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Click Track: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Naming rights and wrongs: Nissan Pavilion becomes Jiffy Lube Live

Can you imagine Radiohead playing at Jiffy Lube Live? Concert promoter Live Nation has apparently re-branded Nissan Pavilion, its 25,000 seat mega-venue in Bristow with a new name: Jiffy Lube Live. Yes, really. A spokesperson for Live Nation would...

By Chris Richards  |  January 9, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Jiffy Lube Live  
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Coda: Soundgarden vs. Hole, Lola Monroe takes the mic, Ricky Skaggs talks hair

Don't call her Angela Lola Luv - it's Lola Monroe now. How did we keep ourselves busy on Click Track during the first week of the New Year? By debating which alterna-reunion -- Soundgarden or Hole -- will be...

By David Malitz  |  January 8, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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The privilege is ours: A review of Vampire Weekend's 'Contra'

Vampire Weekend - sharp dressed men. (Søren Solkær Starbird) By Chris Richards Vampire Weekend's new album, "Contra," arrives at the dawn of what's sure to be a decade of details. The small stuff will be sweated. And tweeted. And micro-blogged....

By Chris Richards  |  January 8, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Vampire Weekend  
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Local News: Nissan Pavilion changes its name to Jiffy Lube Live

So long, Nissan Pavilion. Hello Jiffy Lube Live! DCist is reporting that the Live Nation-operated mega-venue in Bristow, Virginia has changed its name. A representative at Live Nation tells Click Track that a formal announcement is forthcoming. Check back later...

By Chris Richards  |  January 8, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Jiffy Lube Live  
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Be specific... Ricky Skaggs on "bluegrass hair"

Skaggs and his lovely, lovely locks, a bluegrass standard. Earlier today, Ricky Skaggs spoke with Click Track about the importance of holding fast to the traditional elements of bluegrass music. Does that include having really great hair? Throughout the years,...

By Chris Richards  |  January 8, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Ricky Skaggs  
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As heard on TV... "Jersey Shore"

The ladies of "Jersey Shore" can't listen to Bon Jovi all the time. (Photo courtesy MTV) By Allison Stewart Welcome to "As heard on TV," a feature where we at Click Track recap the music played on various TV shows....

By David Malitz  |  January 8, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  As heard on TV  | Tags: Jersey Shore  
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Be specific... Bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs on the future of the genre

Skaggs has some harsh words about the state of current country music. Ask Ricky Skaggs about his favorite contemporary bluegrass acts and he'll rattle off a mighty list: Cherryholmes, The Infamous Stringdusters, Mountain Heart, Blue Highway, Sierra Hull and many...

By Chris Richards  |  January 8, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Ricky Skaggs  
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Morning click: Billy Corgan and Jim James each launch new labels, Lil Wayne album really coming out, Roots cling to job security

Jim James: label head. - Perhaps emboldened by the fact that album sales dropped 52% since 2000, Smashing-Pumpkin-in-chief Billy Corgan and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James have each announced plans to launch new record labels. Corgan's yet to...

By Chris Richards  |  January 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Billy Corgan, Cortney Tidwell, Jim James, Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket, Smashing Pumpkins, The Roots  
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Speculation: Who will play Bono in "Killing Bono?"

Forget who plays Bono -- who plays his sunglasses? (Photo by Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Allison Stewart Principal photography is set to begin in Belfast next week on the film version of Neil McCormick's 2004 memoir "Killing Bono," which was subtitled...

By Chris Richards  |  January 7, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Speculation  | Tags: Bono, U2  
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Be Specific… D.C. rapper Lola Monroe on the transition from video honey to MC

D.C. native Angel Lola Luv now raps under the name Lola Monroe. (Courtesy Lola Monroe MySpace.) By Sarah Godfrey Those who’ve long enjoyed ogling Lola Monroe in urban skin mags or music videos from the likes of 50 Cent...

By Chris Richards  |  January 7, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Lil Boosie, Lola Monroe  
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Taking sides... Better alterna-reunion: Soundgarden or Hole?

Courtney Love or Chris Cornell? Which band's reunion will be better? After challenging 2009s, respectively, Courtney Love and Chris Cornell seem to have bounced back with the same New Year's resolution: Get the band back together! Cornell announced that Soundgarden...

By Chris Richards  |  January 7, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Courtney Love, Hole, Soundgarden  
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In concert: Nick Jonas and the Administration

The kid is all right - Nick Jonas went solo with success Wednesday at Warner Theatre. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna If the Osmonds and Jacksons taught us anything, it's that the youngest brother ends up getting...

By David Malitz  |  January 7, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas  
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Morning click: Courtney Love brings back Hole, Lil Wayne as Jesus, Katy Perry finds love

Hole - and yet another reunion. Well, sort of. - Courtney Love is still around. Her latest solo album, "Nobody's Daughter," is forever "coming soon" but it looks like she's definitely resurrecting her old band, Hole. Or at least the...

By David Malitz  |  January 7, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Courtney Love, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne  
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Riffs: Jonas, in the future

What does the future hold for these young lads? (Photo by Michael Temchine/FWTP) When I reviewed the Jonas Brothers show at Verizon Center last July, I wrote: "The best hope of a continuing, thriving Jonas Empire would be to focus...

By David Malitz  |  January 6, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Jonas Brothers, Predictions  
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Play Favorites with... Liberty Jones

Nieman Marcus PR manager Liberty Jones likes Bat for Lashes and Beirut. Every Wednesday Click Track finds out what the city is listening to with Play favorites -- a weekly column where we ask a Washingtonian what's been in...

By Chris Richards  |  January 6, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Bat for Lashes, Beirut, Duke Ellington, Liberty Jones, Robert Earl Keen, St. Vincent  
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In concert: Francois Ladrezo

Francois Ladrezo and his ensemble put on a powerhouse of a percussive performance Tuesday at Millennium Stage. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Studying drums in order to become a singer might seem an odd strategy. But it...

By David Malitz  |  January 6, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Francois Ladrezo  
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Morning click: Grammys get Green Day and Gaga, Willie Mitchell passes away

Green Day will perform at the Grammys on Jan. 31. - Add Green Day, Lady Gaga, Pink, Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band to the list of artists who will perform live at this month's Grammys. Already scheduled to...

By David Malitz  |  January 6, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Grammys, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Randy Jackson, Solange Knowles, Willie Mitchell  
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Be Specific... RJD2 on his "Mad Men" theme and the state of television tunes

This man grew up on "Knight Rider." (Courtesy of XL Recordings) Hip-hop producer RJD2 has licensed countless songs for television, but his most recognizable televised ditty is his theme music for the award-winning AMC drama "Mad Men." The beat...

By Chris Richards  |  January 5, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Mad Men, RJD2  
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Morning click: Who you got in the Grammys, dawg?, Chili Peppers have a new guitarist

Randy Jackson asked for help from his Twitter followers when filling out his Grammy ballot. - Before he submitted his Grammy picks, "American Idol" judge/record producer Randy Jackson took to Twitter to crowdsource his votes. "Yo happy monday.. about to...

By David Malitz  |  January 5, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Grammys, Lhasa, Randy Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco  
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Drop box: Reviews of Freelance Whales, Mika and Asylum Street Spankers

Freelance Whales channel Arcade Fire on debut album "weathervanes." The new release schedule picks up steam soon, but this week's batch of CD reviews is the final installment of Lost Tracks, featuring overlooked albums from 2009. This time we've got...

By David Malitz  |  January 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Drop box  | Tags: Asylum Street Spankers, Freelance Whales, Mika  
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Future days: A visit from Grandmaster Flash, Kanye tells stories and Nick Jonas hits the late night circuit

Katherine McPhee's new album is in stores Tuesday. Here's your quick look at this week's concerts album releases and TV appearances of note. In concert: The Warner Theatre hosts a night of classic American sounds on Friday night with...

By David Malitz  |  January 4, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Grandmaster Flash, Kanye West, Ke$ha, Nick Jonas, Vampire Weekend  
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Be specific... Washington rapper XO on the difference between a mix tape and an album

XO's new album "One. One. Ten." is available as a free download. With the digital era allowing artists to take control of how they release their music, hip-hop fans have come upon something of a zen riddle: If a mix...

By Chris Richards  |  January 4, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific , Local news  | Tags: X.O.  
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Morning click: Soundgarden reunites, Vampire Weekend streams new album

Add another to the reunion list: Soundgarden will be back together in 2010. - How did the '10s start? With a flashback to the '90s, of course. The minute the new year started, Chris Cornell made the following announcement on...

By David Malitz  |  January 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Soundgarden, Vampire Weekend, Van Morrison  
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