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M.I.A. On 'Matangi;' Music That Makes You Sweat; Yonder Mountain String Band

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Monday, November 04, 2013

M.I.A. in the Soundcheck studio. M.I.A. in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Rapper M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy: she once performed at the Grammys while nine months pregnant; she raised her middle finger at the Super Bowl; and she threatened to leak her latest album after arguments with the record label. M.I.A. discusses her long-delayed, eagerly-anticipated album Matangi.

Then, a new study shows that making music while working out can be beneficial. 

And, Colorado-based bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band performs in the Soundcheck studio.


M.I.A. Maya Arulpragasam and Yonder Mountain String Band

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Watch: Yonder Mountain String Band, In The Studio

Watch Yonder Mountain String Band perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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