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M.I.A.

M.I.A.
M.I.A., born Maya Arulpragasam in London, is an electronica artist. Her music also blends the sounds of dancehall and hardcore rap.

In 2005, she released her first album, "Arular," which featured the popular track "Galang."

"Kala," her sophomore effort, was released in 2007. The album generated buzz in 2008 after one of its tracks, "Paper Planes," was used in trailers for the stoner action-comedy "Pineapple Express."
M.I.A., born Maya Arulpragasam in London, is an electronica artist. Her music also blends the sounds of dancehall and hardcore rap.

In 2005, she released her first album, "Arular," which featured the popular track "Galang."

"Kala," her sophomore effort, was released in 2007. The album generated buzz in 2008 after one of its tracks, "Paper Planes," was used in trailers for the stoner action-comedy "Pineapple Express."
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  • Season Preview: Your guide to Orlando-area theater

    Season Preview: Your guide to Orlando-area theater
    THE ABBEY The Orlando nightspot, at 100 S. Eola Drive, hosts plays, concerts and a fall cabaret series. The cabaret performances are at 8 p.m. and cost $10 each. Details: abbeyorlando.com. Monday Night Cabaret Series REBECCA FISHER: Sept. 8...
  • Grammy-winning songwriter, country chart-topper, actor/singer headline State Theatre season

     
    Singer-songwriter Randy Newman, country singer Jo Dee Messina and actor/singer Danny Aiello, along with a cache of comedy and a long lineup of Broadway and stage performances highlight the 2014-15 season of The State Theatre in Easton, which was...
  • Justin Bieber timeline: A look at the singer in South Florida

    Justin Bieber timeline: A look at the singer in South Florida
    It's like a scene out of a rap video. From driving an exotic car to reportedly spending big bucks at a strip club, pop star Justin Bieber has been living it up after arriving in South Florida on Monday. We combed through social media to get a sense of his...
  • Virgin Mobile FreeFest has another solid lineup, but where's the rap?

    Virgin Mobile FreeFest has another solid lineup, but where's the rap?
    A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre...
  • Mayer Hawthorne: Return of the soul reviver

    Mayer Hawthorne: Return of the soul reviver
    The first time Mayer Hawthorne came through South Florida for a show at the Culture Room nearly three years ago, he was a promising oddity: The soul singer, hip-hop DJ and producer born Andrew Mayer Cohen in Ann Arbor, Mich., dressed with nerdy...
  • M.I.A. battling NFL over middle finger in Super Bowl halftime show

    M.I.A. battling NFL over middle finger in Super Bowl halftime show
    M.I.A. is calling foul over the NFL's reaction to her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance. The British-Sri Lankan pop star has been embroiled for months in a behind-the-scenes battle with pro football officials over her Super Bowl XLVI show....
  • Pitchfork Music Festival wraps up with M.I.A. and R.Kelly

    Pitchfork Music Festival wraps up with M.I.A. and R.Kelly
    Here's how the final day of the Pitchfork Music Festival went down Sunday in Union Park, with commentary from yours truly (GK) and Bob Gendron (BG): 1:21 p.m.: "Are you all happy to be alive" queries Tree, before taking the crowd to church. The...
  • Pitchfork preview: Your guide to every festival act

    Pitchfork preview: Your guide to every festival act
    What: Pitchfork Music Festival Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. When: 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday What: 46 bands/artists, three stages, hosted by e-zine pitchfork.com Info: Pitchforkmusicfestival.com Tickets: Ticketweb.com...
  • Album review: M.I.A., 'Matangi'

    Album review: M.I.A., 'Matangi'
    “Matangi” M.I.A. 3.5 out of 4 stars   Do you remember the episode of the Flash cartoon “Homestar Runner” when the Cheat holds a lightswitch rave and Strong Bad yells at him? (If not, watch it immediately.) That’s...
  • Album review: M.I.A. keeps idiosyncrasies on 'Matangi'

    Album review: M.I.A. keeps idiosyncrasies on 'Matangi'
    At a New York release party for her new album "Matangi," M.I.A. brought a special guest onstage — WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. He Skyped an introduction to the show from his longtime temporary home inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The...
  • Review: M.I.A. shakes the faithful (and the walls) at Belasco Theater

    Review: M.I.A. shakes the faithful (and the walls) at Belasco Theater
    M.I.A. had cautioned them, but her fans hadn’t listened. “iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government,” went a claim in her song “The Message.” Released in 2010, the track...