FLAMING LIPS, PIONEER PARK, Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m., $5
For anyone who has ever seen the Flaming Lips, there's no selling necessary in recommending their upcoming show in Salt Lake City. Whether playing intimate venues like the old Speedway Cafe or Zephyr Club, or larger spaces like Kingsbury Hall or the Coachella music fest, the long-running Oklahoma-based crew led by Wayne Coyne has always been a brilliant live act. Not only are they able to capture the intricate sonic excursions from their albums, but they add a serious dose of theatrics that only enhances the experience--they're not covering up for a lack of chops through their lights, human-sized gerbil balls, blood and/or puppets. Simply put, Flaming Lips shows are some of the best shows I've ever seen, and albums like The Soft Bulletin and Clouds Taste Metallic have been in heavy rotation in my life for a couple of decades. Expect a career-spanning set with a heavy nod toward the band's new one, The Terror, when they headline the Twilight Concert Series show Thursday night. CSS opens the show.