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The ballot box for this week’s 5 Best Songs was already overstuffed and brimming with contention even before Wilco dropped a surprise LP last night. The biggest arguments flared up over one Lana Del Rey. Hard to believe, right? Music nerds fighting about LDR? Well it happened. But it’s over now, thank goodness. Ultimately, “Honeymoon”… More »

If anything big came out on Thursday evening, you’ll note that it’s not on this list. I wrote this yesterday afternoon, as I am now on a plane to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival. If you see me there, say hi; I’ll be the tall guy. Even without any late-breaking additions, this was a… More »

Madonna’s “Bitch, I’m Madonna” is a bad video. It might be a good video if Madonna wasn’t out here trying to compete with Taylor Swift’s “Badd Blood” in the guest-star department and failing hilariously. Swift got her guest stars to throw knives and kung fu fight. Madonna has higher-wattage celebrities, but she can’t get them… More »

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M.I.A. Requests Extras In Burkas On Tour Rider

Every big-time touring musician has a slightly ridiculous tour rider, but most of those riders don’t appear on the Smoking Gun. M.I.A., once again notorious…
Tom Breihan | February 8, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Watch M.I.A.’s Super Bowl Middle Finger

The biggest story to come out of last night's Super Bowl was this: In a repeat of their historic 2008 victory, the New York Giants…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2012 - 8:59 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was not the week to release a halfassed music video. This was the week when a whole lot of people, from microbudget indie nobodies…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Madonna – “Give Me All Your Luvin'” (Feat. M.I.A. & Nicki Minaj) Video

Madonna's forthcoming album, bearing the frankly awesome title MDNA, will feature two collaborations with M.I.A. This forthcoming weekend, Madonna and M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will…
Amrit Singh | February 3, 2012 - 9:28 am

M.I.A. – “Bad Girls” Video

Well, look at this: Maya has her swagger back. The video for her new single "Bad Girls" is an early contender for video of the…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2012 - 9:13 am

M.I.A. Confirms Super Bowl Appearance

Rumors have been swirling for a while, and now M.I.A. herself has confirmed them. When Madonna performs at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday,…
Tom Breihan | January 30, 2012 - 5:49 pm

M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”

Just over a year ago, M.I.A. released her pretty-great Vicki Leekx mixtape, and one of its highlights was a track called "Bad Girls." M.I.A.'s working…
Tom Breihan | January 30, 2012 - 10:22 am

SNL Sends Up Thom Yorke, M.I.A., Kanye In “Bublé Duets”

SNL's writers and former champions made this weekend's holiday episode a must see. Between Jimmy Fallon hosting, and the consequent cameo-returns of Weekend Updaters Tina…
Amrit Singh | December 19, 2011 - 10:27 am

M.I.A. – “27”

Immediately after news broke of Amy Winehouse's death, "27 Club" became a trending topic on Twitter: the singer had passed away at that same legendary…
Scott Lapatine | July 24, 2011 - 1:06 pm

M.I.A. & SebastiAn – “C.T.F.O.”

M.I.A. contributes her voice to the fuzzed-up “C.T.F.O,” aka “Chill The Fuck Out,” a track from chain-smoking French DJ/producer/electro dude SebastiAn’s forthcoming Total, out 5/31…
brandon | May 16, 2011 - 4:54 pm

M.I.A. – “Zig Zag”

"Zig Zag" was supposed to appear on underrated / \ / \ / \ Y / \, but instead of including it in Vicki Leekx
brandon | February 28, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January & February 2011

After a holiday break and an inclemently weathered January, our Monthly Mix series returns with a two-month/one-mix compilation that sets a defiant tone. If not…
Amrit Singh | February 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

While We Were Out

... and then it was 2011. Hopefully your New Year's celebration involved doing something more celebratory than being berated by a solo Ariel Pink from
Amrit Singh | January 3, 2011 - 9:53 am

The 12 Most NSFW Videos Of 2010

A couple of Best Videos Of The Week ago I mentioned how nearly every good clip that week was too long, too nude, or too…
jessica | December 20, 2010 - 1:51 pm

8 Reasons Why /\/\/\Y/\ Is Better Than You Remember

I've liked /\/\/\Y/\ since it was released over the summer. It's actually my favorite M.I.A. record, the only one I've listened to regularly. It's not…
brandon | December 20, 2010 - 9:44 am

M.I.A. Joins The Specials On Jools

The Specials, who recently reunited, backed up M.I.A. on "It Takes A Muscle." It's one of the more melodic tracks on /\/\/\Y/\ and was produced…
jessica | November 3, 2010 - 1:35 pm

M.I.A. – “Bedroom To The Hallway To The Road To The World”

M.I.A.'s not afraid to purchase URLs or to continue releasing new material in the face of ill-founded backlash. Here's another weirdo gem ostensibly called "Bedroom…
brandon | October 18, 2010 - 9:41 am

Rye Rye – “Sunshine” (Feat. M.I.A.) (Stereogum Premiere)

Nearly every blog comment or review said 19-year-old Rye Rye stole the show at HARD NYC back in July. It was a welcome return after…
jessica | October 4, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Blaqstarr & M.I.A. – “Lemme Hump You” Video

Last week another collaboration (“S.U.S. (Save Ur Soul)” is another) from Blaqstarr and M.I.A. hit the web. And it looks like M.I.A. bought another single…
jessica | September 30, 2010 - 12:56 pm

M.I.A. – “The Message” Video

My cohorts and much of the world may disagree, but I think /\/\/\Y/\'s a good record. It opens with "The Message," here recast as "FACEBOOKGOOGLEMYSPACEYOUTUBE,"…
brandon | September 27, 2010 - 9:39 am
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