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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. Assesses Lady Gaga

M.I.A. is on the April 7 cover of the NME (to be fair, there are nine other covers this week) as part of their special…
jessica | April 8, 2010 - 10:46 am

Sleigh Bells Debut Album Treats Powered By M.I.A.

By the end of CMJ 2009 Brooklyn duo Derek Miller and Alexis Kraus aka Sleigh Bells had a handfull of homemade demos showcasing immediately distinctive…
Amrit Singh | March 15, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Vampire Weekend’s “Gun” Gets Mashed With Yeasayer, M.I.A.

If you look at Vampire Weekend as that endangered species of band that can collapse barriers in a fragmented, niche-driven music economy, then this week…
Amrit Singh | February 25, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Major Lazer – “Sound Of Siren” (Feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal)

This track surfaced yesterday, initially reported as a Busy Signal track featuring M.I.A. from the dancehall dude's Hott Ed Turf!!! mixtape, a credit later clarified…
Amrit Singh | February 10, 2010 - 12:15 pm

New M.I.A. – “Space Odyssey”

We were just poking around M.I.A.'s Twitter, like ya do, because a) why not and b) of her resounding "FUCK NEW YORK TIMES!!!" in response…
Amrit Singh | January 12, 2010 - 4:07 pm

New M.I.A. Due This Summer

Kala’s followup was produced with Blaqstarr, will be more personal and honest (“I don’t want it to be gimmicky or silly or hipstery”), and include…
brandon | January 11, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Street Scene 2009 In Photos

Some 30,000 people over two days crammed into the six-block area in San Diego’s East Village that hosted the 25th annual Street Scene this past…
Amrit Singh | September 1, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Outside Lands 2009 In Photos

Last year, San Fran's inaugural Outside Lands festival featured Radiohead, but also power outage issues. This year: No Radiohead, but abundant electricity. Trade-offs! While Thom…
Amrit Singh | September 1, 2009 - 9:39 am

New Very Best – “Yalira”

Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit's the Very Best project is releasing a a 7" of "Warm Heart Of Africa" in advance of their debut album of…
Amrit Singh | August 18, 2009 - 2:39 pm

Nump (Feat. M.I.A) – “Legalize My Medicine”

M.I.A. does verses on the chilly NORML-approved “Legalize My Medicine,” the first single from Nump’s Student Ov Da Game. It’s not about Robitussin, peoples. Listen,…
brandon | July 8, 2009 - 12:45 pm

New Rye Rye (Feat. M.I.A.) Video – “Bang”

M.I.A. protegé Rye Rye unleashed this banger around SXSW time, as one of the first releases on Maya's nascent N.E.E.T. label. And the 18 year…
Amrit Singh | July 1, 2009 - 11:51 am

Bill Maher Interviews M.I.A.

In the wake of escalating atrocities in the Tamil/Sinhalese civil war in Sri Lanka, Maya met Maher on Friday night to explain her people's plight…
Amrit Singh | May 26, 2009 - 10:25 am

Oprah, Maya, Maya, Oprah

On Tuesday M.I.A. met O.P.R.A.H. at the "Time 100" dinner honoring the year's most influential people outside of 4chan (marblecake, also the game, guys). That'…
Scott Lapatine | May 7, 2009 - 1:43 pm

M.I.A. Joins Coachella ’09 Line-Up

She tweeted the news last night, and it was confirmed earlier today. Maya replaces dropout Amy Winehouse on Saturday and it’ll be her first performance…
Scott Lapatine | March 20, 2009 - 5:46 pm

New Rye Rye (Feat. M.I.A.) – “Bang”

The Rye Rye/M.I.A. connections run deep: the pair toured relentlessly on the back of Kala, Rye teamed up with Afrikan Boy on the Paper Planes
Amrit Singh | March 16, 2009 - 10:19 am

M.I.A. Had A Boy And He’s Cute

No, M.I.A. didn't have her baby at the Grammys, but she did have her baby on Wednesday, 2/11. With the little guy just a few…
brandon | February 17, 2009 - 5:14 pm

The 2009 Grammys: Just The Good Parts

NARAS's flirtation with attempting to matter in 2009 went alright last night. There was so much promised we had Videogum come over to help u…
Amrit Singh | February 9, 2009 - 10:06 am

Liveblogging The 2009 Grammys

Welcome to the Grammys 2009, which promises to be a very special night in which Radiohead will perform with the USC marching band (proof!) and…
Amrit Singh | February 8, 2009 - 7:00 pm

Only Slumdog, WALL-E Nominated For Best Song Oscar

Fan favorite Slumdog Millionaire has 2/3 of the song nominations, Peter Gabriel’s WALL-E tune the other third. M.I.A. doesn’t get a direct nod, outside of…
brandon | January 22, 2009 - 9:41 am

Lily Allen Covers The Clash Song “Paper Planes” Sampled

Or, in words your parents will understand: Lily Allen did a cover of the Clash's "Straight To Hell" with the original's co-writer Mick Jones, no…
brandon | January 20, 2009 - 1:52 pm
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