Between the beat cavalcade, the dizzying light show, the nonstop frenzy and a delivery so enigmatically unapologetic it could only be called her own, M.I.A.’s live show is a (mostly) successful demonstration in excess — and even then that’s an understatement. Having already performed one solid show at Terminal 5 before stopping by the (incredibly strange) YouTube Music Awards Sunday night, M.I.A. returned to the cavernous venue to properly celebrate Matangi, the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Maya (or // / Y /, if you want to the take twice as long to type the title out) with a show as incendiary as the lyrics it banks on. The setlist was generously split between Matangi’s track list and the more cultivated hits of M.I.A.’s catalog from her debut Arular and Kala after it, with the familiar bass lines of “Galang,” “Bamboo Banga,” “Boys” and “Paper Planes,” the single Pineapple Express co-opted and transformed into a summer anthem, before the close of the evening.
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All photographs by Alexandria Ethridge