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M.I.A., the woman bold enough to literally give the NFL the finger during the Super Bowl, channels that same combustible nature in her music. Songs like “Bucky Done Gun” and “Paper Planes” drip with braggadocio and compel listeners to dance and aim finger guns at the sky. Only an artist with M.I.A.’s ferocious energy could jump onstage—while very pregnant—to perform with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne at the Grammys. She’ll be joined at Echostage by Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg, whose magnetic charisma led him to take the momentum from “Work,” his anthem celebrating excesses of all sorts, and flip it into a successful debut album. Last year’s Trillectro attendees remember the madness of his set. Expect something equally explosive on Sunday. M.I.A. performs with A$AP Ferg at 7:30 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $45. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com.