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posted Friday, October 22, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 43
M.I.A. whips through Seattle like a typhoon
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M.I.A. whips through Seattle like a typhoon

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

M.I.A.
October 17
The Showbox Market


One of 2010's most eagerly awaited concerts was over in about an hour and 15 minutes, but every second of it mattered. Like a tropical storm lashing a seaside resort with full force, M.I.A. swept through The Showbox Market with a lethal performance that was as memorable as it was surreal - this is an artist who can sell out the Paramount Theatre in a snap and often headlines large outdoor festivals, so fans had many stars to thank for the privilege of seeing her in a club setting.

After a blaring intro to 'The Message,' a short instrumental-sampled track, M.I.A. emerged at the front of the stage through a cloud of fog and opened the show with 'Illygirl' from her newest recording, Maya. Her hair equally dyed in blonde and light blue (a wig, maybe) and covered by a hoodie/coat that stretched to her ankles, the multi-genre diva repeated and extended the song's chorus, wailing, 'I'm illeeeeegal!'

Backed by a projection screen that flashed images of stereo speakers, she soon lunged into 'Bucky Done Gun' from her debut, Arular. The atmosphere was chaotic on the floor, those in the middle area - the pit - already had sweat streaming from their scalps, while those closely behind and around danced or jumped wildly.

Distancing herself from political speeches and sticking to the music proved to be an excellent formula on Sunday night for M.I.A., whose opinions on world conflicts have stirred both support and controversy. She did interact with the crowd by standing frequently on the barricade below the stage, then touching the hands of concertgoers up front and by diving twice into the audience, then being floated back to the stage with their help.

Two early favorites got restless responses - 'Galang' had everybody yelling out the song's closing bars, while M.I.A. capped 'Boyz' by tapping her mouth on the microphone like a Native American chant. A series of animated body shapes in the background accompanied 'XR2,' which was gradually slowed to downtempo and then re-charged at the end. M.I.A. was flanked by two average-looking guys, who danced in-synch with her on either side.

An exciting, dramatic version of 'Story to Be Told' finished the main set, in which M.I.A. - now dressed in animal-print tights and an oversized blouse - combined hip-hop and traditional Indian dance movements.

A four-song encore began with 'Teqkilla,' then segued into loud renditions of 'Steppin' Up' and 'Born Free' - the notable flaw of this show was the amount of noise (pre-recorded track music) that was produced for an intimate space like The Showbox, at times burying M.I.A.'s vocals. Speaking of, although she hardly sings and mostly raps, I was still underwhelmed by her pipes - they were strident, not sharp.

Fifteen or so fans were pulled on stage to assist M.I.A. with the final number, a vivacious run-through of 'Paper Planes.'

It wasn't a long performance, but it was potent. M.I.A. has always been the subject of hype, and last weekend's appearance was a big exclamation point on a rather important, definitive sentence.

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