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[on repeat] Charli XCX

If you’re a fan of such artists as Grimes, Class Actress, Robyn, Purity Ring, and Niki & The Dove, you’ll love Charli XCX.  I discovered this British pop vixen just last month (via The Hype Machine Radio Show – March 2012) and I was immediately hooked.  It was her special Valentine’s Day track, aptly titled “Valentine”, that initially caught my ear.  Since then though,  I’ve listened to just about everything I can find and haven’t found a track yet that I don’t love.  She’s got a really cool sound, that she describes as “dark pop”,  and her range keeps you wanting more.  In one track, she could be channeling Siouxsie Sioux with a heavy goth-pop ballad and next thing you know, she’s treating you to some of the catchiest synth-pop you’ve heard all year.  No official word yet on when a debut LP will arrive, but she’s working on a EP, due this summer via IAMSOUND, with a full-length to follow late 2012 or early 2013.  I for one can’t wait for more of the “dark pop” stylings of Charli XCX, so stay tuned for more.


[on the road] Sleigh Bells

Live @ Showbox at the Market 2/24 – photo by Suzi Pratt

Hot off the release of Reign of Terror, Sleigh Bells have extended their current tour.  The noise-pop duo are currently across the pond with Charli XCX, but they’ll soon return to North America for a ton of dates in the weeks leading up to their shows with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

02-28 Glasgow, Scotland – Òran Mór *
03-01 London, England – Electric Ballroom *
03-02 Manchester, England – Sound Control *
03-03 Brighton, England – Concorde 2 *
03-05 Paris, France – La Machine du Moulin Rouge *
03-07 Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg *
03-08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg *
03-26 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
03-27 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
04-03 San Diego, CA – 4th & B
04-04 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
04-05 San Francisco, CA – Warfield
04-07 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
04-08 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
04-09 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
04-12 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04-13 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
04-14 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
04-16 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04-17 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
04-18 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04-20 Georgetown, TX – Southwestern University’s Corbin J Roberston Center
04-21 Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt University’s Alumni Lawn
04-23 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
04-24 Iowa City, IA – University of Iowa’s IMU Main Lounge
04-25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
04-27-28 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre **
04-30 Ottawa, Ontario – ScotiaBank Place **
05-02 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre **
05-04-05 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center **
05-07 Boston, MA – TD Garden **
05-10 Washington, DC – Verizon Center **
05-11 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center **

* with Charli XCX
** with Red Hot Chili Peppers

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