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Watch M.I.A. Play Conan

No one on the corner has swagger like Conan O'Brien. Actually, that's not even remotely true. Everyone on the corner has exponentially more swagger than Conan O'Brien. Have you seen that guy lately? Jesus. Every time I catch a glimpse of that guy onscreen, he looks like an absolutely broken man. It's tragic. But Cona… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2013

The 15 Most Memorable Moments At Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest went down this past weekend in Austin, Texas, aka "the Live Music Capital Of The World." The Fest celebrated its eighth year with headliners M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and Slayer, along with a stacked lineup that included Ice-T, the Descendents, Kurt Vile, the Julie Ruin, Bleached, Killer Mike, the Men, Chelsea Light… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 11, 2013

Watch M.I.A. Play With The Roots On Fallon

M.I.A. stopped by 6A last night to perform "Come Walk With Me" with the Roots, but not before talking to Jimmy Fallon about the time she embarrassed herself in front of them at a Japanese club. It's a rare live band performance for the rapper and you can watch it along with the interview below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 8, 2013

The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs

M.I.A. is supposed to be a messenger, but the mission of her music is often obscured by critics' and listeners' schismatic view of her work. But before her war with the NFL, her allegiance with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or those goddamn truffle fries, she was a neon prism at the end of a long… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 6, 2013

M.I.A. Says Her Super Bowl Middle Finger Was Actually A Godly Hand Gesture

M.I.A.'s Matangi is out today and along with the religious iconography that is referenced throughout the album, in a recent interview with NPR, the "Bad Girls" rapper has explained that the middle finger she gave at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show is part of that spiritual expression. When asked why she… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 5, 2013

Premature Evaluation: M.I.A. Matangi

Talking to Pitchfork last month, M.I.A. called "Paper Planes" "an accident": "It wasn't a song we made for the masses. It took two years to get popular, and there were many fights about censoring the gunshot sounds." And she's right; the track took a weird and circuitous route to pop ubiquity; it famously had… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2013

The 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards

After an ambitious and awkward 90-minute production, the inaugural YouTube Music Awards have disappeared into a cloud of blue chalk dust. The ceremony, streamed live from a warehouse in New York, attempted to capture the madcap spirit of early MTV and only occasionally succeeded -- and if success means a lot of eyeballs o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013

Watch The YouTube Music Awards Feat. Performances By Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Earl Sweatshirt, & More

Grab some popcorn (but don't dare smear butter on that keyboard) and cozy up in front of your laptop screen because the inaugural YouTube Music Awards are going down this evening live from New York's Pier 36. Reggie Watts and Jason Schwartzman will host (crossing my fingers for an original-lineup Phantom Planet reunion), and Spike… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013

Watch WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Open For M.I.A. In NYC

Last night, before M.I.A.'s set at NYC's Terminal 5, Julian Assange Skyped into the venue from his current home in London's Ecuadorian embassy. M.I.A. has had a long mutual admiration with the WikiLeaks founder, taking inspiration from him on her Vicki Leekx mixtape in 2010 and writing the theme to his The World TomorrowMore »

By: Stereogum / November 2, 2013

Stream M.I.A. Matangi

We've heard significant chunk of M.I.A.'s oft-delayed, "too positive" Matangi, but now it is available to stream in full before its release next Tuesday. On top of "Bad Girls," "Y.A.L.A.," "Bring The Noize," "Come Walk With Me," and "Only 1 U" the album features two collaborations with the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

With a new Arcade Fire single released days before we heard Reflektor in its full form, there's at least one giveaway on this list. Still, this week was as varied as ever. Who else made the cut? Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 25, 2013

M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.”

At this point, it's only a few weeks before we get to hear Matangi, the fourth album from M.I.A. One of its tracks is "Y.A.L.A.," a sputtering and fizzing rave attack that takes the piss out of the entire YOLO thing, and she's already shared a preview of it. But now, the entire track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2013

M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A” (Preview)

"If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?" That's the question Maya Arulpragasam posed on Twitter today while leaking a one-minute, 26-second preview of Matangi anti-YOLO manifesto "Y.A.L.A." (That's short for "You Always Live Again," not the Thai province, the streaming music service, or the JewishMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 16, 2013

Check Out M.I.A.’s Versace Line

Versace! Versace Versace! M.I.A. just got her own clothing line at Versace! (Sorry.) M.I.A. just designed some clothes for Versace's Versus line, which aims to be more affordable than the baroquely expensive stuff they usually sell, and as Pitchfork points out, M.I.A. tells Women's Wear Daily that she based her clothes o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2013

M.I.A. Reveals Matangi Cover And Tracklist, Responds To NFL Lawsuit

Between her forthcoming album and her ongoing now-public legal battle with the NFL, M.I.A. has a whole lot going on lately. But first, let's talk about the album Matangi, which is a long time coming and which looks more and more like it's actually going to come out. And now the album, as ConsequenceMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2013

M.I.A. Goes To War Against NFL

Almost two years ago, in her appearance during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show performance, M.I.A. briefly flipped off the camera. It's pretty likely that you haven't thought about that overblown flap in months, or that you've forgotten about it entirely. The NFL, however, has not forgotten. Less than two months after the big game,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2013

M.I.A. – “Come Walk With Me” Lyric Video

M.I.A.'s mutating new-wave jam "Come Walk With Me" made its way to Tumblr earlier this week, but obviously, the best way to hear the song is by reading the lyrics and looking at trippy CGI images of Hindu deities while you do it. To that end, M.I.A. has posted a lyric video of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2013

M.I.A. – “Come Walk With Me”

Last week, M.I.A. shared a preview of the new song "Come Walk With Me," one of the tracks from her forthcoming album Matangi, which finally looks like it's going to get to come out. That preview made it sound like a breezy new-wave track, but the full song, which is now online, has a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2013

Preview M.I.A.’s “Come Walk With Me”

M.I.A. has released a 90-second preview of track "Come Walk With Me," a song we heard in demo form last year. Earlier this year, we reported that label reps said the album was "too positive" as a reason for release date push-backs, but with the fierce braggadocio of "Bring The Noize," it… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 29, 2013

M.I.A. – “Unbreak My Mixtape”

M.I.A. has shared another track from the forthcoming Matangi. It's called "UNBREAK my Mixtape" and samples Blur's "Tender." Check it out below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 20, 2013
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