XPN MusicNotes: See David Bowie Tribute highlights from Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe and The Flaming Lips, plus Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Drummers

Last night at Carnegie Hall artists and fans alike gathered for the first of two: “The Music of David Bowie” Tribute Concerts. Thursday night’s performers included:  Debbie Harry, Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, The Flaming Lips, Joseph Arthur, Pixies, Cyndi Lauper,  Bettye LaVette and many, many more. The 2nd tribute show is tonight at Radio City Music Hall.
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Yoshimi Battles Miley: Cyrus and the Dead Petz shock the Electric Factory

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About fifteen minutes into last night’s Miley Cyrus and the Dead Petz sold-out show at the Electric Factory, as it was raining confetti, glitter, giant bouncing balloons, and big “Do It” balloons, I thought about H.R. Pufnstuf, the trippy late-Sixties Saturday morning kids television show created by Syd and Marty Kroft. Continue reading →


MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Flaming Lips perform “A Day in the Life” w/ Miley Cyrus, The Velvet Underground share unheard mix of “I Can’t Stand It”, and 82 yr old Loretta Lynn signs multi-record deal!


Question: What sings Beatles covers, has a beard, & wears a massive silver, iridescent cape?  Answer:  Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips of course!  Watch the spectacle as he and Miley Cyrus sing “A Day in the Life” on Conan, after the jump. Continue reading →


Photos: The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala got cosmic at Festival Pier

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It was a double shot of modern psychedelic rock last night at Festival Pier with a double-bill of long-running cult faves The Flaming Lips as well as current luminaries Tame Impala. The five-piece Impala went first, playing a set that drew on both its current record Lonerism as well as its 2010 debut Innerspeaker. The performance was backed by a LED screen projecting patterns, colors and shapes in constant motion; the Lips, on the other hand, went trademark full-force with smoke plumes, firecrackers, Wayne Coyne singing from atop an octopus-looking spacecraft (or a spacecraft-looking octopus) and more. Joining in the fun, fans came to the show decked out in their most bizarre attire. Check out photos from the crazy show in the gallery below.