Rye Rye and crew at AIX Music Lounge
Mar 27 2009
1:23 pm

Rye Rye @ A|X Music Lounge + “Bang”

New faces, new money; See the chick in the middle? That’s Rye Rye, M.I.A.‘s young protege from Baltimore, Maryland. Rye Rye is the first artist signed to M.I.A.‘s N.E.E.T label. Her as yet untitled album will be released this year. Coming off a performance at this year’s SXSW conference, Rye Rye grabbed some additional stage time yesterday at the A|X Music Lounge in Miami. What did she perform? She has a dozen or so songs in the vault, but the highlight was “Bang.” A song on her album and rumored to be included on the Fast and Furious 3 soundtrack.

To damper the ‘who what?’ factor the song is listed as an M.I.A./Rye Rye collaboration. Believe that only if you consider a looped one-word sample of M.I.A. as legit participation.

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the crowd explodes at the Diesel Rock and Roll circus
Oct 12 2008
12:23 pm

☼ Diesel Rock and Roll Circus Explodes in Brooklyn ☼

Yesterday Diesel hosted a 24 hour party in 18 cities around the globe; the party sparked in Tokyo and blazed like a California brush fire in Beijing, Dubai, Athens, Amsterdam, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Oslo, Helsinki, London and Sao Paulo. The grand finale aka the night cap was on Pier 3 in Brooklyn, NY. Dubbed the “Rock and Roll Circus” T.I., Pharrell, M.I.A., Hot Chip and Chaka Khan performed for 5000 ‘friends’ and ‘trendsetters.’ Altsounds can fill you in with additional info. Let’s Flickerazzi.

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M.I.A. and the boyz
Aug 08 2008
4:52 pm

What if M.I.A.‘s “Paper Planes” Was a Terrorist Ode?

I have an anti-biter’s dislike of Santogold. No disrespect to Santogold fans that see something new in her style, but everything from her crayon box fashions to her rambunctious music and sing-song chanting is nothing but a bad attempt to create the African-American version of M.I.A., who dropped in 2005. Only the Fader types really caught on to M.I.A’s debut album. That may change with her song “Paper Planes”; a featured soundtrack selection in this weekend’s guaranteed box office smash Pineapple Express.

The “Paper Planes” video has 8 million some odd views on YouTube.

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