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Flaming Lips aim for Guinness Book — and more from the world of pop music

— How would you describe the the Flaming Lips? Psych-rock? Art-rock? Schtick-rock? On Wednesday, the band will try to set a Guinness World Record for the most concerts performed in various cities in a 24-hour window. The current record-holder is none other than Jay-Z, who played seven concerts over the course of 24 hours back in 2006.


Wayne Michael Coyne, lead singer and guitarist of American band The Flaming Lips, performs inside a plastic ball during the Optimus Primavera Sound music festival in Porto, Portugal, on June 8, 2012. (Paulo Duarte/AP)

— The London Telegraph has leaked a playlist of tunes that director Danny Boyle plans to use during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in London. The gamut-running list of artists includes the Sex Pistols, Soul II Soul, Queen, M.I.A., Radiohead, Dizzee Rascal and many others you’d find on a tastefully curated iPod.

 — In Tuesday’s Post: Allison Stewart reviews the guilty-pleasurecraft of Maroon 5; Sarah Godfrey listens to the decidedly un-nasty new album from R. Kelly; and David Malitz tackles “Self Made Vol. 2,” the latest rap compilation from Maybach Music Group.

And in case you missed it, this week’s pop music coverage:

— “When I say ‘Chuck,’ you say ‘Brown!’ ” Jill Scott’s Verizon Center concert reviewed.

Ravi Coltrane got an assist from drummer E.J. Strickland during the Coltrane Quartet’s Friday gig at Bohemian Caverns.

— D.C. native Laura Burhenn seemed happy to be home Saturday night. Her Black Cat performance with Mynabirds reviewed.

— After 40 years, the Flatlanders are back. A profile of the reunited Americana group.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about David Bowie's legacy of reinvention, Beyoncé's Super Bowl victory, viral go-go covers and rock star death waves.

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