The Black Moods: We're Trying to Get a Grip on the Business Side

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When opportunity knocks, local rock and rollers The Black Moods are usually the first ones to answer. On Saturday, December 14, at the True Music Festival, the Black Moods will be part of a group of artists ranging from the psychedelic sound of the Flaming Lips all the way to Wiz Khalifa.

TMF founder Jarid Dietrich has said that one of his favorite moments in bringing his dream festival to life was being able to call singer/guitarist Josh Kennedy, bassist Ryan Prier and drummer Danny "Chico" Diaz and personally invite them to be part of the event.

Prior to their opening set at True Music Festival, Up on the Sun spoke with Kennedy about the opportunities that the True Music Festival provides for them and their city, their new album, and what's next for the Black Moods.

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Flaming Lips: It's Kind Of A Darker Atmosphere, But It's Still A Party Atmosphere

Michelle Martin Coyne
The Flaming Lips
The psychedelic and theatrical harmony of The Flaming Lips has stood the test of time. Since forming in Oklahoma City 30 years ago the band has bridged the generations by appealing to everyone from the counterculture of the past to the rave-heavy subculture of today.

It seems fitting then, that the Flaming Lips are headlining the True Music Festival at Salt River Fields on Saturday, an event aiming for exactly what Flaming Lips has excelled at for three decades: uniting diverse groups through music.

Prior to their headlining performance at the inaugural True Music Festival, Up on the Sun spoke with Flaming Lips musician Steven Drozd about their new album, the TMF experience, never slowing down creatively, and making "freaky" music with Ke$ha.

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True Music Festival's Lineup Expands with Hellogoodbye, Kill Paris and More

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True Music Festival's lineup-opening one-two-three punch of Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, and Wiz Khalifa got a wide swath of Valley music fans talking when they were announced back in August. Now Kill Paris and Hellogoodbye have joined the bill in a second wave of touring acts.

An updated look at the lineup follows below.

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Scottsdale's True Music Festival Announces First Artists, Including Wiz Khalifa, Flaming Lips, Bassnectar

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Shawn Anderson
Wiz Khalifa at Mesa Amphitheatre (slideshow)
The True Music Festival, scheduled for Saturday, December 14, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, announced its first five performers on Tuesday, and it's a solid slate: In addition to noted festival heroes the Flaming Lips, the festival is bringing in Wiz Khalifa, Bassnectar, Capital Cities, and Lord Huron.

What do the Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassnectar have in common, exactly? Well, they'll all probably bring sizable crowds in, for one thing, and for another, I'm sure psychedelic rock fans and Wiz Khalifa fans can find at least one common interest.

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