The summer concert season just got psychedelic with the announcement of a brief Flaming Lips tour this August. The 10-city trek kicks off August...

The summer concert season just got psychedelic with the announcement of a brief Flaming Lips tour this August. The 10-city trek kicks off August 15 at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, CA, and ends August 30 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA.

The experimental rock group will hit both coasts on the two-week tour. Highlights include an August 17 concert at Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, an August 23 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, and an August 28 gig at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

The trek will promote the Lips’ forthcoming double album, “Embryonic,” projected for release sometime in September. Fans can get a sneak listen of the band’s latest material by purchasing tickets for the August tour online.

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Tickets for August 21 and 23 are already on sale through Ticketmaster. According to those ticket listings, fans will receive a six-song EP, which includes three songs off the new album and three classic B-sides “hand-picked by the Flaming Lips,” plus a little post-show pick-me-up consisting of an official live bootleg of the concert.

“Embryonic” will be the Flaming Lips’ twelfth studio effort and their first-ever double album. After more than 20 years as a band, frontman Wayne Coyne and his comrades decided to go double for the sort of sprawling freedom it would afford them.

“Somewhere along the way it occurred to me that we should do a double album,” Coyne explained to Billboard recently. “Just this idea that you can kind of weave a couple of themes into there and you can sort of sprawl a little bit. Our past couple of records we’ve always had this little dilemma, like how many songs do you put on? How many instruments do you put on? What’s the focus?”

Coyne continued, “It’s not necessarily because we’re prolific, I think we always stay in a sort of perpetual panic of like we never have more songs than we need and we always wonder if any of them are any good to begin with. I do think we probably work best in a panic, so maybe it’s best that I planned it this way.”

The Flaming Lips will also perform at a couple of summer festivals this year, first hitting the stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 19 in Chicago, IL, before curating the second All Tomorrow’s Parties festival on September 13 in Monticello, NY.

Flaming Lips itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

July 19Chicago, ILPitchfork Music Fesitval
August 15Del Mar, CADel Mar Racetrack
August 17Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre
August 18Pomona, CAFox Theater
August 20Troutdale, ORMcMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
August 21Redmond, WAMarymoor Amphitheatre
August 23Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheatre
August 26Atlanta, GAChastain Park Amphitheatre
August 28Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
August 29Philadelphia, PAFestival Pier
August 30Boston, MABank of America Pavilion
September 13Monticello, NYAll Tomorrow’s Parties

Last Updated on June 24, 2009 by By Allison Reitz