M.I.A.: XXXO (Single Review)

M.I.A.'s "XXXO" is a delicious, concise cut of modern electro-pop. Clocking in at just under three minutes and in keeping with her second album's sound ("Jimmy") and her dancier beginnings (Arular), the song is easily one of the artist's most glittery pop productions yet. In fact, "XXXO" is so…


Get Him to the Greek: A Brief Look Back at the Coachella Festival

In celebration of the release of Get Him To the Greek on June 4, which features Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) reuniting with his band after ten years for a show at LA's famed Greek Theater, I wanted to celebrate with five of my favorite performance from the Coachella Festival over the past ten…


Fire, Fire: M.I.A. on Lady Gaga for NME Magazine

"People say we're similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same. None of her music's reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like…


Rihanna: Rude Boy (Video Premiere)

The video for "Rude Boy" is here, adding yet another piece of perfection to the sublimity that is the Rated R promo campaign. Ditching the moody noir of Rated R for a moment, Riri takes us on a much needed trip to the tropics in her newly released video. It's bright, brash, and everything I could…


Steal This Now: M.I.A. Premieres New Song on Twitter

M.I.A. has just posted a TwitVid entitled "THERES SPACE FOR OL DAT I SEE," where she can be seen dancing in the dark (and neon green light) to a new song, presumably from her upcoming third LP. While the track's lyrics are rooted in technology, I actually don't think this is the much-hyped…


TOPMAN CTRL Presents...Diplo! (Limited Edition Shirt Giveaway)

It's the start of a brand new week, Muusers...why not start off with a bang? TOPMAN CTRL is the musical offshoot of my favorite menswear store, TOPSHOP. Each month, one UK act is invited to take full control of CTRL's website and organize a live show, complete with all the musical acts the artist…


Introduucing...Monica Rush and Nicholas Gorham!

After watching this video three times in a row now, I decided it was time to post. So, this is a behind-the-scenes/parody video from a new artist named Monica Rush, who's preparing the release of her debut single, "100 doLLa biLL." The song, which is sort of an M.I.A./Ke$ha-lite, Gwen…


Amanda Blank: I Love You (Album Review)

Until this summer, Philadelphia-bred mistress of ceremonies Amanda Blank could be found both everywhere and nowhere; a fixture found in the liner notes and "featuring" sections on collaboration tracks from just about every hip-hop tested, indie cred-approved artist since the mid-'00's, including…


What Exactly Are You Doing?

In lieu of this week's release of N.A.S.A.'s brilliantly diverse effort, The Spirit of Apollo (click here for the review!), I present the Villains remix of "Whatchadoin." The mix is supreme--adding an electro-fied Global DeeJay's-esque thumpa-thump between all the best bits of the track. With just…


Baby On Board

M.I.A. has blogged for the first time since popping out the big one on Wednesday. Here is, by far, the sweetest Valentine's Day treat of the day: ME AND BABY ARE PUTTING OUR TOUR DATES FOR 2010 TOGETHERAND MAKING MIX TAPESAND FIGURING OUT A WAY TO BREAK OUT OF THE HOSPITAL ! Literally, I'm…


NASA: The Spirit Of Apollo

I told you. Last December, I predicted that the new album by N.A.S.A. (comprised of Sam Spiegel and DJ Zegon), The Spirit Of Apollo, would bring about a certain kind of Apocalypse. Well, look around: A crumbling economy, a lesbian taking over as premier in Iceland...It's only a matter of time…


Brit Awards: 2009

It's that time of year again: A time during which I find myself to cuddle up to a nice, steaming brew of Earl Grey, boil up some bangers and mash, and allow myself to get downright British up in here. Why? Because it's time for the the glamouriest (with a u!), glitziest award show of them all: The…