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Icona Pop – “Someone Who Can Dance”
Icona Pop soared to success with song of the summer “I Love It” a full four years ago, and “Someone Who Can Dance” might be the follow-up hit the duo deserves. The synthpop party jam—Icona Pop’s specialty—premiered in late February at the Grammis Awards (the Swedish version of the Grammys) but hasn’t made a splash in the States. The irreverent, attitude-driven lyrics are nearly drowned out by heavy electronic beats. Future club anthem “Someone Who Can Dance” is the first single from Icona Pop’s upcoming album, although details have yet to be announced.

Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
While not as infectious as previous Fitz and the Tantrums hits, “HandClap” is a testament to the dynamic nature of the ensemble. Lyrically lacking but seductive, the poppier, processed track falls outside the indie rock group’s typical comfort zone. “HandClap” is the lead single from the band’s third album, due out on June 10. Fitz and the Tantrums are busy this summer, hitting both the festival circuit and over 30 venues as part of their Get Right Back tour. Unfortunately they won’t be right back to northeast Ohio in the near future, but catch them in Columbus or Pittsburgh.

Brett Dennen – “What’s the Secret”
Minor-league folk star Brett Dennen lobs listeners a slow pitch with “What’s the Secret,” a track that infuses the singer-songwriter’s traditional folky flavor with an offbeat dash of reggae-esque instrumentals. Dennen’s California and Caribbean influences are clear in the tune’s laid-back drumming, while his inner torment and angsty roots are exposed by way of a painful chorus: “What’s the secret/I don’t know, I’m wasted.” “What’s the Secret” is the first taste of the singer’s sixth album, “Por Favor,” to be released on May 20.

The Mountain Goats – “Going to Cleveland”
Raw breakup song “Going to Cleveland” was originally released on cassette tape “Transmissions to Horace” in 1993, though singer John Darnielle’s genuine emotion and smoky voice remain relevant 23 years later. Backed by an acoustic guitar, Darnielle contemplates the imminent end of his relationship (“We both know you’re leaving/You just don’t want to say it yet”) and his plans to escape his partner’s pity by fleeing to the Cuyahoga. Good news for fans: The Mountain Goats will be “Going to Cleveland” on Thursday, April 7 to perform at the intimate Beachland Ballroom.

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Carly Rae Jepsen – “Tonight I’m Getting Over You”
Pop culture dismissed Carly Rae Jepsen as a one-hit wonder after “Call Me Maybe,” though her catchy jams from later albums, including “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” prove she has more staying power. Like many of Jepsen’s songs, this single is overly studio-processed, but the track’s energetic defiance is perfect for an empowering night out. The talented singer-songwriter (don’t forget about her recent stint on Broadway) will be touring her home country, Canada, in the coming months.

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