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Taylor Swift's '1989' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

October 28th, 2014 9:38am EDT
Taylor Swift's '1989' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Mu
Cutting right to the chase, there’s one inescapable, gargantuan, and humongous juggernaut of an album being released this week, and it comes by way of Taylor Swift. Swift is the one to beat on an off-cycle Monday release date, when the majority of new releases are dropping. While it may be is Swift’s week, there are some other ‘brave souls’ releasing albums the same day. Here are eight albums to check out this week.

1) Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)

While it has yet to happen in 2014, it seems like a surefire bet that Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated pop album 1989 will give the...

Miley Cyrus Stars In Controversial Flaming Lips Music Video About LSD

July 9th, 2014 10:19am EDT
Miley Cyurs
Former Disney star Miley Cyrus isn't one to shy away from controversial topics, so her appearance in the new Flaming Lips video for the appropriately titled "Blonde SuperFreak Steals The Magic Brain," is no stretch.

The video is essentially a trippy tribute to the drug LSD. The band's singer Wayne Coyne said that the song was originally intended to have a reference to LSD. He revealed, "We were lucky enough to get a couple of hours with a bedridden Miley Cyrus. And even though she was still quite ill, she was full of laughs and great absurd suggestions."

The video centers around Miley ...

Flaming Lips' 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Companion Piece Just An April Fool's Prank

March 31st, 2014 10:06pm EDT
Flaming Lips
UPDATE: the album is a total hoax, the band confirmed on Tuesday, revealing that it was just an April Fool's prank set up in conjunction with website

The Flaming Lips Sell Out from April Fools' Day

The Flaming Lips are paying tribute to rock icons Pink Floyd for the second time, releasing a digital-only LP called "Flaming Side of the Moon."

The new release is meant to be played simultaneously with Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon; and better yet, it even syncs up with "The Wizard of Oz" the same way that "DSotM" does (despite Pink Floyd maintaining that an...

Miley Cyrus And Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne Cover The Beatles' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

March 16th, 2014 11:40pm EDT
Miley Cyrus And Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne Cover The Beat
Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne has teamed up with Miley Cyrus for a cover of the Beatles' classic "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."

The two singers have collaborated in the past, with Coyne joining Miley on stage during her "Bangerz" tour. Now they're in the studio laying down the track. And smoking lots of marijuana.

Coyne wrote on his twitter page, "Miley in the studio vomiting diamonds while singing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds!! If you're a Beatles and John Lennon freak you gonna love love love this track!! Got Andrew from MGMT too!!!!"

The frontman also shared a photo of Miley from...

2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

October 11th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...

Wayne Coyne Of The Flaming Lips Performs Naked With Glowing Wires On Jimmy Fallon - Watch It!

May 17th, 2013 12:00pm EDT
Wayne Coyne
The Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne made a bizarre appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday by performing naked on the talk show.

The frontman sang David Bowie's "Heroes" and the band's new song "Try To Explain" wearing nothing but a strange loincloth made up of glowing wires.

Prior to his performance he posted on Twitter a photo of himself backstage wearing only underwear. He captioned the pic: "singing... naked... on the Jimmy Fallon show tonight... yep."

Coyne later joined Demi Lovato, Julie Bowen and Fallon for a game of Pictionary. By that point, he had put on some ...

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Splits From Girlfriend

February 28th, 2013 5:24pm EST
Wayne Coyne
Rocker Wayne Coyne struggles to listen to The Flaming Lips' new album as it reminds him of his recent split from his long-term partner.
The singer parted ways with Michelle, his girlfriend of 25 years, last summer and admits his band's upcoming release The Terror captures his feelings of disillusionment with love.

He tells MOJO magazine, "I don't really listen to the record that much now. I mean, I like it, but it has an effect on me, too. I'm not really a hopeless person, but when I get immersed in it, I start to believe the things that it says."

"Some of it, it's uncomfortable for ...

Flaming Lips Singer Wayne Coyne Tries To Take Fake Grenade On Flight

November 22nd, 2012 1:45pm EST
Wayne Coyne
Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne caused a huge security scare at an Oklahoma City airport last week when he tried to pass a dummy grenade through airport security in his carry on luggage.

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) officials at the Will Rogers airport were forced to shut down the entire terminal on November 11th and conduct an investigation when they spotted the fake hand grenade in one of his bags.

Coyne apologized for his mishap on his Twitter page; writing, "Sorry Sorry Sorry!! Everyone that was inconvenienced by my grenade at OKC airport."

The singer says that he rec...

Flaming Lips Break Jay-Z's World Record With 24-Hour Tour, Contribute To Huge Success Of O Music Awards

July 2nd, 2012 11:59am EDT
Flaming Lips
Viacom Music & Logo Group's O Music Awards and The Flaming Lips have successfully smashed the Guinness World Record previously held by Jay-Z for most concerts performed in multiple cities after a historic road trip through the Mississippi Delta region which now ranks as the most-viewed digitally driven event in Viacom Music & Logo Group history, including generating more than 43 million votes (nearly twice more than the previous record) and producing a US trending topic (#OMA).

"To be able to pick up this silly drinking book-after all, Guinness is a beer-this funny book that when I was gro...

Flaming Lips Beat Jay-Z's Record By Playing Eight Shows In Eight Cities In 24 Hours

June 28th, 2012 10:47pm EDT
Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips have one-upped rapper rapper Jay-Z's concert world record of performing seven shows in seven different cities in just 24 hours by performing eight shows in eight different cities in 24 hours.

The band kicked off their trek across the Mississippi Delta in Memphis, Tennessee, and finished up in New Orleans on Thursday. The one-day tour served as the backdrop for this year's third annual O Music Awards, which spotlight's the best in digital music. This year's awards took place online as a vintage tour bus named "Endeavor" took the band and organizers from venue to venue for t...

Wayne Coyne Explains Raunchy Flaming Lips Video Featuring A Very Naked Erykah Badu

June 8th, 2012 1:09am EDT
Wayne Coyne
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is attempting to patch up his friendship with R&B star Erykah Badu via after upsetting the singer by prematurely releasing the disturbing video accompanying their "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" collaboration.

In the slow-motion promo, the "On & On" singer writhes around naked in a bathtub while singing the Roberta Flack love song. Close-up shots appear to show her rubbing white paste, a blood-like liquid and glitter over her bare breasts, buttocks and genitals, although it's unclear whether the footage is of her or her sister Nayrok, who...

Flaming Lips Collect Vials Of Blood For Packaging On New Album

March 28th, 2012 8:40am EDT
Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips' Record Store Day album The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends will feature the blood of the band's collaborators.

Frontman Wayne Coyne has revealed he is collecting samples from the acts who have recorded songs with the Lips for the limited edition album - and the packaging will come with smears.

Coyne tells MTV, "What I'm going to try to do - and I'm collecting stuff for it as we speak - is I'm going to try to make a record that has every person's blood in the record.

"I don't have everybody's blood just yet, but I collected quite a few vials of blood and it's actually sittin...

Snowmont Music Festival Cancelled

March 17th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
A Vermont festival featuring Snoop Dogg and The Flaming Lips has been scrapped due to "unforeseen circumstances".

The SnowMont Music Festival, which was scheduled for the Killington Resort from March 30 to April 1, will no longer be taking place.

Insiders claim poor ticket sales eventually forced promoters to pull the plug on the event.

A post on the festival's official page reads: "We are true music fans, just like you, and we are burdened by the cancellation of our event. We hope you can respect the level of consideration that went into making this decision.

"Ticket holde...

The Flaming Lips Embed Song In A Real Human Skull

October 4th, 2011 8:59am EDT
The Flaming Lips
Oddball Oklahoma rockers The Flaming Lips have put their own macabre twist on the traditional methods of releasing music - they have put out a unique 24-hour song on a hard drive embedded in a real human skull.

Only five of the unusual pieces of memorabilia are in existence, and they have already been snapped up by wealthy fans for a whopping $5,000 - and frontman Wayne Coyne admits he has been fascinated by the idea of finding a use for human remains for a while.

He says, "Nothing that we're doing is bizarre or illegal, in parts of the world and even on eBay you can actually buy real hum...

Flaming Lips Concert Canceled After Storm Hits Tulsa, Oklahoma

August 8th, 2011 9:35pm EDT
Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips became the latest band to face off with the elements during a concert in their native Oklahoma on Saturday after high winds and rain caused stage structural problems.

Just weeks after the members of Cheap Trick narrowly avoided injury when a stage collapsed at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, the Flaming Lips' Tulsa Brady District Block Party was scrapped when a lighting rig was brought crashing down by storms.

No one was injured mainly because the stage had been cleared seconds before the incident.

Frontman Wayne Coyne tells, "The Oklahoma wind and rain was a ...

The Flaming Lips Wed Couple Onstage

August 2nd, 2011 11:00pm EDT
Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips gave two concertgoers a night to remember on Sunday - frontman Wayne Coyne married the couple live onstage at Canada's Osheaga Festival of Music and Art.

The band closed the annual event in Montreal by performing their classic 1999 album The Soft Bulletin in its entirety to the delight of fans.

But Coyne had a special surprise in store for their encore - he introduced a couple, known only as Graham and Robyn, to the stage and acted as minister to conduct the vows.

He wrapped up the ceremony by saying, "By the power of The Flaming Lips, the universe and LSD, I now pron...

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

The Flaming Lips To Release A Song A Month

December 29th, 2010 1:51pm EST
Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips plan to release a new song every month throughout 2011. The band's last studio album, Embryonic, was released in 2009 and they followed that up with a remake of Pink Floyd's iconic The Dark Side Of The Moon record later that year.

They are heading back to the recording studio in 2011, but frontman Wayne Coyne reveals they are adopting a new way of working - they will write and record one song at a time and release them one-by-one instead of putting together a whole album.

He tells Rolling Stone, "We'll start in late January, though I'm not sure if we'll get together exa...

Genesis To Release Fourth Boxed Set, 'Genesis Live 1973-2007'

September 22nd, 2009 10:04pm EDT
Following the reissue of the 14 Genesis studio albums in the stunning boxed sets "Genesis 1976 - 1982" and "Genesis 1983 - 1998" in 2007, and "Genesis 1970 - 1975" in 2008, on September 29, Rhino will release "Genesis Live 1973 - 2007", a boxed set gathering the four live albums recorded by the legendary British group from 1973 to 1992. Featuring brand new stereo mixes, the boxed set also includes the long-awaited release in stereo and 5.1 of "Live At The Rainbow 1973" only available with this collection.

"Genesis Live 1973 - 2007" is a sumptuously presented boxed set that includes:...

Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...

Weird, Strange Holiday Specials

December 23rd, 2008 12:08pm EST
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Since the Christmas season plays such an important roll in many people's lives, the holiday invariably leaks into popular culture. Most cartoons eventually tackle the topic of Christmas, which means we've all seen the holiday celebrated in some strange situations. The Flintstones celebrate Christmas despite it taking place a few dozen millennia before the birth of the holiday's namesake. Still, that doesn't seem too strange. Occasionally though, things do get strange. A stone-age Christmas seems normal compared to Pac-man learning the meaning of Christmas from Santa himself. Something about...

The Chemical Brothers Announce 'Brotherhood'-- Best Of Collection Out Sept. 2

August 3rd, 2008 3:00pm EDT
The Chemical Brothers
Following their fifth consecutive UK number 1 album last year, the GRAMMY award winning We Are The Night (Best Electronic/Dance Album), The Chemical Brothers return with Brotherhood a 'Best Of' collection with a kick and a twist, set for release on September 2, 2008.

In a career that to date has spanned 13 years and accrued 9 million record sales Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have established themselves as true pioneers of electronic music and as The Chemical Brothers they have become one of the most popular dance acts of all time. Now seems the perfect time to take stock of their seminal...

Legendary Rock Band The Who Paid Tribute In Third Annual 'VH1 Rock Honors'

July 3rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
The Who
VH1 recently confirmed that critically acclaimed, multi-platinum rock bands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters along with the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at the network's third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" celebration honoring legendary rock band The Who.

This year's event will deliver a night of high-voltage tribute performances by the three bands all leading up to the spectacular grand finale performance by The Who as they rock the stage. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. As a result of The Who's revol...

'The Best of The Who: Rock Band Edition' Available For Download July 15

July 1st, 2008 1:28pm EDT
Rock Band
There have been several important dates in the history of The Who: May 23, 1969 – Iconic rock album Tommy is released and rockets to No. 4 on the U.S. charts. May 31, 1976 – The Who's second concert at Charlton football ground earns them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's loudest rock band." July 13, 1985 – The Who re-form to perform at Live Aid and whip Wembley Stadium into an absolute frenzy.

Now, July 15, 2008, joins these dates, as a dozen classic songs by The Who get new life as Rock Band™ game levels. MTV Games and Harmonix announced today that many of the ...

Tribute To Legendary Rock Band The Who Marks Third Annual 'VH1 Rock Honors'

May 25th, 2008 11:00am EDT
The Who
VH1 has just confirmed that critically acclaimed, multi-platinum rock bands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters along with the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at the network's third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" celebration honoring legendary rock band The Who.

This year's event will deliver a night of high-voltage tribute performances by the three bands all leading up to the spectacular grand finale performance by The Who as they rock the stage. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. As a result of The Who's rev...

A Starpulse Writer Reveals: What's On My iPod

April 1st, 2008 1:57pm EDT
The Flaming Lips
This time of year is consumed with unanswered questions in a myriad of fields. Who will be the Democratic nominee? Who will win the NBA's MVP award? When will The Office come back? I feel that it is my duty to put at least one national existential crisis at rest - what am I listening to these days on my iPod. Moreover, I feel that I owe it to my most devoted fans, my mom and dad, to keep the public up to date on those tunes that reverberate in my ear drums.

Devendra Banhart - Lover

This song is great to listen to while driving in the car with the windows open and speeding down an...

Top 10 Alternative Rock One-Hit Wonders Of The 90's

February 28th, 2008 11:15am EST
1. Spacehog- In The Meantime

Back in 1995, it seemed that no matter what rock station you were listening to or what music video channel you were watching, "In The Meantime" was everywhere you looked.

It was a Davie Bowie inspired, retro-glam kind of rock tune. Although the rest of the album seems to get great reviews, this was the only hit that made the cut.

2. Luscious Jackson- Naked Eye

Luscious Jackson evolved just in time for the female rocker era: Veruca Salt, Hole, Letters to Cleo... everyone was doing it. They only released one album between 1993 and 2000, and "Naked Eye" was...

CAKE Announces Release Date For The Excellent "b-sides and rarities," Out August 14

June 13th, 2007 1:00pm EDT
Sacramento stalwarts CAKE are finally taking things into their own hands. Since breaking on to the music scene in the early nineties, has decided to part ways with their label Columbia Records, forging out on their own with a full slate of releases planned via their own label Upbeat Records. In addition to the "b-sides and rarities" compilation, the band also plans to release a live album "Live At The Crystal Palace", during Autumn 2007, and their sixth studio album, due out in early 2008.

Inspired by the passionate individuals who have continued to support and appreciate them ov...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 11

June 11th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Hugh Laurie
Happy Birthday To actor Shia LaBeouf (1986), Canadian actor Joshua Jackson (1978), Flaming Lips drummer Steven Drozd (1969), Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago (1965), "House" star Hugh Laurie (1959), San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana (1956), ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard (1949), "Swamp Thing" actress Adrienne Barbeau, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" actor Chad Everett (1936), "Young Frankenstein" star Gene Wilder (1933), film composer Carmine Coppola (1910; d. 1991), legendary German actor Max Schreck (1879; d. 1936), and German composer Richard Strauss (1864; d. 1949).

Television Network Concert.TV Kicks Off The Summer Concert Season

June 9th, 2007 11:00am EDT
CONCERT.TV, the only television network dedicated to live music performances and documentaries, is kicking off the month of June with its live summer music programming, highlighting some of the most memorable performances from music festival, Bonnaroo. Highlighted artists include My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews + Friends, Widespread Panic, Kings of Leon, Steve Winwood, Ween and many more.

In keeping with their devotion to fans of live music, CONCERT.TV will also be giving away a pair of tickets and other prizes to this year's Bonnaroo being held in Manchester, Tennessee. This year's f...