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Icona Pop’s New Single, U.S. Tour Dates

Today the Swedish dance-pop duo Icona Pop, whose irresistible Top 10 hit “I Don’t Care (I Love It)” has now reached ubiquity, released new song “Girlfriend.” It’s a teaser of what’s to come on the duo’s debut album, due later this summer, and follows up last fall’s EP Iconic. The Icona Popsters, Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, also announced today details of their first headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada, which kicks off at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival the first Friday in August.

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But before that, of course, the ladies will tear up the stage as headliners at Capital Pride next Sunday, June 10. Stay tuned to next week’s Metro Weekly for my exclusive interview with Jawo and Hjelt. As explored in the feature, the two gay-friendly singers are essentially platonic soulmates, as close to each other as two straight women can be. 

That relationship is captured in the cheery anthem “Girlfriend,” which lyrically samples from Jay-Z (“Bonnie and Clyde” featuring Beyonce), who in turn sampled from Tupac Shukar (“Me and My Girlfriend.”) While Jay-Z’s single was an ode to his beaux and Tupac’s was an ode to his gun, Icona Pop’s toasts each other. “All I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend,” they coo in unison. “Where would you be, be without me? We’ll never find out! What would I do, do without you? We’ll never know now!”

If that doesn’t put you in the mood for Pride… Happy Friday, y’all!

Icona Pop’s Summer 2013 Tour Dates

06/02 – Ozark, AZ – Wakarusa Festival

06/08 – New York, NY – Governor’s Ball Music Festival

06/10 — Washington, DC – Capital Pride Festival

08/02 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza Festival

08/03 – ON, Canada – Grove Music Festival

08/04 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

08/12 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

08/13 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In

08/14 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

08/16 – Orlando, FL House of Blues

08/17 – Miami, FL Grand Central

08/18 – Tampa, FL The Ritz

08/20 – New Orleans, LA  House of Blues

08/21 – Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s

08/22 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live

08/23 – Austin, TX Emo’s East

08/24 Dallas, TX House of Blues

08/26 – Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom

08/28 – Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

08/29 – Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre

08/30 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

09/03 – Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

09/04 – Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

09/06 – Salt Lake City, UT The Complex

09/07 – Denver, CO Gothic Theatre

09/10 – Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre

09/11 – Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom

09/15 – Cleveland, OH House of Blues

09/19 – Boston, MA Paradise

09/20 – New York, NY Webster Hall

9/22 – Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

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