M.I.A. (Musician)

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Music Quotes of the Week: MIA Needs Cash, GZA Needs Science, and Bieber Needs a Slap

    "ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million ?"M.I.A.'s message to Madonna, after the NFL demanded an additional $15.1 million in restitution from her over the 2012 Super Bowl middle finger incident (Twitter)."There was a lot of whining in rock at that time. By nature, we're extroverts. So that's what came a ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2013
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    September 6, 2013

    M.I.A.'s "Come Walk With Me" Sounds Like a Girl Group Trapped in an M.R.I Scanner

    Remember the first time you ever heard M.I.A.? "Who is this tiny badass from London?" you likely gasped in awe. Her music was catchy but unabashedly politicized, and it borrowed from hip-hop and global sounds simultaneously. This shit was brilliant. And while she remains best known for 2008's "Paper ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 27, 2012
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    June 15, 2012

    An Open Letter To Madonna, For Apparently Running Out of Ideas

    Dear Madonna,We'd like to preface this by saying that we've always been huge fans. Your "Like A Virgin" video blew our tiny minds as children; "Papa Don't Preach" is still one of our favorite songs of all time; and the entire Like A Prayer album is genius (thanks for helping out, Prince). When Ray o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Reminder: Free Party Tonight With the Jealous Guys, DJ Dials, and Yr Skull

    My, my, it's been a big week, what with M.I.A.'s middle finger, that new Jay-Z and Kanye video, the quickly sold-out Hot Snakes show, and what else? We forgot already. Point is, you should come by our party at the Noise Pop-Up Shop tonight. For one thing it's free, and there will be performances by ... More >>

  • Music

    February 8, 2012
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    February 7, 2012

    Comparing M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Middle Finger to Music's Greatest Bird-Flippers

    Juvenile, numbskulled, pointless, banal, outrageous -- M.I.A. flipping the bird at this year's Super Bowl halftime show might have been all or none of those things, depending on whom you ask, but it was one thing above all: A surefire plot to join the ranks of the middle-finger-flashing musical elit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    We're Throwing a Free Party with the Jealous Guys, DJ Dials, Yr Skull, and Free Beer This Week

    The Jealous Guys, expressing solidarity with M.I.A.​ Over here at All Shook Down, we like to throw a little party each year before the Noise Pop festival takes over San Francisco. So mark your calendar: On Thursday, we're inviting you all to the Noise Pop Pop-Up Shop for a get-together featuri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Bump & Grind: The Top Five Pregnant Performances

    ​What the hell is up with the tabloids and pregnancies? Usually when a lady celebrity has so much as a big lunch, or gets photographed from a bad angle, they announce that an offspring is probably imminent. And here's Beyonce Knowles, being totally upfront about her and Jay-Z's baby-to-be, rubbing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Watch DJ Shadow's Blood-Boiling New Video, "Border Crossing"

    The Occupy Wall Street Everywhere protests are stealing headlines this week. But for many, immigration and border politics remain one of the most backwards and unjust issues facing the country. Count among that group the Bay Area's DJ Shadow, whose new video for "Border Crossing" qualifies as a bloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The Top Five Weird And Wonderful Music Scenes Championed By Diplo

    The second installment in the Blow Your Head compilation series, released today, underscores Diplo's status as the world's most persuasive musical archaeologist. Released on Mad Decent, the record label run by the DJ, producer, and former darling of M.I.A., it focuses on the newly-created sub-genre ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2010
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    October 13, 2010

    Is M.I.A. Actually Trying to Drive Away Her Fans?

    Richard Haick​M.I.A.October 12, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Last Night: The Very Best and Black Nature at The Independent

    Esau Mwamwaya of The Very Best​The Very Best Black Nature (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars)Disco Shawn@The Independent May 31, 2010 Better than: What could be better than The Very Best? Seriously. When the music world gets tired of arguing over M.I.A. and her dubious authenticity, it oughta pau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

    Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-but-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How do you think this year's lineup fares with those of previous years? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Pissed Off M.I.A. Takes Revenge on Writer

    MosesM.I.A. at last year's Outside Lands​After New York Times writer Lynn Hirschberg called M.I.A. out on some of her bullshit in a profile published yesterday for the magazine, the spirited British rapper/songwriter/political activist took to Twitter this morning to pull some middle school reveng ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2010
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    May 19, 2010

    M.I.A.'s Shock Tactics Dilute Her Politics

    Image Courtesy of: Grant Gilliland​ M.I.A. thrives on misinterpretation. Her debut album, Arular, was named after her Tamil Tiger dad and released in the midst of the War on Terror with a lead track taunting, "I've got the bombs to make you blow." Her antagonistic resolve arrived at a time when ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2010
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    November 26, 2009

    Local Frequency: Bay Area Band Q&A with Hottub

    ​Oakland's Hottub's got its start rather randomly three years ago, and has quickly formed into one of the Bay Area's biggest draws. Although the press occasionally mistakenly tags the band as an all-girl group, the female MC's of Hottub--Nicole Feliciano (aka CoCo Machete), Amber Griffin-Royal (ak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Weekend Chatter: Buraka Som Sistema Q&A

    ​Lisbon-based Buraka Som Sistema headlines Mezzanine Saturday night, bringing its mashup of vocal percussion with zombified, broken-legged dance contortions. The foursome who leapt into global view with 2008's Black Diamond is now making its second SF visit. The group will batter crowds with dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Outside Lands Post-Script

    EKAphotographyVinyl Vamp: Zap Mama​ Fickle weather and last-minute headliner replacements aside, Outside Lands was a success, by most yard sticks. Here's what folks are saying about the three-day extravaganza, which drew more than 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park: Local reaction: The Chron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Dead Prez Boots Riley Tonight @Black Dot

    EKAphotographyRBGz at YBG: dead prez @G4G's solar-powered concert​ Outside Lands, Shmoutside Lands. The hundreds of folks who came out to Yerba Buena Gardens to see dead prez and Mistah F.A.B. perform for free yesterday may have gotten a better deal than the tens of thousands who shelled out $90 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Outside Lands Trivia Challenge

    Zap Mama​ The headliners for this weekend's Outside Lands festival--Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, Black Eyed Peas, Thievery Corporation, Tenacious D, and M.I.A.--need little introduction. But what about the undercard? One of the coolest things about this event is the sheer number of acts play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    M.I.A. Bashes Tenacious D on Twitter

    EKAphotography copyright 2007. all rights reservedHatin' on the D: M.I.A.​ Courtesy of Perez Hilton via Prefix magazine, SriLankan/UK rebel rapper M.I.A. has dropped the Twitter equivalent of a stink bomb on her fellow Outside Lands performers Tenacious D, who had the misfortune to replace the ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 24, 2009

    Cheap Musical Thrills

    Give your ears — and your wallet— a summer treat.

  • Music

    June 24, 2009
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    May 22, 2009

    Last Night: Santigold at the Warfield

    SantigoldThursday, May 21, 2009The Warfield TheaterReview by Jesse Ducker Better Than: A bloodless M.I.A. concert "It feels like the first day of school!" Santigold told a screaming, full house at the Warfield last night, on the opening date of her national tour. "We've got new outfits and every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Buraka Som Sistema Coming to SF

    This is an official Hipster Alert: Lisbon outfit Buraka Som Sistema, one of the hottest acts to emerge from the burgeoning worldtronica movement, are coming to the Rickshaw Stop April 21. How hot are Buraka? The group recently dropped a new album, Black Diamond, got name-checked in the New York Time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 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 >>

  • Music

    October 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: M.I.A. feat. Jay-Z

    I'm still a little fuzzy from last night's music awards ... so I'll let the song do most of the talking here. Mother-to-be M.I.A. teams with Jay-Z in an overtly coded anti-war song, "Boyz -- Feat. Jay-Z (No Drops!)". Enjoy. -- Jennifer Maerz

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Santogold, Mates of State at the Fillmore 10/7

    Odds are you like M.I.A., you'll probably get down with Santogold. Not only does she pack dancy beats, but she also sports some indie rock and new wave flavor. Go see her alongside Mates of State at the Fillmore Oct. 7. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. —Oscar Pascual

  • Music

    June 4, 2008
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    May 21, 2008

    Justice, Hot Chip, Spiritualized, Raconteurs at Treasure Island

    It’s official: The Treasure Island Music Festival (Sept. 20-21) is the most exciting local music event this year. Check out the lineup, just announced this morning: On Saturday, Sept. 20 you can see Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, Hop Chip, CSS, Antibalas, Aesop Rock, Amon Tobin, Foals, Mike ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2008

    Coachella 2008 Lineup Announced

    The ninth installment in the Coachella Valley and Arts Music Festival saga was announced via a press release held in Mexico City this afternoon. Some of the most surprising announcements on the bill are Roger Waters of Pink Floyd doing a re-creation of Dark Side of the Moon, an album that has sold m ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2007

    My Tunes: Lyrics Born

    Quannum projects star and alt-rap icon

  • Music

    September 19, 2007
  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Treasure Island Fest Set Times Announced

    Best Shows in Bold. Saturday 9/15 Thievery Corporation Bridge Stage: 8:35 - 9:50 pm Gotan Project Bridge Stage: 6:50 - 7:50 pm DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Bridge Stage: 5:15 - 6:15 pm M.I.A. Bridge Stage: 3:55 - 4:40 pm Ghostland Observatory Bridge Stage: 2:45 - 3:25 pm Zion I Bridge Stage: 1:50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2007

    Bird Flu Creator M.I.A. Infects SF's Rickshaw Today

    Following up on her last single “Bird Flu,” which propagated online earlier this year, M.I.A. has just released her second new song, “Boyz.” The latter tune and its kinetic Jamaican-themed video seem to suggest that M.I.A.’s forthcoming album Kala will dig deeper into her singular, electro ... More >>

  • Music

    July 25, 2007
  • Music

    July 11, 2007

    The Good Magazine Block Party

    Everybody's a GOOD Samaritan these days: the music trend of worthy causes

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    M.I.A., DJ Shadow, and Modest Mouse: shipwrecked on Treasure Island!

    Modest Mouse photo by Michael Alan Goldberg So it’s official. Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are gonna give San Francisco a reason to hit that lovely isle off the coast of the Embarcadero, Treasure Island. For two days in September (the 15th and the 16th), the organizations are pairin ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2006

    Miss Violetta Beauregarde

    Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo (Temporary Residence Ltd.)

  • Music

    December 28, 2005

    A&R Q&A

    Never mind the guys in Wolf Parade, here's an interview with their A&R guy

  • Music

    October 19, 2005
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    June 1, 2005


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  • Music

    March 9, 2005

    The United Colors of M.I.A.

    This Sri Lanka-born, London-based MC knocks down more walls than our global village can even think to put up

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