M.I.A. (Musician)

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    January 2, 2014

    Arizona's Top Baby Names Include Names Found in the Bible (and the Strip Club)

    Good thing someone's been keeping track of what parents named their children last year.The Arizona Department of Health Services released the list of the 100 most-popular baby names for boys and girls, with number one being Liam for boys (369 new Liams in 2013) and Sophia for girls (581 of 'em).

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    November 14, 2013
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    November 14, 2013

    Drake Is Invincible Because He's So Impossibly Vulnerable

    So who is this Drake guy, anyway? Of course, there's Drake the superstar, the guy who opens his latest, Nothing Was the Same, with the brag that he's as famous as his mentor--though at this point, he's arguably much more famous than Lil Wayne, who signed him to Cash Money. Drake's the guy who casu ... More >>

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    September 21, 2013

    M.I.A. Is Being Sued By The NFL -- Here's How You Can Help Her Win

    It's been 18 months since the 2012 Super Bowl and now we're talking about M.I.A's middle finger again. Turns out, even though NBC and the FCC didn't file charges against the English-Sri Lankan songwriter for flipping the bird and mouthing "I don't give a shit," the NFL has been in a secret legal bat ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Santigold Discusses Bjork, MySpace, and The Death of MCA

    There's no such thing as the sophomore slump for Santi White, who has once again charmed audiences with the genre-defying Master of My Make-Believe. The album includes collaborations with members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Switch, Diplo, and David Sitek, as well as the infectiously catchy song "Dispara ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Five Reasons Artists Shouldn't Respond to Critics or; Don't Bite the 'Fork That Feeds

    Former-Fleet Foxer J. Tillman turned Los Angeles mystic/comedian Father John Misty, took Pitchfork to task on Monday afternoon, taking to Twitter to express his beef with the sites review of his latest LP, Fear Fun (previous records were released under his given name). His mammoth rant against indie ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Madonna Coming to US Airways in October

    Of all the articles concerning Madonna's Half Time show/M.I.A.'s on air fingerbird (Finger-Gate 2: Electric Boogaloo), none was quite as hilarious as this one, from Vigilant Citizen, which alleged that the entire performance was an indicator of Madonna's allegiance to the Illuminati (you know, that ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Controversial Super Bowl Halftime Show Better Than 2011 But Still Nothing Special

    ​Unlike in 2011, this year's Super Bowl halftime show didn't make me feel like I had entirely wasted 12 minutes of my life. The performance wasn't anything special, but it certainly wasn't bad. Madonna pleased America as best she could, and for a 53-year-old pop mama, she did very well.It was ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Prediction: How Much Will the Super Bowl Halftime Show Suck on a Scale of One to LMFAO?

    ​Last year's Super Bowl performance was absolutely awful. After listening to 10 minutes of shouting by the Black Eyed Peas, I wished I could have unseen their show (or used the time wiser, maybe to make another bowl of nachos or something).I'm not looking forward to this year's halftime show very ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    10 National Releases to Look Forward to in 2012

    ​Looks like 2012 is going to be a big one. Quite a few giant records are dropping this year.Some of them are timely followups, while others have been a long time coming (hello No Doubt). Some have release dates, and the dates of others have yet to be announced. We're pretty stoked about them eithe ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Reptar on Oblangle Fizz, Y'All

    ​Reptar makes it look easy. Y'know, the whole "band" thing. The whole build a fanbase, tour, release albums... all that. But the way that the fast-rising dance-pop band's career has evolved seems so by the book that it seems a little off. After all, didn't the digital revolution mean that ever ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Death Cab, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun, DFA 1979 to Headline Treasure Island Music Festival 2011

    Empire of the Sun, Death Cab For Cutie, Cut Copy, Explosions in the Sky, and Death From Above 1979 have been announced as the headliners for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival, according to One Thirty BPM.TIMF has brought a pretty solid lineup to the table for its fifth year. The bill has be ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Linkin Park Made Their OK Computer

    All hail A Thousands Suns, the finest dystopian fusion a major label can buy

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    December 30, 2010
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    November 22, 2010

    Sufjan Stevens Releases New Music Video For "Too Much," Performs it on Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

    ​It was a busy weekend for indie king Sufjan Stevens, according to Pitchfork.He released a music video for his song "Too Much" today. The video kicks off with a colorful visual mess that looks like it came straight out of an M.I.A. video. The rest of it is a series of hipsters that are sporting a ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Kanye West: Still the Busiest Mofo in America

    ​Kanye West has been in music news nearly every day for the past week. You'd think this guy was taking over the world or something.'Ye has been releasing a new track every week on his Twitter (@kanyewest) and has named the weekly occasion G.O.O.D. Fridays. Collaborations have included Chris Brown, ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Rhythm Room Last Night

    Jonathan McNamara​Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Rhythm Room October 4, 2010 It's sort of rare when a mosh pit is possible but not inevitable. You know, when a band could inspire a little knock-push-bounce action but it isn't necessarily a forgone conclusion.Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, who played P ... More >>

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    September 11, 2010

    Carnegie of Silver Medallion Killed in Car Accident​This is some heavy-duty bad news that I have the unfortunate task of reporting. Carnegie, one half of Scottsdale/NYC hip-hop duo Silver Medallion was killed in a car accident early this morning. The 25-year-old Arizona native, who was known offstage by his real name Abay Lat ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    M.I.A. Forces "Born Free" Abomination on Letterman

    M.I.A. and co. "played" Letterman last night and this is what happened​Her latest album dropped on the same day that HARD L.A. Festival, which she was set to headline, was canceled -- so what does hip hop/pop activist/artist M.I.A. do for an encore?Flood the stage with some look-a-likes and perfor ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Album Stream: M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\

    ​Let it be known that the latest album/clusterfuck of music from M.I.A., /\/\/\Y/\ (easier known as "Maya") leaked onto the internet Tuesday afternoon. In response to this, the spiteful M.I.A. has made the album available for a full album stream via her MySpace page. The lead single and ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    May 25, 2010

    Major Lazer and La Roux Collaborate on Free Mixtape, "Lazerproof"

    I don't know about you, but that cover art all but seals the mixtape's awesome fate​What happens when you take noted DJs Switch and Diplo and add British electronic singing sensation Elly Jackson? A free mixtape named Lazerproof, natch. Switch and Diplo, when working together, are better known as ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our 5/6 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a box in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. Is M.I.A.'s controversial "Born Free" video an allegory about Arizona? Who is headlining Arizona's 2010 Fall ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Top Ten Musicians Who Cannot Tour Arizona Without Proving They're "Legal," From West Coast Sound

    Should Lady Gaga carry her birth certificate when she swings through town this summer?​It's a rough time to be an Arizonan. The only thing tougher is being a brown Arizonan. Our moronic, racist legislation, (our sister paper LA Weekly uses a much better, more accurate string of adjective ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    December 15, 2009

    What's New with Christina Aguilera

    ​Lately, it seems all the world's heard from Christina Aguilera is her pitch for DirecTV, as her commercials seem to be playing 24-7. And with Lady Gaga dominating the pop world for now, it's a wonder whether Aguilera has anything up her sleeve to get back on top in the music world. While it ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    50 Cent Twitter Spam, Free Pixies EP, New MIA

    Electric Mustache: Download A Free Pixies EPIdolator: Oh Awesome, I Got Twitter-Spammed By 50 CentIdolator: No Doubt Are Not Feeling Hella Good About Their "Band Hero" CameosNME: MIA working on 'Gucci Mane meets Animal Collective' albumNME: Strokes' Julian Casablancas preparing 'Pink Floyd laser sho ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    July 1, 2009

    Diana Ross, Al Sharpton, The Game Enter Jackson Fray, Strokes Guitarist Buys Estate, M.I.A. Directs Video

    Electric Mustache:  Photos: AA Bondy and Turn Back, O Man at Modified Arts 6/29/2009 Idolator: Beyoncé's Sasha Fierce Clothing Line: Will You Like It Enough To Put A Romper On It? Idolator: M.I.A.'s Directing Aesthetic Is As Crazily Technicolor As You Might Expect Idolator: Wilco (The Irresist ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    New Release Tuesday: Major Lazer Free MP3: "Hold The Line"

    Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do First and foremost, don't be fooled by the fact that DJs Diplo and Switch are the brains behind Major Lazer. Also, don't get caught up in the fact that Santigold is on the lead single, "Hold The Line." Major Lazer's Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do is 100% a ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    N.A.S.A.: Fun Concept, Boring Reality

    As we come right smack into another Tuesday rife with new releases, I will choose to focus my energies on one particular release, N.A.S.A.'s The Spirit of Apollo. N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) is the collaboration between DJ Zegon (Ze Gonzales) and Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel). Apollo has ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Pregnant M.I.A. Steals the Show at the Grammys

    For those of you who tuned into the 51st annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, you were most likely treated to a lamely named performance of the "Rap Pack:" Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I., and Lil' Wayne. The four artists gave a dapper performance, no doubt flustering audiences of 40-year-olds in the Mid ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    The Year in Music: 2008's Top Ten Pop Songs

    By Annie ZaleskiPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The follo ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    By Randall RobertsAny knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive hous ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Rebel Rouser

    DJ mashes beats from South Beach to South America

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    September 17, 2008

    What's Selling: Zia Records in Tempe

    By Benjamin Leatherman Classes are back in session at ASU, so its only natural that sales have been brisk lately at Tempe’s Zia Records location, 105 West University Drive (or at least that’s what they told us). Here’s a list of their top 10 bestselling albums for the week of September 8-14: ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    What's Selling: Zia Records in Phoenix

    By Benjamin Leatherman This week’s version of “What’s Selling” focuses on the central Phoenix location of Zia Record Exchange, 1940 West Indian School Road. The store’s list of top 10 best-sellers for the week of August 11 to 17 is a pretty eclectic mix, ranging from from hard rock and in ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    February 20, 2007

    Crackers and Tomatoes

    Carolina Cracker, sans salsa I've got good news for people who like southern flavored rap music: Carolina Cracker and his homeboy from Minnesota, Melk Money, are back in town and scheming imminent appearances at local venues. I wrote about Cracker here (halfway down) back in last May, read the piec ... More >>

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    November 23, 2006

    Lady Sovereign

    Public Warning
    (Def Jam)

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    January 5, 2006

    Electronic Music Year in Review

    That crazy, mazy ravy gravy

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    October 20, 2005

    O.C. Can You Say

    When indie goes prime-time, what's left?

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    May 12, 2005

    Mixing It Up

    Variety is the spice of Coachella

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    March 31, 2005