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All-star tribute to David Lynch lights up the Ace Hotel
All-star tribute to David Lynch lights up the Ace Hotel

At an afternoon rehearsal in downtown Los Angeles, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne was on his knees making noise. Bearded and bushy-haired, Coyne lifted a device that crackled with static while partner Steven Drodz stood at a keyboard playing Samuel Barber’s deeply emotional “Adagio For Strings,” used to staggering effect by director David Lynch in 1980’s “The Elephant Man.” The result was waves of beauty and clatter, or the sound of humanity and industry colliding. Coyne then read a poem from Lord Tennyson as the lights above pulsed slow and ominously: “Nothing will die / The stream flows, the wind blows, the cloud fleets, the heart beats...

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