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

The Flaming Lips | Photo by Rachel Barrish | All photos by Rachel Barrish |

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.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier, Blondie / X at Keswick Theater, Wesley Stace at World Cafe Live and more

Hailed for their dense psychedelic compositions and exuberant nature, experimental alt-rock legends The Flaming Lips play alongside Tame Impala tonight at Festival Pier. Although the Oklahoma native, five piece outfit toned down their never-leave-a-dull-moment-untouched attitude with April release The Terror, front man Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that the album is ”possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made.” However bleak the release may be, it has not stifled the internationally acclaimed band’s over the top personality; which can be seen in their recent “Turning Violent” and Devo cover “Gates of Steel” videos seen below. Find details and tickets for tonight’s show at the XPN concert calendar.

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Watch The Flaming Lips cover Devo (playing Festival Pier 10/3)


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.


Check a sparse new music video from The Flaming Lips (playing Festival Pier in the fall)

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.


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Firefly, The Flaming Lips, The Downtown Club)


Relive the weekend’s Firefly Festival with reviews and photos [link]

William Tyler stops by for a Folkadelphia [link]

David Dye, Michaela Majoun and the XPN hosts list their favorite albums of 2013 so far [link]

Vampire Weekend will perform at the Mann Center on 9/19 [link]

Italian prog-rock film composers Goblin will make their U.S. debut this fall, playing Underground Arts on 10/5 [link]

The Flaming Lips will play Festival Pier with Tame Impala on 10/3 [link]

Members of Belle & Sebastian will DJ a party at Dolphin Tavern following their July 10th show at the Mann Center [link]

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick goes solo / acoustic on his new track “Creature Comfort” [link]

Stream local electronic / R&B duo Marian Hill‘s new single “Whiskey” [link]

Set times for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival have been announced [link]

Check out pictures of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival set, get ready to see them at XPo Fest next month [link]

Local new wave outfit The Downtown Club recorded this week’s Key Studio Session [link]