When: Thu., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. 2013
Sonically adventurous synth-pop that’s also radio friendly is a sort of recent trend in the U.S., but in Sweden it’s pretty much been a part of the national identity since at least the first Robyn record. And as other countries catch on, Sweden has begun to position itself as a market leader. The latest smash product is Icona Pop, aka vocalists Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo backed by a team of crafty songwriters and producers. Last year they released the single “I Love It”—featuring edgy British pop star Charli XCX—which combined the Buzzcocks’ giddy nihilism with shiny, club-ready beats. It languished in relative obscurity for almost a year before Lena Dunham placed it in an episode of Girls. Since then it’s catapulted to pop-radio ubiquity and established itself as a girls-night-out anthem. The duo’s second LP, This Is . . . Icona Pop (Big Beat), comes out later this month. —Miles Raymer K. Flay and Sirah open.