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Caroline Rose shares “Bikini” video, plus new tour dates: Watch

All in support of her second album, LONER

Caroline Rose Bikini Music Video
Caroline Rose in her “Bikini” music video
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    Caroline Rose returned in February with her well-received sophomore album, LONER. Today, she’s back with a music video for one of its singles, “Bikini”.

    “It’s my riot grrl feminist surf punk anthem,” Rose previously told Consequence of Sound in a Track by Track breakdown of the LP. “It’s about so many things, but mostly about being female-identifying in the entertainment industry and the standard we’re supposed to live up to. This one’s best listened to with middle fingers up.”

    With the help of Rose’s colorful wit and directorial vision, the accompanying music video brings these themes to life in a very cheeky way. Rose, who in the clip stars as the cheesy host of a bikini competition, explained her visual aesthetic in a press statement:

    “A lot of my aesthetic tends to be very tongue-in-cheek, so I wanted to take a serious subject, in this case misogyny, and just sort of turn it around to laugh at it. I think satire can be used as an incredible tool to take the power away from the powerful when necessary. It was important to me to make sure the video was body positive. When we think of ‘girls in bikinis,’ the tendency is to see tall white models with perfect bodies. I knew that would be missing the point of the song.

    I take a lot of influences from films, and you can see a lot of Almodovar’s influence here. I had a pretty concrete idea to make the video bright and cheerful, kind of like a mix between old TV performances in the ’60s and ’70s and The Price Is Right-esque game shows. Almodovar is a master at using visuals to enhance a serious story. The colors he used are a lot like the characters–vibrant and flamboyant. Here, I utilize something similar as a creative device to enhance the absurdism of a realistic situation.”

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    Watch below.

    Along with the video, Rose has added more tour dates to her already busy schedule. Following a US stint in June, she’ll head to Europe for most of July. She’ll then return to North America for a lengthy fall run, which includes opening dates for Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

    Caroline Rose 2018 Tour Dates:
    05/18 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
    05/20 – Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn
    05/21 – Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord Music
    05/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
    05/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage ^
    06/01 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
    06/02 – Toledo, OH @ Maple and Main Festival
    06/04 – Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
    06/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    06/07 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
    06/08 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    06/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    06/12 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
    06/13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    06/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    06/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
    06/21 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
    06/22 – Dallas, TX @ The Rustic
    06/23 – Houston, TX @ The White Oak Music Hall
    06/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
    06/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
    06/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
    06/30 – Woodstock, NY @ The Colony $
    07/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    07/06 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
    07/07 – Belfort, FR @ Eurockeness Festival
    07/09 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
    07/11 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
    07/12 – London, UK @ The Victoria
    07/14 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival
    07/19 – Benicassim, ES @ Benicassim Festival
    07/20 – San Sebastian, ES @ Dabadaba
    07/21 – Fitero, ES @ Barranco Festival
    08/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsehwere
    08/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater %
    09/15-16 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
    09/19 – Rochester, NY @ Abilene Bar and Lounge
    09/20 – Lancaster, PA @ Tello 360
    09/21 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
    09/22-23 – Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Festival
    09/24 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson *
    09/25 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theater *
    09/27 – Richmond, VA @ The National *
    09/28 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre *
    09/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head *
    10/01 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
    10/02 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre *
    10/06 – Providence, RI @ The Strand *
    10/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls *
    10/11 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall *
    10/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s *
    10/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre *
    10/15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection *
    10/17 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater *
    10/20 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge *
    10/21 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
    10/23 – Oxford, MS @ Lyric Theatre *

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    ^ = w/ Maggie Rogers
    $ = w/ Mitski
    % = w/ Guster
    * = w/ Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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