Maha Music Festival: The Flaming Lips, Matt & Kim, Bob Mould lead the lineup

Maha Music Festival announced its lineup and it’s top-to-bottom the strongest the fest has featured in its five years.

The Flaming Lips will headline the festival’s lineup, which features a strong group of diverse indie artists that also includes Matt & Kim, Bob Mould, The Thermals, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Sons of Fathers and Millions of Boys.

The Flaming Lips, of course, recently released “The Terror.” I don’t like the record much, but I’m more prone to enjoy their spacey pop efforts such as “Do You Realize??,” “Fight Test,” “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” and the like. (Yes, I’m the person who digs the confetti, puppets and Wayne Coyne’s inflatable ball.) Not so much on the “Embryonic” and “Heady Fwends” type of stuff.

Despite my dislike, the album has gotten positive reviews. And anyway, the band isn’t going to just sit around and play “The Terror” from start to finish at Maha. They’ll kick into “Yoshimi” and the tunes we’re all paying to see. (At SXSW, they did play the album in full. I didn’t like it.)

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at Auditorium Shores during SXSW 2013.

If you don’t already know, the festival will take place Aug. 17 at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village. Tickets to the festival, $45 in advance and $55 day of show, are on sale now at www.mahamusicfestival.com.

The lower part of the festival card is pretty dang good, too. Matt & Kim are a great addition both because they’re a fun festival band and they’ll be a big draw.

Bob Mould will kick out the hard jams, and I’m pretty excited to see him since I never have before. (I know, I know.)

Portland punk band The Thermals recently released its sixth album, “Desperate Ground,” via Saddle Creek Records, and they’re freaking excellent live. Lucky for fans, we’ll get to see them at a May 13 show at Slowdown and then five months later at Maha for a mid-afternoon jolt of energy.

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is a folk rock group based out of San Francisco, and they’ll compliment roots rock band Sons of Fathers, which recently received recognition for its performances at SXSW in the band’s native Austin, Texas.

Rounding out the main stage lineup is Omaha punk trio Millions of Boys, which released “Competing For Your Love” last year. They’re a great local and a solid addition.

A second stage of local bands, which was announced last week, will feature Digital Leather, Criteria, The Millions, Rock Paper Dynamite and HERS. One more band will be determined by a vote at the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards showcase on June 7 and 8.

What do you think of the lineup?

Between the lineup’s diversity (folk, punk, space rock and all that) and the popularity of the various groups involved, it’s a fantastic slate. And I think it will be  incredibly popular.

Best attended Maha Music Festival yet? We shall see. Anyway, I advise you to get to Stinson Park early on Aug. 17 if you want to get a good spot on the lawn. It’s going to be a big year for Maha.

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