 Outside Lands Festival Day 3

Outside Lands in it's seventh installment has completed it's transformation from a traditional rock and roll festival to a Coachella of Northern California. What used to drive Outside Lands were bands like Pearl Jam, Muse, Furthur, and Radiohead. Today, the headliners can be some of the quietest parts of the night. It's the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) that rules almost all festivals nationwide. Trying to get anywhere even close to Flume, Tiesto or Duck Sauce was virtually impossible. Luckily, the stage presence of those shows are next to nothing (besides some creepy visuals of satan that Boys Noize provided) so you can be standing anywhere with your friends and have a great time. This should be no surprise to anyone who's attended a festival in the past few years. The crowds are demanding dance music and I'm often being told that rock shows are just plain "boring". Whether that has to do with the increased intoxication at these festivals or just a shift in the popularity of EDM is for you to decide.

The beauty of the music festival lies in it's diversity in music. It will always be heavily weighed on what's trending, but you'll never go to a major music festival without classic hip hop, vintage rock and roll, EDM, and sometimes a little country. What has really started to impress me is the increasing number of female led rock groups." [Huffington Post]

Outside Lands closed things out with a bang on Sunday as Danielle Haim played drums with The Killers, Flaming Lips covered the Beatles, Patrick Stewart got drunk, and a whole bunch of other sets happened. Those other day 3 sets included Spoon, Cut Copy, Lykke Li, Jenny Lewis and plenty more. Unfortunately, CHVRCHES were a no-show due to border-crossing issues. Pictures of day 3's fun are in this post. Pics from day 1 are here and pics of day 2 are here.

Like we did at Lollapalooza and on OSL DAY ONE (pics) and OSL DAY TWO (pics), we set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent on the festival grounds. On Sunday the activities there included a live interview with Wayne Coyne and 2nd sets from Hiss Golden Messenger, The Bots and Courtney Barnett. Those pictures are in this post too and continue below.

In related news, Spoon just announced openers for their next NYC show, and we're giving away tickets. You can also read about Spoon's last NYC show, a secret surprise one, HERE.

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Kliph Scurlock w/ Gruff Rhys @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

A perhaps surprising turn in the Kliph Scurlock Vs Wayne Coyne/Flaming Lips saga. For those who haven't been following this, Scurlock was let go from drumming duties in The Flaming Lips, and then released a statement claiming that he was fired by frontman Wayne Coyne after taking a stand against against Christina Fallin -- singer in band Pink Pony and daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin --  who wore a native American headdress in a now-deleted photo on her Instagram. Coyne then fired back in a Rolling Stone interview, calling Scurlock a "compulsive, pathological liar" among other things.

Today (5/13), as noted by Stereogum, Scurlock wrote a long (very very long) post on his Facebook, saying he doesn't think Coyne is a racist, and that maybe he wasn't the best Flaming Lips team player. He wrote a lot. This chunk pretty much sums it up:

Anyway.....so, again, in all caps this time because it's true - WAYNE COYNE IS NOT A RACIST. And I can say that because I know him. And I wouldn't say it if it weren't true because above all else, I value truth, no matter how shitty it is. I've also gained a lot of perspective in the last several days about Wayne as a human being and myself as a human being. Watching Wayne get piled on and receive death threats has really freaked me out. We've butted heads over the years and he's done and said several things to me that I found unwarranted and borderline despicable and I thought I would enjoy watching him get his feet held to the fire when this stuff blew up. But I haven't. At all. And it's caused me to do a lot of deep thinking. And I see that I wasn't the perfect soldier in the band I painted myself to be (and thought I was.) There were lots of things I wasn't the least bit interested in - the Lipsha record, the Stone Roses cover album, the Sgt. Pepper cover album, working with Miley Cyrus, etc. - that I would just simply skate out of and not participate in. I operated under the delusion that it didn't matter (and it ultimately didn't. Those records got made or are getting made whether I'm around or not), but I can see how it might look to the other guys in the band and how it might cast doubts on my ultimate allegiance to said band.
And then closes with:
I do wish once more to sincerely thank everybody from the absolute bottom of my heart for the love and support I've been shown. But please don't make me out to be something I'm not. And please don't make Wayne (or the other guys in the band) out to be something he and they are not. After all, we're just humans, some of us with wives and children.
Scurlock also says that he's still a Flaming Lips fan and plans on buying their new records and seeing them live. You can read the whole thing below.

Meanwhile, Scurlock can be heard on Gruff Rhys' new solo album, American Interior and you may have seen him live with the Super Furry Animals frontman during SXSW (like at one of our BrooklynVegan day parties).

The entirety of Scurlock's post is below...

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Wayne and Kliph with the 'Lips in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
Flaming Lips

After he was let go from drumming duties in The Flaming Lips, Kliph Scurlock released a statement claiming that he was fired by frontman Wayne Coyne after taking a stand against against Christina Fallin, singer in band Pink Pony and daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who wore a native American headdress in a now-deleted photo on her Instagram. In a new interview at Rollingstone.com Coyne responds to these allegations, and portrays Scurlock as "abusive, compulsive, pathological liar that will do anything he can do get attention":

The only thing that we would have to say about Kliph leaving is that he just was not very significant to us. And all the things he's saying about the reason he was fired, it's all just made-up lies. He knows we struggled with him for years and it didn't occur to us that it seemed that significant. I don't even use the word "fired." He just doesn't play drums with us anymore - that's the way I'd put it.
Later in the interview Coyne further reiterated this, saying that Scurlock's comments on Christina Fallin (singer for Pink Pony and daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin) was just the final straw:
Kliph was not fired because of that [headdress incident]. Kliph was fired because of a thousand hateful things that he's done. And he just wasn't a very significant musical part of the Flaming Lips anyway. I think the day after we fired him, we played a show in New Orleans without him. Steven's the drummer. Anybody that listens to those records and think they're hearing Kliph, they're hearing Steven. And Steven is with us and will always be with us.
"Hateful" is a word Coyne repeatedly uses to describe Scurlock. An example:
Anybody who knows him knows what kind of a hateful person he is. I mean, anybody that looks at his stuff could see that most of the bands that we would play with, he despised them. To their face, he would say, "You guys were great" and then 20 minutes later he'd get online and say, "These people are a bunch of fakes. They suck." That would be almost every band we ever played with. The more that time went on, people would pay more attention to him because of his connection to the Flaming Lips.
As for the Native American headdress incident, and the instagram Coyne took of his friends and a dog wearing one...
I understand now that if I'm a spokesperson for any kind of behavior, I shouldn't have done it, and I regret doing it now. I am sorry. I realize now that it goes deeply to the heart of some Native Americans. And I definitely regret it. I don't publicly ever say it, but I live in a neighborhood that was predominantly Native American in the late Seventies and Eighties. I haven't done it publicly, but there's cases of me helping Native Americans. It's all just Internet hate, you know?
In other news, he also talks about who is going to replace Scurlock:
Well, there's two guys. I think we're going to use two different guys. Who is the guy that plays with Radiohead and Portishead? [Clive Deamer] He's great, and we met him at a couple of festivals last summer. And I like the way that they were using two people to do the slightly electronic stuff versus the real rock stuff, and we were trying to go that way. We were thinking of it anyway, and then this thing that happened, there are two guys here who want to be part of this thing. I think it'll be a great addition to this cool group of weirdos that we take around with us, and they're guys that we know right from here. I think it will be really exciting and the Flaming Lips will be better than ever.
Read the whole, lengthy interview over at Rolling Stone.

Kurt Scurlock w/ The Lips @ T5 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

When we initially reported that Kliph Scurlock was no longer drummer for The Flaming Lips, we didn't know the reasons behind it, but this week details of the whole thing have come to light. Scurlock claims he was fired by frontman Wayne Coyne after taking a stand against against Christina Fallin, singer in band Pink Pony and daughter of Okalhoma Governor Mary Fallin, who wore a native American headdress in a publicity photo on her Instagram (which has since been deleted, as has a letter her band posted to Facebook defending their actions at the Norman Music Festival):

Fallin Headdress

Despite "Do You Realize??" no longer being Oklahoma's song, the young Fallin and Coyne are friends and when she allegedly told the Lips frontman about Scurlock taking jabs at her on Facebook, the drummer claims he got the axe.

Much of this first came to light originally, actually, via an anonymous comment in the BV post about The Flaming Lips April Fools stunts:

Kliph wasn't fired for calling Wayne out on his midlife crisis b.s. (although if anyone in that band had the nuts to bring it up to Wayne, it would be Kliph!) He was fired for taking a stand against Wayne's new buddy - the daughter of OK's tea-bagging, homophobe governor Mary Fallin - when she donned a Native headdress for a racist publicity stunt. When Kliph called her out on social media for being a shithead to the Oklahoma Native community who complained about her headdress publicity stunt, she tattled on him to Wayne. Wayne actually told Kliph he was fired for insulting Fallin publicly.
The story broke wide this week thanks to a story on the Red Dirt Report. They read the BV comment and confirmed it with an anonymous source. Kliph then seemed to confirm the story via tweets that supported the Red Dirt story. That was followed by a story on Gawker. Today Scurlock told his side of the story via a statement sent to Pitchfork:
he texted me again pressing the headdress photo issue. In my desire to have this done and over with, I apologized and said I wouldn't do it again. He responded, "... Ha ha... You so full of shit ... You're a fucking coward !! Go stick up for your Indian friends if its so important to you !!" It devolved from there, with him later texting, "I think..... I am gonna make it so your 'beliefs' no longer have any association with the Flaming Lips .." More name calling followed with him finally sending me a text at 3:49 a.m. on March 20 that said I was fired...

...Christina Fallin and the rest of her lame band tried to get publicity for a recent live performance by spreading the rumor that they were going to perform in full Native regalia. My good friend (and someone I admire deeply) Samantha Crain organized a peaceful protest. The band mocked Native culture and was very antagonistic towards the protesters by flipping them off and trying to get security to remove them, despite them being out of the sight lines of the audience. Wayne and his girlfriend were apparently there making fun of the protesters (I can't confirm this because none of it is on video and I wasn't there) which enraged a lot of people, which led to someone telling the local press the reason I was fired, which led to the furor over the past several days.

There's a lot more than that and the entirety of Scurlock's statement is below.

The Oklahoma Governor's office is getting a lot of strange press of late. Have you seen that statue of Lucifer the Satanic Church wants to put outside the Capitol Building?

In happier news, Scurlock plays on Gruff Rhys' new album, American Interior, and is featured in it's accompanying film as well.

Read Scurlock's long statement below...

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Kliph Scurlock w/ the Lips at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kliph Scurlock

The Flaming Lips, who recently pulled an elaborate April Fool's prank and have a Sgt. Pepper's cover album coming out with Tame Impala, Miley and others, have now lost a member. Drummer Kliph Scurlock, who joined the band as a live member in 2002 and went on to record with them on studio albums Embryonic and The Terror, has left the band, a representative told Pitchfork. As The Future Heart pointed out, rumors started flying about his departure after he was not with the band at their BUKU Fest performance.

The Flaming Lips have more festival appearances confirmed for this year, including Bonnaroo and the inaugural upstate NY festival The Hudson Project.

Watch The Flaming Lips playing "Do You Realize??" at Glastonbury 2010 with Kliph Scurlock below...

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NY Mag

The easiest way to quickly describe this is to let Funny or Die do the talking!

Happy April Fool's Day,

As you've probably heard, The Flaming Lips recently released Flaming Side of the Moon: an immersive companion piece to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Listeners are encouraged to enjoy the albums simultaneously while watching The Wizard of Oz, as both sync up perfectly with the film:


Funny Or Die is excited to announce that we produced the album, as well as these accompanying videos starring Fred Armisen, Jon Daly, and many others that contextualize the creative process!




There's also this video of the studio session that spans the entire 43-minute album:


We're also excited to introduce Flaming Lips Cereal and Wayne Coyne's New York Magazine cover story:




Happy April Fool's Day!

Hudson Project

Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.

In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."

Full initial lineup below...

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Flaming Lips in San Francisco in 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

Big Beatles fans The Flaming Lips will be taking their love for that band even further when they release a full cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as The Future Heart points out. It follows the band's full-album covers of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and The Stone Roses, and includes some big name guests including Miley Cyrus, MGMT, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch and others. No release date, but stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Wayne Coyne of Steven Drozd of the Lips joined Miley at her Tulsa show this past week (like they did in LA last month) to perform "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Part 1)." You can watch a video of that below...

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Baio at LPR in 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, who is a solo artist as just Baio, has been on a short DJ tour this month which wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates are listed below, including the NYC show happening on Saturday (2/8) at Cameo with Headband & Hooligan and Griffin Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Cameo is also where Cut Copy's Ben Browning DJs tonight (2/7) with Joel Ford (tickets), and where Teengirl Fantasy, L-Vis 1990, Lafawndah, Brother Bruno (ft. live vox by Aggressiva) and Aurora Halal will be on Sunday (2/9) (tickets).

In honor of his tour, Baio made a new mix which features some unreleased material. That can be streamed below. He also just remixed "Holding on for Life" off the new Broken Bells (James Mercer and Danger Mouse) album, After the Disco. That can be streamed below as well.

We just caught Broken Bells at Baby's All Right (pics), which they played before appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman for Beatles Week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming go the US. They covered "And I Love Her," and you can watch the video of that below.

Last night (2/6), Letterman had The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon, who covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the video of that can be watched below as well. Flaming Lips also just played the Amnesty concert and singer Wayne Coyne is about to kick off his solo tour of record stores with NYC in-stores at Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 Am and Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day.

For more Beatles celebration, read our interview with Julian Lennon.

All Baio dates and streams, Broken Bells and Flaming Lips videos, below...

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Madonna, Pussy Riot, a crotch, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips @ Barclays Center - 2/5/14
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What a (long) night! The Amnesty International show at Barclays Center wrapped up around 1am Wednesday night with a concert-ending performance by The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono. Many more, including Lauryn Hill, Colbie Caillat (I think that's her crotch), Tegan & Sara, Cake, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Blondie and of course Pussy Riot (who were on Colbert one night earlier) also took the stage at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Those sitting too far away to see could watch what was going on on the big screens, though sometimes that content was a bit questionable. Did you go? What did you think? We'll have more on the whole shebang with pics later.

Meanwhile check out some video below...

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Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are about to come to NYC to play the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (tickets), and after that frontman Wayne Coyne will be going on a solo tour of record stores. It kicks off at Manhattan's Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 AM, and that's followed by an appearance at Brooklyn's Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day. All dates on the tour are listed below.

For Wayne's solo tour, he'll be selling an "extremely limited edition" of the Flaming Lips first EP, which was initially released in 1984 and at that point featured Wayne's brother Mark on lead vocals. Details via press release on what this edition of the EP will entail:

Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the 12" EP which is housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull; anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull contains a special Gold Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show by THE FLAMING LIPS in the world.

The Flaming Lips 1st EP will be available as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl and signed by Coyne. The last time this recording was available on vinyl was in 1986. It was originally recorded in two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984 and released on the group's homemade label Lovely Sorts of Death Records. This edition has been remastered by LIPS bassist Michael Ivins and given a reimagined cover by freak artist Charlie Immer.

The Flaming Lips are also performing on The Late Show with David Letterman (which is filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre) on Thursday (2/6), celebrating Beatles Week.

Stream a track from the EP, along with all Wayne Coyne solo and Flaming Lips dates, below...

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Pussy Riot

We already mentioned the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert would be going down in Brooklyn on February 5 at Barclays Center with The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, and others, and there's just been a very interesting addition:

Members of the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, who were recently freed from prison after 21 months, will participate in Amnesty International's landmark Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on February 5, Amnesty International announced Tuesday.

"We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, whose imprisonment was the subject of hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty activists after they were jailed for publicly criticizing Putin in a church. "We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners."

"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina, who are now working to improve conditions for prisoners in the Russian penal colony system, will address attendees at the concert to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience--people who have chosen a non-violent path yet are jailed for their beliefs, color of skin, gender, or sexual orientation, and whose rights Amnesty has championed throughout its 50-year history. The star-studded lineup includes The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Cake and more yet to be announced.

"Today, as we work to improve human rights conditions in the United States, we can't abandon the fight for the rights of imperiled individuals around the world," said Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins. "When we come together on February 5 in Brooklyn, our voices will be amplified by the presence of Pussy Riot, who continue to demonstrate the power we share when we take a stand against injustice. Join us next month and become a part of the next wave of the human rights movement."

Tickets are still available.

The Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween (more by Chris Tuite)
Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, Cold War Kids and Cake are among the artists announced for the next Amnesty International Human Rights Concert, which takes place this year at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on February 5. The concert also features Colbie Caillat, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, and other special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/11) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM and an Internet presale starting Friday (1/10) at 10 AM.

Some background on the Amnesty concerts, via press release:

Twenty-five years after its initial concert series, which featured U2, Sting, Lou Reed and others, Amnesty International is bringing back the concert - with a digital twist - to raise awareness about human rights to a new generation. The Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home concert will use technology to connect the music and message in real time from the stage of the Barclays Center to activists across the globe.

"The fight for global human rights begins at home," said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director for Amnesty International USA. "This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad - whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe."

Watch some recent Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill videos below...

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A group of bands have teamed up to honor the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse by recording a tribute album, Last Box of Sparklers, which they're currently raising money for on Indiegogo. Those involved include The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Mark Lanegan, David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven), Mercury Rev, Califone, Margot and the Nuclear So-And-So's, The Joy Formidable, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Portgual. The Man and more. The Flaming Lips have just revealed their cover of "Sad and Beautiful World," which you can hear (via Pitchfork), along with the full list of contributors and the Indiegogo campaign video, below.

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NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.

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Happy Halloween
Flaming Lips
Tame Impala

The psychedelic Tame Impala / Flaming Lips tour, which we also caught in NYC, got even wilder last night in San Francisco as the show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium coincided with everyone's favorite day to play dress up.

Similarly, the co-headliners, with Austin's White Denim in town, played the two nights prior in LA, both equally interesting:

I really do love Halloween," said a blood-soaked Wayne Coyne from his space agey podium. It was a special show called the Halloween Blood Bath at The Greek Theatre featuring co-headliners the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala with the fine men of White Denim as openers. The audience was a mix of some heavily costumed groups and some who were just there for the music. Nevertheless, it was a celebration and it immediately felt like it from the start. Coyne took the stage wearing a tiny white dress holding a white plastic cloak over his head that almost made him look like a fetus that was about to burst. The rest of the band emerged donning creepy Michael Myers masks, then fake Miley Cyrus carried by a giant bear came out with a bucket of blood (real pig's blood was what they initially told us) and poured it all over him as thousands of confetti flew into the air, making a magnificently theatrical intro that was accompanied by some dark instrumental music. It was a spectacle and nothing less than what I expected from Flaming Lips who's always been famous for their extravagant live performances. Impressively, he did not leave the stage to change at all and performed throughout the night doused in fake blood. [Restless Cities]
We've got pictures from the Halloween show, where like Arcade Fire did on the same night in LA, the Lips covered Devo. Full setlist and more pictures below...

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The Two Amigos: Wayne Coyne & Moby

We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like TV on the Radio, PIxies, The Julie Ruin, Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Tricky, Night Sins, Placebo, Goldrapp, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Moby & Wayne Coyne, Terrible Feelings, Heliotropes, Twin Shadow covering Bruce Springsteen, Queens of The Stone Age covering Arctic Monkeys, Kitty, They Might Be Giants, and what may be the newest viral YouTube hit, below.

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