M.I.A. Lights It Up
Maya "M.I.A." Arulpragasam is killing it in the dance tent with a fiery set of global electro-rap. She's an exponentially stronger performer than the one who came through the 9:30 club two years ago, attacking her politically charged playground raps with fury and strutting around the stage with absolute confidence.
But what really strikes me about this closing set are the visuals. There are brightly colored videos flashing in the background and brightly colored lights flanking the stage and brightly colored lights blinking overhead, as well a bank of as strobes. Think M.I.A.'s siezure-inducing MySpace page on steroids. Talk about sensory overload. Now excuse me while I shut my eyes and sing along to "Bucky Done Gun."
-- J. Freedom du Lac