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Hear Cobra Starship and Icona Pop Team Up In “Never Been In Love”

It’s been three years since Cobra Starship‘s  last album, Night Shades. Now they’re back and teaming up with radio hit duo Icona Pop for their new single, “Never Been In Love,” which everyone has been talking about, from Pete Wentz to Panic! At The Disco. Prepare yourself, though. It sounds pretty different from their previous works.

The song’s keyboard and chord progression are reminiscent of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You,” but it still maintains the characteristics that make it a Cobra Starship hit, even with the glossing of Icona Pop. Although considering the band wrote a song about …

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Watch Charli XCX Hijack a School Bus In “Break The Rules” Video

Back before “Fancy” and The Fault In Our Stars and millions of YouTube views, Charli XCX was ghostwriting for singers and working on her own set of pop songs. Fastforward to 2014, and she’s putting out a new album called Sucker (out October 21), and singing a little off-key on the radio to “Boom Clap.” This year has seen her swap her sound to a new house pop style, but “Break The Rules” is phenomenally recorded, giving attention to bass drops and electric drum claps carefully instead of overindulging when not needed — and the new music video …

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Charli XCX Wants To “Break The Rules” And Put Out This New Album, ‘Sucker’

Many ages ago, in a time before “Boom Clap” and “Fancy” appeared against the radio horizon, Charli XCX released a candystriped single called “Superlove.” It was, presumably, a precursor to a second album. News of that second album was a long time coming, though. We got a few cool covers, and then, well, Iggy and The Fault In Our Stars swept us all away.

Now, though, we have word of that album. It’s called Sucker, and it’s out on October 21 via Neon Gold/Atlantic. This news is ushered in with a second, obviously-timed single called “Break …

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Stream Imogen Heap’s Inventive And International New Album ‘Sparks’

Sparks isn’t so much an album as it is an unparalleled project and experiment. Collaboration is a necessary part of almost all music, but the new work from Imogen Heap spans countries, peoples, and technologies like few others.

Ann Powers’ introductory piece for NPR’s First Listen series, which is streaming the album, can’t help but be a laundry list of the stories behind each song. It’s a rather unique laundry list, though, including items like Deadmau5, a documentary, an ever-expanding biographical track, 13 pianos across Edinburgh, a running app, and so much more. Each story could be its …

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Get Your Garage Pop Fix With Casey Jack’s “Cool Kids”

Garage pop has seen quite the revival in recent years. It first started re-soaring when Smith Westerns reminded us how well the two genres blend together, and then got a reboot last year when Ty Segall’s sidekick Mikal Cronin dropped his near-flawless debut LP. Casey Jack may be following in their footsteps, but he’s straying from the path to create his own take on the sound. His self-titled album, which drops August 26 via Rough Beast Records, is proof.

The Missouri singer-songwriter lets sweet hooks and jagged fuzz take shape in his newest single, “Cool Kids.” Jack’s vocals lineup with …

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ALBUM STREAM: JJ – ‘V’

On August 19, Swedish pop duo JJ will release their third album, V, via Secretly Canadian. We’ve heard several tracks off the record so far, but starting today the album is streaming in full at NPR.

The 12-track release is a follow-up to 2010’s jj n° 3 and includes the mesmerizing singles “All White Everything” and “Dean & Me.” Vocalist Elin Katlander says JJ have made this music “quite selfishly” in that it appeals to themselves versus a preconceived audience. In his own statement, multi-instrumentalist Joakim Benon added that they have been working on …

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Pomplamoose Release New Record, Music Video for “Video Killed The Radio Star”

Internet-famous pop duo, Pomplamoose, have returned with the release of their second album, Season 2; a compilation of covers, medleys, reinterpretations of popular songs, and some original works. The album features songs based on the work of Lorde and Pharrell, and even Taco’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” to create quite the eclectic mix of music.

As we’ve come to expect from the inventors of the “VideoSong,” the band has released a video for their cover of the infamous “Video Killed The Radio Star,” which is available to stream below the jump. Pomplamoose’s recent videos are fascinating and intricate …

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Listen to JJ’s Beautiful New Single “Dean & Me”

It’s been three months since we first got word of Swedish duo JJ’s new album, VSince then, we’ve seen one glitter-filled teaser video, a haunting single that gave us goosebumps, and a tracklist outlining the intimate titles of songs we have yet to hear. Today, Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander return to share a new synth pop track that pairs well with the last of July’s sunny rays: “Dean & Me.”

Club beats and skittering cymbal taps outline the soaring new single as JJ’s melodic chorus of “oohs” raises us back up from the emotional well …

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Listen To Artist Vs Poet’s New Single, “Sincerely Me”

Over the weekend the pop group Artist Vs Poet debuted a brand new single titled “Sincerely Me.” The song is true to their typical style and is pretty damn adorable. Joe Kirkland’s voice is soothing, and he expertly delivers the heartfelt lyrics. You can give it a listen by taking a look beneath the break.

Unfortunately the song cannot be purchased quite yet, but the band confirmed it will be released on iTunes by next week. In the meantime, you can grab their recently released EP Sake Of Love if you haven’t already.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Harts Discusses Upcoming Debut, Recording Solo, and Jamming with Prince (Yes, THAT Prince)

It’s always heartwarming and amazing to hear about rookie artists meeting the legends who’ve inspired them. Typically, this usually happens when the artist is touring the country and the legend happens to be in attendance or even when the two happen to share the stage at some sort of a festival. However, in the case of Melbourne’s Darren Hart (aka Harts), things were a little more unorthodox when he was actually given a personal invitation to fly halfway around the world after the one and only Prince had seen his performance videos gracing the net.

This isn’t the first …

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Zammuto (of The Books) Announce New Album, Stream “Hegemony”

Not a week goes by where I don’t get sad knowing The Books are no longer around. But then, almost immediately following that thought, I remember we have Zammuto and thank the musical stars above. Started by Nick Zammuto of The Books shortly after the band called it quits in 2012, Zammuto stays in line with The Books’ found sound electronic style but replaces the cello with plenty of luxurious harmonies and shaky guitar lines. On September 2, Zammuto will be releasing his sophomore solo album, Anchor, via Temporary Residence.

Our first taste of the album comes in the …

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Röyksopp & Robyn Share “Do It Again” Video

Swedish pop queen Robyn and Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp teamed up earlier this year to release a collaborative mini-album titled Do It Again (out now on Dog Triumph, via Wall Of Sound/Cooking Vinyl). Back in April, they put out a lyric video for the album’s title track, but now the single has gotten a proper music video — and it was worth the wait.

Directed by Martin de Thurah, the “Do It Again” black and white video is a beautifully shot clip that takes place in Mexico and tells a huge story about oppression and rebuttal with the youth and …