The majority of the music world was first introduced to the Flaming Lips in 1993. That year, their abstract anthem "She Don't Use Jelly" became an unlikely hit on MTV. Even the most distant observer could tell straight away that the Lips were weird. Really weird. These idiosyncratic sonic outlaws fr ... More >>
Tyler Flory is a teacher at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. His Music Class column ties together his job and his music fandom in a neat little package.Teaching allegory to high school students is difficult. It is much easier when the lessons of stories are found within the pages it ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we lead off with another uplifting video from inspirational signer/songwriter Zach Sobiech. "Sandcastles" is a collaborative duet with Sammy Brown that only adds t ... More >>
The trippy debut album from Night Moves is streaming online a week ahead of its official release. Colored Emotions is the band's Domino Records debut, and it possesses a wealth of sonic influences that hearken back to the psychedelic '70s, as well as a pretty sizable revival about a decade ago.Erik ... More >>
Related:10 gorgeous GIFs from Rock the Garden 2012Review: River's Edge Music Festival Day 1, 6/23/12Review: River's Edge Music Festival Day 2, 6/24/12Slideshows: Music Day 1, Music Day 2, People Day 1, People Day 2 The very first River's Edge Music Festival is now a piece of Harriet Island lor ... More >>
River's Edge Music Festival 2with Dave Matthews Band, The Flaming Lips, Puscifer, Poliça, Awolnation, Diplo, Mutemath, Delta Spirit, K. Flay, AM & Shawn Lee, Mexican Institute of Sound, Civil Twilight, Hey Rosetta!, Kids These DaysHarriet Island, St. PaulSunday, June 24, 2012Related:Review: Riv ... More >>
Related:Death Cab For Cutie, Avett Brothers highlight Des Moines' 80/35 Fest line-upKid Dakota, Mayda, Bloodnstuff lead Lyn-Lake Street Fest lineupFeist, DeVotchKa, and Rufus Wainwright top Music in the Zoo's summer concert scheduleThe Live Nation-sponsored River's Edge Festival at Harriet Island ha ... More >>
A band that has over the years collaborated with folks who'd later appear in Old Crow Medicine Show and Modest Mouse, and has also backed the late Charlie Louvin on a nationwide tour, tonight the excellent Hackensaw Boys will be appearing at the Cabooze in Minneapolis.
If anyone can pull off this mad concoction it's the Flaming Lips. As if their idiosyncratic sound and the unhinged musical themes of their past albums wasn't enough, the Lips have now recruited a talented batch of disparate special guests to work with them on their new record. In addition to ... More >>
If you've tuned into the Current at all this week, there's a good chance you've heard about this weekend's back-to-back New Standards Holiday Shows at the Fitzgerald Theater, the group's annual star-studded performances of jazz-inspired covers and holiday sing-alongs. This year, in honor of their ... More >>
Psychedelic freak-show Oklahomans Flaming Lips are nothing if not daring and insane; winding down an autumn that's seen them release limited-edition, imaginatively packaged six and 24 hour-long songs, front man Wayne Coyne announced a series of esoteric, cracked-out extra-musical stunts for 2012 ... More >>
It's been another big month for concert photography on the Gimme Noise blog and in City Pages -- so big, in fact, that one of our photographer's photos of the Flaming Lips ended up on the cover of the paper last week (well done, Erik Hess!). See that photo and nine other favorites from the month bel ... More >>
The Flaming Lips headline memorable summer festival
"Not for nothing is their motto TGIF - 'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do."-Richard Nelson Bolles
The New Pornographers are one of those bands that seem like they will just quietly endure, continually putting out quality from the indie-pop front lines. Since the 2010 release of their fifth studio album, Together, various members of the Canadian supergroup (a term which the band seems to p ... More >>
Coyne talks festivals, stage antics, and what's in his fridge
CLAPS photo by Paul IrmiterWe've been posting all kinds of SoundTown coverage leading up to this weekend's festival, and today our SoundTown Series moves into the print edition for an interview with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, who talked to Natalie Gallagher about why he likes playing festival ... More >>
When Wayne Coyne was on the phone with writer Natalie Gallagher for her interview that is running in this week's City Pages, the Flaming Lips frontman mentioned that he was using his time tethered to the phone for interviews to sketch an "elaborate doodle." After their interview, Coyne uploaded i ... More >>
If you haven't heard about the SoundTown Festival yet, you obviously haven't been reading Gimme Noise -- as part of our SoundTown Series leading up to next weekend's fest, we've caught up with national performers like Delta Spirit and DeVotchKa as well as local acts the Goondas and the Ericksons, ... More >>
Roots rockers Delta Spirit are relentlessly busy. In the midst of recording their third album, they have been touring up a storm--hitting the festival circuit heavily, between Lollapalooza, the Newport Folk Festival, and now SoundTown. Gimme Noise chatted with founding member and bassist Jon ... More >>
Sisters Jenny Kochsiek and Bethany Valentini, together with drummer Dan Kapernick, make up the Ericksons--a local roots band with hearty female vocals that lend well to their haunting Appalachian sound. The Ericksons have been around Minneapolis for less than a year, following the September r ... More >>
Tom PilcherMarnie Stern July 3, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Experimental guitar player Marnie Stern took a break from her high-profile opening gigs with the Flaming Lips on Sunday night at the Entry to burn through a shorter set of newer material with her noisy trio. Stern's impressive f ... More >>
With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus and Taste of Minnesota out of commission, our festival calendar was looking pretty sparse -- that is until this morning, when 89.3 the Current invited new Somerset Amphitheater partner Matt Mithun on air to announce Sound Town, a new festival coming to Som ... More >>
An exclusive interview with the band that keeps showing up outside of every one of your favorite concerts.
As national acts realize that winter in Minnesota is here to stay (and subsequently stop touring our way for a few months), local bands are still playing nonstop for our enjoyment. Check some of the major billings happening this weekend from some of our best talent.
Photos by Nick VlcekFlaming LipsSeptember 19Roy Wilkins, St. PaulOnly the Flaming Lips could get away with this shit.
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Where's Robert Stack when you need him? A compilation CD titled Live in Town has been showing up in the mailboxes of musicians, DJs, rock critics, and record store owners throughout the Twin Cities. The mix, comprised of bootlegs from various local venues, ranges from the Dead Boys recorded at a Lon ... More >>
Doc on Okie band is out there, somewhere The long-anticipated documentary on the Flaming Lips, titled "The Fearless Freaks," is reportedly completed. (Culled from an unbelievable 400 hours of footage.) It also apparently screened at SXSW, but I have no clue where it's showing beyond. (Kidding: It's ... More >>
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