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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.
Last week, we saw the video for The Flaming Lips “Turning Violent,” which was basically the band playing a sparse track to a cultish and glittered-up audience. In addition to filming that video, the group also filmed a more lively tune, covering Devo’s “Gates of Steel,” a harsher, trippier version of Devo’s snappy electronic-rock original. Though not featured on their latest album, The Terror, the Devo video takes place in the same location as “The Terror,” though this time kaleidoscopic lights are flashing non-stop and the audience feels a lot more energetic, though they remain seated the entire time. It’s unlikely the Philly crowd will stay seated when the Lips’ string of fall shows with Australian psych rockers Tame Impala, brings them to Festival Pier in October. Tickets and info can be found at the XPN concert calendar.
Back in April, The Flaming Lips released their latest album, Terror; more recently, they announced a tour in support of it along with Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala. The tour doesn’t start till the fall, but this week The Flaming Lips released a video for the song “Turning Violent” off the album. The song is thread-bare until the last minute, featuring little more than a pulsating, bassy synthesizer and falsetto vocals before rocketing into space in typical Flaming Lips fashion. The video is equally sparse, showing the band standing under several giant tin-foil orbs with occasional clips of some strange ritual occurring off-stage. Check it out below and catch the group on tour at Festival Pier October 3rd.
David Dye, Michaela Majoun and the XPN hosts list their favorite albums of 2013 so far [link]
This Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m., single-day tickets go on sale for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at Atlantic City’s Bader Field on June 24-26. Tickets can be purchased here or by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX. The daily lineup is as follows:
Friday, June 24
Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, The Flaming Lips, G. Love And Special Sauce, Lotus, Rebelution, The Head And The Heart, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Delta Spirit, Mariachi El Bronx, TR3, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, David Ryan Harris
Saturday, June 25
Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Damian Marley, Thievery Corporation, Warren Haynes Band, Guster, Lisa Hannigan, Punch Brothers, From Good Homes, The Budos Band, Vusi Mahlasela, Bobby Long, Tangiers Blues Band, plus a special performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Sunday, June 26
Dave Matthews Band, David Gray, Bassnectar, Amos Lee, Dr. Dog, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Fitz And The Tantrums, Big Gigantic, Dawes, Alberta Cross, Sarah White, Ilo Ferreira, plus a special performance by Carter Beauford