After a six-year absence from releasing music, Cat Power is back in full force with a new single and a Lana Del Rey guest appearance. “Woman” is the first full song we’ve heard from her forthcoming album Wanderer, which will be released in the fall; Cat Power previously shared a short preview of the title track. Continue reading →
A few minutes after the Eagles clinched their NFC championship victory on Sunday night, Lana Del Rey took the stage at the Wells Fargo Center, just across the sports complex. Someone had tipped her off. “Philadelphia…I hear your team won tonight,” she beamed to jubilant crowd – “so it should be a good night.” And so it was – although, to be sure, the gloriously moody, brooding strains she had in store for us were a far cry from the gleeful mayhem presumably erupting in the parking lots just outside the stadium. Aside from her penchant for Americana and for grand, dramatic pageantry, there probably aren’t all that many similarities between a Lana Del Rey concert and a football game. At least her backup dancers’ velvet minidresses were approximately the right shade of green.
As a committed fan who was blown away by Lana’s debut back in 2012 and has been eagerly anticipating an opportunity to see her live ever since, I still had some major doubts about this concert, particularly related to it being an arena show. For one thing, it’s always been strangely difficult to get a clear sense of her actual popularity. Could she even come close to filling the Wells Fargo? Turns out she did much better than I’d feared: the lower stands, as far as I could see, were relatively well populated all the way around the arena – at least, they didn’t feel embarrassingly empty (as was pretty much the case when I saw Arcade Fire there a few months back.) The GA floor section, however, was at best a quarter filled, which put a slight, odd damper on the energy of the evening. (Not that there’s necessarily a better indoor venue for her to play in town – she would have handily sold out the Fillmore and left many fans wanting – but perhaps the pricing tiers could have been adjusted to help avoid a big empty space in the middle of the room.) Continue reading →
Musicians from around the world gathered in Montreal last night for the Tower of Song Tributeto celebrate the life & music of Leonard Cohen on the eve of the 1st anniversary of his death. Watch Lana Del Rey and Cohen’s son Adam perform a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2. Continue reading →
Neil Young was not real happy with Donald Trump’s choice of music during the real estate mogul’s announcement yesterday that he’s seeking the GOP nomination for President of the U.S. Continue reading →