M.I.A. at Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Sept. 2010. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

So for both audiences, here’s a quick career timeline as viewed through The Washington Post archives. A simple glance at the headlines shows an artist who arrived with a revolutionary swagger and turned into someone who would ... play at the Super Bowl and flip the bird.

M.I.A., Staging a Rapper’s Revolution

(Album review, March 27, 2005)

M.I.A., No Loss For Words

(Profile, Sept. 16, 2005)

M.I.A.’s World Tour de Force

(Album review, Aug. 21, 2007)

M.I.A.: Live at 9:30 Club

(Concert review, Dec. 1, 2007)

M.I.A.’s “Maya,” missing in action

(Album review, July 13, 2010)

Will the real M.I.A. please show up?

(Concert review, Sept. 25, 2010)