Blue Man Group

So Complicated

BlueThe second album of music from performance art troupe the Blue Man Group, "The Complex," was executive produced by Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and will be released this week by Lava. The album sports the use of a host of invented instruments, and several guest vocalists and collaborators, including Dave Matthews, Tracy Bonham, Esthero, and Josh Haden.

"We think the whole point of collaboration is to create a special alchemy that pushes the work into an unpredictable new place," Blue Man co-founder Phil Stanton says. "And the whole point of making a rock album is to shake things up and push the whole music scene to a new place as well."

"It's been a while since music fans have been given an album that was linked to a visceral, over-the-top, rock concert event, on par with that of a Pink Floyd," the group's Matt Goldman adds. "It may sound presumptuous, but our approach has always been to aim high, so this is the level we are shooting for."

Along with the album, a newly developed stage show was created to showcase "The Complex" on the road later this year. The production will be unveiled April 26-27 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.