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Free Press Summer Fest preview: The Flaming Lips

May 30th, 2010 · No Comments

For almost 30 years, Oklahoma’s The Flaming Lips has been warping minds and melting faces. Its latest project is the reinvention of Pink Floyd’s classic album Dark Side Of The Moon, which the group reworked with the help of Stardeath & the White Dwarfs. The Lips, like fellow psychedelic experimentalists Butthole Surfers did with “Pepper,” broke out in the mid-90’s with the mainstream radio hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” But it wasn’t until 1999’s The Soft Bulletin and the follow-up, 2002’s Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, when the times finally caught up with The Flaming Lips, and allowed them an even wider–and well-deserved–audience.

The band’s live sets are something of legend, with front man Wayne Coyne crowd-surfing audiences in a plastic hamster ball and dousing himself  and those around him with fake blood and confetti. Lately, concerts have found the band performing DSOTM in its entirety. You can catch The Flaming Lips live in Houston at Free Press Summer Fest next Sunday (June 6th) at Eleanor Tinsley Park, but first you should check out Joe Mathlete’s excellent coverage of the band’s history at 29-95.com:

29 Great Moments in Flaming Lipstory, Part One | Part Two

Here’s a video of The Flaming Lips and Stardeath… covering Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”:

The Flaming Lips plays at Free Press Summer Fest on Sunday, 6.6.10, at 8:20pm on the main stage.

For ticket information and a full line-up for Summer Fest, go here. For more information on The Flaming Lips, visit www.flaminglips.com.

Tags: Music · Show listings · Summer Fest

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