Entries tagged with: Flaming Lips
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
"After a brief respite from the road, we're coming back to the good ole USofA. We've confirmed a two-week run of shows in the midwest and along the eastern seaboard in July. We're kicking things off on the weekend of July 8th-10th with a couple of festival performances... [and] then head east, including a return to Terminal 5 in New York City on July 14th." - GomezThough the full slate of dates for Gomez's US trek have yet to be revealed, tickets are currently on fan presale for their NYC show at Terminal 5 on July 14th. Tickets go on regular sale on Friday (4/15). The Gomez dates are in celebration of the band's new LP, Whatever's On Your Mind, due this June. The band is giving away a new track for the price of your email.
At least one date on Gomez's trek (Chicago) is part of the previously mentioned DMB Caravan (thats Dave Matthews Band, for rills), a touring festival that includes a bro party in Atlantic City from June 24 - 26th at Bader Field. Though Gomez isn't on board for the NJ stop, the three-day NJ festival will feature appearances from The Flaming Lips, Damien Marley, Ray LaMontagne, Bassnectar, Dr. Dog, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Budos Band and many, many others. Full lineup is at the DMB Caravan site, and AC tix are HERE.
Based on what is posted on the Flaming Lips' own tour page, and on the Dave Matthews festival site, it looks like the Lips will not be performing a full album in NJ, though it's confusing because they will be performing "Dark Side of the Moon" at the Chicago stop (which is the same weekend they perform "The Soft Bulletin" in the same city which is also confusing). Regardless, there are still no full album shows in NYC, or NYC dates at all.
Gomez dates below...
No word on how a giant vagina entrance, a bear suit, Wayne Coyne in an inflatable ball, Hulk hands and similar props will work at Carnegie Hall, but The Flaming Lips will join recent addition Taj Mahal at the 21st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Show on 3/3. The two join a veritable all-star lineup that includes Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell, Angelique Kidjo, James McCartney, and of course curator Philip Glass. Tickets for the concert are on sale via Carnegie Hall, while tickets for the concert and a fund-raising dinner are on sale via Tibet House directly. (Note: Do not expect a full set by any band - they usually play 3 songs each at the most, with a few collaborations and group sing-alongs).
In related News, Wayne Coyne recently talked to Spin about some of the Lips' plans for 2011...
First up, the band is heading to New York to cut tracks with synth-pop artist Neon Indian and longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and they're hoping to release the results on the fly. "We're going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly," says Coyne, who posted a demo of a potential collaborative track earlier this week. "I have a couple of tunes that he's heard and we'll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together."Deerhoof is going out on tour soon, and is now playing Europa in Brooklyn on February 8th instead of Ridgewood Masonic Temple which can no longer serve alcohol. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Ariel Pink will be at Coachella and was just on Fallon. Neon Indian has one show coming up: Thu Feb 03 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas with the Flaming Lips.
Coyne adds that he'd love to do similar collaborations with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "I think everybody would be up for doing something. But a lot of it comes down to us fitting into their schedules. I can always sneak in on their thing."
Finally, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips recently dropped the score for The Heart Is Drum Machine, a documentary that examines music and human attraction to it. The twelve-track mostly-instrumental LP features tracks like "Born" (downloadable above, streamable below) and a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" featuring none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle. The film also features Drozd, Keenan, & Wayne Coyne, alongside appearances from Jason Schwartzman, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Juliette Lewis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, George Clinton, and many others who all discuss their personal connection to music. The Heart Is A Drum Machine is out now on DVD and the soundtrack is out now on iTunes.
The soundtrack tracklisting, the film trailer, and that song stream are all below.
Brian Gibson and Jason Kendall of Megasus at Acheron (more)
After releasing their punishing self-titled LP with 20 Buck Spin (and playing an equally punitive live show at Acheron), Megasus is back to release a new 5" mini-EP with Brutal Panda Records. The Menace of The Universe 5" features a pair of new tracks from the Providence beatdown artists including "Damned Hammer" and the title track, which is streaming below. Guitarist Ryan Lesser is responsible for the (impressive) artwork duties on the release, which will include die-cut six-panel packaging. You can see the art and pre-order the EP at Brutal Panda's site.
Megasus, the only band that has the distinction of having a record on Brutal Panda and 20 Buck Spin all while having a song in Rock Band 2, currently have no dates on their calendar. Neither does Lightning Bolt who share drummer/bassist Brian Gibson.
In between working on his fretwork and art for the upcoming release, Ryan Lesser also found time to tell us what his favorite things were in 2010. Check out that list while you listen to the song stream for "Menace Of The Universe" below.
photos by Tim Griffin
"An estimated 200,000 people journeyed the grounds of Zilker Park this weekend for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, the rest of the Saturday HERE, Flaming Lips HERE, and the rest of the pictures from Sunday (and the conclusion of our 2010 Austin City Limits coverage), below...
The descent of the iconic guitar sign Monday signified the end of an incredibly successful ACL Music Festival, and with eight stages and 130 bands, clean up is expected to take the rest of the week.
"This year's ACL was one of the best. The weather was incredible," City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Victor Ovalle said.
The show's producer, C3 Presents, takes care of cleaning up Zilker Park, and the city sends crews into the surrounding neighborhoods to remove any trace of music fans who know how to have a good time.
After C3 Presents leaves the park later this week, fertilizing and watering the grass will city's number one priority." [News 8 Austin]
The Thermals @ the Bell House in 2009 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Ras Moshe @ The Stone
* Roger Waters @ Nassau Coliseum
* Uzimon, Cock Lorge @ Mercury Lounge
* Ljova and the Kontraband @ The Stone
* Stick To Your Guns @ Gramercy Theatre
* Pepper, Pour Habit @ Highline Ballroom
* The Avett Brothers @ Radio City Music Hall
* The Bandana Splits, Ben Arthur @ Joe's Pub
* Kordan, BRAHMS, Zaza, Von Haze @ Bruar Falls
* Avi Buffalo, The Wailing Wall @ Mercury Lounge
* Thrones, Christian Mistress, Villains @ The Acheron
* Nat Baldwin, Diane Cluck, Spencer Kingman @ Zebulon
* Deerhoof, Father Murphy, Talibam! @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Postelles, Ambassadors, Jangula @ Bowery Electric
* The Thermals, Twin Shadow, So Cow @ Irving Plaza
* Jimmy Eat World, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Terminal 5
* Wolf Gang, Emil & Friends, The Knocks @ Santos Party House
* Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Young Nick Krill @ Pianos
* Here We Go Magic, The Love Language, Delicate Steve @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Ladybug Transistor, Marky Monnone (of The Lucksmiths) @ The Rock Shop
* Telecult Powers, Bob Bellerue, Grasshopper, Opponents, Fossils, Kyle Clyde @ Silent Barn
* Samiam, The Casting Out, I Hate Our Freedom, Vs. Antelope @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Rodrigo y Gabriela cancelled their show that was scheduled to take place at Wellmont Theatre tonight.
Flaming Lips were Zapped By The Lucky Super Rainbow. Video below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"Watching Deer Tick at One Eyed Jacks in
the French quarter..." - Wayne Coyne, one day after ACL
"Burbank, CA - What would Halloween be without THE FLAMING LIPS? Certainly nothing as magical and incendiary as their annual Ghouls Gone Wild event held in their hometown of Oklahoma City, that's what. As we fall into the crisp Autumnal night air of the season's darkest yet sweetest holiday, THE FLAMING LIPS ask the question: Want to Participate in This Year's MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS?The Flaming Lips played a nine-song set opposite Band of Horses at Austin City Limits on Sunday (10/10). Coming up, the band will play a week of shows in Florida before their pre-Halloween parade (see above), and then another week of shows in Asia after Halloween, and eventually, in July 2011, a very special performance in the UK. All dates with more ACL pictures, the setlist, and a video of Wayne screenprinting an ACL poster with his own blood, below...
This October 23rd, The LIPS will once again host their annual MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS Parade in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district, just a stones throw away from FLAMING LIPS ALLEY.
Last year's third annual Ghouls Gone Wild event was a huge success that drew LIPS fans from around the globe. Naturally, this year's Supernatural procession will be even more elaborate as festive floats, (in)appropriately adorned cars, walking groups and plenty of surprises along with 1000 strong undead snaking through the streets of Oklahoma City.
Order your costume bundle for this year's parade now in the official Flaming Lips store: www.flaminglips.com/store
Check out the new video for "See the Leaves" below...
Lou Barlow on stage with Dinsaur Jr at Bowery (more by Vincent Cornelli)
The previously mentioned Lou Barlow & The Missingmen/Wye Oak tour hits Mercury Lounge TONIGHT (9/1, tickets), one of two NYC-area dates for tour-mates. On Saturday (9/4), the pair will play an early show at Maxwell's (tickets) before the venue hosts The Greenhornes/The Black Hollies later that night (tickets). The Greenhornes play a show at Mercury Lounge while they're here too, and it's free (Greenhornes also play ATP NY over the weekend).
Meanwhile Lou Barlow and the great Dinosaur Jr will play support for a pretty incredible ATP show overseas. The event, which will see them perform Bug in its entirety, will also see Deerhoof play all of Milk Man as support for...
On the 1st July 2011 The Flaming Lips will perform their seminal classic The Soft Bulletin as part of ATP Concerts Don't Look Back season. On the album's release in 1999 it was hailed by critics as 'The Pet Sounds of the 90s', receiving adulation from fans and writers alike, topping many year end charts and spawning two classic singles ('Waiting For A Superman', 'Race For The Prize') and going on to influence countless bands. In 2003 Pitchfork placed the album as the third best album of the 1990s alongside Radiohead's OK Computer and My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.I knew it was just a matter of time before it happened. For those of you willing to hop the pond, tickets are on sale Friday 9/3 at 10AM.
Speaking of ATP, the countdown to ATP NY is on its last legs, and the festival (that Flaming Lips, Deerhoof and Dinosaur Jr. all played last year or the year before) has announced set times. Raekwon direct support? Sleep headlining OVER Iggy Pop? Discuss/love/hate and check out times below.
Wayne Coyne & bear @ Terminal 5 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Right before NYC got two Flaming Lips/Fang Island shows (Summerstage & Terminal 5) and three by the Black Keys (Summerstage, Summerstage, Terminal 5), all three bands played one show at CMAC, the Bowery Presents-booked venue near Rochester...
"Patrick Carney (drums) and Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocals) held their own through a high-energy, in-your-face performance that included favorites like "I Got Mine" off the album "Attack and Release." The duo filled the amphitheater with ear-pounding precision despite looking a little lonely on the huge stage for most of the set. The crowd responded jubilantly to the Keys' classic style and the band fed off the upbeat vibe, funneling its stripped-down sound all the way out to the lost lawn dwellers.Last night, Wednesday, July 28th, the Flaming Lips followed their three NY shows with another appearance on Letterman. It was at least their fourth. Videos of all four (including "Vaseline" in 1995!) below...
But The Flaming Lips, a band known for its ridiculous stage antics, was in a league of its own. The band was birthed on to the stage, emerging from a projected 30-foot vagina. Wayne Coyne, looking much like a fetus in a growing uterus, slowly stood up within a huge, plastic sphere that he called a "spaceball" and rolled his way through the pavilion on the hands of fans during the opening track, "Worm Mountain." The only word that came to mind was "epic."" [Rochester City Newspaper]
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"Everyone always says that when bands play places like L.A. and New York that no one wants to have a good time," frontman Wayne Coyne told the giddy crowd at Manhattan's Terminal 5 before The Flaming Lips' show last night. "But I think that's fucking bullshit!" [SPIN]The Flaming Lips played the same 14 songs they played at Central Park Summerstage one night earlier, last night at Terminal 5 in NYC. The show was the 2nd of five SPIN/Zync shows happening in NYC this week. Catch the Lips on Letterman tonight (7/28). More pictures and the selist from Terminal 5, below...
photos by Eliza Koch
""This night is f---ing perfect," Coyne announced at the top of the show following his now-customary climb over the audience in a giant inflatable hamster ball. He wasn't necessarily talking about the music but rather about the weather, as the oppressive summer humidity had dissipated long enough to create a warm, breezy summer night. It provided the ideal backdrop for the Lips' set, which was heavy on the amorphous material from Embryonic. On the album, the melodies float several layers below the surface and are constantly teased out by the adroit production abilities of Dave Fridmann. In a live setting, the band let the fuzz do the talking, and allowed most of the tunes to build into swirls of distorted noise and churning beat science." [MTV]The Flaming Lips, played right up to Rumsey Playfield's 10pm curfew last night (7/26). In that time they managed to perform 14 songs including "Do You Realize?" for the 1-song encore. The full setlist is below.
Tonight, Tuesday, you can catch the band at Terminal 5 with Fang Island . The show is sold out, but it will also be streaming, like Smashing Pumpkins last night, online. The Flaming Lips return to the David Letterman show on Wednesday.
More pictures, a bunch of videos, and the setlist from Summerstage, below...
It's a busy week for big NYC shows. The Flaming Lips are here for two performances, starting with the gig tonight/Monday at Central Park SummerStage. Oneida opens. The Flaming Lips show Tuesday night at Terminal 5 is part of the Spin25 series of gigs running each day this week.
Spin25, sponsored by American Express's new ZYNC card (as you can see in the picture above), kicks off with Smashing Pumpkins tonight at Terminal 5, and continues with Flaming Lips on July 27th, the Black Keys on July 28th, the National on July 29th (all at Terminal 5), and Spiritualized on July 30th at Radio City. Show openers are listed below (Spiritualized, which has no opener, is the only one with tickets available currently).
THIS WEEK AT TERMINAL 5If you don't have tickets, we're offering one more chance for you to see the shows. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to each of the last four (that's all minus Smashing Pumpkins). Details on that are below...
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (w/ Kill Hannah & The Jim Jones Revue)
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (w/ Fang Island)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (w/ Lee Fields & The Expressions & The Whigs)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (w/ Suckers & Kurt Vile)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
You can also watch the shows online: SPIN & ZYNC are streaming them.
Several of the above bands have more shows this week too. The Black Keys play two SummerStage shows with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th (the second being the an early show on same night they play T5). Those two shows are also a tour kick-off for the two bands. All dates below.
The National also play Celebrate Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 27th with Beach House opening. They'll be back in September for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Owen Pallett who opens both Arcade Fire shows at MSG next week.
Contest details and dates below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
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Ariel Pink @ the Echoplex
"Clearly, signing to 4AD and cutting "Before Today," his great and most sonically forthright record yet this year, has done wonders for him. Haunted Graffiti has finally grown from L.A. outsider-art's inside secret into a thrilling (and shockingly tight) international concern. But in a way, as good as the band has gotten, it seems just as important that the surrounding culture has finally caught up with them.Ariel Pink and Magic Kids kicked off their previously-announced tour at Echoplex in LA on July 9th. They've since played San Francisco, and are in Portland tonight. The NYC show, which still has tickets for sale, happens July 24th at Irving Plaza. More pictures from that LA show, and updated dates (including a string of dates Ariel is playing with the Flaming Lips), below...
All the cool kids are swapping romantic, tape-decayed pop like Nite Jewel, Wild Nothing and Neon Indian, and Pitchfork has a whole new blog network devoted to covering such things. Rosenberg could never be accused of overt careerism, and probably takes developments like selling out the Echoplex on Friday with a huge streak of amusement. But it's telling that just as the mainstream hipsterati knighted him as the crown prince of lo-fi, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti took a hard turn for clarity and showmanship.
For a band whose mythology is rooted in the idea of Rosenberg as this genius hermit cranking out tapes and hiding from the sun in his L.A. flophouse, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti has turned into a crack live act.
Beach Fossils @ Market Hotel in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
Dan Deacon & Lower Dens @ Red Hook Park
The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
Fred Eaglesmith @ The Rodeo Bar
Peter Wolf Crier, Joemca @ Pianos
The Rafiq Bhatia Collective @ Coco 66
Gaslight Anthem, Tim Barry @ Irving Plaza
Flowers, The Junkman Band, K Holes @ Zebulon
First Aid Kit, Samantha Crain @ The Bell House
Sally Seltmann, Ladybug Transistor @ Union Hall
Drake, Hanson, Ninjasonik @ South Street Seaport
Carole King, James Taylor @ Madison Square Garden
Handsome Family, Neutral Uke Hotel @ Mercury Lounge
Tuesday Night Disco w/ Sabbath Assembly @ Glasslands
Kashmir, Hypernova, Cruel Black Dove @ Bowery Ballroom
John Butler Trio, State Radio @ Central Park Summerstage
Warpaint, Beach Fossils, Mini Mansions @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Talibam!, G. Calvin Weston's Tribute to Ornette Coleman @ Bowery Poetry Club
Radio Happy Hour w/ Nick Diamonds & Islands, Eddie Kaye Thomas @ (le) Poisson Rouge
Erik Friedlander's Broken Arm Trio, Gerald Cleave/William Parker/Craig Taborn @ The Stone
Drake + Hanson + Ninjasonik are playing a free show at South Street Seaport tonight (where Ribbons will play the weekly Sound Bites Lunchtime series tomorrow at 1pm). Today's also the release date of Drake's official debut, Thank Me Later. The video for his song "Over" is below.
Dan Deacon tonight is also free, at Red Hook Park.
new Flaming Lips video for "The Sparrow Looks Up At The Machine" below...
Flaming Lips @ Bonnaroo 2010 (The J Train)
"It's not a Bonnaroo set without a wild-card cover version. The Flaming Lips and an allied group, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, played the entirety of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" with no deference at all. With fuzztone bass and wah-wah guitars, a garage-rock kick and non-portentous vocals, it went lurching toward Flaming Lips' disheveled version of madness rather than Pink Floyd's majestic one.You can listen to the Flaming Lips' 2-set performance in NPR's archive. People have also posted it for download.
Wayne Coyne, to stir up the crowd, claimed there was actual money inside some of the balloons released during "Money." Who knows?"
More pictures, various videos, and the setlist from Bonnaroo, below...
The Flaming Lips in Poughkeepsie in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Remember the five Spin 25th Anniversary shows announced in March? Here they are:
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5A ZYNC/AmEx ticket presale for all five shows IS GOING ON NOW (started at 10am). Public sale happens Monday, June 14th at 11am. That is exactly consistent with the on-sale info Spiritualized posted with the previous announcement for this Radio City show, and with the on-sale info posted with the "Smashing Pumpkins" announcement. The Smashing Pumpkins Terminal 5 show is part of a string of "intimate" shows Billy Corgan and band are playing in July.
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (a late show)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen in its entirety @ Radio City Music Hall
The National have other dates (including Radio City June 16th) coming up. The Flaming Lips and the Black Keys both play Central Park SummerStage around the time of the T5 shows. In fact, the July 28th T5 show is late show following one of the Black Keys SummerStage shows.
Some related recent videos below...
In addition to playing the June 30th Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club/Suckers show at Governors Island (they're opening), We Were Promised Jetpacks has added a Tuesday, June 29th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Bear Hands open. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday, May 28th at noon.
The Brooklyn show is one of at least seven shows that WWPJ and Bear Hands will play together this summer. Those dates include Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival which has updated its July lineup since we last spoke. That updated lineup and day-by-day schedule, and all dates below...
ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TXTickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...
"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."
by Andrew Frisicano
Fang Island @ Knitting Factory in April (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Fang Island will be one of the "tons more" promised at Cake Shop's May 29th show with Dan Deacon, which is part of the venue's fifth-anniversary month (a month that includes the NYC debut of New Moods this evening, May 17th).
Fang Island are currently on tour through the end of May, and this July they'll head out with the Flaming Lips. Those shows include Lips' July 4th Atlantic City show and their upstate NY shows (one of which has Black Keys and Morning Benders). All dates are below.
The band's self-titled record that came out earlier this year. Two tracks from it are above, and below are two videos directed by Carlos Charlie Perez (no relation to Danny Perez, Animal Collective collaborator, besides the sonic similarities). All tour dates and videos are below...
Steven Drozd & fans @ Wellmont Theatre - 4/19 (more by Chris La Putt)
" Due to unforeseen circumstances SunFest is announcing a last minute schedule change. The Flaming Lips have withdrawn from the festival.Get well soon Steven! The band's set at Sunfest in West Palm Beach, Florida was scheduled for Thursday, 4/29. That's followed by five dates in May.
We regret any inconvenience that this may cause. The performance of any band is in the hands of the artists, not the festival. As a result, our longstanding policy is that the schedule is subject to change and no refunds will be given for festival tickets. Festival tickets are good for any one day of the five days. SunFest has been informed that the cancellation is due to the hospitalization of Steven Drozd and therefore extends wishes for a speedy recovery."
Sunfest kicks off tonight (4/28) with sets that include Weezer and We are Scientists. Full lineup below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"Holy shit. If I had only one band to choose to see in concert it would be The Flaming Lips. Best concert I've ever been to, no contest. Friendly people, which makes sense: Flaming Lips fans are some of the friendliest people I know.In other words, just your average Flaming Lips show at Wellmont Theater in NJ last night. More pictures, the setlist of video of the band performing a Pink Floyd cover with opener Stardeath and White Dwarfs during the encore (they'll play Dark Side of the Moon in full again at Bonnaroo), below...
Words cannot do this concert justice. The music, the atmosphere, the smoke, the GIANT balloons filled with confetti that would POP in an explosion of rectangular colored shreds of paper, the dense cloud of pot - so thick you couldn't even smell the person next to you sparking up. And oh, the visuals, the fantastical videos they had, drippy gooey egg yolks, and naked dancing ladies, and naked drum-hitting ladies, and naked ladies dancing on the beach, and laughter, and love, and everything all around. I'm still glowing from the show." [Hilary]
photos by Ryan Muir
The Flaming Lips played the 2nd date of their April tour at Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York with The Hood Internet and Stardeath and White Dwarfs. The Vassar-sponsored Saturday night show was one night before they played Barton Hall at Cornell in Ithaca, and one night after they performed the Pink Floyd song "Breathe" on Late night with Jimmy Fallon.
Monday night is the show at Wellmont Theater in NJ. More pictures from Poughkeepsie, with videos from Fallon and Ithaca, below...
Wayne Coyne @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Flaming Lips have revealed they're in talks with Des McAnuff to turn their hit 2002 album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots into a theatrical spectacular.The Flaming Lips will be playing in NYC this July with a show at Central Park SummerStage. That's already sold out, but way before that they have that April 19th show at Wellmont Theatre in Monclair, NJ, (just six days from now) which despite being listed as sold out still has tickets available at the moment. Also in April they have a few other shows - outside the NYC-area, but not that far. Lots of road trip opportunities.
Frontman Wayne Coyne tells WENN, "We've talked about doing something with Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots now for about five or six years. They did it with Tommy and Des McAnuff was the director, and he's the one that wants to do Yoshimi.
"We've actually pursued it to a certain extent and I think that where it sits is really just me deciding to dedicate a couple of years of my life to making it.
"It's a strange opportunity but I know we've talked about it since 2003. We would incorporate all the songs and probably write some other music that told a little bit more of a story. I guess my biggest dilemma is there's not really a story with Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots; it's just a series of unconnected songs that sound connected when you listen.
"That being said, I don't think it would be overly impossible to draw some connections and come up with some type of emotional storyline." [WENN]
They play Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie (put on by Vassar College) on Saturday, April 17th - tickets are still on sale. Stardeath & White Dwarfs open both the Vassar show and Wellmont, and The Hood Internet play Vassar too. Between those, Flaming Lips perform in Ithaca (Cornell University's Barton Hall to be exact).
The same month as the Central Park show, Flaming Lips have other New York State/New Jersey gigs: July 4th at Atlantic City House of Blues (tickets), July 22nd at ArtPark in Lewiston, NY, near Buffalo (tickets), and July 23rd on an awesome bill with Black Keys and Morning Benders (together in NYC later in July) at CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, NY, south of Rochester (tickets).
All Flaming Lips tour dates and more are below...
A whole bunch other tickets went on sale today too.