If you long to be flooded with falling balloons and confetti while soaking up psychedelic harmonies, you still have a few hours to score a ticket for The Flaming Lips tonight at The Ryman. The band is known for their performance eccentricities: They particularly punch up the cool factor during hometown shows in Oklahoma (like their 2006 concert “U.F.O.’s at the Zoo”), and they stir the imaginations of fans with confetti cannons and giant colored orbs while lead singer Wayne Coyne belts out hits from one of the three-time Grammy winners' albums (my own favorite being '02’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots).
For a band that has endured since the early 1980s — surviving the popularity surges and burnouts of too many teen idols and popularity princesses to name — the Lips continue to captivate, giving their dreamy, harmonious and ambitious songs live settings that accentuate their sonic dazzle. If you've never caught them live, don't miss a chance to see one of the greatest, purest spectacles in all of rock. Make sure you check out Adam Gold's interview with Coyne over at our sister blog Nashville Cream.