Ida Maria

I Knew That Having Ida Maria On The Perez Hilton Tour Would Be A Bad Idea

Maura | September 17, 2009 - 11:00 am

The fierce Norwegian rocker Ida Maria had a meltdown on stage at the woefully undersold Boston installment of Technicolor-haired Internet scourge Perez Hilton’s tour the other night. Somehow the bottom-feeding blogger himself hasn’t mentioned this yet! But other people who were there have accounts of the evening and video. … More »

Oh My God: Perez Hilton Inexplicably Thinks His Fans Will Have Good Taste In Anything At All

Maura | August 10, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Gossip scourge Perez Hilton’s foray into the music business is continuing full-speed ahead; over the weekend the Technicolor-haired argument against the Internet announced that he’d be putting on a branded tour called Perez Hilton Presents, which is taking place this fall and which will apparently include “the hottest acts on the planet—from all over the… More »

A Very Special Mix CD: Ten Songs That Kelly Clarkson Should Listen To That Aren’t “Pork & Beans”

Maura | June 15, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Kelly Clarkson had her turn in the New York Times’ “Playlist” chair yesterday, and the results were, well, mixed. Weezer’s red album got a shoutout, as did the Irish band The Script, who Clarkson described as–eek!–“OneRepublic meets rap.” Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Aw, Kelly. Listen. In honor of you being my favorite American Idol (and having… More »

Maura | May 15, 2009 - 3:45 pm

After months and months of trans-Atlantic buildup, Ida Maria’s Fortress ‘Round My Heart landed on these shores, and those of you who want to support Ida’s efforts to break the States but are on a budget can currently pick up a digital copy for $5. Fortress is certainly worth the price of a single (good)… More »

DMX Will Not Be Crying On VH1 Anytime Soon

Maura | April 27, 2009 - 12:00 pm

In today’s headline wrapup: DMX isn’t in Celebrity Rehab (yet), Alan McGee is still pissy about ever even liking My Bloody Valentine, Aerosmith play for free in Hawaii, and we are all lazy because of the Internet. … More »

Ida Maria Throws Herself A Long-Delayed Coming-Out Party

Maura | April 14, 2009 - 10:00 am

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Ida Maria’s Fortress ‘Round My Heart, which is, after what seems like forever in Internet time, available from non-digital U.S.-based retailers today:More »

This Week’s Top 12: Remixed Gallaghers, R & B Royalty, And (Surprise!) Ida Maria

Maura | January 16, 2009 - 4:45 am

Welcome to the inaugural version of The Idolator Dozen, our new weekly countdown of notable-slash-positive happenings in the music world as decided by me. To answer your questions: “Why?”; “Ranking things is fun, duh.” “Why 12?”; “Because I like the number, and always have.” “What’s on the list?”; “Whatever I say, plus maybe a few… More »

South By Southwest 2009: It Begins

Maura | January 8, 2009 - 2:30 am

The first batch of bands for this year’s installment of the South By Southwest Music Festival has been announced, which means that we can finally put festival programmer Darin Klein’s claims about just how bands are selected for Austin’s annual Shiner-and-short sets fest to the test. (Aww, the lede of Lucas’ piece mentions free Sparks. More »

Nine Reasons That Pop Music Might Get Better This Year (No, Really!)

Maura | January 1, 2009 - 12:00 pm

As 2008 recedes in our collective rearview mirror, the headlines trumpeting bad news are still there: record sales are lousier than ever, the economy sucks, record executives are still trying to flog the Pussycat Dolls. But there are still reasons to be excited by what’s to come in the probably contracting, definitely shapeshifting world of… More »

80 ’08 (and Heartbreak): Announcing Idolator’s Year-End Extravaganza

Michaelangelo Matos | December 31, 2008 - 12:45 pm

What were the 80 most important musical recordings, artists, trends, events, and performances of 2008? What were the eight things this year that broke our hearts—or, at least, our ears? We’re happy to announce 80 ’08 (and Heartbreak), Idolator’s year-end overview. The list is below the jump. … More »

My Own Private 2008: Hey, There Were Actually Some Really Good Parts!

Maura | December 31, 2008 - 12:30 pm

When 2008 started, I was sure it was going to be awesome. “It’s going to be two-thousand-great,” I told anyone who would listen, ignoring the various signs (MTV ringing in the New Year with Tila Tequila, hints of economic collapse, etc.) that things wouldn’t exactly go as planned. Or even be much good at all. More »

The Year In B-Sides (That I Heard And Enjoyed)

Dan Gibson | December 23, 2008 - 10:30 am

Technically, the era of the b-side is probably long over. Even in digital form, a castoff track is more likely to appear as an iTunes bonus track or as extra material on the Japanese release these days than actually attached to a single. Still, even as the file-sharing age has diminished the joy of feeling… More »

How To Sneak The Underaged Into Shows: A(n Un)Helpful List

Mike Barthel | December 22, 2008 - 4:45 am

Rock scribe Jimmy Guterman wants to know how he might get his 12-year-old daughter in to see Ida Maria at a 21+ show. There are the obvious solutions: getting her in for soundcheck, getting her in as press, getting her in backstage, bum-rushing the door with the rest of her punk friends. But what are… More »

No. 30: Ida Maria, “Oh My God”

Maura | December 22, 2008 - 4:00 am

It was all the way back in March that I first heard Ida Maria’s “Oh My God,” a twitchy, deceptively simple track from a be-banged Norwegian woman who was pleading with her audience to find a cure for her life, put a price on her soul, and build a fortress around her heart. The track… More »

Ida Maria’s Stateside Invasion Coming Just In Time

Maura | December 11, 2008 - 3:30 am

In this year’s installment of Scandinavian… More »

“Paste” Inspires Many A List-Watching Music Fan To Ask, “She & Him??”

Dan Gibson | November 21, 2008 - 3:00 am

Paste’s 2008 best-of isn’t unlike the magazine itself: largely predictable, but with a few surprises seemingly thrown in to confuse or distract. The list hews rather closely to their adult alternative aesthetic, but as likely obligated by law, they threw in Lil Wayne (No. 29). He’s not quite as good as MGMT, in case you… More »

My Favorite Songs Of The First Half Of 2008 (As Of Right Now)

Maura | June 30, 2008 - 12:00 pm

Midnight tonight isn’t the exact midway point of this year, but hey, it’s the last day of its sixth month, which is close enough for roadwork. Or, er, listwork, that is: After the jump, I give you the seven songs that I would be more likely to put on a mix CD than any other,… More »

Seven Videos That Got Away From Me During Blogging Hours

Maura | April 30, 2008 - 12:00 pm

It’s the last day of the month, a time for desk-clearing and “to do” list-finalizing and, in the case of April 2008, celebrating that a pretty horrible 30-day stretch is near its end. With that in mind, I’m going to use the last posting day of each month for “Rule Of Sevens,” in which I… More »

Ida Maria Gets Exclamatory

Maura | March 19, 2008 - 1:05 am

In the hour or so that has followed since I was first sent this video, which is by the Swedish-by-way-of-Norway singer Ida Maria, I have listened to the tense, frenetic song in the clip three times and ripped through all the songs offered up on her MySpace page twice. More »