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Governors Ball was oversold, there’s no question about it; that, or the festival grounds shrunk significantly this year. Either way, we had a great time and Sunday felt way less hectic in comparison with the rest of the weekend. Maybe everyone was burned out or hungover or half-dead, but it seemed like fewer people chose… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

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Lana Del Rey Plans Cemetery Shows

In the grand buildup to Ultravolence, Lana Del Rey told a reporter “I wish I was dead already” — causing no small stir — and an obsession with old-fashioned showbiz glamor has always been a huge part of her aesthetic. So today’s news that she’ll play a pair of shows next month at Hollywood Forever… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 22, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Shares Essay On Andrew W.K., Lana Del Rey, Double Standards, & Authenticity

Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves gave a spoken word performance at Basilica Soundscape this past weekend and read an essay she wrote, which has now been published in full on The Talkhouse. It addresses the idea of authenticity as it relates to musical acts like Andrew W.K. and Lana Del Rey and, more specifically, how a… More »

By: James Rettig / September 15, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Ultraviolence (Datsik Remix)”

Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence wasn’t just a huge improvement over her debut, it’s also one of our favorite albums of the year so far. Now the title track has been given an EDM remix by the popular producer Datsik. It keeps her vocals pretty much intact, but puts them in a very different context. Liste… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 11, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Ultraviolence” Video

Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence is one of the year’s best albums, in no small part due to its eerie, controversial title track. Now director Francesco Corrozzini has delivered a clip for “Ultraviolence” that’s strikingly simple in its depiction of Del Rey wandering around the great outdoors in a wedding dress. An epic song deserves a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 30, 2014 - 11:49 am

Stream Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” Remixes

Lana Del Rey’s press cycle for Ultraviolence is almost over, which means fewer stories about how she wants to die (or not). And recently, the writer of the Rolling Stone cover story shared some tidbits that didn’t make it into the article. Apparently, she’s taken a year off of her age — she’s 29, not… More »

By: James Rettig / July 26, 2014 - 10:52 am

Lana Del Rey & Dan Auerbach Detail Label Reservations About Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey’s tremendous sophomore LP Ultraviolence debuted at #1 last month and has remained near the top of the charts ever since, but new information about the album’s creation suggests Del Rey had to battle to get it released at all. In quotes excerpted from Rolling Stone’s new cover story, Del Rey and producer… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 18, 2014 - 1:03 pm

The Week In Pop: Bleachers, The Solo Project Of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Is Really Good

Things we learned about Jack Antonoff — Fun. guitarist, former Steel Train ringleader, Lena Dunham boyfriend, and, lately, Bleachers mastermind — in Vulture’s great profile last week: He lived with his parents in New Jersey until age 28, when Fun.’s “We Are Young” made them superstars. His Fun. bandmates lived there for a while too,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Watch Lana Del Rey Die In The Director’s Cut Video For “Shades Of Cool”

We’ve already posted Lana Del Rey’s sumptuous video for her Ultraviolence single “Shades Of Cool,” in which LDR appears to play the girlfriend of a menacing gangster figure. But the version that first made it to the internet is apparently not the one that Del Rey and director Jake Nava originally wanted us to see. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2014 - 9:17 am

Watch Glastonbury 2014 Performances From Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Disclosure, Haim, & More

Glastonbury, the world’s biggest and wettest music festival, is going down this weekend and despite what M.I.A. claims the BBC has been broadcasting bits of all the performances from the legendary Somerset extravaganza. Below you can watch professionally shot footage of songs from Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Haim, Metallica, MGMT, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Interpol,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm

AraabMuzik – “Summer Time” Video

A few days ago, Rhode Island producer AraabMuzik shared “Summer Time,” an apocalyptic new remix of Lana Del Rey’s sad-girl anthem “Summertime Sadness.” The track will appear on the upcoming For Professional Use Only 2 mixtape, and now it has an accompanying performance video in which you can see lots of sped-up and slowed-down footage… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 27, 2014 - 1:50 pm

AraabMuzik – “Summer Time”

Lana Del Rey owes a pretty significant chunk of her fame to an EDM remix of her “Summertime Sadness” which had nothing to do with the rest of her music but which hit huge anyway. Meanwhile, the Rhode Island producer AraabMuzik rose up out of the morass of mixtape-rap beatmakers largely thanks to his MPC-drive… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Frances Bean Cobain Warns Lana Del Rey Not To Romanticize Dying Young

During a recent interview with The Guardian, Lana Del Rey said a bunch of provocative things, the most widely quoted of which was this: “I wish I was dead already.” Now, there’s no reason to take her at face value there; anytime Del Rey says anything like that, she’s essentially doing character work. Still, she’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 23, 2014 - 8:56 am

Guardian Writer Responds To Lana Del Rey’s Confused Slam

Yesterday Lana Del Rey tweeted her disapproval and sense of betrayal over the Guardian article with her infamous quote about wishing she was dead. In the since-deleted tweets, she claimed that the author Tim Jonze (whom she misidentified as Ultraviolence reviewer Alexis Petridis) posed as a fan but had “sinister” intentions and that she wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 20, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Photos: NorthSide Festival (Denmark) 2014

The 2014 iteration of the Danish music festival NorthSide took place this past weekend and hosted a large number of exciting bands. There were the major rocks acts such as Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and the National, but there was a lot to be seen beyond that, too. There was Franz Ferdinand, Mount Kimbie, Roby… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 20, 2014 - 1:19 pm

The Week In Pop: Presenting The Mid-2014 Pop Superlatives

Seeing as we gave you a mid-year countdown of 2014’s best albums so far earlier this week, now seems like a good time to step back and assess the best and worst of what the pop sphere has given us this year. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Win A Lana Del Rey Deluxe Ultraviolence Box Set

You’ve read about Ultraviolence; you’ve streamed Ultraviolence; now you can win Ultraviolence. We’re giving away the deluxe edition of Lana Del Rey’s latest. Valued at $99.99, it includes the following:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 17, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Shades Of Cool” Video

Shades Of Cool” is the most Bond-sounding single off Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence, but the video is more fairy tale than action movie. It’s steeped in the mirage-like American iconography that has colored Del Rey’s music in since “Video Games,” depicting a romantic fling with an older man. There are also some stylized images involving… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 17, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Stream Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey’s sophomore album Ultraviolence is out today, and it’s a masterful exercise in world-building by a truly unique creative force. This is grand, sweeping, complicated, polarizing music — music that seduces you even as it repels you, that demands you give yourself over to its fictions completely or not at all. It’s a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 17, 2014 - 9:43 am

Lana Del Rey – “Is This Happiness”

Next week, Lana Del Rey will release her expansively decadent sophomore album Ultraviolence. It is very good. Most of the bonus tracks, which will appear with various bonus editions of the album, are not so good, an encouraging sign that LDR has learned to focus her strengths and to push the songs that don’t work… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 11:18 am

Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence

There were plenty of good reasons not to like Born To Die, Lana Del Rey’s first album, and there were plenty of bad reasons, too. I hated the album, for reasons both good and bad. Good reasons: It was thin and underwritten and brittle and overproduced, its album tracks lacking the grand fucked-out majesty of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 10:22 am
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