The Flaming Lips

The Tiny Desk team had huge plans for 2020 — including what should have been the taping of our 1000th Tiny Desk concert — only to pivot madly as COVID-19 forced the closure of NPR headquarters in mid-March. By the end of that month, we'd launched a new companion series: Tiny Desk (home) concerts, which gathered intimate, Tiny Desk-style performances from all over the world. It's been a feat of forced innovation, made possible through inspired performances and our incomparable Tiny Desk team of producers, videographers and engineers.

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Indie rock band The Flaming Lips were set to hold two live concerts at The Criterion in Oklahoma City next weekend. But, the band is now putting them on hold as local coronavirus numbers worsen.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

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The Flaming Lips appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night, performing their 1999 song "Race For The Prize."

Wayne Coyne has been using an inflatable bubble for several years to walk out into the crowd. In Wednesday's performance, the entire band and their fans use inflatable bubbles to stay socially distant and enjoy the show.

The Flaming Lips have been making arty rock for nearly four decades, and over time the Oklahoma City-based group has become known for unusual collaborations, from pop star Miley Cyrus to the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Now, the band's frontman Wayne Coyne and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd have teamed with Deap Vally, a Los Angeles guitar-and-drum duo. The project is called Deap Lips, as is its self-titled debut album.

Every Tuesday, The Spy adds new music to its rotation. Here are the adds for the week of August 13, 2019. This week's playlist includes the title track from Beau Jennings' upcoming album, a slice from Juliana Hatfield's tribute album to The Police, a single by Ty Segal, and so much more.

Nearly 40 years into their career, The Flaming Lips remain remarkably ageless and endlessly creative. They return this week with another heady, psychedelic pop record inspired by a surreal art installation by frontman Wayne Coyne. On this week's New Music Friday, we climb inside the band's kaleidoscopic new record, The King's Mouth.

Colourmusic released a new nine-song album, Swimsuit, this week. It's their first studio release in five years, following 2014's May You Marry Rich.

In the time between record releases, the band stopped performing live for several years and parted ways with its record label. Drummer Nick Ley also joined The Flaming Lips during the hiatus.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we rewind to the 1990s, with Oklahomans in all their alt-rock loving, flannel-wearing glory.

Check out the tracklisting below.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we look at the use of song as expressions of opposition, and its use to empower others rallying in social activism. Oklahomans have written and played on a variety of protest songs, from opposing nuclear war and the Vietnam War to the abuse of power and politics in general.

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