Particle Kid Micah Nelson to tour with The Flaming Lips

(Los Angeles) – Particle Kid (Los Angeles-based composer/multi-media artist Micah Nelson)is excited to announce that he will join Grammy Award-winning The Flaming Lips on their U.S. tour in autumn 2021 and spring 2022.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here for more info or visit the venue links below.  

The Flaming Lips, the Oklahoma City psychedelic rock band whose Space Bubble Concerts got a lot of attention during lockdown, have invited Particle Kid to be the very special guest on their highly anticipated U.S. tour this fall and next spring.  Particle Kid, which is Micah Nelson and a rotation of musicians he enlists, and The Flaming Lips have already collaborated in various ways. 

Nelson was a featured musician on The Flaming Lips’ 2020 album, American Head, adding guitar and vocals to the band’s life-affirming and imaginative sound.

Lips fans likely saw Particle Kid in April 2021 on Jimmy Kimmel Live, when he joined the band to perform “Will You Return/When You Come Down” from American Head. Watch the performance here. 

In 2019, The Aspen Times wrote about Particle Kid’s opening set for The Flaming Lips: “He set the tone at the outset with a jarring dose of extended feedback, emerging from the haze of noise with ‘Myssus Crow’-from his 2017 album, Everything Is Bullshit-which juxtaposes jangly guitars and sweet bubblegum-pop vocals with harsh and brutal passages of distorted guitar…

There’s a playful Frank Zappa spirit in Particle Kid’s arty rock and a refreshing indifference to the pop trends of the moment. His mercurial guitar-based sound, with touches of folk and punches of distortion, is occasionally punctuated with glitchy electronic samples.”

Born into a highly creative and prolific family, Micah Nelson is comfortable on the world stage, having toured and/or collaborated with everyone from Neil Young and Tinariwen to John Doe and Willie Nelson (Micah’s father, who also coined the Particle Kid moniker).

Micah began creating animation and videos as a child, attended art school and currently has a production entity called Spitball Pictures, which produces music videos for his own projects, as well as those by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (“Tripwire” and “My Power”), folk-punk musician Sunny War (“Age of a Man”), Tinariwen (“Wartilla, Dan Caret Dub”), and ukulele and guitar duo Folk Uke (“Small One”).   

Micah is currently working with Neil Young on an animated short film adaptation of Young’s 1982 dystopian sci-fi concept album, TRANS. He is also a member of his brother’s band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, a member of Neil Young’s band, touring and recording with Young and being part of his full-length film Paradox.

Particle Kid has headlined shows around the world and opened for The Flaming Lips, Tinariwen, Meat Puppets, Margo Price, and Sheryl Crow, and played at festivals such as Luck Reunion, UTOPiAfest and the Outlaw Music Festival. In an article titled “The Trippy Troubadour,” Rolling Stone called Micah Nelson a “musical polymath who, according to Willie, ‘plays everything,’ combining an indie DIY aesthetic with a questing hippie spirit and a relentless work ethic.” 

Micah told Rolling Stonethat playing music with Neil Young has been like “getting a master’s degree in Jedi training.”  Nelson calls Particle Kid his “experimental future-folk solo project,” and has released five albums of original music since 2012 and is preparing new material for an upcoming release, some of which will likely be part of his opening set list. 

In addition to performing an opening set at these shows, it’s likely that Particle Kid will join The Flaming Lips onstage during this tour. 


Sun   Nov 07     The Fillmore                        Philadelphia, PA
Mon   Nov 08     Brooklyn Steel                   Brooklyn, NY
Tue   Nov 09      Brooklyn Steel                    Brooklyn, NY
Thu   Nov 11      Stage A&E                          Pittsburgh, PA
Fri     Nov 12      Crouse Hinds Theater     Syracuse, NY
Sat    Nov 13      Palace Theater                   Albany, NY
Mon   Nov 15      House of Blues                 Boston, MA
Tue   Nov 16      The Anthem                       Washington, DCThu   Nov 18      MTELUS                              Montreal, QC
Sat  Nov 20      Royal Oak Music Theater    Royal Oak, MI

Mon   Apr 25       Mission Ballroom                 Denver, CO
Thu   Apr 28        Knitting Factory                   Boise, ID
Fri     Apr 29        Crystal Ballroom                 Portland, OR
Sat    Apr 30        Knitting Factory                   Spokane, WAMon   May 02      Commodore Ballroom          Vancouver, BC
Tue   May 03       Commodore Ballroom         Vancouver, BC
Wed  May 04       Showbox SoDo                    Seattle, WA
Fri     May 06       Warfield Theatre                  San Francisco, CA
Sat    May 07       Warfield Theatre                  San Francisco, CA
Mon   May 09       The Wiltern                          Los Angeles, CA 

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