OMA Report: The Flaming Lips Perform With Karmin, Get Tied Up By Grace Potter

by (@zaragolden)

The O Music Awards are full speed along and, 15 hours in, everyone still seems to be having fun! Don’t believe me? Tune in now: the team is currently in Biloxi, Mississippi, poolside with a bunch of bikini clad girls and the Neon Trees, waiting for the Flaming Lips to set up for their sixth performance. Just nine hours, two cities, three more shows, and the record is theirs!

The Lips and friends seem, so far, to be having a blast. After kicking things off with a performance of their own (Show #1) and before bouncing from Memphis to city two, Wayne Coyne dropped in on Sun Studio where Karmin performed a stripped down version of their “Brokenhearted.” Unlike the host, he did not know all the words, but the huge grin on his face suggests that he will soon enough. (Watch the video above.)

And forth into the evening, after a stop with Gary Clark Jr. in Clarksdale, Mississippi (Show #2), the band joined VH1 favorites Grace Potter & The Nocturnals for a show in Oxford (Show #3) and what could probably have sufficed for a full evening’s mischief were there not more cities to stop in and shows to play and records to break. Together, they lit sparklers in abandoned gas station parking lots (“How could you have a better time than this,” wonders a giddy Potter); sucked helium and sang Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”; and then played a little game Potter calls “Basic Instinct” wherein she attempts to tie-up Coyne with a long, silk scarf. “What happens then?”¬†Coyne asked, sounding more bemused than concerned that, lashed down to the bus, he might miss the rest of his shows and fall short of his eight show goal. Five to go!

Luckily, he slips free in time to join Neon Indian in Jackson, Mississippi for Show #4. There, just ahead of sunrise, they revisited Lips classic, “Do You Realize” and sounded only a little bit tired. Not so bad! And then to Hattiesburg they went, to meet Hunter Hayes and to play “Do You Realize” again (Show #5). “You realize,” he sings again, looking ever more disheveled but no less happy, “the sun doesn’t go down, it’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round.”

And the show goes on! Will they make it? Tune in now on and you might catch the Lips live in Biloxi (Show #6; or at 3:45pm ET to see them in Baton Rouge; or for the grand finale, recording breaking Show #8 in New Orleans at 7pm ET. And all the while between, there are bus shenanigans and performances from Givers and Grimes. Don’t miss a second!

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