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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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Take a Dive Into the Flaming Lips' Salad Days with 'Seeing the Unseeable'

As part of Rhino's series of reissues and compilations dedicated to the Flaming Lips, Seeing the Unseeable is a look at the band's early full-length albums.

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The Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody

Oczy Mlody feels less like the group's 14th grand artistic statement and more like a minor footnote to a once-great band's recent output.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 3 (60 - 41)

The third part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, including Sonic Youth, Primal Scream, Garbage, Pixies and more.

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Ronald Jones, John Tesh, and Metallic Clouds: An Interview with Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Fresh off the massive re-release of the Flaming Lips' fan-favorite 1995 album Clouds Taste Metallic, frontman Wayne Coyne reminisces on its creation, its influence, and mystery surrounding former band member Ronald Jones.

Jon Harvey
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2015 Nelsonville Music Festival - 28-31 May, 2015 (Photos)

Merle Haggard, St. Vincent, and the Flaming Lips headed up another eclectic year at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival.

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Why the "Blurred Lines" Lawsuit Verdict Was a Mistake

No matter how much one dislikes "Blurred Lines", it's hard to see how the victory of the Gaye estate will be beneficial to artists in the future.

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The 10 Best Flaming Lips Sci-Fi Songs

In honor of the band with the most U.F.O.s and robots, here are the ten best Flaming Lips songs based on all things science fiction.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41

PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electro-R&B.

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Counterbalance: The Flaming Lips' 'The Soft Bulletin'

And though they were sad, the 137th most acclaimed album of all time rescued everyone. They lifted up the sun. A spoonful weighs a ton. A 1999 neo-psychedelic masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

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He Can Do Quite a Few Things: Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips and Electric Würms

The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd talks with PopMatters about new group Electric Würms, his thoughts on progressive rock, and decades of musical exploration.

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The Flaming Lips: 7 Skies H3

7 Skies H3, like the majority of The Flaming Lips albums, ‘beats to its own drum’.

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The Flaming Lips: Peace Sword

The title track will floor you: a stunning return to form for our favorite indie rock weirdos. The rest of this slapdash EP? Not so much.

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A Song for Boston: The Flaming Lips - "You Have to Be Joking"

On Monday, the Boston Marathon was bombed on the eve of 'The Terror's' release date. As I digested the news, the Lips' discography fresh in mind, I kept hearing "You Have to Be Joking"'s baffled head shakes.

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Life Is Brutal and It's Not Always Sunshine: An Interview with the Flaming Lips

Now, with the release of the Flaming Lips' darkest record yet, Steven Drozd takes us through the creation of The Terror, its inspirations, and explains how the host of a children's TV show completely changed his life.

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The Super Bowl of Selling: The Best and Worst Ads

Did the big game deliver? What was the best moment? What was so quirky that you kept on thinking about it? And what was a complete waste of everybody’s time?

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Ke$ha: Warrior

Ke$ha might be one of the easiest pop stars to mock in history, but with Warrior's surprising detours, Iggy Pop cameos, and Wayne Coyne collaborations prove, Ke$ha is a very smart girl who knows exactly when and how to deviate from her image, resulting in some remarkably good pop music (no, really).

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Those People's Lists: On Pitchfork's Favorite Albums, 1996-2011

On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.

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'Colbchella '012': Political Satirist as Music Curator

Airing on Comedy Central this week, StePhest Colbchella '012: RocktAugustFest featured four bands and managed to dodge the rain but production difficulties kept people aboard the USS Intrepid late.

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Hangout Festival: 18-20 May 2012 - Gulf Shores, Alabama

PopMatters' explores the relationship between the Hangout Festival and the impact the Gulf oil spill had on the locals. Hangout also provided the best overall festival experience of the three years.

Kate Russell
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The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

Bon Iver sings about robot dogs. Nick Cave does a wicked Tom Waits impression. Erykah Badu covers Roberta Flack... in space. Even with its flaws, it's hard to think of a more memorable disc released this year than Heady Fwends.

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Different Flavored Skulls: An Intimate Chat with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

In speaking to PopMatters about the creation of the Flaming Lips' latest edible piece of insanity, frontman Wayne Coyne reveals how he turned mistakes into opportunities, gives much love to the major label he's signed to, and remains unshakably upbeat about what's next for one of the greatest bands working today.

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The Hippie That Wasn’t: An Interview with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips have spent the past year doing off-beat collaborations, releasing songs in skulls both Gummi and real, and creating songs that last up to 24 hours. In this extensive interview with PopMatters, frontman Wayne Coyne discusses all of this... as well as his peacocks.

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The 18th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride, CO

In mid-September each year, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival caps off the summer season with musically varied artists and a three-hour Grand Tasting featuring over 150 beers from 50 microbreweries.

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Colourmusic: My ____ Is Pink

Man, My ____ Is Pink spends a lot of time just trying to freak you out!

Events

Tame Impala + Stardeath and White Dwarfs: 19.Nov.2010 - New York

As Tame Impala led off with “It Is Not Meant to Be”--the opening track from their debut full-length record Innerspeaker--in a very laid back tempo, it was clear the young, skinny, scrappy quartet of Aussies was in no hurry.

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ACL Music Festival Day 3: 10 October 2010 - Austin, TX

As I walk slowly down the street, back towards the heart of South Austin that I now call my home, I realize there is no other place I would rather be than ACL and I look forward to next year.

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Green Man Festival: 20 August 2010 - Glanusk Park, Wales

The rain proves to characterize the weekend as much as anything else, as the weekend is blighted by downpours almost without break. Luckily, no one involved was about to let that get in the way.

Sam Cleeve
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The Flaming Lips: 26 July 2010 - New York

Delivered with the alacrity one has come to expect from the Flaming Lips, Monday night's Central Park Summerstage show was a perfect balance of grandiosity, sincerity and weirdness.

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Stardeath and White Dwarfs: 6 May 2010 - Chicago

Stardeath and White Dwarfs are not merely replicas of The Flaming Lips as many reviews imply, though it is clear where they received their performance education.

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The Flaming Lips: 21 April 2010 - Milwaukee, WI

Taking in the characters surrounding me in the audience I witnessed the music charge every soul, enlightening and leading all to soar regardless of state-of-mind (chemically altered or lucid).

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