Flaming Lips Plan Midwestern Outing

More dates in the works for acclaimed psychedelic pop act.

The Flaming Lips will launch a short tour of the Midwest next month, beginning March 7 in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

The psychedelic-pop act is working to add more dates and may follow the tour with trips to Europe and Japan, according to Warner Bros., the Lips' record label.

The group's most recent release, The Soft Bulletin (1999), received widespread critical acclaim. Songs such as "The Gash" (RealAudio excerpt) build layer upon layer of sound to create a lush, hallucinogenic feel.

Another single from the album, "Superman" (RealAudio excerpt), was re-released on Tuesday on an enhanced EP, with several remixed songs and CD-ROM videos of "Race for the Prize" and "Be My Head."

The Flaming Lips' lineup has changed since the group was formed in 1983, but singer Wayne Coyne and bassist Michael Ivins have been with the band for all 10 of their full-length releases. The group achieved sudden fame when the single "She Don't Use Jelly" (RealAudio excerpt) became a surprise radio hit, a year after its 1993 release on Transmissions From the Satellite Heart.

Flaming Lips tour dates:

March 7; Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; High Dive

March 8; Iowa City, Iowa; Union Bar

March 9; Madison, Wis.; TBA

March 11; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

March 15; Lawrence, Kan.; Granada Theater

March 16; St. Louis, Mo.; Fire House

March 17; Columbia, Mo.; The Blue Note

March 19; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theater