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Click Track: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

To live and tweet in L.A. -- Follow Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards on Twitter

This weekend, I'll be navigating the nooks and crannies of sunny Los Angeles, Calif., as the city ramps up (and winds down from) Sunday's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. I'll be tweeting from various pre-parties, after-parties and even a little from...

By Chris Richards  |  January 29, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coda: Grammys - predictions, curses, underdogs, old dudes, plus Mariah and Masa 14's rock playlist

We predict a big night for Taylor Swift at the Grammys. Shocking, we know. The Grammys were our main focus this week, of course. We predicted winners and found underdogs worth rooting for. We examined whether there was a...

By David Malitz  |  January 29, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Raheem DeVaughn covers sensual love and political speech in 'Masterpeace'

Speaking out: Raheem DeVaughn has some protest songs on his latest album. Above, he's in front of a mural in Northeast Washington depicting black icons. (Dayna Smith For The Washington Post) By Chris Richards Sunday marks the 376th day of...

By Chris Richards  |  January 29, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Raheem DeVaughn  
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Be Specific: Martina McBride and Trace Adkins are tour buddies

How well do tourmates Martina McBride and Trace Adkins know each other? When country queen Martina McBride and honky tonk tough guy Trace Adkins announced that they'd be embarking on an epic U.S. tour together, it seemed a bit of...

By Chris Richards  |  January 29, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Martina McBride, Trace Adkins  
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The Grammys: Best rock OR rap gospel album?

Third Day takes on a diverse cross-section of artists in the gospel category. Each year, the Grammys pit singer against singer, songwriter against songwriter and, in the case of the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album race, have guitarists battle...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  January 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Da' T.R.U.T.H., Decyfer Down, John Wells-The Tonic, Red, Third Day  
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Sly Stone sues former manager; Sigur Rós take a break, have babies

It's a legal affair: Sly sues ex-manager for $50 million (Photo: Martial Trezzini/AP) - Reuters and AP report that Sly & the Family Stone frontman Sly Stone is suing his former manager Jerry Goldstein for $50 million. The singer, who...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  January 29, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Carrie Underwood, Queen Latifah, Sigur Ros, Sly Stone  
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The Grammys: Picking winners in the major categories

Will Lady Gaga be a big winner on Sunday night. (Photo by Mark Gail/TWP) With the Grammys just a couple days away we figured it was time to put on our prognosticating hats and pick winners in the four major...

By David Malitz  |  January 28, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, Grammys, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Taylor Swift  
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Local news: HR documentary preview at DC9

Even a few minutes of HR footage should be plenty compelling. A preview of "HR: The Documentary,” an upcoming portrait of the legendary Bad Brains singer, screens at DC9 tonight. And by "preview," we mean short trailer. Still, those...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  January 28, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Bad Brains, DJ Eurok, DJ Neville C, HR, McRad  
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In concert: Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey kept it to three costume changes Wednesday at Constitution Hall. (All photos by Mark Gail/TWP) By Chris Richards The Mariah Carey songbook is thick with butterflies and rainbows and kisses that taste like honey — not much doom...

By David Malitz  |  January 28, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Mariah Carey  
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Morning click: In it for the long haul at Coachella, Sarandon spanks man-pig at Of Montreal show

Gorillaz: one of Coachella's featured acts in 2010. - Coachella is eliminating single-day ticket sales for the 2010 edition of its festival. Festival organizers say that 80% of past ticket sales have been of the three-day variety and that the...

By David Malitz  |  January 28, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Coachella, Of Montreal, Ray Davies  
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Play favorites with... Antonio Burrell

Masa 14 chef Antonio Burrell tells us what he listens to in his kitchen. 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...

By David Malitz  |  January 27, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Alice in Chains, Antonio Burrell, Modest Mouse, The Killers, Violent Femmes, Wu-Tang Clan  
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News: Sen.-elect Scott Brown's daughter Ayla drops a new CD

"It ain't me, I ain't no senator's daughter. Wait, yes I am." Ayla Brown -- pop singer, former "American Idol" semifinalist and daughter of newbie Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R - Mass.) -- announced today that she's moved the release of...

By Chris Richards  |  January 27, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Ayla Brown  
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The Grammys: Hey hey! My my! Rock and roll will never die; (it'll just get really, really old and rack up Grammy nominations)

When you think of 2009 and "rock music," clearly your first thoughts are of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. The Grammys have never been the playground of the young. Veterans and established stars have always received the most awards; even...

By David Malitz  |  January 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam, Steve Winwood, U2  
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Discographically speaking: Mariah Carey

Remember "Charmbracelet?" Don't worry, neither do most people. Now entering her third (!) decade of record making, Mariah Carey (who appears at Constitution Hall on Wednesday) tends to make the same album pretty much every time: Ballads, R&B tracks, hip-hop/pop...

By Allison Stewart  |  January 27, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Discographically speaking  | Tags: Mariah Carey  
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Morning click: Bob Dylan, others to play White House concert; Steven Tyler goes rogue

Dylan will play the White House for the first time in his career next month. (Photo: Rob Galbraith/Reuters) - Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Natalie Cole, Blind Boys of Alabama, Smokey Robinson, Seal, John Mellencamp and others are scheduled...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  January 27, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Aerosmith, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, Seal, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Zac Brown Band  
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In concert: Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt played his roadhouse favorites and an eclectic batch of covers Monday at the Birchmere. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Scott Galupo When he emerged in the early-’90s as Nashville’s newest longhaired-and-leather-clad outlaw, Travis Tritt probably never dreamed...

By David Malitz  |  January 26, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Travis Tritt  
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The Grammys: The curse of the Best New Artist award?

A Best New Artist curse? Girl, you know it's true. Maybe. Conventional wisdom has long held that the winner of a Grammy Award for Best New Artist is jinxed, destined to a career of flop albums, gigs at car dealership...

By Allison Stewart  |  January 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Alicia Keys, Christopher Cross, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Milli Vanilli, Sheryl Crow  
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Album Review: Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"

Lady Antebellum will sell plenty of albums, but doesn't live up to its potential on "Need You Now." By Chris Richards What might be the most heart-mashing ballad ever written about a late-night booty call doubles as the title track...

By David Malitz  |  January 26, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Lady Antebellum  
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Singles file: Nas and Damian Marley, Madonna and Justin Timberlake

Early leaks portend great things for the upcoming collaboration between Nas and Damian Marley. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. Nas and Damian Marley: "As We Enter" Another bang-up leak from their long-awaited,...

By David Malitz  |  January 26, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Damian Marley, Dawn Landes, Justin Timberlake, Justin Townes Earle, Madonna, Nas, Purple Monkey Sircus, the Delta Mirror  
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Album Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg, "IRM"

By Bill Friskics-Warren Inspired by the series of MRI procedures she underwent after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage from a waterskiing mishap, Gainsbourg's new album is a sonic departure from its 2006 predecessor "5:55." While that record featured the lush...

By David Malitz  |  January 26, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Charlotte Gainsbourg  
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Album Review: Corinne Bailey Rae, "The Sea"

By Sarah Godfrey Corinne Bailey Rae has always seemed to sing through a down-turned mouth, but still, many of the songs on her 2006 eponymous debut came across as sunny and precious - often overly so. On her sophomore...

By David Malitz  |  January 26, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album Review: The Magnetic Fields, "Realism"

By Allison Stewart "Realism," the last release in the Magnetic Fields' "no synths" trilogy, follows 2008's less-loved "Distortion," a droney, feedback-heavy offering often compared, and not favorably, to the lesser works of the Jesus and Mary Chain. "Realism" is...

By David Malitz  |  January 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Magnetic Fields  
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Morning click: The Who leak Super Bowl set list, Specials to visit Fallon

Expect a greatest hits medley from The Who during the Super Bowl's halftime. (By Tracy Woodward/TWP) - Pete Townshend of the Who has announced what he and bandmate Roger Daltrey are cooking up for their Super Bowl halftime performance on...

By Chris Richards  |  January 26, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Radiohead, The Specials, The Who  
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Week Ahead: Mariah hits D.C., divas to dominate Grammy performances

Mimi plays at DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday. In concert: An enduring diva and a top indie rock act come to town this week and it's no stretch to think that the latter will actually be the bigger spectacle. Mariah...

By David Malitz  |  January 25, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Beach House, Mariah Carey, Of Montreal  
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Riffs: How Mystikal Can Start Bouncin' Back

Mystikal is out of jail - but can he become a star again? Recently a major -- MAJOR -- rap star was released from prison. No, not Gucci. Not Boosie. Not Lil Wayne -- he hasn't even started his bid...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  January 25, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Grammys: Five underdog artists you should be rooting for on Sunday night

Miranda Lambert is a true longshot going up against Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. But you should still be rooting for her. Check Click Track every day at noon this week for preview coverage of Sunday's Grammy Awards. The 52nd...

By Chris Richards  |  January 25, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Jamey Johnson, Maxwell, Miranda Lambert, Pearl Jam, Phoenix  
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In concert: Reba McEntire and George Strait

If Reba McEntire wants you to cry, you'll probably shed a tear. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) By Dave McKenna Reba McEntire, star of movies and sitcoms and Broadway, has returned to the medium that launched her. She dominated Friday's 4-1/2-hour bill...

By David Malitz  |  January 25, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: George Strait, Reba McEntire  
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Morning click: Hope for Haiti shatters records; Scorpions stick a fork in it

Singers Bono of U2, Jay-Z and Rihanna perform in London for the "Hope For Haiti Now" telethon on Friday. (Photo: Dave M. Benett/Reuters) - Friday night's "Hope for Haiti" telethon has raised $58 million and counting, more than any telethon...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  January 25, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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