And now, a valid and reasonable idea that isn't communicated enough: the Flaming Lips and Insane Clown Posse are spiritual brothers from different mothers. Granted, they sound nothing alike and one is largely reviled, but both are headline-worthy outfits who rose to fame in the 1990s and have amassed substantial, enduring fan bases. Thanks to constant activity, crafty experiments/stunts, a constant flow of releases and tours, and the generally fascinating quality of their personas, both remain compelling in 2013. While Wayne Coyne and company are breaking Guinness records, distributing music via chocolate hearts, and collaborating with Ke$ha, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are suing the FBI, continuing to helm the indie empire known as Psychopathic Records, and collaborating with Jack White. Before ICP hit Oakland Metro Operahouse tonight for the second of their two Bay Area shows (8 p.m., $25), we spoke to ICP's Shaggy (a.k.a. Joseph Utsler) about the group's haters, its soda preferences, and how long they can keep this whole thing up.
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