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Dance to the new M.I.A. album before you can buy it

MIA M.I.A.'s new album "Matangi" will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 5. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

Genre-bending singer M.I.A. releases her fourth album "Matangi" tomorrow. Critic Jeff Weiss, who's reviewing it for Tuesday's Style section, calls it "a pan-global, post-Internet tantrum of bhangra beats, hip-hop, Bollywood music, dancehall, EDM and the occasional jazz harp."

"Matangi" has been streaming on Stereogum and elsewhere, but if you're familiar with M.I.A.'s oeuvre, you know there's no substitute for feeling the thunderous beats pounding through you on the dance floor. That's why we encourage you to head to U Street Music Hall tonight, where the album will play through the best soundsystem in Washington beginning at 8 p.m. (If previous listening parties are anything to go by, such as the one for Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," the album will be played at least twice in its entirety.)

Admission is free for those 21 and over. Anyone aged 18 to 20 should buy $5 tickets in advance.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.



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