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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Travis Barker Confesses, TI Fucks Up, and Taylor Swift's Lady Obsession

This Week: Travis Barker Confesses, TI Fucks Up, and Taylor Swift's Lady Obsession

How can we sum up this week? Let's just say it wasn't stellar for hip-hop artists talking about women, and that Lady Gaga and Travis Barker have very different ideas about waste receptacles. We'll let the quotes of the week…
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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, 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 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, 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, Treasure Island: Indie-rock elders move forward

Treasure Island: Indie-rock elders move forward

The past provides comfort for many indie-rock elders; witness the recent spate of reunions, bands touring on "best album" performances, and artists rifling through back catalogs for new reissues. But three well-established, pioneering indie acts — the Flaming Lips, Yo…
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Music, All Shook Down The Lowbrow Art Sale: Greg "Craola" Simkins, Ron English & Ken Garduno

The Lowbrow Art Sale: Greg "Craola" Simkins, Ron English & Ken Garduno

"Knight Watch" by Greg Craola Simkins If there was one artist that I wish I had bought some work from early on, it's Craola. Not only because I am a huge fan of his work, but it's also because…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Wayne Coyne loses the plot, keeps the magic for <i>Christmas</i>

Wayne Coyne loses the plot, keeps the magic for Christmas

It's no secret that Wayne Coyne enjoys acting like an alien. The Flaming Lips frontman exists in a universe far, far away from the orbits traveled by conventional pop singers (Oklahoma City is just his earthly mailing address). The Lips'…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ugly Business

Ugly Business

Wage has turned six. For those of you late to the non-X-rated adult-doll scene, Wage is the original Uglydoll, a wee monster created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim in 2001. Although the plush thing is not really ugly (it's…
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Music, Reviewed The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips

The danger with drawing influences from the gentle psychedelia of '50s Disney is that sooner or later the world will turn dark. The old animators had the specter of The Bomb to deal with. Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has…
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Music, Reviewed The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips

Over the course of nearly 20 years, the Flaming Lips have always managed to sound like only one band -- the Flaming Lips. As early as 1987's Oh My Gawd!!! ... the Flaming Lips, the band had solidified its style:…
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Quadraphonia

It all started at the most unlikely of places: a concert by Kiss and Uriah Heap many years ago at an Oklahoma City enormodome. An impressionable teen named Wayne Coyne was milling about the stadium parking lot (as impressionable teens…
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