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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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  • Album review: Klaxons' 'Surfing the Void'

     
    When the Klaxons first arrived on the scene with their debut, “Myths of the Near Future,” in 2007, they were saddled with the cumbersome micro-genre nu-rave. Part of a larger emergent dance-punk trend whose biggest members now are probably M.I.A.........
  • Live review: M.I.A. at the Mayan

     
    British rapper brings charisma and forceful physical presence to the Mayan in L.A. M.I.A. knows no boundaries. Thursday night at the Mayan in downtown L.A., the rapper and singer repeatedly leaned out over the sold-out crowd, thrusting her lithe body........
  • 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 -–......
  • 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...
  • Album reviews: 'Slumdog,' 'Yes Man' and other recent soundtrack releases

    Album reviews: 'Slumdog,' 'Yes Man' and other recent soundtrack releases
  • Grammy countdown: An inside look at rehearsals

  • The Grammys turn up the volume

    The Grammys turn up the volume
    If the apocalypse is here, we might as well enjoy it. Stomp down the doors of your comfort zone. Hook up with unlikely new friends. Get noisy. Have a party before the flames consume us all. That seemed to be the prevailing attitude during the 2009 Grammy...
  • 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...
  • 2009 Grammy Awards live!

  • Grammys on key, but also a bit offbeat

    Grammys on key, but also a bit offbeat
    Award shows typically manufacture their "anything can happen" aura, but on Sunday night the 51st annual Grammy Awards delivered the real thing with canceled performances, a star nominee in police custody, a lingering song-theft controversy and the...
  • Rethinking raves in the aftermath of the Electric Daisy Carnival

    Rethinking raves in the aftermath of the Electric Daisy Carnival
    In the troubled aftermath of last week's mega electronic music festival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, artists and local promoters are confronting a dauntingly familiar question: what to do about the "R" word and the "E" word. "R" stands for "rave," as...
  • Gen Art, Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am throw a stylish party for 'Worlds on Fire' at exhibition in L.A.

    Gen Art, Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am throw a stylish party for 'Worlds on Fire' at exhibition in L.A.
    When it comes to a stylin' scene, Gen Art, a group that supports emerging talent in music, fashion and film, rarely disappoints. But throw in Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, walls full of pop-art portraits of 2009 Grammy nominees and a few cases of Jacob's...