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Watch Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” bliss end in a sun-kissed blaze

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Lana Del Rey is basking in all her sweet sun-kissed glory in her new video for “West Coast” from the upcoming album Ultraviolence and everything is picture perfect. She frolics on the beach with her lover to the swaying melody but there has to be some sort of unbecoming disruption to it all that mirrors the track’s bluesy undertones, and there is. Watch Lana’s fiery fate below and get tickets to her show at The Mann this Sunday here.

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Lana Del Rey playing Skyline Stage at The Mann on May 11th

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Lana Del Rey is playing the Skyline Stage at The Mann on Sunday, May 11th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 14th at 10AM. In the late summer of 2011, the music interwebs exploded in fascination over Del Rey’s “Video Games,” the song that catapulted her into internet and musical fame. Named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork, music critics and fans embraced the song. Pitchfork’s Ian Cohen wrote:

On her stirring debut single, New York singer-songwriter Lizzy Grant transforms into the more bombastically-named Lana Del Rey and absolutely wallows in it. While the song is husky and sensual in a way that hits the sweet spot Cat Power has abdicated since The Greatest, lyrically, “Video Games” reads more like a prelude to “Lived in Bars”. Strings well up and you’ll want to hear lines like “Heaven is a place on earth where you/ Tell me all the things you want to do,” and “I heard you like the bad girls, honey/ Is that true?” as knowing, rhetorical come-ons.

(Listen to Lana Del Rey’s interview and performance on World Cafe here)

Her debut on Saturday Night Live in January, 2012 was universally panned as one of the worst performances on SNL, yet Del Rey determinedly pushed through the backlash and has become an international success, with songs like “Born To Die,” and “Blue Jeans,” and “Summertime Sadness.” She’s currently working on her next full length, Ultraviolence, with help from Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: David Dye’s five most surprising (in a good way!) World Cafe interviews of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, World Cafe host David Dye tells us about his five most surprising interviews of the year.

This does not mean the “best” necessarily. Tune in starting Dec 26 for the eight best World Cafe interview segments (two per day).  These are five interviews that exceeded my expectations.  People who ended up being a lot of fun to talk with or were much more forthcoming than I expected.

1. Nils Lofgren – What a storyteller.  From early days showing up at The Childe Harold in DC to meet Neil Young to how he was asked to become part of The E Street Band, Nils had fascinating stories to tell. Listen to the interview here (via the WXPN media player).

2. Bassnectar – Not knowing a whole lot about the Dubstep and EDM world it was fascinating to have a guide like Lorin Ashton who performs as Bassnectar. He took us through building a track up to the all important “Drop” when sonic joy ensues. Very open and intelligent guy. Listen to the interview here.

3. Lana Del Ray – After seeing her unsettling performance on Saturday Night Live I thought maybe she was all about the hype.  Not so. She was surprisingly  down to earth and had a real sense of her strengths and who she was.  Really good stripped down performances and she even gave us one for our Live at The World Cafe CD. Listen to the interview here.

4. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Swedish alternative singer-songwriter Kristian Mattson is one of my favorite new artists. I had also heard that he disliked interviews. So I really prepared and he told people afterward how much he loved our conversation.  A lot of that made it into the edit we aired. Listen to the interview here.

5. Dwight Yoakam – I had no idea how smart the country star/actor is.  He took off on my questions and talked for over an hour, about half of which made it onto the show. Once again he was eager to talk about his early life and influences. Listen to the interview here.