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The National / M.I.A. / Deafheaven / crowd
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2
Sasquatch Festival 2014 - Day 2

For a moment there, it looked like The National's headlining set at Sasquatch - one of the band's biggest shows to date - was going to be underwhelming. For the first twenty minutes, the band felt too mellow, and frontman Matt Berninger, disinterested. And then, after "Don't Swallow The Cap", a switch seemingly went off in Berninger's head, and suddenly a middling National show turned into an outstanding, headlining-worthy triumph. After a furious "Afraid of Everyone", Berninger threw the first of many wine glasses (and later, bottles) into the air, walking away as it shattered on the ground. By the time he'd gotten to the always-intense "Squalor Victoria", he'd thrown his first microphone. By the end of main set closer "Mr. November", he'd attacked a stage banner, drank more wine, thrown a stage light, drank even more wine, dove into the crowd, crowdsurfed back, screamed at a sidestage LED screen, gone back into the crowd, drank wine (just to spit it out), and smashed whatever glass remained at that point. [KEXP]
We've already posted day 1 pictures of Washington state's 2014 Sasquatch music festival, and here's a set of day 2 (5/24), including shots of The National, Cut Copy, Tyler the Creator, Austra, M.I.A., Panda Bear, Neko Case, Washed Out, Deafheaven, Violent Femmes, The Dodos, First Aid Kit and more. Pictures continue below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

MIA / Solange / "Paper Planes" stage invasion
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Solange
MIA

Right after her show at cavernous Queens venue Knockdown Center, MIA played Manhattan's Webster Hall on Saturday with Solange. The pairing was part of the two day Vulture Festival thrown by New York Magazine's pop culture blog. Solange played a 10-song set that included a cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting" in addition to her own songs like "Losing You" and "Bad Girls." MIA's set closed with a rendition of "Paper Planes" featuring a large percentage of the crowd on stage with her. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

For more, we've got pics and a full report of MIA and A$AP Ferg's Knockdown Center show. More pics from Webster Hall below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Sean O'Connell

MIA
ASAP Ferg

When M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg came to raise hell with their middle fingers raised at the new Knockdown Center in Queens, it was an exercise in liberation. And an exercise it certainly was.

The venue operators, possibly trying to prove their ability to control crowds to the State Liquor Authority that denied their liquor license a few days ago, had the venue littered with security guards that denied entrance to anyone with a backpack and performed pat downs that some concertgoers thought erred on the side of intrusive. Nonetheless, droves of fans squeaked through security and poured into the surprisingly massive venue, anxious to see how the night would go. The venue had a distinct smell that transcended the sweat that would be spilled to the gyrations of rebellious beats bumping out of the PA system. The layers of the weary, snow-laden winter were shed as clammy revelers grooved to a DJ set that sounded great in a space as big as the Knockdown Center. The amount of space does wonders for the acoustics, allowing all of the performances to sound as they were intended instead of washed out or bass heavy.

By the time A$AP Ferg took the stage, the crowd was well stretched and in good spirits, if not a little sweaty. Ferg, and his hype man and "newest A$AP Mob member Marty Baller", took no time to reach level 11, banging out one trap anthem after another. He commanded a strong stage presence, and had an unshakeable confidence evident in his early proclamation: "I'm famous now". When he wasn't beckoning the crowd to turn up, he was spraying them with bottles of water and pouring what appeared to be champagne in the mouths of a lucky few in the front row. Later on, Ferg brought a woman onto the stage to freestyle for a nonexistent chance to become a member of A$AP Mob. At one point, Ferg and Marty even tried to make a wall-of-death mosh with Marty in the middle. While the crowd wasn't exactly feeling the heavy metal ritual, Ferg certainly had their attention. The hit "Shabba" had the entire room bouncing, as the signature drum kick of the anthem pounded holes in their chests.

With the lights back on, attention was drawn upstairs where police officers had made a guest appearance, while security in the front shined flashlights into the crowd. It was never made apparent what they were searching for, but the irony fell somewhere between eerie and hilarious when the lights went down again and the intro to M.I.A's set included the sounds and search lights of police helicopters. When M.I.A. took the stage, the crowd erupted and a push to the front sent some of the people still reeling from Ferg's set seeking cover in the back. It was hard to pin down the demographic there to see Maya; the crowd was extremely diverse, a good sign at a new venue in the most diverse borough, or place in the world for that matter. For the first few minutes of her set, M.I.A. was almost completely unintelligible, seemingly whispering into her mic. Once she removed her sunglasses to a hearty cheer from the crowd, however, M.I.A. owned the stage. Songs from her latest album "Matangi" sounded the best over the PA, and went over the best with the dance-philic crowd. Where she might have lacked in strength of vocal delivery, M.I.A. was aided by a well mixed set that included instrumental interludes that kept the crowd dancing, tireless dancers that livened the atmosphere, as well as the myriad of middle fingers she tossed, saving none after her incident at the Super Bowl led to her being sued by the NFL for $16 million. The versatile stage design that she has been using on the tour adds depth to the overall experience with a dazzling display of lights and an ornate centerpiece donned with symbols. The highlight of her set came when she invited all women onto the stage to dance with her to frenetic "Y.A.L.A." and again for "Bad Girls" keeping with the carefree, party atmosphere that the crowd seemed to appreciate. High fives were abound as the crowd cleared out, and still others sought to keep the party rocking with a DJ spinning towards the exits.

Two M.I.A. shows were originally scheduled to take place at the Knockdown Center, but Thursday's was cancelled. M.I.A. does play another NYC show tonight with Solange at Webster Hall though. More pictures from Friday night's show (5/9), M.I.A.'s setlist included, below...

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M.I.A. at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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It was announced that M.I.A.'s tour would hit NYC for two nights with A$AP Ferg at The Knockdown Center (5/8 & 5/9) in Queens, however night 1 (5/8) has been cancelled. All tickets purchased for that night will be honored on night 2 (5/9). We're also giving away a few pairs of of tickets to the May 9 show. Details on how to enter to win, below.

The night after the Queens show, M.I.A. teams up with Solange for a sold out Webster Hall show (5/10), which is part of the two-day Vulture Festival which goes down in NYC this weekend.

Friday's show is also a good chance to check out the Knockdown Center if you haven't been there yet. It will also be home of the Hardcore Activity In Progress show (part of Red Bull Music Academy) with Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Regis, Bastard Noise, clipping., Okkyung Lee and more. We're giving away tickets to that one too.

Updated M.I.A. dates are listed, with the contest details, below...

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Adam Scott will talk "Greatest Event in Television History" on Saturday
Scott

New York Magazine's pop culture website Vulture is throwing a two-day festival this weekend (May 10 & 11), titled simply Vulture Festival, featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy.

Saturday (5/10) events include: a talk with Deadwood creator David Milch (noon @ Milk Studios);  "The Greatest Panel in Television History" (5/10, 3 PM @ Milk Studios) with Adam Scott (Parks & Rec, Party Down) will discuss '80s TV title sequences (the basis of his Adult Swim series); a sold-out MIA/Solange show on Saturday at Webster Hall (5/10) happening after her Knockdown Center shows this week.

Sunday (5/11) events include: "Brunch with Rufus Wainwright" and Julie Klausner (5/11, 11 AM @ Milk Studios); a pop culture trivia night with the cast of Orange is the New Black (5/11, 5 PM @ Milk Studios); and a sold-out comedy night on Sunday @ The Bell House with Billy "On the Street" Eichner, Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and more.

Tickets to most of the panels are still available and include drink tickets. Full Vulture Festival schedule and details, below...

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M.I.A. at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Tickets for the M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg shows at Knockdown Center in Queens go on BrooklynVegan presale today at 10 AM. Password: "MATANGI"

R&B singer Banks, who we recently wrote about, plays Irving Plaza on June 4 before playing NYC's Governors Ball that weekend. Tickets for that show go on Citi/Governors Ball presale today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (3/28) at 10 AM.

Tickets for the King Khan & the Shrines show at MHOW with Red Mass go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Phosphorescent show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Felice Brothers show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added Rodrigo y Gabriela show at Beacon Theatre go on AmEx presale today at 11 AM.

Tickets for the YES show at Radio City Music Hall go on AmEx/Chase presales today at noon. Their NYCB Theatre at Westbury show (same link) goes on Live Nation presale at 10 AM.

TIckets for the Phish shows on Randall's Island (3-day pass included) go on Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales today at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

M.I.A. at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

M.I.A. is going on an international tour this year which includes festival appearances at Moogfest, Canadian Music Week and more, plus a US run with A$AP Ferg. That run brings M.I.A. and Ferg to NYC for shows on May 8 and 9 at the Knockdown Center in Queens (52-19 Flushing Ave), where the Hardcore Activity In Progress show also happens a few days later. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (3/28) at noon with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (3/26) at 10 AM and Live Nation/Citi presales starting Thursday at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.

UPDATE: Password: "MATANGI"

All dates are listed below...

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The 16.6 million-dollar finger
MIA

You may remember that the NFL was seeking a $1.5 million fine from M.I.A. for the "offensive gesture" (flippin' the bird) she let fly during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show. The Hollywood Reporter reports today that the National Football League is not only still seeking that fine, but also an additional $15.1 million in compensatory damages -- the alleged value of the public exposure she received for the two minutes she was on television.

M.I.A. and her lawyer filed a complaint, basically saying it's hogwash:

The singer says there can't be liability or damage based on speculative FCC action, and her legal papers say it is "implausible" that any indecency fine will come after years of regulatory inaction and recent decisions at the U.S. Supreme Court.

What's more, the responsibility of broadcaster NBC could be investigated as the arbitration continues forward.

"NFL, and NBC, failed to exercise ordinary care in the conduct of the Halftime show by not activating the '5 second delay' system in place for the broadcast," says M.I.A.'s papers. "Any alleged fault or liability of Respondents should be diminished by NBC's dereliction. Discovery has not been taken yet to determine whether contractually NBC owed a duty to NFL to properly operate the delay system. Very likely that is indeed the case." - [THR]

You can read the whole complaint over at The Hollywood Reporter.

MOOGMOOG

While they still aren't having shows there yet, you might want to head to Rough Trade NYC this month to check out a large Moog installation. It is, in fact, the world's largest modern Moog installation which is free to visit, and the public can unleash their inner Rick Wakeman, press some keys and twiddle some knobs. The exhibit is open 11 AM - 11 PM daily through March 29. There will be some events as part of it as well -- on March 20 there will be a performance by Kiran Gandhi of M.I.A.'s band, and at a later date (TBA), Anna Barie of These Are Powers will perform as well.

This installation is a NYC tie-in to the upcoming Moogfest 2014 which happens in Asheville, NC from April 23-27.

Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

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Television @ Rough Trade, November 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Television

Now in its 32nd year, the 2014 edition of Canadian Music Week happens in Toronto from May 6 - 10. The festival/conference (not unlike SXSW) has released its initial line-up which includes M.I.A., Tegan & Sara, Ellie Goulding, Television, Neko Case, OFF!, The King Khan and BBQ Show, No Age, Woods and more. Wristbands and festival badges are on sale now.

On the conference side of things, speakers include deadmau5, Nile Rodgers, Amanda Palmer, Bruce Cockburn and more. The full Canadian Music Week 2014 initial line-up is listed, along with a flyer, below...

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by Bill Pearis

MIA at T5, November 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
MIA

We just posted that Pet Shop Boys would be touring around Coachella and one of these dates they've added is at Moogfest which goes down April 23 - 27 in Asheville, NC. Moogfest has added a few other headliners as well: M.I.A., Flying Lotus and Dillon Francis will join previously announced Kraftwerk and CHIC.

Moogfest has also added a few daytime speakers: Nick Zinner, Dan Deacon, Bradford Cox, and Futurama co-creator, David X. Cohen. Previously-announced daytime presenters include Laurie Anderson, Giorgio Moroder, Keith Emmerson, and many more.

Tickets to Moogfest are still available. Updated line-ups -- both nighttime performers and day presenters -- are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?

Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...

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by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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NME

UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.

As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Grimes

Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.

Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.

Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...

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Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
Vampy Weeks

The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags  Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Phosphorescent

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher

SPIN

It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Slayer

Walkmen
Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

MIA at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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M.I.A. namedropped Invisible Children on her album Matangi and in a recent NPR interview, and now Alex from the organization has written An Open (Love) Letter to MIA. It begins:

In both M.I.A.'s new album Matangi and her recent interview with NPR, she name-drops a campaign made by the organization I work for -- KONY 2012. (Spoiler alert: Joseph Kony is still alive and we don't steal our donors's money. Cheers.) As both an employee of the creative team at Invisible Children and an avid fan of M.I.A., I thought we should respond to her comments because 1) Helllllllo, everyone at Invisible Children has been obsessed with her for years and have been taking with people in her camp (namely Afrikan Boy) since 2007 2) She raises very valid points and a discussion that needs to be had. As it is apparently a trend of 2013 (cc: Miley, Sinead, Amanda Palmer, Sufjan Stevens, everyone), I decided to pen this open (love) letter to respond:

Dear M.I.A.,

Before we get started here, know that we all had a huge geek-out when we heard you namedrop KONY 2012 on your album on "Boom Skit." Then we had an even bigger moment when we listened to your interview with NPR in which you talk about Jacob Acaye, a Ugandan boy (now man), featured in many of our films. You talked about how you could be in the same category as Jacob -- someone who's come through terrible circumstances and has a story to tell. You said the difference between you and Jacob is that you worked your way out of your situation and tried to tell your own story -- to speak for yourself. You say we went over to Africa, found this story, and uploaded it to YouTube and people listened. You say people didn't listen to you or take you seriously. You think it's messed up that people can't tell their own story -- that people have to have someone come in and package, market, and produce their story for the world to take it seriously.

We think it's messed up, too.

Read the rest, via Huffington Post, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

MIA @ T5 11/4/2012
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MIA's new album, Matangi, came out this week. Surrounding that, Maya talked with NPR where she explained a little about the album title (Matangi is the Hindu goddess of music), which also relates to her troubles with a certain "offensive gesture" during the 2012 Superbowl that she now claims was actually a Hindu hand gesture:

It's the Matangi mudra... in America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that. Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you're meditating or praying or whatever. And you have different ones based on what you're meditating over. There's not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi -- the Matangi mudra.
NPR followed that, basically, with a "really?" to which Maya replied, "Yes. Do you like that? (Laughing) It's good, isn't it?."

MIA was just in NYC for two shows at Terminal 5 and an appearance at the YouTube Music Awards. We already posted a set of her first T5 show (11/1) and now we've got a set from her second show at the venue which happened on Monday (11/4) in this post, plus bigger versions of some of these photos up on Facebook. After those shows, MIA then played an invite-only affair in Bushwick last night (11/5) presented by SPIN and the Soho House. Did anybody go to that?

More pics from Monday's T5 show, including a few of openers Partysquad, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

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"Not every dance party starts -- as did M.I.A.'s show on Friday night at Terminal 5 -- with a live video transmission from Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, urging a sold-out crowd to fight the "military occupation of cyberspace." Mr. Assange called M.I.A. "the most courageous woman working in Western music" and "prescient." He cited lyrics from "The Message," a song M.I.A. released in 2010 with the lines "iPhone connected to the Internet/Connected to the Google/Connected to the government," and added, "It turns out she was right."" [NY Times]
Video of Julian's entire speech is below along with more pictures from the show.

But back to the dance party... Big Freedia shows and a zillion Miley Cyrus extended-Halloween costumes weren't the only ways to get your twerk on this weekend. M.I.A. took a moment during Galang to do the dance move of the moment. Many in the engergetic crowd were doing the same.

Venus X and a drummer for Maya and her backup singer, kept things moving at a driving, if slightly repetitive, pace, with the only downtempo break happening during closer Sexodus, Weeknd samples included. It felt a bit strange to end such a high energy, dynamic set on a lower note, but the highs were high enough, so nobody seemed to mind. Sacks of coloredpowder thrown into the dancing audience and a whirling carnival of colorful lights provided the backdrop for M.I.A. and her Versace-clad backup dancers

On Sunday, M.I.A. appeared at/on the new YouTube Video Awards to play "Come Walk With Me". She returns to Terminal 5 on Monday night for a 2nd sold out big NYC show. More pictures from the first, along with M.I.A.'s full setlist and the Julian video, below...

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Matangi

MIA's new, much-delayed album, Matangi, is finally out next week (11/5). Some so-and-so leaked the record this morning to the internet and, as seems to have become standard practice for big leaks, the artist has countered with an official stream of the album. You can listen to that below. Worth the wait?

As you may know, Maya is in NYC this weekend, playing two shows at Terminal 5 tonight (11/1, still tickets available) and Monday (11/4), which is sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one.

M.I.A. also plays Sunday's YouTube Music Awards (11/3) which also features performances from Arcade Fire, Eminem, Tyler the Creator, Lady Gaga and more. You can watch that live on YouTube beginning at 6 PM EST on Sunday.

Album stream below...

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World's Fair at MHOW in August (more by Maclyn Bean)
World's Fair

As always, there's a number of good hip hop shows coming up in NYC, and here's a few of those...

Maybe not exactly hip hop, but as discussed, M.I.A. is doing a few shows this year, including two in NYC happening on November 1 and 4 at Terminal 5 (three if you count the YouTube Music Awards). Tickets for the 11/1 date are still on sale, and the 11/4 date is sold out but we're giving away a pair of tickets to that one. Contest details below.

Sooner than that, you can catch fast-rising Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper at his second of two nights at SOB's TONIGHT (10/30). He's doing two shows tonight (8 PM and 11 PM), both sold out. And if you're going, don't miss footwork wizard DJ Rashad, who's opening.

Another upcoming Chicago rapper, Tree, is playing NYC on November 19 at Glasslands with Illmind. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

An upcoming group of rappers, this time from NYC, World's Fair, are playing a Hot 97 Who's Next show at SOB's on November 21 with Ratking, The Incomparable, Shakespeare and G4SHI. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A more veteran NYC rapper, Jim Jones (of Dipset), will be teaming up with Skibeatz & the Senseis for a hometown show on November 3 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A bunch of veteran NYC hip hop DJs, including Afrika Bambaataa, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and many more, will be at the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation at SOB's on November 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info and full lineup here.

Mobb Deep w/ TNGHT at Central Park in August (more by Robert Altman)
Mobb Deep

Some big name veterans will be just outside of NYC in Mashantucket, CT for Hip Hop Reunion II in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino on December 21 with Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Method Man, Redman, and more. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/1) at 10 AM and are on "special hip hop fan presale" now.

Meanwhile, Redman is also playing NYC TONIGHT (10/30) at Best Buy Theater as an opener on the previously discussed Cypress Hill Halloween show. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.

More vets, this time from the west coast, Blackalicious (aka Gift of Gab and Cheif Xcel) are playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

For something much different, you can catch Kosha Dillz (who often opens for Turquoise Jeep) at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 4 with Kyle Rapps, Stan Ipcus, G.R.A.M.Z., Shamon Cassette and SFTTM. TIckets for that show are on sale now.

Stones Throw-signed rapper Homeboy Sandman is teaming up with YC the Cynic (who recently released his GNK LP), I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank for a show on January 18 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are available.

A pretty big rap show that just happened in NYC was Drake's Barclays Center show on Monday (10/28) as part of his tour with Miguel and Future. On stage, he was joined by Busta Rhymes, Future, Jhene Aiko, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and other A$AP Mob members. Check out the full setlist and a video of him playing a new song, "Trophies," below.

Speaking of A$AP Ferg, his previously discussed tour includes a NYC show happening on December 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Other upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Flatbush Zombies, Kanye with Kendrick, Kanye with Tribe, Jay Z, MellowHigh, Danny Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick with Schoolboy Q, and more. Browse our Hip Hop category for even more.

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