Months after Kala made M.I.A. one of 2007’s most Sri Lankan crossover stars, Maya’s still bringing the bangas to the people with an orgiastic stage show and hypercolor fabric patterns. Indeed our favorite Arulpragasam is lining up a spring-into-summer trek, and we’re thinking this video live from Philly (is that the Electric Factory? Help us out Philly folk, its been a few years) is meant to be the bait to get you to click for tix. Sometimes “Paper Planes” is the tune for which the crowd bumrushes the stage. This time Maya’s posse is big enough that they need no help (we spy Santogold amongst the revelers). The video could use a pass through the pitchfork.tv filter for resolution and clarity, but it scores a perfect rating for palpable good times. Plus it’s got all the gunshots your little heart desires (may wanna avert your ears, CBS).
Fun. If you haven’t yet, seeing Maya Arulpragasam is a must, if only because it seems the more outrageous the prints on her stage attire, the better dancer she becomes. For those who haven’t yet, there will be one more sweep of the Kala incarnation of the M.I.A show through the states, but first, in case you missed it before, here’s Adrock’s take on the track:
He was in the original video, remember? Anyway, the Maya stuff starts next week in the desert and ends in the dirt at Bonnaroo. We’ll see you at both spots, festsetters. Bring us some sunscreen.
04/26 – Indio, CA (Coachella)
04/28 – San Diego, CA @ 4th and B
05/01 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
05/02 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
05/05 – Nashville, TN @ City Hall
05/08 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
05/09 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
05/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
05/13 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
05/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
05/17 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
05/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Concorde Design Ctr.
05/23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
06/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ McCarren Pool
06/14 – Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo)