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Music, All Shook Down The 8 Coolest NYE Parties Happening in S.F.

The 8 Coolest NYE Parties Happening in S.F.

Depending on your perspective, New Year’s Eve is either the greatest party night of the whole year or an overpriced struggle to force fun on the world. Well, fear not, San Francisco, for this year, as we bid farewell…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: A Psychedelic NYE with The Flaming Lips at The Warfield

Live Review: A Psychedelic NYE with The Flaming Lips at The Warfield

The Flaming Lips Phantogram Foxygen Dec. 31, 2014 The Warfield There are few live music experiences that can rival that of The Flaming Lips. The band, led by eccentric frontman Wayne Coyne, have never been shy on theatrics, and New…
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Music, All Shook Down Outside Lands, Day 3: The Resolution

Outside Lands, Day 3: The Resolution

After three days all one can really say is "How much dust can build up in a pair of thigh-highs?" to which the answer is, "All of it." With that in mind, let's turn a sated, weary eye…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Wayne Coyne gave local Flaming Lips fans a treat, stopping by the Mission's Aquarius Records to meet fans and sign copies of the band's first EP. That release, originally recorded in 1984, was reissued on green 12-inch vinyl —…
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Music, All Shook Down The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Wants to Meet You at Aquarius Records on Thursday

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Wants to Meet You at Aquarius Records on Thursday

Every year, April brings Record Store Day. And Record Store Day brings unforeseen treasures. Such as: Flaming Lips' head freak Wayne Coyne touring the West Coast to meet fans and sign copies of an obscure Flaming Lips reissue that is…
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Music, What Your Choice of Music on Halloween Says About You

What Your Choice of Music on Halloween Says About You

If you want to know where you're at in life, take a good long look at your Halloween plans. Does the phrase "Halloween plans" translate as "Netflix and take-out" to you? Will your All Hallow's Eve be given over to…
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Music, All Shook Down The 5 Most Unexpected Covers of Songs From Nirvana's <i>In Utero</i>

The 5 Most Unexpected Covers of Songs From Nirvana's In Utero

In news that will make a lot of people feel ancient, Nirvana's In Utero turns 20 this Sept. 13. To celebrate this milestone, a 70-track (70!) deluxe reissue -- featuring two versions of the record, as well as tons of demos,…
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Intermission: Noise Pop Turns Down the Volume

What happened to the Noise Pop festival in 2013? This is the question of the season among music nerds and fans. Last year, for its 20th anniversary, San Francisco's club-based indie music festival booked headliners like the Flaming Lips, Bob…
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Music, All Shook Down Wayne Coyne Brings Grenade to Airport, Continuing Year of Bad Decisions

Wayne Coyne Brings Grenade to Airport, Continuing Year of Bad Decisions

So the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne brought a gold-painted, disarmed grenade to the airport in Oklahoma City earlier this week, pretty much ruining the day for a lot of fellow travelers. Apparently it was a mistake: Coyne tells Pitchfork he…
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Music, All Shook Down Bridge School Benefit Lineup 2012: Guns N' Roses, Flaming Lips, Jack White, and More

Bridge School Benefit Lineup 2012: Guns N' Roses, Flaming Lips, Jack White, and More

The lineup for the 2012 Bridge School Benefit concert is out! Big names for this year's benefit include Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Guns N' Roses, the Flaming Lips, Jack White, and Foster the People. The annual concert -- which…
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Music, All Shook Down Going for Guinness: Five Artists Into Breaking World Records

Going for Guinness: Five Artists Into Breaking World Records

If there was a chart depicting competitiveness in the world of music, there would be three levels on it. Stage 1: The Pearl Jam -- for artists who neither want nor need your stinking awards, and will merely shrug at…
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Music, All Shook Down The Upsetter: The Perils of Liking the Flaming Lips

The Upsetter: The Perils of Liking the Flaming Lips

[Editor's note: The Upsetter is a new weekly column exploring music news and pop history from a perspective that is both bewitched and bothered. Here, Andrew Stout will explode the old clichés of rock journalism to make room for some…
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Music, All Shook Down Nevermind Badu vs. Coyne: Here Are the Top Five Greatest Band Feuds

Nevermind Badu vs. Coyne: Here Are the Top Five Greatest Band Feuds

Uh-oh. Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips unleashed the wrath of Erykah Badu this week by releasing a video for their collaboration, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," without getting her approval first. Which was kind of important,…
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Music, All Shook Down A First Listen to <i>The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends</i>, Feat. Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver and More

A First Listen to The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, Feat. Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver and More

I loved, loved the Flaming Lips' Embryonic, and find The Soft Bulletin to be a pretty magical cornucopia. Pretty big fan of 1995's Clouds Taste Metallic as well. Yet I've never considered for even a second if the Lips…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • How good were the Flaming Lips at Bimbo's? They took a sad album — 1999's classic The Soft Bulletin — and exploded it into a confetti-and-prop-filled party, kicking off the first proper night of Noise Pop. Wayne Coyne…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/21/12: The Flaming Lips Explode <i>The Soft Bulletin</i> Into a Confetti Orgasm at Bimbo's

Live Review, 2/21/12: The Flaming Lips Explode The Soft Bulletin Into a Confetti Orgasm at Bimbo's

The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin) Release the Sunbird Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 Bimbo's 365 Club / Noise Pop 20th Anniversary Opening Night Better than: Any other Flaming Lips show. Possibly any other show. "Race for the Prize,"…
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Music, All Shook Down So The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Was at Zeitgeist Last Night

So The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Was at Zeitgeist Last Night

According to Wayne Coyne's hyperactive Twitter feed, The Flaming Lips rolled into San Francisco yesterday evening, just a day or so before their Noise Pop festival-opening performance of The Soft Bulletin at Bimbo's tonight. The first order of business,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Noise Pop Festival's 20th Anniversary Year Is Go

The Noise Pop Festival's 20th Anniversary Year Is Go

Yep, it's here: Noise Pop, the little San Francisco indie music fest that turned into a big one, opens its 20th year with two shows tonight and continues all week in venues around town. We will have oodles of…
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Music, All Shook Down The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on Playing Noise Pop, Making <i>The Soft Bulletin</i>, and Feeling Free to Do Anything

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on Playing Noise Pop, Making The Soft Bulletin, and Feeling Free to Do Anything

As landmark albums go -- records that completely shifted the trajectory of a band's career -- The Soft Bulletin ranks among both the weirdest and the most rewarding. Which is why, to open the 20th year of the Noise…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop 2012 Lineup: The Flaming Lips, Sleigh Bells, Bob Mould, and More Added

Noise Pop 2012 Lineup: The Flaming Lips, Sleigh Bells, Bob Mould, and More Added

The final More additions to the lineup for Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary festival were released moments ago, and they were worth the wait: Topping the 2012 bill are the Flaming Lips -- who also played Noise Pop in '98,…
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