When she isn’t telling off the New York times or flipping off millions of Americans during Super Bowl broadcasts, everybody’s favorite Sri Lankan rapper/singer M.I.A. is probably doing something else to intentionally or unintentionally piss somebody off. Coming off of a decidedly lacking third release (2010′s Maya), the U.K.-based artist returns with the Danja-produced single, “Bad Girls,” a cut originally off of her Vicki Leekx mixtape. Teaming up once again with the seriously-talented director Romain Gavras (Justice’s “Stress”, M.I.A.’s “Born Free”), Mathangi takes to the Moroccan desert gallivanting around suggestively and doing her usual gangsta/queen bee routine. Watch the high-octane video below:
The latest visual accompaniment to SPEAK!‘s most ambitious project to date, Inside Out Boy, masterfully shot and edited by EnzoNeo is ready for consumption. Footage from the art goon’s performance at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana pairs up seamlessly with the closing track from the album. Watch the video for ‘Pyrite & Rhinestones” below and if you’re late to the game, download Inside Out Boy for free here.
Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire have had quite the year chockfull of countless accolades and achievements; a tour spanning several countries including but not limited to: a groundbreaking Creators Project-backed headlining performance at the Coachella Festival and a huge, left-field Grammy win for ‘Album of the Year’. Amongst these resume-builders are the band’s innovative music videos promoting The Suburbs. Watch the latest video for “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” below and check out the user-interactive version here (both directed by Vincent Morisset).
Following up to their 2010 debut record, Voluspa, New York City electropop duo The Golden Filter embark on a more ambitious project in the form of a movie soundtrack. The short film S Y N D R O M E S is set for release on October 10 and will include six freshly written songs by the band. Watch the trailer for the film and listen to “Mother” below:
Join us on Tuesday, September 13, as two of EastofLA‘s very own artists SPEAK! and Alf Alpha take over Smash Cartel‘s weekly Beat Cinema event at the Hip Kitty Jazz Lounge in Claremont. Event details and music as follows:
SPEAK! – Booty Triathlon
Alf Alpha – Live at Coachella 2011
BEAT CINEMA 9/13/11
with performances by:
Looks like there will be a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Blakroc project after all. The collaborative project, which saw blues-rock revivalists The Black Keys and Roc-A-Fella co-creator Damon Dash bringing together a wide range of established emcees to the booth for the 2009 self-titled studio album, will bring in some newer heads for the upcoming sequel including Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, The Cool Kids, Jay Electronica and more. Watch the teaser video below: