It's Official: The Flaming Lips Are Playing NX35

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The Flaming Lips are excited, too.
This morning, after late-breaking news from Denton last night that The Flaming Lips would be headlining this year's NX35 Festival, we've received confirmation from both the folks at NX35 and with The Flaming Lips: It's on.

In fact, in an email just sent our way, NX35 publicist Lyndsay Knecht Milne even passes along word from The Flaming Lips' manager on the matter:
"The Flaming Lips are really excited to play North by 35 with their good friends Midlake," says Scott Booker, manager for the band.

"Like Midlake, the Flaming Lips are proud to have stayed in the area where they were originally starting out from, and we see the similarities between Denton and the music scene there and what's happened with Oklahoma City and Norman over the years."
Awesome. Consider NX35 the anti-Texas-OU weekend.

Update at 2:21 p.m.: Milne also just sent along the official press release, which, within it, includes the above quote. But also pertained therein? Some more juicy nuggets, chief among them that The Flaming Lips' show will be a free, Saturday night performance to be held on an outdoor stage on Denton's Hickory Street.

Other fun facts include: the addition of the Lips' fellow Oklahoma-based act Stardeath and White Dwarfs (which feature's Lips frontman Wayne Coyne's nephew Dennis Coyne) to the bill; the confirmation of a performance from Harvey Sid Fisher; and a curated eight-track museum exhibit from noted area expert Bucks Burnett.

Check the press release in full after the jump.

Flaming Lips to Perform in Downtown Denton, Texas Show As Part of NX35 Music Conferette's 2010 Programming

DENTON, Texas (December 18, 2009): NX35 has confirmed that Oklahoma City band the Flaming Lips will perform a free show Saturday, March 13, 2010 on Hickory Street one block east of Denton's historic Town Square. Supporting the bill will be Denton's own Midlake with Stardeath and White Dwarfs slated to open.

The Lips' latest release, Embryonic, was named the the #4 album of 2009 by Pitchfork.com in a list assembled by the site's editors who called the album "savagely dark" and "an hour and a quarter of superabundance whose omnipresent digital distortion gives it heft like a jagged slab of lead."

The band proudly makes its home in Oklahoma City. In 2009 the state adopted their 2002 single "Do You Realize" as the Official State Rock Song of Oklahoma.

"The Flaming Lips are really excited to play North by 35 with their good friends Midlake," says Scott Booker, manager for the band.

"Like Midlake, the Flaming Lips are proud to have stayed in the area where they were originally starting out from, and we see the similarities between Denton and the music scene there and what's happened with Oklahoma City and Norman over the years."

Chris Flemmons, NX35 Creative Director and front man for Sub Pop's Baptist Generals, agrees. "There are reasons people choose to remain in places like these and it certainly isn't because of some economic windfall -- it's because you want better things for your town. There are a lot of people here right now believing this show is one of those better things."

This will be the first time the Flaming Lips have played in Denton, whose vibrant music culture earned notice as the Best Music Scene of 2008 by Paste magazine and was profiled in a New York Times travel story that same year.

Retro-folk outfit Midlake's forthcoming album The Courage of Others is set to be released on Bella Union in the U.S. on February 2. Stardeath and White Dwarfs is fronted by Wayne Coyne's nephew Dennis Coyne.

The NX35 Music Conferette is a walkable, 4-day music conference programmed in the heart of Denton, Texas' central business district March 11-14, 2010. This year's programming includes a discussion with keynote speaker Steve Albini, a performance by legendary outsider musician Harvey Sid Fisher, and the the grand opening of a museum honoring the history of the 8-track tape curated by former Denton record store owner Bucks Burnett.


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