SXSW Music: Flaming Lips

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SXSW Music: Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and drummer Steven Drozd, back, perform during a concert at The National in Richmond, Virginia, Sunday, May 15, 2011. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and drummer Steven Drozd, back, perform during a concert at The National in Richmond, Virginia, Sunday, May 15, 2011. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and drummer Steven Drozd, back, perform during a concert at The National in Richmond, Virginia, Sunday, May 15, 2011. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and drummer Steven Drozd, back, perform during a concert at The National in Richmond, Virginia, Sunday, May 15, 2011. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

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I have always heard such good things about The Flaming Lips live. Their shows were promised to be high energy, outrageous and interactive.

However, at Auditorium Shores on March 16, the band disappointed fans by straying from their trademark over-the-top style for something more mellow, transcendental and frankly a little creepy.

Frontman Wayne Coyne was still crazy, but rather than the good kind of crazy that starts parties, Coyne was the kind of crazy that makes you uncomfortable.

Highlights of the show included a small baby doll in the lead singer’s arms for an uncomfortably long lasting and a rather aggressive hair braiding number.

While the technical aspects of the show were impressive as promised, the energy of The Flaming Lips was strange and melancholy.