Lana Del Rey: Smackdown

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey made internet headlines for her sudden rise to fame – and a notorious performance on Saturday Night Live. Today, in our Smackdown: critics debate the image-conscious sensation. Plus: live music from the New York electronic-pop band Tiny Victories. And, our weekly Pick Three.

Lana Del Rey's Internet Ambition: Smackdown

Critics and bloggers have roasted singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey for her lack of “indie cred” and an underwhelming performance on Saturday Night Live. But her detractors can’t stop talking about her – and her album is selling well on iTunes. We debate this image-conscious Internet sensation – and learn more about her backstory with Chicago-based rock columnist Jessica Hopper and Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards.

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Pick Three: Lizzy Goodman

Music writer Lizzy Goodman joins us with three must-hear new releases in our weekly Pick Three.

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Tiny Victories: In Studio

In NPR Music’s roundup of bands to watch in 2012, Soundcheck’s John Schaefer picked Tiny Victories, calling their debut EP “full of smart, catchy electro-pop hooks with subversive production details to keep listeners guessing.” We’ll put your ears to the test, when the band joins us to play live in our studio (and record a web extra featuring John Schaefer).

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Tiny Victories (feat. John Schaefer)

Today, the New York-based duo Tiny Victories released Those of Us Still Alive, a five-song debut that John Schaefer picked for a recent NPR feature on local artists to watch in 2012. After they performed two songs live on the show today, the band then picked John Schaefer for a remixed version of their song "Gravitron." Hear our host sampled in this unprecedented web extra.

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Gig Alert: Slavic Soul Party!

Balkan (by way of Brooklyn) brass outfit Slavic Soul Party! performs its lively blend of funk, jazz, and Eastern European melodies at Barbes on Tuesday night. Download the nine-piece's tune "Laughter Club." 

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