Basement Bhangra turns 15
Well! When I went to bed last night I figured I'd be writing about a couple of aspects of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show, during which she ran through her catalog with the assistance of Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, a marching band, a choir, and gladiators. There was the whole notion ... More >>
The video for "Give Me All Your Lovin'," the first single from Madonna's MDNA, premiered in full this morning, and there is something vaguely... jeans-commercialish about the way the song sounds? I don't know if it's the stuttery beat or the electronically tweaked guitars accompanying Madge on the p ... More >>
The lady who memorably Marilyn'd it up with "Material Girl" is doing it again in her new video, maybe to show what Marilyn would have been like if she'd lived past 36. The video -- for Madge's song "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (featuring M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj) -- is a glossily photographed romp that ... More >>
"In reality, there is no greatest of all time," wrote Prodigy, wisely from prison. This sort of wisdom resonates in a week during which Phil Collins says "That's All" (sort of) to his epic career, and the Dropkick Murphys make a confusing Billboard Top Ten debut with an album called Going Out ... More >>
"I usually do one take and beautify that one take." Blaqstarr has a history with powerful women. When he was just 16, long before he came to the attention of M.I.A. (and the blogosphere), the producer piqued the interest of Baltimore Club Queen K-Swift, a radio personality and tastemaker kno ... More >>
Presenting... burger-core. Pic by Puja Patel.In the week we spent holed up in Sound of the City headquarters preparing Pazz & Jop results, we still found time to report back from shows by former Talking Heads members Tom Tom Club, former Deee-Lite member, Lady Miss Kier, former the Pack membe ... More >>
Good luck learning all the chord changes in "Jane Says," dudeSo TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has joined Jane's Addiction, in some unspecified bassist/songwriter/possibly-non-touring-member capacity, which is super bizarre when you first hear about it, but is, upon reflection, not the stranges ... More >>
A thing that happened. Photo by Phil Freeman.In the week we debated whether 2010 was the best year for music ever (you guys know that was a joke, right?), we pitted Chris Brown against Katy Perry, Titus Andronicus against LCD Soundsystem, Taylor Swift against M.I.A., and house music against h ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! The most important artist of 2010.Hi everybody! To ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! Dear Rob, Sean, Rich, and Maura, I believe, as per ... More >>
Ian Hamrick was only 12-years-old when he was shot in the head during M.I.A.'s extra-NSFW, banned from YouTube video for "Born Free," but something about the music from Maya Arulpragasam's N.E.E.T. Recordings is working for him.
Halloween is nearly upon us. You don't have a costume yet, because you're a music nerd. We are here to help. Abandon your half-assed Lady Gaga concept and try these practical suggestions instead.
A rare moment where you could see more than two feet in front of you. Pics by Puja, more below.Every now and then a tribal baritone yell cut through the fog of the Pyramid Club last night, though I was too busy dodging slaps from the man in front of me to seek out the source. A new wave of sm ... More >>
Crisis averted. Last week we met Mark Mazzye, a local graphic designer who intended to picket M.I.A.'s show at Terminal 5 tonight; she'd promised to do a free concert, you see, after July's HARD Festival calamity, but you're not getting into T5 for less than $40 no matter how many lil dances ... More >>
So Weezer's next album is named Hurley, and that's the cover: an unadorned photo of Hurley's face. Even if you consider this a terrible idea, you must admit it doesn't crack the Weezer's top 25 worst ideas of the past five years; in fact, the idea of records inspired by Lost characters has po ... More >>
M.I.A. and Die Antwoord, respectively; you'll never guess who was better. All pics by Rebecca Smeyne, way more below.I'm still not 100 percent sure what the Creators Project is, exactly, other than a perfectly fine excuse to cram a ton of big-shot artists (and Salem!), a few film scree ... More >>
One thing rings very true after reading Gary Shteyngart's GQ profile of M.I.A.: Neither the magazine nor the interviewer had any interest in giving her the Hirschberg, as it were. Gary Shteyngart--the much-lauded young writer releasing his third novel next month--brings up Maya's relationship ... More >>
One of these dudes is noticeably less enthusiastic than all the other dudes. Photo by Nate "Igor" SmithIn the week we interviewed an actual fitness instructor about the theoretical plausibility of exercising to Sleigh Bells, we also penned a Twitter-based ode to Erykah Badu's habitual latenes ... More >>
At the onset, the sexy/military theme here feels like it'll be content to recall Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" video and call it a day, but we (of course) get into some weirder, more ostensibly provocative stuff here, particularly the Latex Nun getup (sure to be a hit come Halloween) and the who ... More >>
Last time this happened, Vice blew threw $250,000 and Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles ended up with red handprints on his neck and a sad, outraged story to tell. This time, semiconductor manufacturing unit Intel will foot the bill, and it's hard to imagine crazed South African rappers Die ... More >>
Happy birthday, clowns. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week James Murphy finally squashed his beef with our own Michael Musto, we watched as another journalist-on-artist feud--M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg, who else?--heated up, adding an album cover, a response to a response to a response to a r ... More >>
Lynn Hirschberg was adamant in an interview Tuesday with the Observer's John Koblin that, although M.I.A. had tapes that seemed to show that Hirschberg misquoted her in Sunday's now-famous Times Magazine profile, she'd gotten her reporting right. At issue? A disputed quote involving the Gramm ... More >>
So, if you're following along: Lynn Hirschberg outed M.I.A. as a member of the bourgeoisie in her New York Times Magazine profile of the artist via a selective anecdote involving a truffle-flavored french fry; M.I.A. struck back by Tweeting Hirschberg's number to the world; Hirschberg averred ... More >>
In yr face. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week the world learned how dangerous a truffle-flavored french fry really can be, we watched in horror as the New York Times Magazine penned a brutal takedown of M.I.A.--who retaliated by going after the journalist who wrote it, of course. Were you pe ... More >>
Tonight is a Nicolas-Cage-circa-National-Treasure wet dream: The Ridgewood Masonic Temple is housing Sleigh Bells, the M.I.A./Jonas Brother-endorsed duo consisting of metallic guitars fused with overdriven, butt-spanking hip-hop beats. Openers include ecstatic lo-fiers Sundelles and mysterious, sp ... More >>
This image brought to you by Hipster Runoff--who else?And the award for best coverage of red-headed actors who are executed at close range in M.I.A. videos goes to TMZ, who not only tracked down and interviewed the burgeoning Ian Hamrick last week ("he sounds like a 50-year-old philosopher as ... More >>
That's how you listen to Ghostface! Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week M.I.A. broke the internet in a tidal wave of blood and guts and red hair, we did our best to put it back together.
Well, it's already being censored by YouTube in the United States, which makes sense, because in addition to the naked people having sex and the guy smoking drugs and the horrific police brutality, there is also a moment toward the end where a human steps on a landmine and just sort of blows up... ... More >>
Governors Island July 24; tix on sale Friday here. Full lineup: M.I.A., Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, Skream, Benga, Ninjasonik,12th Planet, Nguzunguzu, Borgore, Destruct, and the proverbial TBA. Here's an interview we did with Hard promoter Gary Richards back in October. You should totall ... More >>
Hilarious image viaPaging M.I.A.--this dude is the truth. Matthew Covey is the 41 year old regular fellow--"somewhere between aging punk rocker and detail-obsessed bureaucrat," reports the New York Times--responsible for obtaining musician visas for pretty much everyone who wants to play here ... More >>
Image via The Rap-UpWell, a birthday cake for one. M.I.A.'s heart for another. The former act of swordsmanship came on a tour stop in Korea, where she celebrated turning 22 (almost, anyway; the official date is February 20) at the InterContinental Hotel in Seoul. The latter came with her new ... More >>
With the caveat that humans must take Diplo's Twitter updates with a grain (several grains, probably) of salt--although his version of what happened the night of the Grammys was probably way better than anything that actually did happen--everyone else in the above Tweet is definitely on the real p ... More >>
A fleeting glimpse of infinity at a surreal, 'star'-studded benefit show
David AtlasLeonard Cohen: hymnal, transcendant Clubs editor Stacey Anderson sojourned in Indio, California this past weekend for Coachella. She already covered the frantic play-by-play over at our Twitter, so we asked her to wrap-up the festival with a by-the-numbers guide to her three days in the ... More >>
Good for you. As any self-respecting Grammy live blog will have told you by now, the highlight of last night's occasionally lively fiasco was undoubtedly the "Rap Pack" black-and-white "Swagga Like Us" blowout, ostensibly starring Jay-Z/Kanye/Wayne/T.I. but dominated by a stupendously pregnant M ... More >>
TV on the Radio gets their revenge.
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