October 12, 2010
@ The Fox Theater, Oakland
Better than: Well, I guess she could have not played at all.
Last night, M.I.A. was that kid you hated to do group projects with in school: She showed up late, she left ridiculously early, she barely did anything on her own, and yet she still behaved as if her own piddling contribution to that wet blanket of a concert was miraculous. If 2010 is the year of Maya Arulpragasam's undoing, last night her bad luck began to look more like a slow public suicide.