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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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  • Deeper cuts: Ann Powers picks 25 songs you might not have heard in 2010

     
    I have always been vocal in my opposition to year-end Best lists, but lately I find myself becoming somewhat addicted to them. My change in attitude, I think, is related to the realization that my list really doesn’t matter -–......
  • M.I.A. releases new Wikileaks-inspired mixtape, ViCKi LEEKX

     
    On Thursday night, rapper/singer/provocateur M.I.A. released a new Wikileaks-inspired mixtape called ViCKi LEEKX, a 36-minute rhythm frenzy featuring new production work by Diplo, Switch and Blaqstarr and a host of rhymes and rants by the artist born Maya...
  • Butchy Fuego gives Ariana Delawari's 'Be Gone Taliban' some electro marching orders

     
    Last year, I wrote a long profile on local singer-songwriter Ariana Delawari's hemisphere-spanning path to recording her solo debut alongside the L.A. indie demimonde and traditional musicians in her troubled ancestral home of Afghanistan. But outside...
  • Rome Ramirez pays tribute to Amy Winehouse with his cover of 'Rehab'

     
    Rome Ramirez pays tribute to Amy Winehouse with his cover of "Rehab," posts to You Tube....
  • 2010 in review: Top 10 albums and then some

    As usual, in creating my annual top 10 albums of the year, I limited myself to albums of original, contemporary studio work. This year, that was harder to do than in previous years. Ruling out reissues meant I had to toss out pretty much the greatest rock...
  • City Link Happy Hour Guide 2010

    City Link Happy Hour Guide 2010
    America's Backyard (photo by Beth Black) During tough economic times, when the unemployment rate reaches double digits, corporations lay off employees like fat guys lay off salads, and the American dream loses touch with reality, people more readily...
  • Get to know M.I.A.'s protege, Rye Rye

    Get to know M.I.A.'s protege, Rye Rye
    You've probably heard Ryeisha Berrain's voice on tracks before -- she dropped her verses on DJ Blaqstarr's "Shake It To The Ground" when she was just 15 -- but with the Tuesday release of her first album, "Go! Pop! Bang!" the Baltimore-based rapper is...
  • Willis Earl Beal makes music out of loneliness

    Willis Earl Beal makes music out of loneliness
    Willis Earl Beal wandered through most of his 28 years on the planet without a steady job or much direction until his loneliness become so consuming that he began to sing. Now he finds himself as a labelmate of Radiohead, M.I.A. and Adele. His debut album...
  • Made some noise: The year in popular music

    Made some noise: The year in popular music
    As always with my top 10s, this one includes only studio albums of new recorded music. That means no compilations, no live albums, no archival records, no reissues, and so on. This year, those rules meant the exclusion of some great recordings: reissues...
  • Kicking up the dust of change

    Kicking up the dust of change
    The news in the architecture profession has been dominated for much of the summer by a few guardians of homeland and propriety -- one of whom happens to be first in line to the British throne. In London, a pitched debate continues over efforts by...
  • Album reviews: 'Slumdog,' 'Yes Man' and other recent soundtrack releases

    Album reviews: 'Slumdog,' 'Yes Man' and other recent soundtrack releases