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New Music 3/24: Cage the Elephant, Indigo Girls, Ida Maria

What to Download: New Music Today

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores. So I take a spin through each week's music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download. Here are today's selections:


Oh my God, I like this album: Ida Maria is a Norwegian pop rocker whose single "Oh My God" first came to my attention via recent Gossip Girl promos. I've been listening to a couple of other songs from her debut album, and I really like her hard-driving guitar, crazy vocals, and overall energy. This is exactly the kind of music I like to put makeup on to before I head out on a Friday or Saturday night (or to the grocery store . . . you know). Check out a great song about a hooker called "Stella" and the super-fun "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked," one of the best song titles I've seen in a while.


Welcome back, ladies: It's been 22 years since the Indigo Girls released their debut album, and here they are again with yet another. Hooray! Their new deluxe album out today includes acoustic and full-band versions of the same tracks. The ladies are still harmonizing, full of emotion, and sounding great. Check out the lovely "Fleet of Hope" and the acoustic version of "True Romantic." These songs will break your heart.

One more this week, so read more.


Blues rock hits the spot: Cage the Elephant, a Kentucky quintet, caught my attention when the industry was abuzz after the group's performance at SXSW. This quintet's music is fun, straightforward, twangy rock with an attitude, and I'm digging it. The group's got a couple of albums out, one of which has just hit iTunes. Check out "Ain't No Rest For the Wicked" and "In One Year" for a taste of this group's sound. I'm reserving a spot for these guys on my Summer BBQ and party mixes.

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