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2010: The Year In Pop Music

Music may exist to express emotions, dreams, and nightmares, but beyond its loftier aims, it's a means of escape.
A schizophrenic year of rock and pop
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 24, 2010

Guest lists 2010: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

What consensus?
What consensus?
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2010

Review: Halloween Party at SPACE Gallery, October 30

It's humiliating to admit this, but if you were at SPACE last Saturday you probably agree: a fucking cover band just restored my faith in rock and roll.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 05, 2010

Music news in brief: Bieber bullied, Kayne weird, Black Keys Pea'd

It's been a rough month for our biggest stars: Weezy's in solitary, TI's going back to jail, and now that rascally Biebs has run afoul of the mounties for scrapping with a 12-year-old kid who has since filed a formal complaint.
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 29, 2010

Photos: M.I.A. live at Royale

 M.I.A., live at the Royale, October 4, 2010
 M.I.A., live at the Royale, October 4, 2010
By CHRISTOPHER HUANG  |  October 08, 2010

M.I.A.: Fixing the glitch

Monday night, mid-set on stage at Royale, it almost seemed like Maya Arulpragasam, a/k/a M.I.A., had had it.
And talking the talk
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 08, 2010

[Exclusive] M.I.A. talks creativity, politics, celebrity, and Maya [Playing Royale Boston October 4 + 5]

DETAILS: M.I.A. plays Royale Boston on Mon + Tues, October 4 + 5 In September 2004, Diplo still had to explain who M.I.A. was --...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 01, 2010

Street Sweeper Social Club | The Ghetto Blaster EP

A seven-song slice of propaganda for this summer's Rock the Bells.
SSSC/ILG (2010)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 27, 2010

M.I.A. storms Letterman, Rev not impressed

M.I.A. has been taking a bit of a hit lately -- new album /\/\/\Y/\ was released to mixed reviews (hey, we dig it) and her...
By Michael Marotta  |  July 14, 2010



M.I.A. is predictably unpredictable — whether it's the Diplo-assisted baile funk of her debut, 2005's Arular , or the demented low-budget world beat of '07's Kala , her sonic plan has always been to hit it and quit it.
Interscope (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 09, 2010
Romping through neon pyramids with M.I.A., Die Antwoord, and Sleigh Bells: The Creators Project launch party

Romping through neon pyramids with M.I.A., Die Antwoord, and Sleigh Bells: The Creators Project launch party

Click here for more photos from M.I.A.'s Creators Project showLike most people who listen to music a lot, I get easily fatigued hearing people verbally...
By Daniel Brockman  |  July 02, 2010

Worse than Afghanistan

At almost the same moment that Rolling Stone was reordering the political landscape with its devastating profile of the now-resigned Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal, a smaller, lesser-known political monthly, The American Conservative
Mainstream media flunks again
By PETER KADZIS  |  July 02, 2010

Photos: M.I.A. at the Creators Project

M.I.A. live at the NYC launch party for new Vice/Intel arts venture Creators Project
M.I.A. live at the Creators Project show in New York City
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 02, 2010

The M.I.A. kertruffle

In an interview with Nylon magazine, M.I.A. offered a shocking revelation about the Web sites we use every day: "Google and Facebook were developed by the CIA, and when you're on there, you have to know that."
Plus Gallagher goes begging, Bieber gets erased, Abdul loses time
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 11, 2010


The Big Hurt: Red scare

If you’re a dedicated follower of pop, you’ve no doubt heard about M.I.A.’s shocking new video for “Born Free,” the lead single from her upcoming album.
M.I.A.’s ultraviolent new video misses the target
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 07, 2010

Contemporary heart

Music is really just a form of time, so it makes sense that our many musics represent the many different ways we wrangle with this irritatingly linear mortal coil.
Yeasayer and Sleigh Bells open the present
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 30, 2010

Viral video killed the MTV star? The four most shocking music video clips of 2010 (so far)

Was it really only a year and a half ago that MTV cancelled TRL?  It seems like a lifetime since that fateful final episode, a...
By Daniel Brockman  |  April 28, 2010

Listen to M.I.A.’s newly-leaked song “Born Free”

The first salvo from the has finally emerged: after a blimp over Coachella proclaimed the imminent arrival of her as-yet-untitled album (due out on June 29th),...
By Daniel Brockman  |  April 23, 2010

The Big Hurt: Falling down the rabbit hole

Lee, Hoppus, Wentz, Avril, and 3OH!3 fall down the rabbit hole
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 22, 2010

New M.I.A. video: "Space Odyssey"

On Tuesday, longtime OtD favorite M.I.A. tweeted the above video with the message "THERES SPACE FOR OL DAT I SEE." As it turns out, the...
By Ryan Stewart  |  January 14, 2010

Review: Amanda Blank | I Love You

Like many a party person before her, Philly-based electro-rap filly Amanda Blank wants you to know that she has a sensitive side.
Downtown (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 14, 2009

Rye Rye, our pick for best act from Maryland, has a new video directed by M.I.A.

So this week in the fishwrap and online we name the best emerging act from each of our fifty states ...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 02, 2009
For My Beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron

For My Beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron

  ALBUM ART A new exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art opened on July 4. The traveling show "For My Beloved Sister Mia: An...
By webteam  |  July 01, 2009

Westward ho!

Forgot those rabid right-wingers with their hateful teabags — Coachella had the range, and the machinery for change, and the spiritual thirst. Oh and Leonard Cohen.
The Phoenix survives Coachella
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 01, 2009

MIA working on the inevitable sequel to "Bird Flu"?

We honestly can't tell whether she's joking anymore.But on a purely biological level, we read that...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 29, 2009

The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008

Offa my couch, Larroquette

In a video posted to his Web site, former Rolling Stone Ringo Starr has lovingly warned his fans to stop sending him fan mail.  
Foos fight McCain, Madonna pans Palin, Heart hearts Barack
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 24, 2008