Tuesday, May 13, 2014

M.I.A.'s Dystopian 'Seth Meyers' Dance Party

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Lifelong visual artist M.I.A. has put on a number of striking TV performances for her superb late-2013 album Matangi. On the old Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, she showed off the album's most pop-inclined highlight, "Come Walk With Me," backed by the Roots. On Conan, she hypnotized with Drake-xploitation "Y.A.L.A." And on The Colbert Report, well — she had the sheer gall to tell Stephen Colbert she doesn't watch his show. The prospective BeyoncĂ© remixer did it again last night on Late Night With Seth Meyers, singing the dub-inflected trap-rave threat backed by a dancer, unsmiling accomplices, drone flying saucers, and the scrawled text, "1984 IS NOW." That reminds us, author John Crowley gave a fascinating lecture at MoMa PS1 last year arguing that George Orwell's "1984 is not a warning, much less a prediction, but a parable." And speaking of Queens, see our photo gallery from M.I.A.'s May 9 show with A$AP Ferg.

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