Saturday, September 12, 2009

Show preview: Ida Maria at Metro, 9/19/09

Last month Norwegian rocker Ida Maria proved a surprise highlight at Lollapalooza to many fest-goers, with a set that included lots of rolling on the floor, bra exposure and a cover of Iggy Pop's "I Wanna be Your Dog." On Saturday, September 19, she will return to Chicago for a gig at Metro that also features Ladyhawke, Semi Precious Weapons and Sliimy.

In 2008, Ida Maria released her debut studio record, Fortress Round My Heart, which was met with critical acclaim and included radio singles such as "Oh My God" and "Stella." The record helped set her far apart from common "women in rock" stereotypes, introducing a unique presence and voice. In an interview that ran this week from Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times, she explained, "It's very tiring to have to get past all of those comparisons and have to make people understand that you're actually making your own music. I have never really been into Blondie or Patti Smith, and it's just recently that I started discovering PJ Harvey. Just because I'm a girl doesn't mean that I'm particularly interested or take so much inspiration from other female artists. I've always said, "I'm a songwriter and musician. Those things come before anything else."

To get a preview of Ida Maria in action, check out this clip - courtesy of - of her and her band performing "We're All Going To Hell", "Stella", "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked", and "Oh My God" live from Emo's in Austin, Texas on August 3:

Ida Maria - Exclusive Live Performance
Music Video Codes at

Also available on the same site is a two part interview with Ida Maria, available here and here.

Tickets to the Metro show are $17.50 and can be purchased here. The show is at 7:30 and doors open at 6:30.

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