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M.I.A. (Musician)

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    August 20, 2013

    NSFW: Five Videos Recently Banned From YouTube

    Want a music badge of honor? Well, the key to earning one is simple, apparently. All you have to do is release a new, sometimes subpar single, and set it to a visual backdrop of either half-nekkid chicks scenes of violence and murder. Throw in enough stuff that the censors over at YouTube aren't des ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Fun Fun Fun, Something Wicked Crowd Texas' Fall Music-Fest Calendar

    Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest, the most porous and some say the most, well, fun alternative-music festival, capped off a series of headliner leaks by announcing its full 2013 lineup Tuesday morning. Sort of. Through a series of videos and Instagram posts, Fun Fun Fun had previously leaked so many 2 ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    10 Controversial Artists I Want to See on the New Arsenio

    Woof woof woof woof woof. Get used to that, 'cause Arsenio is back. Nearly two decades after The Arsenio Hall Show disappeared from TV's late-night landscape following a five-year run, the man himself is being recalled to duty by CBS's syndicated-programming wing. The new Arsenio debuts in the fall ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    5 Stories We Should Be Talking About Instead of Kimye's Unborn Child

    Future generations may eventually read the words "watercooler moment" and have no idea what the phrase means. Why wait to talk to your coworkers when you'll already be friends with them on a social network and can share your comments on news as it happens? If you have Twitter you see this future at ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Last Night: Santigold at House Of Blues

    Santigold, Charli XCX House of Blues June 7, 2012 Watching Santigold onstage, you'd have almost no idea that the 35-year-old former punk singer had a hand in developing the careers of some of the biggest pop starlets in the last decade. That is until you break down that her costume changes, the way ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Madonna's New MDNA Is Quality Dangerous Grandmother Monster

    Today Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, is in stores and on iTunes. It's her first since 2008's Hard Candy, and the album title is already bringing the ire of electronic artist deadmau5, who took exception with what he saw as her excessive use of drug references in tandem with her new sound. The ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Madonna Announces Second Houston Show October 25 At Toyota Center

    Due to overwhelming demand, pop megalith Madonna has now added a second Houston date to her busy schedule in October, after her October 24th Toyota Center show sold out within days of going on sale. Madonna will stay in town for an October 25th encore appearance. So far it looks like she has been ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Five Great Middle Finger Moments In Music History

    Monday morning, the Internet was awash in consternation and jpegs after M.I.A. flashed her middle finger during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday, meaning Janet Jackson is finally off the hook after all these years. To be honest, Rocks Off watched the entire halftime show and must hav ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Pop Rocks: So Who's Going to Perform at Next Year's Super Bowl Halftime Show?

    If Janet Jackson's nip slip in 2004 threw ice water on the practice of using current entertainers for Super Bowl halftimes, M.I.A.'s middle finger salute dumped it in the Bering Sea. Finally, after eight years of K. Billy's Sounds of the '70s and Pete Townshend's belly (which somehow didn't draw *an ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Super Bowl XLVI: M.I.A.'s Bird Is The Word

    On its best day, you can say the musical portion of the Super Bowl ranks somewhere below the fifth time you see the latest Go Daddy commercial and somewhere above that pre-game segment featuring an offensive lineman and his mother. I mean, who really looks forward to a halftime show, post Nipplegate ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Dress You Up: Madonna's Best Magazine Covers

    This weekend, the grand dame of American pop music, Madonna, will grace the halftime stage at Super Bowl XLVI. This is a major improvement from last year's more-inhuman-than-human Black Eyed Peas performance, which tested the resolve of our country, and even the world. But we all survived. Who won t ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Bedtime Stories: The Naughtiest Madonna Videos Ever (Semi-NSFW)

    This weekend, the grand dame of American pop music, Madonna, will grace the halftime stage at Super Bowl XLVI. This is a major improvement from last year's more-inhuman-than-human Black Eyed Peas performance, which tested the resolve our country, and even the world. But we all survived. Who won the ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Five Musical MILFs Who Rocked Pregnancy

    Beyoncé's ever-changing baby bump.​In the world of prominent celebrities, it's headlining news even if that famous person sneezes. So in when Houston's own Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 VMA's in August, the media and fans went into a frenzy of reactions. Some were elated, some ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011

    Lord of the Hipsters

    Whatever mashup-pioneering DJ Diplo decides to spin, it's a guaranteed party.

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    March 17, 2011

    Wild Flag, Wu-Tang, Erykah Badu and Yelawolf: Liveblogging the Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown

    Marc BrubakerTimes New Viking gets the party started.​The doors didn't open exactly at 5 p.m., but that didn't stop the Austin Music Hall from filling quickly just before Austin-by-way-of-Houston locals Ume took the stage, the first band in the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Pre-Bieber, Five Memorable Musician Interview Gaffes

    ​Remember in the days before "Bi-winning," when Twitter was all up in arms about Justin Beiber's interview with Rolling Stone? Was it really a surprise that some of the pop star's opinions, as told to the magazine last month, would be half-baked and maybe even a bit ignorant? Put aside for a ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    10 Music Stories We Wish We'd Ignored This Year

    ​We in the alternative media - not necessarily the Houston Press and/or Rocks Off, not all the time - enjoy calling out our mainstream brethren. Whether it's ten books that didn't make The New York Times' "Best of 2010" list, or "10 Stories Our Print Version Accidentally Overlooked," us "under ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Top Five Musician/Journalist Feuds

    "Like, what is your problem?" Jason Nocito​Hell hath no fury like a spurned musician, but a critic's vengeance doesn't lag far behind. This week in the Houston Press, you can read an interview Noah Bailey at our sister paper the Dallas Observer did with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken, who says he h ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Capital Steps

    Dispatches from ACL 2010

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    October 14, 2010

    Top 10 Pop Songs With Children's Choruses

    ​On the way home from ACL this past Sunday night, Craig's Hlist had his Rdio account humming over the speakers playing one of his playlists (phlayhlist?), but not the sad-bastard mix we rocks whenever we are at work alone. It was the life-spanning one we have been making since we got on the mu ... More >>

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    October 10, 2010

    ACL Day 2 Recap: M.I.A., Gogol Bordello, Deadmau5, Mouse Masks

    credReturn of the Bamboo Banger: M.I.A.​Aftermath was eager to catch Gogol Bordello, only because our companion had missed their last Houston show at Meridian in 2008. We were convinced he'd get a kick out of them so we dragged him over to the AMD stage early in order to get a good view. One ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Sammus: The Femme Rapper/Producer's Top Five Remix Tracks

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    ACL Fest Releases Schedule; Adds Black Lips, Silversun Pickups

    black-lips.com via FlickrBrand-new ACL 2010 adds The Black Lips​The Austin City Limits Music Festival released the schedule grid for this year's gathering in Zilker Park Oct. 7-9. The festival also added several bands, including Atlanta garage-punks (and recovering exhibitionists) the Black Li ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    "Monkey With Arthritis": Top 10 Cattiest Musician Insults

    ​Think of Tony Bennett and you'll probably picture the kindly older gentleman crooning "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and any number of other pop standards, or perhaps the guy who upstaged Alec Baldwin as "Anthony Benedetto" (his birth name) on a 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live, turnin ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    FAIL: Crystal Bowersox, Bee Gees, Dave Matthews, M.I.A.

    ​ American Idol Runner-Up: Kick Her While She's Fail: In case you haven't heard, Crystal Bowersox was kicked off American Idol when it was revealed that her entire career path had simply been one of Hurley's delusions while still locked up in the psych ward, and that Seacrest Island had never even ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    FAIL: Jeff Beck, Jonas Brothers, Lilith Fair, ACL Fest

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Which ACL Headliners Will Play Houston?

    www.eaglesband.comWho knew the Eagles shot their publicity stills for The Long Road Out of Eden at ACL 2005?​When the Austin City Limits festival lineup is released every spring, one of Rocks Off's favorite parlor games besides wondering what sort of Biblical weather-related calamity God will visi ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Acts We Think - OK, Hope - Are Playing ACL Fest This Year

    ​By this time Tuesday, we will all know who is playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Damn, it seems like we have speculating about the line-up since, well, we got the last of the "Dillo Dirt" out the middle of our toes after last year's muddy and rainy ACL weekend. Tuesday brig ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Musical Moms That Make Us Melt

    ​ With Mother's Day fast approaching, we can't help but recognize all the hot rocker mamas out there making music and babies. It can't be easy to write the next great pop song and have a tiny human being inside you sucking nutrients from your body, in the process girding their loins for making you ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    At 4:20 On 4/20, Music's Biggest Burnouts

    ​ You should all know what today is. Today is the day pot-smoking amateurs giggle to one another about how high they're going to be all day, while the real potheads simply wait with stoic stoner patience for the magic hour to roll around. Yeah, you'll know the real burnouts when you see them. Not ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Love and Theft

    The decade with no name left behind plenty of memorable music.

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    June 18, 2009

    Aftermath: Santigold at House of Blues

    Photos by Kim Douglass Puff-paint, splatter-paint, welcome to the hospital - the sterility of a trash heap greets you. Santigold = the moment hipster-embraced globalism became a commodity, and why globalism doesn't matter anymore; i.e., we're all the same.  Seeing her at House of Blues is ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs of 2008

    Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Organ Failure's M.I.A./Santa Claus Mash-Up

    Local Beefheart-style rockers Organ Failure have recorded a parody of M.I.A.'s late-blooming smash "Paper Planes" with a Santa twist. The Sri Lankan indie-rap star's Clash-sampling hit gets turned into the Santa-hustlin' jam "Christmas Wrapping Paper Planes."  "Paper Planes" was everywher ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008
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    March 13, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    Raheem DeVaughn

    Love Behind the Melody

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    December 27, 2007

    Our Favorite Albums of 2007

    Panning for gold in an avalanche of 2007 releases

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    November 1, 2007
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    September 20, 2007

    Being There

    The Sixth Annual Austin City Limits Festival feels like home...almost

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    September 13, 2007

    M.I.A.

    Kala

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    July 26, 2007

    Lost in Rotation

    Rounding Up Recordings by HPMA Nominees

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    July 20, 2006

    7L and Esoteric

    A New Dope

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    December 29, 2005

    Lady Sovereign

    Vertically Challenged

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    December 8, 2005

    Electronic Music

    The year in review

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    September 15, 2005

    Riot Girl

    Kitchen-sink revolutionary M.I.A. has the beats to make you bang

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    April 7, 2005

    M.I.A.

    Arular

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