America's young and beautiful now have their package tour of the summer.
Lana Del Rey and Grimes, two artists working at the vanguard of progressive, dramatic pop music, will team up for a 10-date tour over late spring and early summer.
The dates kick off May 28 in Indiana, and wrap up in Florida on June 16. There's no L.A. date for the two (though Del Rey hits the Bowl with Courtney Love on May 18), but we're guessing most of their local crowd will still be nursing a post-Coachella pitcher of bellinis during their run.
Del Rey is touring in support of her "Ultraviolence" album, which hit #1 on the Billboard album charts and reasserted her as one of contemporary pop's most essential voices. She was up for a Golden Globe for her title track to Tim Burton's "Big Eyes," and told The Times she has a potential new single called "Music to Watch Boys To."
Grimes has been teasing a new LP for months, but the album has had a few false starts -- a purported single for Rihanna that came back to her, a scrapped album's worth of material, a promising single released here and there -- but no definitive word on when it's actually coming. Still, her dance-heavy FYF set was one of the fest's pleasant surprises, and it will be intriguing to see where she goes next onstage.
All Urban Outfitters-fantasy-bill jokes aside, this tour is a fresh showcase for two of the most challenging, imaginative women in pop music, and it's good to see them commanding such big stages at a still-early point in their careers.
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