Marina & the Diamonds, Icona Pop
Somewhere between Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey on the 2012 girl-pop scale, the Welsh-bred Marina & the Diamonds make big-budget icy synth-pop that you can afford, without the candy-coated gimmickry. Perry comparisons will abound, but singer Marina Lambrini Diamandis is far sultrier and more scuffed-up than the California gurl. (Foul-mouthed, even.) Opening duo Icona Pop played November's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, and the Swedish act was oddly soothing on a warm afternoon against the festival's metal-flavored blacker stages.
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