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Foxes To Feature On Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’: Check Out Our Interview With The British Singer
Foxes has only started her career, but the young British singer has already been catching people’s attention, especially during her recent trip to Austin for this year’s SXSW. Aside from being invited to play Perez Hilton’s party, she met up with Fall Out Boy – a meeting that led to a great opportunity.
“I met Fall Out Boy, who I’m doing a collaboration with on their next album,” she revealed to Idolator. “It will be fun. They were lovely boys. So that will be nice.” That’ll put her in the company of Elton John, Courtney Love and who knows who else on FOB’s forthcoming Save Rock and Roll. And while Foxes was successful in turning her first trip to SXSW into a new recording opportunity, her three-show-a-day schedule kept her from catching too many other sets and caused her to strain her voice. But the London singer still squeezed in some time to chat with us about her time in Austin, why she likes writing songs for other artists and her weirdest experiences onstage. More »
South By Southwest is full of new groups looking to gain some momentum in Austin. But the stakes are even higher for a band doing their inaugural live shows under the SXSW microscope. Which is exactly what K.I.D.S. are doing. While some acts fade back into the ether after their week at the festival, this electro-pop duo is looking to be one of the buzz bands of the year. The UK-meets-Sweden project has taken ’80s pop to the dark side, and that’s pretty much our sweet spot, so we had to chat with them.
In between a slew of gigs, Charles and Rosanna sat down with us to talk about how it felt to play their very first live set, what crazy things they’ve been up to in this notably weird city (like, say, nightswimming) and their favorite free SXSW swag. More »
Icona Pop is one of the buzzier acts at this year’s South by Southwest. Before coming to Austin, their collaboration with Charli XCX, “I Love It,” became an instant hit and was featured on HBO’s Girls and as the theme song for Snooki & J-Woww. But the synth-pop DJ duo worked hard to get here, and they’re still joyously clawing their way to the top of the pop pack: the Swedes recently finished touring with Passion Pit and Matt & Kim and will continue their live performances after this week with stints at the Ultra Music Festival, as well as some gigs in the UK.
Despite the crazy schedule, Idolator had the opportunity to chat with Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo about their first SXSW experience, including their thoughts on fans hitting on them and the essentials when you’re living out of a suitcase. Find out what it means to do SXSW “Icona Pop style” below. More »
Being called one of the must-see acts at SXSW can be an overwhelming and tall order, but Swedish DJ-singer duo Icona Pop embrace the hype. And at Thursday’s Filter Mag and Dickies Day Party at Lustre Pearl, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo were expectedly pumped to give their fans a show — that is, when they finally made it onto the stage.
Twenty-five minutes after their scheduled set time — which is enough time to create a horrendous domino/butterfly effect for all the venues, bloggers and fans who have meticulously scheduled each minute of the day — the two ladies emerged onstage. In black gothic outfits complete with shades that were on more for effect, since the stage was shielded from the sun, they kicked their set off with “Manners” and “Rocket Science.” And for an Icona Pop newbie like myself, I could hardly tell where one song ended, and the next began — the seamless transition that we wish all DJs could master. More »
Sigh. While couples everywhere will be getting all cutesy with chocolates and flowers on Valentine’s Day, some of us won’t be so lucky. However instead of sitting on the couch with our favorite junk food and streaming a rom-com, we’ve whipped up a list of the 10 best songs to listen to on V-Day if you’re going it sans a date this year.
Whether it’s an empowering track reminding you why it’s great being independent or the song that explains all the ways that your ex simply wasn’t worth it in any way, shape or form, there is a jam for anyone and everyone. We’ve gathered up 10 of them below for your listening pleasure, courtesy of our customized Rdio player! More »
Depending on whether you like your Justin Bieber tune-age dancey and a bit electronic, or stripped and sweet, this album seems to serve as a reminder to the world that Usher signed this kid for a reason: he’s got talent. With all the bells and whistles that made Bieber’s mature-sounding Believe something we could add to our party playlist, stripping down the songs was certainly a risk. But over the ten tracks here (11 if you grab the iTunes version, which has bonus cut “Nothing Like Us”), the spare arrangements are carried by his sheer talent, and it’s a great effort from the young pop star. More »
Independent women, single ladies and everyone in between — it’s time to celebrate! Destiny’s Child will officially be reuniting at the Super Bowl, so get ready to party like it’s 2004, football fans! With the iconic pop trio’s new collection Love Songs set to drop (on January 29), and the premiere of brand new song “Nuclear,” we’re bound to hear a mix of old and new DC music on when the big game kicks off on February 3..
So how will the reunited Destiny’s Child members play off of each other, nine years after their last album? And more importantly, what type of fashion coordination will they come up with for this big event? We’ve got three weeks before these burning questions are answered, survivors, and until then, we’re going to be tailgating by watching some of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams‘ great past live performances. More »
Unorthodox Jukebox (out ) doesn’t find Mars dodging genre labels so much as it finds him temporarily smothering himself in one before switching off to another. Working with production heavy hitters including Diplo, Mark Ronson and his crew The Smeezingtons, the songs openly pillage Bruno’s influences, but are slick and carefree enough that they sound fresh coming from him. The throughline (if there is one) would be the lyrics, which channel Keith Sweat and R. Kelly, and leave you with post-sex hair, wanting to take a cold shower. More »