Icona Pop at Varsity Theater, 9/10/13

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Photo by Tony Nelson
Icona Pop with K. Flay and Sirah
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
Tuesday, September 10, 2013


When you have the word "icon" in your band name and your album (the EP Iconic), you better be able to live up to the hype. A cross between the Spice Girls -- albeit more subtle -- and Abba, Swedish duo Icona Pop brought their electro pop/indie rock to Minneapolis, all packaged nicely with a sponsorship by local radio station KDWB and the cosmetic company TIGI.

See Also: Slideshow: Icona Pop at Varsity Theater, 9/10/13

An Icona Pop concert is a whole experience -- complete with hair makeovers from hairstylists in booths. Thus if you showed up to the concert with a less-than-stellar 'do, there was no need to worry. Take a seat, and the stylists will tease and spray your hair into something big enough to block the view of the person behind you.

Either it was the hairspray in the air or the fog machine, but Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo of Icona Pop took to a smoky stage as the room quickly filled with a crowd primarily there to see a group that rose to fame based on one song. The two dressed in matching outfits -- one in black and the other in white, in a way representing yin and yang -- and platform shoes. Hjelt and Jawo made it a dance party, opening with the throbbing "We Got the World."

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Photo by Tony Nelson
So, what is compelling about two girls who sing electro pop music to backing tracks, sometimes going to their keyboards and guitar? Well, it could be that they are attractive. That's an easy reason. Another may be that the two are stellar at allowing their harmonies to intertwine and rise above the fluttering beats and drops. Their songs are extremely catchy, such as "Good for You" and the anthemic "Girlfriend," telling the age-old mantra that your [girl] friend will always have your back even when the world has turned on you.


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