M.I.A. launching National US tour; N.E.E.T. artist Rye Rye to open
Hot off headlining UK festivals, M.I.A. returns to the states for a national tour, beginning with the headlining slot at the V-Fest Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Washington D.C.
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It's been a big year for M.I.A.: She released her third album MAYA this July; signed Sleigh Bells to her N.E.E.T. Records label; released videos for both "Born Free" and "XXXO," blitzed The Late Show with David Letterman where "she hit with a vengeance, taking the stage with Martin Rev of Suicide and her own gang of Slim Shady's basically telling the haters to get f**ked" (URB.com); hit number one Radio 1; and hit the UK festival circuit with a vengeance - beginning with London's Underage Fest August 3, where "M.I.A. ended the day with a massive show!" (The Guardian).
Her last UK show saw fans at The Big Chill festival rush the stage, forcing the show to end just a wee bit early. M.I.A. may be music's poster child for the saying 'never a dull moment'...and she's not done with us yet.
SPIN magazine states: "Maya Arulpragasam is the most polarizing figure in pop today, a neon blur of contradictions and conflations - but she may also be the most thrilling." M.I.A. certainly inspires conversation, but in the end the music walks the walk that enables reviewers to talk the talk...and talk they do:
"As long as her music remains as bold, inventive, and occasionally thrilling as it is here, long may that continue." - Drowned in Sound
"She covers so much ground because it's all a part of who she is. And from the sound of /\/\ /\ Y /\, she's capable of anything - except being dull." - Rolling Stone, 4/5 stars ****
"Unsurprisingly (and happily), M.I.A. the insider is more dyspeptic than M.I.A. the outsider." - The Onion AV Club, Grade: A-
"A Classic!" - SPIN, 9 out of 10
"M.I.A. is our present day riot grrrl - painting pictures with her words that speak on a higher plane. Skeptics may chalk Maya up to a cacophonic rant, but those who really listen will appreciate its underlying brilliance." - Hip Hop DX
"On "/\/\/\Y/\," she is trying to stay in the thick of her own life. It turns out to be a struggle worthy of a revolutionary." - Los Angeles Times, 3 ½ stars out of 4
"It's a tribute to her distinctive vision that MIA makes the collaborations on MAYA indelibly her own. Provocation, controversy and contradiction are all part of the fun." - Telegraph, UK
M.I.A. protégé, Rye Rye will support on the upcoming dates. Rye Rye is the first artist signed to M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. label and will release her debut album Go! Pop! Bang! in early 2011.
Paper Magazine raves, "Go! Pop! Bang! will take over car stereos one impossibly ear-catching kinetic party jam at a time."
M.I.A. 2010 tour dates with Rye Rye:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
Tue/Sept-21 Montreal Metropolis
Wed/Sept-22 Toronto Sound Academy
Sat/Sep-25 Washington DC V fest
Sun/Sep-26 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Mon/Sep-27 New York, NY Terminal 5
Wed/Sep-29 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
Thu/Sep-30 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
Sun/Oct-03 Ithaca, NY Cornell University
Mon/Oct-04 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
Tue/Oct-05 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
Sat/Oct-09 Austin, TX Zilker Park - Austin City Limits
Tue/Oct-12 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
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More dates to follow.