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RELEASE RADAR | A$AP Rocky Turned Out Fine

Plus new music from Curt Castle, Brett, Mating Ritual and more.

RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.


Photo Ops | "July"

The dreamy folk track from LA's Photo Ops is all about self care. "'July' is about the limits of what you can offer someone," the singer said. "And when that bumps up against the limits of what you yourself need to thrive—healthy boundaries and a healthy amount of Jeff Lynne-style acoustic guitars."

You Might Also Like: Ryley Walker, Fruit Bats, Rogue Wave

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Brett | "Tennenbaum"

Warm up with the new track from breezy LA pop outfit Tennenbaum. It's most welcome in the thick of winter.

You Might Also Like: Wild Nothing, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The War on Drugs

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R3HAB & Icona Pop | "This Is How We Party"

Icona Pop partnered with DJ and producer R3HAB and added some new flair to their already iconic track. "As kids brought up in the 90s, we wanted to honor this party anthem that feels as awesome today as it did back then," said the Icona Pop. "This collaboration with R3HAB felt like a perfect match and bridge over to what dance music is today."

You Might Also Like: Charli XCX, Halsey, Tegan and Sara

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PREMIERE | Mating Ritual | Falling Back

Mating Ritual - Falling Back (Official Video)

The latest video from Mating Ritual has us yearning to pile all of our friends into a car, crank up this track, and cruise around all night.

You Might Also Like: The 1975, M83, Future Islands

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A$AP Rocky | Kids Turned Out Fine

A$AP Rocky - Kids Turned Out Fine (Official Video)

A$AP Rocky teamed up with filmmaker Dexter Navy for his cinematic new video. "'Kids Turned Out Fine' represents the transition from childhood to adulthood to parenthood and all the tough questions that parents have to confront," Rocky told Vogue.

You Might Also Like: Flatbush Zombies, Vince Staples, ScHoolboy Q

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Curt Castle | If I'm Here At All

Curt Castle's debut album was born from loss, and he rebuilds the foundation of his life, track by track.

You Might Also Like: Prefab Sprout, Dent May, The dB's

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get a life | Our Band Could Be You Life Or Debt

You don't have to be an early 20 something with mounds of students loans to appreciate the debut album from get a life. Chase DeMaster, the brains behind the get a life, invites listeners to join his band--literally.

You Might Also Like: Beck, MGMT, Sebadoh

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Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on

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INTERVIEW | ICONA POP are still iconic

MUSIC | The Swedish pop duo talk fashion, feminism, and their new single

After all this time, we still love it.

It's been a long road for Icona Pop. After becoming queens of the 2012 pop scene with the fizzy feminist anthem "I Love It," new music has been slow to come. Focusing on touring the world, Aino Jano and Caroline Hjelt returned to their native Sweden to record music for the new record. After all this time, the pair is now ready to be known by something other than the single that put them on the map.

That isn't to say that they've sacrificed any of their sass or style: Icona Pop's first single "Girls Girls", a wavey summer jam co-written by Tove Lo, still has the danceable beats that made Icona Pop so much fun to listen while moving them in a new direction. The lyric video, which compiles pictures of Icona Pop fans from around the world, also shows us the band's head is in the right place: were it not for their fans, what band could possibly do what they do?

We caught up with the dynamic duo to talk about their upcoming European tour, reconciling a love of vintage shops with haute couture, and their new single "Girls Girls."

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The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs, for short) is one of South Korea's biggest award ceremonies, bringing in not only the top K-pop stars in the industry, but also some big international names, too. Previous years have seen the likes of Snoop Dogg, Black Eyed Peas, and Dr. Dre attend, but this year looks set to be even bigger when the show goes live from Hong Kong on November 22.

Organizers have roped in the legendary Stevie Wonder as a guest, in addition to Paris Hilton, who may actually be performing, too. Hilton's quite well-known in Korea after previously being the local face of sportswear brand, Fila, and appearing in a music video for veteran K-rock star, Kim Jang-hoon, but the MAMAs could end up being her biggest appearance in the country to date if the performance rumours are true.

Also performing is Norwegian duo, Ylvis, who are set to team up with fellow viral stars, Crayon Pop, for something special on stage. You can expect a lot of Youtube hits from that one!

Icona Pop are also attending, although there's no word on whether or not they'll be performing or not. Whatever. We're only watching for Paris, anyway. She's never performed publicly since starting her music career back in 2006, so we're dying to see if she'll finally pull a Heidi-Montag-at-Miss-Universe or if she'll just give us one of her DJing "performances" instead.

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Icona Pop, the Swedish duo behind the Lena Dunham-approved pop hit "I Love It," is finally releasing some more music!

The group's highly anticipated (and informatively titled) debut album This Is... Icona Pop is set to drop on September 24th. Aside from "I Love It"—which was certified RIAA double platinum in North America this week—the album will also contain Icona Pop's hot-off-the-press second single "All Night." Give 'er a listen:

If you love "I Love It," you probably also love the similarly synthy, driving, infectious tune above. And, you should probably also grab a copy of This Is... Icona Pop in a couple months.

Also, check out Icona Pop's upcoming tour dates!



THE ICONIC TOUR DATES (new dates added)

08/02 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza Festival

08/03 – Toronto, ON – The Grove Music Festival

08/04 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

08/12 – Asheville, NC - Orange Peel*

08/13 – Nashville, TN - Exit / In*

08/14 – Atlanta, – Masquerade*

08/16 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues*

08/17 – Miami, FL – Grand Central*

08/18 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor*

08/20 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues*

08/21 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald's*

08/23 – Austin, TX – Emo's East*

08/24 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues*

08/27 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory*

08/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre*

08/30 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
08/31- Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival

09/03 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom*

09/04 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom*

09/06 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*

09/07 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre*
09/08St - St. Louis, MO – LouFest

09/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre*
09/12 - Chicago, IL – Metro*
09/14 - Detroit, MI – Laneway Festival

09/15 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*
09/19 - Boston, MA – Paradise*

09/20 – New York, NY – Webster Hall*

09/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts*
09/25 - Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg*

*w/ K.Flay & Sirah


Every summer, the hot weather inspires women to cut their hair short. Whether you're interested in just testing the trend with a shoulder-length look or are interested in taking the plunge on a pixie, there is plenty of inspiration to be found on the heads of music's most stylish singers. Here are ten different options to consider.

Ciara. Image via Instagram.

Ciara debuted this incredibly chic chop just a few weeks ago at an event in New York City. Of the change, her stylist said, "I wanted to do something that was fashion-forward and fresh by mixing a bit of rocker edge with some old-school hip hop flare. The color (baylayage) is a bit lighter and warmer for summer with a natural base/root, and the cut is a razored short bob with a disconnected heavy fringe."

Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays. Image via Getty.

Newly-pregnant singer Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays stands out from the rest of her bandmates with a sleek, shiny asymmetrical graduated bob. Her London hairdresser says that the style isn't for people with curls, advising, "When you have your hair cut shorter, it needs more maintenance so have it trimmed every four to six weeks."

Tegan and Sara. Image via Tegan and Sara.

When Canadian twin sisters and chick magnets Tegan and Sara hit the scene with "Walking With a Ghost," they were rocking straggly hair and super-skinny eyebrows. Now, they've graduated to a much more coveted style. Tegan prefers texture, while Sara tends to keep hers straight. They both admit that hair is among their favorite hobbies, right up there with "reading, ships, vampires, hot dogs, talking and relating to elderly people, self-soothing, rearranging furniture, and giving excellent advice."

Miley Cyrus. Image via Twitter.

Miley Cyrus landed a permanent spot in the tabloids last fall when she cut her last physical tie to her little-kid Disney days. Celebrity stylist Chris McMillan (aka Jennifer Aniston's go-to hair guy) took the singer's hair from just above the shoulders to a very short, edgy few inches. She told E! News that she loved the change, saying, "You will never see me with long hair again!"

P!nk. Image via Getty.

Before there was "The Miley," there was P!nk. She's been wearing her hair bleached and spiked for years.

Rita Ora. Image via Instagram.

Rita Ora is a hair chameleon. You never know what look she's going to try next, whether it's long waves or some sort of futuristic pompadour. Yesterday, she posted an Instagram of her latest style: glamorous, blown-out curls that just hit her shoulders.

Natalie Maines. Image via CBS.

During the golden years of the Dixie Chicks, lead singer Natalie Maines had long blonde hair. Then she said the hell with it and chopped it all off. Her new look, described by Rolling Stone as "an unusually attractive high school volleyball coach," jives with her new independence. "The short hair fits my personality more," she said. "I think maybe, with long hair, it was a role—I was playing dress-up a bit." Dare we say she looks a bit like Bieber?

Rihanna. Image via Getty.

Like Rita Ora, Rihanna is a master of changing her appearance. She's currently favoring long hair with a shaved side, but this pixie—worn to the MTV Video Music Awards in September—was a true stunner.

Icona Pop's Aino Jawo. Image via Getty.

The brunette member of Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop, Aino Jawo likes to wear her hair in a bowl cut which she sometimes styles as piece-y bangs—like she did here on the red carpet.