Coachella has just revealed its 2014 lineup and, as anticipated, it’s packed with goodness, including the reunion of OutKast, who will headline along with Muse and Arcade Fire. Coachella fans will also have a chance to see Ellie Goulding, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, MGMT, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lana Del Rey and a ton more during the six day extravaganza. Check out the full lineup below. (more…)
I really tried to give Lana Del Rey the benefit of the doubt on this one. I swear. I was hoping that her half-hour long short film Tropico, an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption, wasn’t going to be another poorly“conceived attempt at grand symbolism and “deep” meaning that would inevitably force me to question why I ever derived any satisfaction from her music in the first place and would once again make me come face to face with the full scope of her guileless superficiality and lack of insight. But you know what Mick Jagger says.
So, just for the sake of convenience, even though the biblical triptych of innocence, sin, and redemption is the central conceit of the video, I’m going to ignore the overwrought and overused religious parallels that Lana cuts and pastes with bowling ball-level subtlety and focus more on her decision to include voiceovers of her reading excerpts from Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg poems, which is exactly as pretentious as it sounds.
Lana Del Rey‘s 27-minute short film, titled Tropico, has finally debuted via VEVO, and let’s just say right up front”it’s a steamy one. Portraying Del Rey as Eve in a “Biblical story of sin and redemption,” Tropico takes viewers through a seedy world of strip clubs, greed, and violence in a classic tale of indulgence gone wrong. The film also features Del Rey’s tracks “Body Electric,” “Bel Air,” and “Gods and Monsters.”
At the Hollywood premiere Wednesday night, Del Rey also announced the title of her next album would be Ultraviolence. Check out the film on VEVO right here.
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With The Great Gatsby bringing in over $50million at the box office this weekend, it doesn’t take a genius to realize the soundtrack isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We know not everyone can sneak away during a weekday to catch a movie, so today we suggest letting the video for Lana Del Rey‘s soundtrack contribution “Young & Beautiful” entertain you instead.
Thematically perfect for the themes of longing, fear, and love that run rampant throughout Gasby, “Young & Beautiful” is as fitting for the latest film adaptation as it is Del Rey’s personal catalog. Her near-whisper croon matching soothing orchestral instrumentation and thunderous percussion with lines filled with questions about what happens when young loves begins to age. The visuals match the emotional intensity of the song, but the most notable imagery is without a doubt two glittery tears placed on Del Rey’s cheek. You can view the clip below.
The soundtrack for The Great Gatsby is in stores now and expected to top the Billboard charts. If you enjoy this song, give the album a spin. (more…)
NPR has the honor of hosting the Jay-Z executively produced release, which hits stores Tuesday, May 7. Everyone from Lana Del Rey, to Will.i.am, to the Jigga man himself makes an appearance, but don’t let that roster of modern favorites lead you into a false idea of what to expect. This release perfectly balances the modern flavor added to the upcoming adaptation, while keeping the spirit of the story’s era well in tact. Click here to experience the album.
The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters May 10.
In addition to starring a quintessential who’s-who of Hollywood, the forthcoming May release of The Great Gatsby will be accompanied by an equally star-studded soundtrack. The latest trailer for the film promotes this, with selection from new music by Beyonce (featuring Andre 3000), Lana Del Rey, and Florence + The Machine being teased alongside the footage. You can stream the trailer below.
The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters nationwide May 10. (more…)
Keeping things classy and opting to not go with the typical overhype of new music, Lana Del Rey quietly released a video this morning for her cover of Leonard Cohen’s classic ballad, Chelsea Hotel No. 2.” Her rendition is as hauntingly beautiful as might expect, with soulful vocals that lightly echo above soft acoustic accompaniment. The video matches this feel, and will likely spawn thousands of gifs showcasing Del Rey’s knack for looking depressed. You can view the video below.
Who is Lana Del Rey? Is she Lizzy Grant, Sparkle Jump Rope Queen, or one of the other pseudonyms that she used while performing in New York city clubs only several years ago? Questions about Lana’s authenticity reached a fever pitch in 2012, with some decrying what they saw as her corporately constructed version of hipsterdom, and even questioning the integrity of her body. With the beautifully lush video for her latest single “Ride,” Lana indirectly addresses speculations about her shifting identity, while offering a visual love letter to America and a barely-veiled description of the lonely transient touring life of a newly minted pop starlet
In the languid monologue that opens the video’s shots of neon“lit urban decay and sun-stroked open highways, Lana describes being “a singer, not a very popular one, who once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet,” and laments how “there’s no use in talking to people who have a home; they have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lie your head.” Though Lana isn’t really playing herself in the video, the gist of her moody soliloquy is clear: being a pop star who is constantly on the road can be lonely and sad, even as all of your supposed dreams are becoming real. Over the course of the video, she appears as a drifter, biker, killer, and lounge performer; she floats through a vast sprawling American landscape that is as varied as her own identities. A rebellious biker girl on the western freeway, an enigmatic chanteuse onstage, and a lonely transient on the dirty city streets, Lana changes with each new locale. She is all of these people, and in being so, is none of them fully. She is neither Lizzy Grant, nor Lana Del Rey, nor her earliest incarnation as May Jailer, but a nebulous entity who can perform whatever role is desired of her. After all, this is exactly what pop stars do, and it is America and its endless sense of possibilities that lets them do it. E pluribus unum: out of many, one. America is truly one nation, under pop. “I believe in the country America used to be. I believe in the person I want to become,” Lana intones towards the end of the video. Thanks, Lizzy. It all makes sense now.
Lana fans: check out OurStage artist Sheila Star for more sultry pop tunes.
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