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Icona Pop play The Fillmore tonight, ahead of their tour supporting Miley Cyrus

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“I don’t care, I love it!” you know you’ve sung those words out loud. And even if bubblegum pop is not your thing, you will be forgiven this one time for it is pure pop perfection. “I Love It” is by boppy Swedish twenty-somethings, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo also known as Icona Pop. And you can catch them live tonight at The Fillmore.

Their name means pop icon in Italian which is how one of the girl’s mothers described their music to her friends.

This earworm of a song is an electro-pop confection of whooping dance beats and a scream-a-long chorus packed with youthful exuberance evidenced in its plucky lyrics. Not surprising, it has propelled them onto the international charts.

They have become the first ever Swedish female duo to top the US Billboard Chart, having sold more than 5 million copies worldwide of their debut single, “I Love It featuring Charlie XCX”. Many have prompted the question - what it is about Sweden that yields so many cross-over pop stars from ABBA to The Cardigans, Ace of Base to Swedish House Mafia and more recently, Avicci?

Answers have ranged from the academic - they have a strong music program in their education curriculum to their proficiency in the English language which is among the best in Europe. To the anecdotal - those longs nights for most of the year must encourage some merry-making through song.

Whatever the reasons, Icona Pop's debut album, “This Is…Icona Pop” was released in the US this Fall and has earned them supporting gigs with not just one but two of this demographic’s biggest pop stars – they will be supporting Miley Cyrus on her Bangerz Tour and Katy Perry on the UK leg of her Prismatic Tour.

Before they hit the madness of the big arenas, go see them at The Fillmore. On the tail end of their current headlining tour of North America, they will move on to Portland and Vancouver before bringing this tour to a close in time for the holidays. Their electro-pop standing means they will perform without a live band, but just their synth-boards and a whole lot of pure energy.

Eager to showing a different side to their up-tempo EDM takes, is their ballad, “Just Another Night”. The video was premiered on Pitchfork recently. When "I Love It" hit the airwaves it was fresh as a newly-popped can of soda, all cool, fizzy and thirst-quenching, "Just Another Night" goes some way to highlight the vocal strength of both girls but beware by this stage the squeaky unison chorus gets a bit flat and tiresome. But you probably don't care, you love it!

When: Tonight, Dec 18 at 9pm

Where: The Fillmore

With: K. Flay and Sirah

Tickets at $25

Icona Pop (Headlining tour)

12/12 - Buffalo, NY - WKSE Radio Show @ First Niagara Center

12/15 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues

12/17 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre

12/18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

12/20 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

12/21 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

Supporting Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour 2014

02/14 - Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live - Rogers Arena

02/16 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

02/20 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center

02/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

02/24 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena

02/25 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center

02/27- Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center

03/01 - Las Vegas, NV MGM - Grand Garden Arena

03/04 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

03/06 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center

03/07 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena

03/09 - Milwaukee, MI - BMO Harris Bradley Center

03/10 - St. Paul, MI - Xcel Energy Center

03/12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

03/13 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center

03/15 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

03/16 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

03/18 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena

03/20 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum

03/22 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena

03/24 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center

03/25 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena

03/29 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre

03/31 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre

04/02 - Boston, MA - TD Garden

04/03 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center

04/05 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

04/07 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena

04/08 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena

04/10 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center

04/12 - Detroit, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills

04/13 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center

04/15 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint Center

04/16 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center

04/18 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

04/19 - Louisville, KY - KFC YUM! Center

04/22- Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center

04/24 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans War Memorial Coliseum

Supporting Katy Perry on the UK leg of her Prismatic Tour 2014

05/07 - Belfast, UK - Odyssey Arena

05/08 - Belfast, UK - Odyssey Arena

05/10 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Arena

05/11 - Nottingham, UK - Captial FM Arena

05/13 - Birmingham, UK - LG Arena

05/17 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hyrdo

05/20 - Manchester, UK - Phones 4 U Arena

05/21 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena

05/23 - Sheffield, UK - Motorpoint Arena

05/27 - London, UK - The O2

05/28 - London, UK - The O2

05/30 - London, UK - The O2

05/30 - London, UK - 02 Arena


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