The Flaming Lips have been known to stray away from the norm. The band has been known for their psychedelic tunes, the vivid imagery in their lyrics, and their extravagant live performances , which includes lead singer Wayne Coyne traveling on top of the crowd inside a large plastic bubble.
The State of Florida is celebrating 500 years of history, since the arrival of explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513. Expedition Florida 500 is a modern-day excursion that derives its name from this historic milestone. Unlike Ponce de Leon, Expedition Florida 500 front man, Justin Riney, isn’t looking for new land to settle, rather to clean up, restore and protect Florida’s shorelines and waterways. He launched in Pensacola and has journeyed the state’s coastlines, engaging the public as he goes.
For over 100 million years Sea Turtles have roamed the oceans, providing a vital link in marine and shoreline ecosystems. From leatherbacks to loggerheads, six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered at the hand of humans. Sadly, the fact is that they face many dangers as they travel the seas — including accidental capture and entanglement in fishing gear (also known as bycatch), the loss of nesting and feeding sites to coastal development, intentional hunting (poaching), and ocean pollution.
Icelandic-language rock has never been on the forefront of popularity, but Sigur Rós seems to be the exception. With their ethereal sound and light spectacle live performances, knowing what the lyrics mean is secondary or perhaps not even relevant at all.
Sigur Rós’ seventh full-length, Kveikur, begins with a quiet bang. There is this soft static in the distance, and then there is a huge crescendo into fortississimo using industrial, distorted bass. The first 20 seconds of Kveikur is unnerving and menacing, but it sets the tone well for the album. The opening track “Brennisteinn” is a muddled, abrasive, and at nearly eight minutes long, it’s one of the boldest and mystifying tracks Sigur Rós has ever put on a record.