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ISSUE 1: Lana Del Rey’s Concert Sent Me Straight to Heaven

This setlist should be the new national anthem.
Photo Grace Shafer
Lana del Rey performing on stage in the MidFlorida Amphitheater on Monday, Sept. 25.

Lana Del Rey recently performed at the MidFlorida Amphitheater as one of two stops in Florida on her most recent tour. Colloquially known as the “Bible Belt Tour,” Del Rey has been performing all across the American South with her most recent album “Did You Know There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd?”. After taking a hiatus from performing, Del Rey has come back stronger than ever with a packed 1-hour 30-minute setlist full of all her classic songs as well as incredible visuals and performance.

Before Del Rey came on stage, her opener, Nikki Lane, performed a quick set. While not personally a fan, her stage presence was still very good and she did a good job performing.

Del Rey opened with the song “Norman Rockwell” and quickly transitioned into “A&W” and “Bartender.” One of the few criticisms I had with her performance is that oftentimes she would quickly switch between songs, cutting out choruses or bridge, sometimes the most iconic parts of the song. Other than that, though these few opening songs were a great choice for getting the crowd hyped for the rest of the concert.

Del Rey did a very good job with the visuals on this tour. The background screen was always playing videos reminiscent of the album covers or iconic music videos of her past, and her dancers were stunningly talented. The slower songs never left the crowd feeling bored. Her band was also very talented, especially the guitarist, who’s solo near the end of the show was a near-perfect end.

Arguably the most unique aspect of her performance here was the fact she played a song that wasn’t on the set list, “Florida Kilos” obviously named after our state. This song is a cult classic, but due to it being unplanned, Del Rey forgot some of the lyrics which was slightly disappointing. However, because of this, she performed the song for the crowd not only once, but twice.

This tour was stunning and a testament to Del Rey’s skill as a performer. She still does a fantastic job at playing some of her older songs even though her sound and music have matured. She also made a promise to come back to Tampa and I think that her fans will be holding her to that.

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Malia Rodriguez
Malia Rodriguez, Senior Staff Writer
Maila Rodriguez is a sophomore at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. When writing, Rodriguez tends to lean towards Opinion and A&E stories, where she infuses her distinctive perspective and voice on a variety of topics. "[I like] writing opinion stories and A&E stories; [last year,] I even won an award for my review "M3gan" was Mediocre," Rodeiguez said. Aside from using her pen and paper, she loves to socialize with her friends and practice her editing skills on Adobe Photoshop in class. Rodriguez is also very involved at Robinson as a member of multiple clubs including Marine Biology, Photography and Model U.N. Outside of Robinson, she partakes in ballet for Kari and DiMarco South Dance. When Rodriguez isn't writing or practicing ballet, you can find her listening to her favorite artists such as Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray while crocheting or painting. Her paintings tend to be still life watercolors and you will often see her drawing inspiration from her surroundings. "I'll usually paint what I see around me so like right now I've been painting my cat," Rodriguez said. In the future, Rodriguez has not decided what she wants to pursue yet, but plans on making a positive impact on the world by helping others in her future field of profession. "I want to do something that helps a lot of people like something with a charity organization or I want to be like a lawyer in the future," Rodriguez said. "I want to especially help people who are less privileged, and you know, can't afford to help you."
Grace Shafer
Grace Shafer, Senior Staff Writer
Grace Shafer is a sophomore at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. Along with journalism, Shafer likes to spend her time reading and watching films. Some of her favorite authors at the moment are Joan Didion and Eve Babitz. At the moment, Sse enjoys films such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Night of the Hunter" and "20th century." Her favorite directors currently are Greta Gerwig, Wes Anderson, and David Lynch. Even though Shafer describes herself to be a very high-maintenance person, she wishes to travel and backpack through all of Europe at some point in life because she believes it's a beautiful country and she has always loved it. This year, Shafer is most looking forward to her English class because she gets along with her teacher and they might start a film class and a literary magazine, both being things Shafer enjoys and can't wait to be able to be a part of. "I just love journalism and writing in general," Shafer said. Looking into the future, Shafer's dream job ties almost directly into what she's going to be doing in her English class this year. "My favorite thing ever and what I want to eventually pursue as a career is film," Shafer said. Profile by Heather Parker
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