ida maria: queen of the hiro ballroom
    • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009

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    When Norwegian indie-pop-punker Ida Maria stomped on stage at the Hiro Ballroom this past Friday, in her gold and sparkles studded shirt and jacket, glowing with her fierce, unrelenting sass, her audience reacted with astonishing enthusiasm that overtook the Japanese lantern lit venue like nothing else.

    Not that Ida's riotous, chant-along songs don't already beg for fists in the air reckless dancing to lines like "I like you so much better when you're naked, I like me so much better when you're naked," but the level of unfeigned immersion of her crowd certainly added another punch and spark to her show. While she blasted through her signature pop anthems with a major, rocking edge on stage, her audience screamed lyrics nearly louder than her. There were no nonchalant, non-dancing hipsters when she powered through "Oh My God" or "Louie" with unabashed abandon, but only a furious embrace of her flashing guitars and voice. On her slower songs, adoring eyes recorded Ida's every motion and shift in her just-right accented Scandinavian voice. Ida's world pins heartbreak and unconventional love (between bits of clever bantering) to short explosions of songs that delivered and rocked. Although not the longest set list, Ida tackled most of Fortress Round My Heart with such intensity that it more than made up for the length.

    Although opening band, Brooklyn natives Right On Dynamite gave a good show with their colorful, loud indie rock and animal masks, it was obvious that Ida played the star, with an unbelievable, undeniable dynamic with her fans that shook the inside of the Hiro Ballroom with the same force and impact her songs throw upon listener. -Laura Yan

    Ida Maria on Tour

    6/18 - The Picador - Iowa City, Iowa
    6/19 - The Backyard at Beaumont - Kansas City, Missouri
    6/20 - Mojo's - Columbia, Missouri
    6/22 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, Oklahoma
    6/24 - Martini Ranch - Scottsdale, Arizona
    6/26 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, California
    6/27 - Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, Nevada
    6/29 - Casbah - San Diego, California
    7/27 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, California
    7/28 - Henry Fonda Theater - Hollywood, California
    7/29 - Henry Fonda Theater - Hollywood, California
    7/31 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, Nevada
    8/1 - Rialto Theater - Tucson, Arizona
    8/3 - Emo's - Austin, Texas
    8/4 - The Loft - Dallas, Texas
    8/6 - The New Granada - Lawrence, Kansas
    8/8 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois
    9/12 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colorado
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