Splat between Katy Perry (I Kissed A Girl) and Josie Cotton (Johnny, Are You Queer?) is Norways hard-eyed Ida Maria, who right now doesnt care so much who her particular partner is as long as theyre naked, hence the hit I Like You So Much Better When Youre Naked. Americans smacked out this kind of girl-which-snarls punk-pop by the federal hour in the mid-90sTilt? Muffs? Chubbies?but Ida Maria recharges the form with a fearlessly enthusiastic display of personal neurosis (Find a cure, find a cure for my life, from Oh My God, and further lyrics that probably punched the pen through the notebook paper) and a voice that flats and spikes at strange but charming moments. Her best are her quietestgirl, guitar and suggestions of an unexpectedly sophisticated future.
Fri., June 26, 9 p.m., 2009
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