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Stardeath and White Dwarfs

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Charlie Sheen's career notwithstanding, nepotism isn't always a bad thing. An example: Oklahoma's Stardeath and White Dwarfs. The band's groovy, experimental sound conjures memories of the Flaming Lips' best moments. This isn't surprising, given that singer Dennis Coyne is Lips frontman Wayne Coyne's nephew. In fact, if you've seen or heard the Flaming Lips in the past few years, there's a good chance you've also seen or heard Stardeath, which toured with the Lips (including Wakarusa in 2008) and contributed to that band's 2009 re-imagining of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. But Stardeath stands strong on its own, layering Dennis Coyne's effortless vocals atop acoustic guitar and jangling synths. Think of it as the perfect soundtrack for your next intergalactic space flight.

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