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Click Track: December 27, 2009 - January 2, 2010

Coda: ?uestlove's D.C. faves, the story of "Psychic City," 237 concerts

The Roots were well-represented this week. (By Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Offices across the country may have been empty this week, but we still kept busy on Click Track. The Roots were in town for a pair of sold-out shows at 9:30...

By David Malitz  |  January 1, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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Lists: David Malitz's top 237 shows of 2009

Jay-Z's Inauguration Eve show at the Warner Theatre was historic. This is my favorite year-end list to make because I feel it's the most definitive. I made sure to wait until the very end so I could have a full...

By David Malitz  |  December 31, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Bob Mould, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Destroyer, Future of the Left, Jay-Z, Juana Molina, Kurt Vile, Lambchop, Paul McCartney, Primal Scream, Spoon, TV Ghost, TV on the Radio, Times New Viking, Waco Brothers  
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Lists: Music editor Joe Heim's top albums of 2009

The "superpop" of Mika's "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" was a highlight of 2009. Washington Post music editor Joe Heim is a man of few words, thoughtful and succinct. Here he offers up his favorite albums of 2009 and...

By David Malitz  |  December 31, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Brad Paisley, Darlings, Double Dagger, Girls, John Fogerty, K'naan, Mika, Mos Def, Swell Season, Them Crooked Vultures, Visqueen  
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Morning click: Stereogum goes NSFW, Steeleye Span founder dies

Watching the ... planets. Yeah, that's it. Planets. - If you find yourself alone in your cubicle today, head on over to Stereogum.com. The indie rock blog has a unique end-of-the-year list: The 10 Most NSFW Music Videos of 2009....

By Chris Richards  |  December 31, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: The Roots, Wale  
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In concert: The Roots

Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson led The Roots through a dizzying 140-minute set at 9:30 club on Tuesday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Klimek If NBC ever released a compilation of The Roots’ performances as...

By David Malitz  |  December 30, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: The Roots, Wale  
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Play favorites with... Stewart Lupton of Child Ballads

Lupton performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday and the Velvet Lounge on Wednesday. Stewart Lupton has managed to remain a Washington musical staple despite going a decade between albums. The late-'90s band he fronted, D.C.-bred Jonathan Fire*Eater, remains...

By David Malitz  |  December 30, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Stewart Lupton  
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Morning click: Ke$ha scores a No. 1, Competition for SXSW?

Ke$ha's "TiK ToK knocks "Empire State of Mind" from the top of the charts. - Pop newcomer Ke$ha is making waves as her first single, "TiK ToK," has rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It ends the...

By David Malitz  |  December 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Ke$ha, SXSW  
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Be specific: YACHT talks "Psychic City"

Without question my favorite song of 2009 was "Psychic City (Voodoo City)" by YACHT, the duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans. It's a bouncy, goofy, sweet, optimistic leftfield electro-pop tune that lurches and gurgles along, with chants, grunts,...

By David Malitz  |  December 29, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Best of 2009, YACHT  
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Drop box: Allison Stewart's top singles of 2009 and Lost Tracks reviews of Sarah Jarosz, Double Dagger and Memphis Bleek

At just 18 years old, Sarah Jarosz established herself as a bluegrass name to know. If you should trust anyone's top songs of the year list, trust Allison Stewart's. Every week she tracks down five songs you should add to...

By Chris Richards  |  December 29, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Drop box  | Tags: Double Dagger, Memphis Bleek, Sarah Jarosz  
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In today's Post: ?uestlove picks his top five albums from Washington artists

?uestlove and The Roots play two sold out shows at 9:30 club this week. In today's Post, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots talks about how life on "Late Night" has re-energized his band. Meantime, anyone who reads his Twitter...

By Chris Richards  |  December 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: ?uestlove, Bad Brains, Marvin Gaye, The Roots, Trouble Funk, Wale  
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Morning click: Bono busks for charity, Van's a daddy

- After months of performing under a gigantic UFO, Bono kept things simple on Christmas Eve, busking in the Dublin streets alongside Swell Season singer Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Mundy. The quartet was crooning for a charity group...

By Chris Richards  |  December 29, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Avenged Sevenfold, Bono, Swell Season, U2, Van Morrison  
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Future Days: Double shot of Roots, X.O.'s new album

Local rapper X.O. releases his new album on New Year's Day. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) In concert: If you want to see the Roots at 9:30 club, better act soon. Wednesday's show is sold out and as of this...

By David Malitz  |  December 28, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: The Roots, Wale, X.O.  
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In concert: Wye Oak

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner at the Black Cat on Sunday night. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Ally Schweitzer Strange that the Charm City band known as Monarch changed its name to Wye Oak last year, effectively repping its home state...

By David Malitz  |  December 28, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Wye Oak  
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Local news: Underwater Peoples Winter Review

Local label Underwater Peoples offers up its latest compilation. A couple weeks ago we talked with local indie label Underwater Peoples about the appeal of vinyl and why it's the label's preferred format. So today we're here to tell...

By David Malitz  |  December 28, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Real Estate, Underwater Peoples  
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Morning click: R.I.P. Vic Chesnutt

Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, 45, died on Christmas day. - There was some very sad news on Christmas day as singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt passed away after overdosing on muscle relaxants earlier in the week. He was 45. Chesnutt was an underground...

By David Malitz  |  December 28, 2009; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Vic Chesnutt  
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