Saturday, July 9, 2011
The Flaming Lips
Tonight @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest, 10 p.m.
After the fluke success of their 1994 single “She Don't Use Jelly,” The Flaming Lips emerged as one of the few bands of the alternative-rock era to reinvent themselves for indie-rock audiences, using their major-label budget to create lavish, uplifting experimental rock albums like 1999's The Soft Bulletin and 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and earning a reputation for their celebratory, prop-heavy live shows. The band returned to their dark, psychedelic-rock roots with their most recent album, 2009's Embryonic, a chilling record about the inevitability of death.