The freaky music news of the day: the North Charleston Performing Arts Center welcomes veteran alternative rock band the Flaming Lips to the stage this fall. The Grammy Award-winning band headlines the PAC on Fri. Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
The Flaming Lips formed in Oklahoma City in 1983 and were basically an indie college radio band until the release of 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, which featured the hit single “She Don’t Use Jelly.” The 1999 disc The Soft Bulletin presented a fresh sound and a first major creative leap ahead.
In February, the Lips announced the release of a brand-new composition entitled “Two Blobs F*cking,” their first new music since 2009’s Embryonic and 2007’s Grammy Award-winning At War with the Mystics. Created specifically for iPhone-type devices, the recording was designed to stream along with videos as 12 individual tracks that ultimately create one complete song. A recent press release explains, “This piece of music is conceptually, romantically, and scientifically just what one would come to expect from the world’s most predictably unpredictable band. The intrepid Oklahoma-based artists have created a set of multiple tracks that, when combined with their melodic counterparts, will equate to the first-ever musical experience of its kind and, in this form, has never been done before.”
A five-vinyl-disc box set collection titled Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 was released on Record Store Day in April. The 2011 summer and fall tours feature frontman Wayne Coyne, bassist Michael Ivins, and keyboardist/drummer/multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd. Drummer Kliph Scurlock and guitarist/keyboardist Derek Brown complete the current lineup.
Presented by AC Entertainment, reserved seats for the Flaming Lips show go on sale on Fri. July 29 at 10 a.m. for $39.50 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online at ticketmaster.com.