2010: The Year In Music Photos

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The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon show at Bushwick's Shea Stadium, right around the time the Blastoids' drummer poured paint on his kit and started splattering away.

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The Top 10 NSFW Music Videos of 2010

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One major downside to 2010: There's a pretty good chance you lost your job. The good news, though, is that the concept of NSFW no longer applies, and so today, while your former co-workers are stuck in their cubicles, bored to death and forced to pass around OK Go's latest YouTube meme, you are free to watch the videos below without fear of censure. OK, it's not much, but we're trying. So whether you're at home or your boss is just out of town, here are the 10 best NSFW music videos of 2010.

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Live: M.I.A. Redeems Herself With A Wildly Successful (Really!) Free Show At Brooklyn Bowl

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Looks like everyone had fun this time. Pics by Puja, more below.
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Brooklyn Bowl
Wednesday, October 6

These days, going to see M.I.A. perform comes with a healthy dose of trepidation. For loyalists -- those who choose to blame her rather tumultuous year mostly on bad luck -- last night's long-awaited free show was yet another hopeful attempt to qualify our love. Tonight was technically brought about as reparations for a poorly executed set at this year's HARD Fest (note: HARD had nothing to do with it), and maybe even as a reminder that M.I.A.'s wealth does not make her a sell-out (if that's even possible). Perhaps it was an attempt to coax back the die-hard fans who've read all about her tormented summer and started to fade out of idol-worship.

Whatever her motives, the plan worked -- the approximately 1,500 people waiting outside Brooklyn Bowl last night (only 600 made it in) proved that she has nothing to worry about on the fan front. Some had been in line since 2 p.m., seven and a half hours before the doors would even open, and while they braved it with smiles and jokes (read our interviews with a few die-hards here), a nervous, unspoken question remained: Would the wait be worth it?

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Meet The People Waiting In Line For M.I.A.'s Free Show At Brooklyn Bowl Last Night

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The middle section of the line outside the Brooklyn Bowl

The staff at Brooklyn Bowl made it clear: Doors for M.I.A.'s long-threatened free show would open at 9:30 last night, and no one should bother lining up before 7. But by that time the line outside the venue (maximum capacity: 600) already stretched from the corner of Wythe and North 11 to end of the block, and then up another block to North 12. This suggests, of course, that despite her war with the Times and much-publicized sound problems at July's HARD Fest, M.I.A. matters as much as ever. These fans, all interviewed while standing in line between Wythe and Berry, would likely agree.

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Live From The Ghe20 G0th1k Party, Where Voguing Is Encouraged, And Gawking At M.I.A. Is Not

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A rare moment where you could see more than two feet in front of you. Pics by Puja, more below.
Every now and then a tribal baritone yell cut through the fog of the Pyramid Club last night, though I was too busy dodging slaps from the man in front of me to seek out the source. A new wave of smoke and pummeling bass prompted a second pair of arms to flail in my direction, as I carefully maneuvered my way out of harm's way and to the safety of my huddle. Welcome to the latest edition of Ghe20 G0th1k, a social experiment turned booty brawl, and my new favorite party in the East Village.


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Live: M.I.A. Encounters (And Conquers!) Further Adversity At Terminal 5

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Doing a lot better now, thanks. Pics by Jason Gross, more below.
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Terminal 5
Monday, September 27

Better Than: Getting drenched at her last gig.

Listen, Maya, if you don't like this review, don't Tweet my cell. You're having a shitty year, but everyone else has, too. Yours is just more high-profile, so get over it. Though with this show, to your credit, you pretty much did.

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Update: The Protest Outside Tonight's M.I.A. Show At Terminal 5 Has Been Called Off

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Crisis averted. Last week we met Mark Mazzye, a local graphic designer who intended to picket M.I.A.'s show at Terminal 5 tonight; she'd promised to do a free concert, you see, after July's HARD Festival calamity, but you're not getting into T5 for less than $40 no matter how many lil dances you do. As Mark put it to us: "You're really gonna cop out on your fans like that?" Apparently she's not!

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Meet The Guy Who Wants To Protest Outside M.I.A.'s Terminal 5 Show Because It's Not Free

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He's got a good slogan and everything
Mark Mazzye, a 28-year-old graphic designer here in NYC, is one of the unfortunate souls who witnessed M.I.A.'s semi-disastrous headlining set at July's HARD Festival. The one so problematic she promised to do a free show here to make it up to everybody. Except that hasn't happened yet, and she's playing Terminal 5 this Monday. Tickets are not free. (She promises to do the free one as soon as her mother is allowed back into the country.) This has upset some people, including Mark, who has announced his intention to lead a protest outside Terminal 5. He could use some company/publicity, though, and it seemed like a good idea to talk to him about this.

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Yes, M.I.A. Is Still Doing A Free New York Show, Somewhere, Sometime

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Let's try this again, shall we? Pic by Jens Joller.
So M.I.A.'s last show here, headlining July's HARD Festival at Governors Island, was an unpleasant experience for all involved, due to some combination of technical difficulty, weather calamity, and further bad mojo from her seemingly cursed 2010. So unpleasant an experience, in fact, that she promised to do "a free show in NYC when I get back," if you've still got your HARD ticket stub and/or are willing to "do me a lil dance."

This is apparently still going to happen.

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Download "Galangs," A Mash-Up Of M.I.A.'s Original And The Vijay Iyer Trio's Cover

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Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer's trio disc Historicity was the consensus 2009 pick for album of the year (says the Voice's own poll, anyway); if not the highlight, his spry cover of M.I.A.'s "Galang" is certainly the first thing to jump out at you. Now, the inimitable Wayne and Wax has taken the liberty of mashing the homage and the original together. Behold:

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