M.I.A. Unveils New Song + Short Film

Maya Arulpragasam

Contrary and minxish as always, M.I.A. has premiered “Born Free” from her yet-to-be-titled third studio album. This bit of expatiated electronic-punk released via her N.E.E.T. Records label, by making a proclamation through  Twitter, saying: “If ur gonna leak my song u might as well do it right here you go , a post card from waziristan”. Apparently, not as immediate as the likes of “Sunshowers” or “Bamboo Banga”, the song  interlaces conjointly the hurling, enveloping rowdiness with a clashing, pulverizing bass and drum line,  that attempt to keep pace with the other.  Meanwhile, M.I.A.’s  went on the full website-take-over route for the unveiling of a new short film, which is soundtracked by “Born Free”. The nine-minute clip, is directed by Romain Gavras, and looks like a “Generation Kill” short cross-bred with an excerpt from some real-time war documentary, a.k.a. something you’d see on HBO. In the most elementary of terms, police attempt to round up all the ginger children, so that they can execute them. It’s quite intense, with some NSFW shit, and if anything, it should supply your Monday quota for blood, violence and melancholia. Check out the clip and song below.

Download M.I.A. “Born Free”


Mates of State to begin touring with Nick Thune & Free Energy

Indie/piano-pop husband-and-wife duo Mates Of State may only be two people, but they’ve just announced a bold and formidable summer tour.  The aptly named “Summer Crushes” outing runs from mid-June to mid-July, including a Chicago date at Lincoln Hall on June 22. What’s so bold about that? Well if you are a little slow, during the Mates’ month on the road, and depending on when they’re in your town, “multimedia guests” like Free Energy, comedians Todd Barry or my new summer crush Nick Thune, or the Suckers will flank the duo. The tour coincides with a uniformly named covers collection” Crushes (The Covers Mixtape)”, due out this summer and containing the duo’s take on songs by The Mars Volta, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits and more.

Here’s the full kit n’ caboodle:

6/15 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse * #

6/16 Rochester, NY @ Water Street * #

6/17 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church % #

6/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s * #

6/19 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop * #

6/21 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century * #

6/22 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall * #

6/23 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar *

6/24 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar *

6/25 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *

6/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird *

6/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue *

6/30 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall * ^

7/1 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall * ^

7/2 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo * ^

7/3 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo * ^

7/4 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *

7/6 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s *

7/7 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre *

7/8 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *

7/9 Baton Rouge @ Spanish Moon *

7/10 Birmingham, AL @ Workplay *

7/12 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt * ^

7/13 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel * ^

7/14 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar * ^

7/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall ^

7/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^


* w/ Free Energy

# w/ Todd Barry

^ w/ Nick Thune

% w/ Suckers


Preview Male Bonding’s newest LP “Nothing Hurts”

Dalton’s very own Minutemen-alikes, Male Bonding, have put together a snarling debut LP, “Nothing Hurts” out on May 11th on SubPop. Do like I’m going to do and preview the full-length album for free here and if you want to keep “Nothing Hurts” for yourself forever, pre-order here.  The same shit as always below.

Download Male Bonding “Years Not Long”