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The Flaming Lips Blow A Thousand Minds at Atlanta’s Party In The Park

PARTY IN THE PARK feat. Flaming Lips w/ Young the Giant and AWOLNATION

Words by Jakob Ross, Videos by Jakob and Scott Ross

5/19/12

Throughout the past decade or so, one band has been singled out as the greatest live band of all time. Not Foo Fighters, not Rolling Stones, and not Cage the Elephant; I’m talking about The Flaming Lips.

The psychedelic/indie-space group who hail from Oklahoma have built up a reputation as a must-see band, either at festivals or at their own headlining gigs.

You’re probably thinking: “Jakob, they can’t possibly be that great. I mean, it’s not like the singer has giant hands that shoot lasers at a disco ball or anything.”

You stand corrected.

Anyway, before I get into how over-the-top amazing Flaming Lips were, let me backtrack a few hours.

Driving to Atlanta was hellish. Due to two straight hours of traffic on I-20, we were forced to miss the first two bands of the radio-sponsored festival, Atlanta-natives Ponderosa and LA-based folk band Dawes, the latter of which I was actually excited about. And to make matters worse, we weren’t allowed to bring our backpack into the park (my dad and I planned on dressing up as Captain America and Jesus, respectively, and our costumes were in that backpack). All setbacks aside, we were ready to kick it with three great bands.

We made our way towards the front of the pit as the stage was being set for AWOLNATION, the solo-sideproject of former Under the Influence of Giants frontman Aaron Bruno. Not being very familiar with AWOLNATION’s body of work (a.k.a. their 2011 debut) I’m not quite sure what songs they played or what order they were played in. I can tell you that Aaron Bruno is a great frontman.

It’s not an AWOLNATION show without hearing their first hit Sail and their most recent hit Not Your Fault, both of which were a part of the setlist. But what was the biggest surprise for me was hearing the breakdown of Rage Against the Machine’s debut album-closer Freedom somehow make it into the setlist. It was unexpected and for all I know I was the only person who actually knew the song, but it was still a very cool addition.

Despite having to deal with annoying crowd-surfers (seriously, crowd-surfing is the most annoying concert tradition, and I invite all of you who find joy in it to stop doing it), it was a fantastic show from Aaron and co.

Next up would be alternative rock group Young the Giant, whom I would be seeing for the second time. The first time I saw them was from the top of an arena, but this time I would be up close and personal with YTG. Although they’ve just come off a European tour and a North American tour that featured GROUPLOVE, Young the Giant showed no signs of fatigue whatsoever. They played a great set with songs that seemed chilled out at first, but would then climax into an energetic explosion. (Notice singer Sameer Gadhia’s A Clockwork Orange shirt.)

It was obvious that most of the crowd (including myself) was only familiar with their songs Cough Syrup and the set-closing My Body, but that didn’t stop us from being wowed by Young the Giant. Even the new songs they played (their new album is expected to be released in Spring 2013) sounded pretty cool.

At around 8:15, Young the Giant left the stage to cheering applause and screaming guitar feedback, leaving exactly one hour for all the crewmen and women to set up the stage for the Flaming Lips.

Despite little-to-no mainstream success, the Grammy-winning Flaming Lips have developed a cult-like status and a strong fan-base. And the music’s not bad either: be it their 1993 major-label smash Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, their 1998 masterpiece and cult-favorite The Soft Bulletin, their  2002 sci-fi inspired concept album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, or their daring tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon; the music is just awesome.

And all of the above albums were played to some extent during the show. From the first notes of Sweet Leaf to the final moments of Do You Realize??, every member of the band was at the top of their game. At the beginning, a video screen depicted a women giving birth to the members of the band (each band member except for lead singer Wayne Coyne came out of a door on the screen to signify childbirth) and an object was removed to reveal Coyne in his now very recognizable bubble that he gets inside to walk on the audience.

Lights. Colors. Balloons. Confetti. Bubbles. Music. Distortion. Feedback. The Lips just absolutely killed in every way, shape, and form. And that’s an understatement. It was perfect, magical, phenomenal, emotional, a religious experience. They played every song you hoped they would play, including Brain Damage/Eclipse, the last two songs on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, with indie-pop group Phantogram.

If you’ve never seen this band before, then I feel bad for you. No YouTube video could ever capture the magic of a Flaming Lips show.

Flaming Lips Setlist:
Sweet Leaf (Black Sabbath cover)
Worm Mountain
She Don’t Use Jelly
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Is David Bowie Dying??
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1
See the Leaves
Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung
What is the Light?
The Observer

Encore 1:
Brain Damage/Eclipse (Pink Floyd cover) (w/ Phantogram)

Encore 2:
Do You Realize??

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced

As always the lineup for the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester Tennessee is nothing short of impressive. Headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Phish, the festival is set to take place June 7th-10th, 2012. Other highlights on the bill include Alice Cooper, St. Vincent and a reunited Ben Folds Five.

With the first two price levels already sold out, you best get your tickets soon as this annual event almost always sells out. If you have a little bit of extra cash after buying your ticket, perhaps you can send some to our youngest Concert Confessions family member Jakob who is trying to make it to his first Bonaroo. Click here to help him out.

For more information on everything Bonnaroo, please check out the official site by clicking here.  Check out some past footage of Bonnaroo from our pal BeeZnutZ below.

As of 03/12/2012 Bands added to the Festival’s lineup include: Danzig Legacy, Puscifer, Santigold, The Temper Trap, fun., and The Cave Singers

2012 Bonnaroo Comedy Line Up (a/o 03/29/12)

Aziz Ansari

Steven Wright

Marc Maron

Brian Posehn

Judah Freidlander

Reggie Watts

Rhys Darby

Colin Hay

Garfunkle & Oat

Amy Schumer

Pete Holmes

Rory Scovel

Mike O’Connell

Ali Wong

Kyle Kinane

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Day 1: 08/12/11 – San Francisco, CA

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 08/12/11

Golden Gate Park – San Francisco, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Over the past few years, I have come home to the Bay Area on Outside Lands weekend. Yet instead of watching historic performances by the likes of Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic and Ween I have watched friends get married. With no nuptials planned for 2011 I purchased my three day pass the second they went on sale.

Phantogram

My friends and I hit the park Friday afternoon as New York based Phantogram were performing on the Sutro stage. Most of their set was spent waiting in line for an alcohol ID and then of course for the first of many $9 beers. With a large crowd gathered, I enjoyed what I heard of the duo (who performed as a trio live) and confirmed that I indeed need to dig deeper into the group. Highlight for me was walking up just in time to record the one jam I actually know from the group – “Mouthful of Diamonds.”

The Original Meters

Having caught The Funky Meters around the Bay a few times in the late 90’s, I knew that my proper Outside Lands 2011 kick off would be the main stage performance from The Meters. The set started out great with a tight run through “Fire On The Bayou.” Yet it was during “Struttin’” that the entire performance fell apart. The amplifier of guitarist Leo Nocentelli died and for at least 15 minutes various tech heads did everything they could to get it back up and running. With a festival running on a tight schedule, the remaining three members of the group jammed while joking with the crowd. Sadly by the time the problem was fixed many in the crowd had moved onto other stages. I did enjoy what little of the set was left, but talk about a tough break for some true living legends that deserve much better.

 

Foster The People

It was perfect. I was able to hear the rock radio summer jam of 2011 “Pumped Up Kicks” from a porta-potty. Let’s be honest here folks (and if time proves me wrong, then feel free to mock me) but I get the feeling this jam is a lot like “Sex and Candy” by Marcy’s Playground or “Handlebars” by Flobots. Here today, gone tomorrow and a perfect soundtrack when pissing into a plastic urinal while surrounded by other people’s excrement.

MGMT

I have no doubt in my mind that 9 out of 10 individuals who packed the Polo Fields for MGMT’s set will tell you that the band sucked. I am not one of those individuals because not only did the groups second record Congratulations make my top 10 list last year, I understand that this band has blown up before they had time to mature as a band. Opening with “Flash Delirium” the set was heavy on the more challenging material from Congratulations. While I feel the band works better in a smaller venue, jams like “It’s Working” and “Siberian Breaks” still managed to get me moving. Where fans in every city get down to “Electric Feel” one can’t deny that it feels a bit more special here in San Francisco as our two time Cy Young Award winner (and not to mention World Fuckin’ Champ) Tim Lincecum warms up to this song. Looking across the Polo Field (and really anywhere at Outside Lands) you can’t escape the sea of Black and Orange gear which is a bittersweet feeling for a lifelong Giants fan who has defended his team for a decade now at Dodgers Stadium, but I digress.

While I have never heard of the band England’s Glory, MGMT does a mighty damn good job rocking their song “Broken Arrows.” With some slight jamming at the end of the song, it was the perfect treat for those who gathered at the main stage all day in hopes to secure a sweet spot for Phish. Perhaps the best part of MGMT’s set was the fact they didn’t play “Kids.” Yes I know this upset the masses, but the song simply would not have fit in with the overall mood of the set. I’d rather see a band try to make a solid cohesive statement with their slot versus making the crowd happy by simply going through the motions and playing the hits.

Phish

I can’t think of a more perfect way to end my west coast Phish run then a Friday night in Golden Gate Park. The day was already off to a good start when despite no “lot scene” I managed to find my “I’m Just a Little Phreaked Out” SF Giants/Phish West Coast Lot shirt (thanks James) a few hours before the boys hit the stage. I once again ended up Page Side Rage Side (4 for 4 in 2011) and was shocked when the band hit the stage at 6:30pm sharp with the opening “Kill Devil Falls.”

While it may have been advertised as two sets, I knew going into this one that Phish would have to walk the fine line of appeasing phans while creating an enjoyable set for noobs, hipsters and those who wandered over to the main stage after Big Boi failed to perform his set. From rockers like “Wilson” to covers like Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia” it was clear Phish was walking the line perfectly. For the hardcore phans, while the band didn’t break out anything too crazy, you can’t really complain when “Mound” “Tweezer” “Suzy Greenberg” and “Mike’s Song>I Am Hydrogen>Weekapaug Groove” all find their way into the first set. Oh, and for those who have seen multiple shows, when was the last time you saw drummer Jon Fishman rock a hoodie under his Muumuu?

Set II kicked off with a balls to the wall “Rock and Roll.” While it never reached the madness that was the Gorge version this one was solid from start to stop. With thick fog choking Golden Gate Park all day, the third ever performance of “Steam” added a lot more fluffiness to the marine layer. Having just heard the band cover “Roses Are Free” by Ween for the first time a week ago at the Gorge, I was beyond pumped to hear this one again (as was my non Phish loving friend James). Speaking of covers, I got my first take on the recently dusted off David Bowie gem “Life on Mars?” Keyboardist/vocalist Page McConnell sounded great leading the charge into one of the more serious sections of the night.

With the crowd now in their pocket, the second set closed with “Birds of a Feather>Fluffhead>Backwards Down The Number Line>Also Sprach Zarathustra>Chalkdust Torture.” “Fluffhead” was technically perfect impressing all walks of music fans and for the new folks, once they realized they were hearing the theme from 2001 – well let’s just say many were converted in that moment. While a “Chalkdust Torture” closer may bring tears to the eyes of old school phans, it was the perfect way to wrap the second set. One would have thought Guitarist/lead vocalist Trey Anastasio was performing in a band like Mastodon or At The Drive-In he was rocking so hard on stage. With a massive crowd spread across the Polo Fields, it was a great exclamation point on a successful night.

With a strict curfew of 10pm, the band came out with just enough time to tear through an encore of “Cavern>Tweezer Reprise.” Knowing that the over-the-head clapping of “Mound” and jumping during “Fluffhead” had already brought smiles to the face of both old and brand new Phish phans; the little leg kick that Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon perform during “Cavern” was lovingly imitated by some hipster gals in Native American head dresses next to us. With such a huge PA, I am pretty sure the bass bombs from Gordon during “Tweezer Reprise” tipped over at least ½ of the porta-potties (good thing I used it during Foster the People eh).

While I was sad that my mini Phish run was now over, I was at least excited that my friends who did not enjoy some of the Shoreline shows I dragged them to back in the day enjoyed the show. Phish managed to please long time phans and make some new ones in the process. Now, I sit and wait for the band to once again return to the West Coast in 2012 for more face melting action.

Arcade Fire, Muse & Phish Top 2011 Outside Lands Lineup

Arcade Fire, Muse & Phish Top 2011 Outside Lands Lineup

Returning for its fourth year, Outside Lands is set to rock San Francisco for three glorious days in August. Headlined by Concert Confessions favorites Muse, Arcade Fire and Phish, the initial lineup also includes such beloved artists as The Black Keys, MGMT and STS9.

Check out the full lineup below, as well as a sweet YouTube trailer put together by the festival. For all other information, including ticket details – check out the festivals official page here.

MUSE * PHISH (2 sets) * ARCADE FIRE
The BLACK KEYS * DEADMAU5 *THE SHINS* MGMT * GIRL TALK
The DECEMBERISTS * JOHN FOGERTY * ERYKAH BADU
The ORIGINAL METERS * BEIRUT * The ROOTS
ARCTIC MONKEYS * BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
STS9 * WARREN HAYNES BAND * BIG BOI
MAJOR LAZER * LITTLE DRAGON * JULIETA VENEGAS
SIA * OK GO * THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS
JOSH RITTER & THE ROYA CITY BAND * OLD 97s
MAVIS STAPLES * !!! * LATYRX * BEST COAST
COLLIE BUDDZ * PHANTOGRAM * CHARLES BRADLEY
FOSTER THE PEOPLE * LOTUS * STRFKR * JUNIP
PAJAMA PARTY  * THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
THE VACCINES * TORO Y MOI * VETIVER
THE LIMOUSINES * THE STONE FOXES
THE JOY FORMIDABLE * MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
WYE OAK * ANA TIJOUX * ORGONE * LORD HURON * TAMARYN
GROUPLOVE * THE FRESH & ONLYS * XIMENA SARINANA
TY SEGALL * SUNBIRDS * NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS
DIEGO’S UMBRELLA * GHOST ROBOT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41jtJs721eQ&feature=player_embedded

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