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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 Adele's sadness, Kendrick Lamar's fury, Young Thug's genius and T-Pain's vulnerability.


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