Lana Del Rey brings her moody yet sun-kissed melodies to South Florida, featuring an ode to Miami.
“Come on down to Florida, I got somethin’ for ya,” implores Lana Del Rey on a dirty little ditty called “Florida Kilos” off of her latest album, Ultraviolence. Is it a come-on, a promise, a tease? Perhaps all of the above. Del Rey, whose Endless Summer Tour touches down at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on June 16, loves to flirt with danger in her cinematic, sad-eyed pop pastiches.
One of the most polarizing and enigmatic figures in music in recent years, this pop lightning rod has inspired both intense fandom and critical bashings. Raised in upstate New York, she cut her teeth in the same downtown Manhattan scene that spawned Lady Gaga, performing under her real name, Lizzy Grant, before coming into her own as Lana Del Rey. “I wanted a name I could shape the music towards,” she’s said about her moniker. “I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba—Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue.”
Del Rey has come a long way since her lackluster live debut on Saturday Night Live in January 2012 that got her raked across the coals. Just three years after the SNL debacle, she’s now hailed by the likes of Rolling Stone as “one of the most compelling performers of our time.” Ultraviolence, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys (who calls her “a true eccentric and extremely talented”), silenced the naysayers in one fell swoop.
“I’m happy when things are just kind of calm,” Del Rey told Rolling Stone at the time Ultraviolence was released. “I love going to the ocean. I love driving. I love going to shows. Just being with people I really have fun with. I love the summer. I’m happy in the summer. Love hot, hot weather.”
Get ready to sizzle. As the starlet herself suggests on that last track of the deluxe edition of Ultraviolence: “We could get high in Miami/ Ooh, dance the night away/ People never die in Miami/ Ooh, that’s what they all say.” Can’t wait to see for ourselves. Lana Del Rey performs on June 16 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601–7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach, 561-795- 8883.