Flaming Lips to Play Denton's NX35 Fest

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    TK

    Bust out your bunny suits and all the fake blood you can whip up, the Lips are coming to town! Denton, specifically, will get the big show on March 13, 2010 as part of the North by 35 Music Conferette.

    This is the first time the Lips have played Denton, but it's not the first time Midlake's been in town -- the band has called Denton home for years.

    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.”

    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.

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    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.

    Editor's Note: Lyndsay Knecht-Milne, PR rep for the NX35 festival, provided this information. Lyndsay also writes for NBCDFW as a contributor.