Ida Maria and PJ Harvey have voices that could raise the dead. But what can they do for the living?

The Norwegian's voice can stop you in your earbuds.

Ida Maria Borli Sivertsen was a complete unknown until a few years ago when she won a couple of Norwegian talent competitions, making her huge in Oslo. What's given Maria a surprising amount of buzz elsewhere, besides shortening her name to the punchier Ida Maria (pronounced Ee-dah Muh-ree-uh), is a reputation for staggeringly drunk live performances and rumors, often whispered for effect, that she has one of those voices. I can't speak to her stage persona--she cites Iggy Pop as an influence, though eyewitnesses report Dudley Moore--but Maria's voice will stop you in your earbuds. At 24, she sings with a...

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