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Click Track: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Coda: Super Bowl halftime wish list, "on repeat" favorites, the best of Def Jux

Mr. Lif was part of Definitive Jux's impressive stable of rappers. After considering the lousiness of Taylor Swift's performance and some other clunkers we moved on from the Grammys. We paid tribute to hip-hop label Definitive Jux, which is...

By David Malitz  |  February 5, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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Interview: Eric Church on country fakers, going for big success and wimpy rock music

Eric Church speaks his mind. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Country upstart Eric Church's biggest hit to date and first to crack the country radio top 10 is "Love Your Love the Most." It's a slightly twangy, mid-tempo number in which...

By David Malitz  |  February 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interview  | Tags: Eric Church  
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In concert: Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt and Magnetic Fields performed for an enraptured crowd at Lisner Auditorium Thursday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Rhyming matters to Stephin Merritt as much as it does a typical rapper. Going through his amazing...

By David Malitz  |  February 5, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Magnetic Fields  
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In concert: Retribution Gospel Choir

Retribution Gospel Choir laid down plenty of sweaty grooves at Rock and Roll Hotel Thursday. By Patrick Foster If anyone ever had a good reason to create a side project to work out their loud rock-and-roll demons, it’s Alan Sparhawk....

By David Malitz  |  February 5, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Retribution Gospel Choir  
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Morning click: R. Kelly has more "Trapped in the Closet"; the kerfuffle over "Kookaburra"

R. Kelly makes his fans beg for more "Trapped in the Closet" (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera) - R. Kelly announced last night that he has completed 15 more chapters of his "Trapped in the Closet" hip-hopera and he is prepared to...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 5, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Courtney Love, Darius Rucker, Dead Weather, Dresden Dolls, Frances Bean, Men at Work, R.Kelly, Radiohead  
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Taking sides: Picking Super Bowl halftime talent

Forget the geriatric rockers - give us Beyonce at halftime. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show -- excuse us, the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show -- will feature a performance by U.K. rock legends the Who. Other...

By David Malitz  |  February 4, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Beyonce, Eminem, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Prince, Radiohead, Rick Ross  
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Your Guide to the 2010 Best Original Song Oscar Nominees

Randy Newman: This guy again? Fewer Academy Award categories offer more left-field nominees than those for Best Original Song. Consider the evidence: Where else could you have found Elliott Smith, Three 6 Mafia, Keith Carradine and M.I.A. in the...

By Allison Stewart  |  February 4, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Randy Newman, Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett  
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Morning click: The Strokes want to be as popular as Creed; Lady Antebellum sells a lot of records

The Strokes are regrouping for a fourth album. - Early '00s rock saviors the Strokes are looking to become early '10s rock mega-stars. Four years after the group's third album "First Impressions of Earth" was met with a collective shrug...

By David Malitz  |  February 4, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Lady Antebellum, Pavement, The Strokes  
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Play favorites with... Barry Louis Polisar

Barry Louis Polisar picks 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 heavy rotation on their stereo. If you're familiar...

By David Malitz  |  February 3, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Barry Louis Polisar  
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Definitive Jux "on hiatus"; label's top releases

Of his hip-hop label label, Definitive Jux, El-P says: "We are not closing, but we are changing.” The seminal indie hip-hop label Definitive Jux is being placed "on hiatus," according to a statement released last night by founder El-P. “Of...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  February 3, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News , Riffs  | Tags: Aesop Rock, Camu Tao, Cannibal Ox, Def Jux, Definitive Jux, El-P, Mr. Lif  
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Morning click: Le Tigre dishes on Aguilera collaboration; Johnny Depp makes Keith Richards doc

Can't imagine what this is gonna sound like: Le Tigre writing songs for Christina. (Photos by AP Photo/Mark Davis/Hope for Haiti Now and Danielle Levitt) - Le Tigre has confirmed long-swirling rumors of a collaboration with Christina Aguilera. On their...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 3, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Christina Aguilera, Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, Le Tigre  
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Groundhog Day: Our favorite "on repeat" songs

R. Kelly, over and over. (By Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Today is Groundhog Day, best known for some sort of Pagan ritual involving a large rodent and sundial. At least that's what I've been able to piece together through the years. But...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Double Dagger, George Michael, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, R.Kelly, Run-DMC  
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Really Quick Spin: B.o.B aka Bobby Ray, "May 25"

Drake’s “Thank Me Later,” may be the most anticipated rap album of 2010, but B.o.B’s “The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” is a close second. The Atlanta rapper/singer/producer has been busy making mixtapes, EPs, and guest appearances for years, and...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  February 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Asher Roth, B.o.B, Bobby Ray, Kanye West  
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Stars gather to cover 'We Are the World' for Haiti

From left, producer Quincy Jones, singer Lionel Richie and producer Rickey Minor are seen at the "We Are The World " recording session. (AP Photo/Kevin Mazur/WATW) (Kevin Mazur - AP) By Chris Richards LOS ANGELES -- The sun had...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  
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Album review: Lil Wayne, "Rebirth"

What did we do to deserve this, Weezy? By Allison Stewart Undaunted by early leaks, bad buzz or any lingering sense of artistic self-preservation, Lil Wayne has at last released "Rebirth," the least anticipated album in recent history. "Rebirth," as...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Lil Wayne  
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Singles file: Raheem DeVaughn, jj, Major Lazer

Raheem DeVaughn samples Curtis Mayfield on his new song. (Dayna Smith For The Washington Post) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. Raheem DeVaughn featuring TCB: "Bulletproof" (go-go remix) DeVaughn's Curtis Mayfield-sampling soul single...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Bun B, Major Lazer, Pilotpriest, Raheem DeVaughn, jj  
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Morning click: "We Are the World," take two, Grammy ratings skyrocket

Where's Bieber? There's Bieber! (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) - The day after Sunday's Grammys many of the music industry's biggest stars joined forces to recreate the '80s benefit hit "We Are the World," this time as a Haiti earthquake relief benefit. Our...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Grammys, Lil Wayne  
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Album review: Nick Jonas and the Administration, "Who I Am"

By Allison Stewart Seventeen-year-old Nick Jonas is presently on work furlough from the Jonas Brothers, the boy band whose reign of adorable terror has been briefly halted by weddings and solo releases. "Who I Am" isn't technically Nick Jonas's...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Nick Jonas  
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Album review: Bun B, "No Mixtape"

By Sarah Godfrey Last month, rapper Bun B began offering exclusive freestyles to influential hip-hop blogs and Web sites, as a way of plugging "Trill OG," his upcoming full-length CD, and "The Naked Soul of Sweet James Jones," the...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Bun B  
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Album review: Yeasayer, "Odd Blood"

By David Malitz "Odd Blood," the second album from Brooklyn trio Yeasayer, might mark a watershed moment for indie-jam band crossovers. Borough mates such as TV on the Radio and Grizzly Bear have already infiltrated long-standing hippie gathering Bonnaroo,...

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Yeasayer  
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Week ahead: Magnetic Fields, Lil Wayne's "Rebirth"

Magnetic Fields play at Lisner Auditorium on Thursday. In concert: Grumpy pop genius Stephin Merritt brings the Magnetic Fields to Lisner Auditorium on Thursday. New album "Realism" isn't the band's finest hour (it would probably rank very last if...

By David Malitz  |  February 1, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Hot Chip, Lil Wayne, Magnetic Fields  
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In concert: Martina McBride and Trace Adkins

Martina McBride was deserving of the closing spot on Sunday night's show at the Patriot Center. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Juli Thanki Trace Adkins and Martina McBride are two of country music's biggest voices; so the two of...

By David Malitz  |  February 1, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Martina McBride, Trace Adkins  
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The Grammys: Five Worst Performances

Look, it's T-Pain, Slash and Jamie Foxx. And when we say look, we mean don't listen. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) From Taylor Swift to T-Pain, there was something uniquely awful for everyone at last night's Grammy awards. We count down the...

By Allison Stewart  |  February 1, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Carrie Underwood, Drake, Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Lil Wayne, Michael Jackson, Slash, Stevie Nicks, T-Pain, Taylor Swift  
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Grammys 2010: Ladies night

Beyonce was a big winner at Sunday's Grammys. (Reuters/Mike Blake) Want to catch up on last night's Grammys? Let's make it easy. Here is Chris Richards's report from Los Angeles, where Beyonce and Taylor Swift were the big winners. Here...

By David Malitz  |  February 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Beyonce, Taylor Swift  
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Morning click: Steven Tyler considers suing Aerosmith; Kanye West is back to blog ranting

Steven Tyler fights former bandmates (Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP) In this morning's Click, we have the top non-Grammys headlines from this weekend... and it's kind of like hunting for a vegan option at the Cheesecake Factory: - Ousted Aerosmith signer Steven...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 1, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Dave Matthews Band, Kanye West, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift  
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Taylor Swift's off-key Grammy moment

Taylor Swift won the evening's biggest award, but her performance was what really had people talking. (Reuters/Mike Blake) Another fairy tale evening for Taylor Swift? Not quite. Yes, the country-pop princess took home the most-coveted Grammy of the evening -...

By David Malitz  |  February 1, 2010; 1:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Taylor Swift  
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