Posts tagged “M.I.A.

Pitchfork adds M.I.A., Wire, Yo La Tengo, Parquet Courts, Waxahatchee,Woods

Pitchfork rounded out the lineup for its annual three-day Chicago festival and there’s a lot to like this year. I’ve said that this is one of the most interesting music festivals regardless of headliners. The up-and-coming early acts are often a highlight for me.

The biggest name added to the fest is M.I.A., who will play Sunday night before  R. Kelly (at least that’s how the schedule appears now). Also joining the lineup are indie vets Yo La Tengo (Sunday) and the punk legends of Wire (Friday).

What really excites me are the additions of Woods, Frankie Rose and Mikal Cronin Friday; Parquet Courts and Metz Saturday; and Waxahatchee and Glass Candy Sunday. But there are a number of other highlights. See the full schedule here. The festival runs July 19-21.

Also, see Swans, Foxygen, Breeders make Pitchfork fest better

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M.I.A. flips off the Super Bowl

It happened so quickly that I bet a lot of people missed it. But M.I.A. gave the finger to the Super Bowl crowd during her half-time performance with Madonna Sunday. It sounds to me like the word “shit” also got through the censors.


New videos: Animal Collective, M.I.A.

Here are a pair of new videos making the rounds. I tweeted both earlier. Feel free to vote for your favorite in the comments section.


Roundup: Hold Steady, Wolf Parade, Black Keys

There’s been a lot of cool music released lately (both songs and full albums). The Black Keys and Wolf Parade each released a pair of tracks to promote upcoming albums. The Hold Steady’s new album, Heaven Is Whenever, came out this week.  Interpol, Crystal Castles and (in case you haven’t heard) M.I.A. released new songs. Here’s a grab bag of new stuff.

Next Girl – The Black Keys

20 Miles – Deer Tick

Born Free – M.I.A.

Hurricane J – The Hold Steady

What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way) – Wolf Parade

Ghost Pressure – Wolf Parade

Lights – Interpol

Celestica – Crystal Castles

Helicopter – Deerhunter

Invisibility: Nonexistent – Kurt Vile


M.I.A. drops ‘Born Free’ single, video

Check out M.I.A.’s new single Born Free.

Born Free – M.I.A.

To see her powerful, NSFW (and not safe for YouTube?) video for the single, click here

The video features fascist soldiers rounding up red-headed boys and young men for torture. It’s a reaction to (allegedly) satirical campaigns to beat up red-headed kids, also known as gingers. It’s a brutal video.