This morning, NX35 confirmed that The Flaming Lips will perform a free show in Denton, TX, on March 13th , 2010. Midlake's Eric Pulido made the announcement following a listening party for his band's new album, "The Courage of Others". While it has been known for some time that Midlake would be performing during next year's NX35 Conferette, the confirmation of the Flaming Lips performance puts to rest months of speculation and rumors.
NX35 mastermind Chris Flemmons worked tirelessly this past year to ensure NX35 would become more than another music festival. He wanted it to become an urban event that showed off Denton's unique downtown area, instead of a few clubs that happened to be hosting music the same night. By having Midlake and The Flaming Lips perform a free, outdoor concert on the streets of downtown Denton, Flemmons has not only accomplished his goal but raised the regional and national profile of NX35 and Denton, TX. For more information, visit NX35.com
Here is the Press Release sent out by Chris Flemmons, Director of North By 35
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 rich music community was named the Best Music Scene of 2008 by Paste magazine and 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 Bucks Burnett.