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Click Track: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Coda: Eric Church awesomeness, best presidential tracks, a nu-metal comeback?

Zombie Durst returns for your soul. And the nookie. We started the week by compiling the best songs about presidents and examining why Scottish rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks have a very, very bright future. Ryan Holladay of local...

By David Malitz  |  February 19, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Be specific: Miguel Zenón on perfecting a mix

Miguel Zenon performs at Sixth and I Synagogue on Saturday night. Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón pulled off a jazz first in 2008 by receiving both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur genius grant in the same year. The Guggenheim award...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  February 19, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Esta Plena, Miguel Zenón, Miguel Zenón Quartet  
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In concert: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Swedish rockers the Soundtrack of Our Lives showed their versatility at a mostly-acoustic Thursday gig at House of Sweden. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Ebbot Lundberg made for a fine ambassador of Swedish rock, as the trippy...

By David Malitz  |  February 19, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: The Soundtrack of Our Lives  
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News: John Mellencamp for Senate?

"Who's country is this? This is our country!" (AP Photo/John Heller) He dropped the "Cougar." Will he add a "Senator?" Fans on Facebook and Twitter are prodding Indiana rock hero John Mellencamp to run for the U.S. Senate seat being...

By Chris Richards  |  February 19, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: John Mellencamp  
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This land is their land: Guthries take on D.C.

Sarah Lee Guthrie contemplates a bust of her grandfather at Smithsonian Folkways. (Michael S. Williamson/TWP) By Chris Richards After a slow whoosh comes a gasp. Jeff Place, an archivist at Smithsonian Folkways, slides a black platter out of its weathered...

By Chris Richards  |  February 19, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Irion, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Vetiver, Woody Guthrie  
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Morning click: Ticketmaster will issue refunds for Springsteen ticket debacle; Avril Lavigne's "Alice" video

Ticketmaster will refund customers for last year's Springsteen ticketing snafu, which sold marked-up tickets to his concert at Verizon Center and others. (Photo by Linda Davidson/TWP) - Ticketmaster has agreed to distribute refunds to thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans who...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 19, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Avril Lavigne, Bruce Springsteen, Ticketmaster  
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Taking sides: Is the return of nu-metal a sign of the apocalypse?

Fred Durst is back, whether you like it or not. (Rich Lipski/TWP) Undeniable sign that the end is nigh: The widely loathed rap-rock brohams of Limp Bizkit are gearing up to release a new album called "Gold Cobra" this March....

By Chris Richards  |  February 18, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Limp Bizkit  
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In concert: Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka played songs from throughout his 40-year career at Jammin' Java Wednesday. By Juli Thanki "Sorry we're late; we'd have been here earlier but it turns out your Beltway has traffic." After this tongue in cheek apology to the...

By David Malitz  |  February 18, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Tony Trischka  
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Local news: Merriweather partners with Ticketfly

Jim James and My Morning Jacket play at Merriweather on May 16. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) Merriweather Post Pavilion will kick off its 2010 season with a new partnership that promises save local concert-goers some cash. The venue has teamed up...

By Chris Richards  |  February 18, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In concert: Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara proved much more than a sweet folk duo Wednesday at Warner Theatre. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson) By Chris Klimek One thing about Canadians: They get that it's better to promise modestly and deliver in spades, rather...

By David Malitz  |  February 18, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Tegan and Sara  
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Morning click: Sade storms to No. 1, Arcade Fire for Lolla?, No songs at Oscars

Sade: Solid gold in just one week. - It took exactly one week for Sade's comeback after a 10-year layoff to result in a gold record. "Soldier of Love" moved a whopping 502,000 copies in its first week, easily reaching...

By David Malitz  |  February 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Randy Newman, Sade, The Strokes  
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Lists: Five awesome things that happened at last night's Eric Church show

Eric Church - shown here at a 2009 State Theatre show - performed a memorable show Tuesday at 9:30 club. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) North Carolina neo-outlaw Eric Church delivers one of the most spirited live shows in country music...

By Chris Richards  |  February 17, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Eric Church  
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Play favorites... with Ryan Holladay of Bluebrain

Local group Bluebrain just released its debut album, "Soft Power." 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 been getting heavy spins...

By Chris Richards  |  February 17, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Bluebrain  
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Morning click: Beatles for sale; Cap'n Jazz reunites, reissues discography

- Legendary Beatles recording studio Abbey Road is for sale by its owner, EMI. The studio, where the Fab Four recorded most of their 1960s output, could sell for tens of millions of pounds. In similarly depressing news, the...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 17, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bonnie Raitt, Cap'n Jazz, Coachella, Hole, Perry Farrell, The Beatles, Wu-Tang Clan  
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Week ahead: Tegan and Sara's harmonies, divas on TV

Tegan and Sara play at Warner Theatre Wednesday. In concert: Canadian identical twins Tegan and Sara bring their sweet harmonies to Warner Theatre on Wednesday. Check out opener Holly Miranda if you're headed down there. And everyone's favorite apologetic,...

By David Malitz  |  February 16, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Tegan and Sara  
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Really quick spin: DJ Ykcor presents Cousin Bubb: "The Campaign"

D.C. rapper Cousin Bubb makes an shameless grab for the title of "DMV's hottest rapper" with "The Campaign," and he's definitely running on a pro-Auto Tune, anti-modesty platform. Mixed by DJ Ykcor, "The Campaign" lets Bubb spit various stump...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  February 16, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Cousin Bubb, DJ Ykcor, DMV, Dre All Day, The Campaign  
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Singles file: Rihanna, Court Yard Hounds, the Dead Weather

Rihanna gets Diplo'd on a new remix. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. Rihanna: "Rude Boy" (Diplo Rudeboyz Remix) From the Department of Things Somebody Should Have Thought of Sooner: Diplo mashes Rihanna's...

By David Malitz  |  February 16, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Court Yard Hounds, DJ Food, Diplo, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Rihanna, The Dead Weather  
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Morning click: "Everybody Hurts" redux charts higher than original; Gaga to headline Lollapalooza; Wayne Coyne's house looks like an iPod

- The Helping Haiti charity cover of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" reached #1 on the UK singles chart this week, faring better than the 1993 original which topped at #7 on the Brit charts (and #29 in the U.S.). The...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 16, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Flaming Lips, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Mylie Cyrus, Simon Cowell, Wayne Coyne  
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Album review: Freeway, "The Stimulus Package"

By Allison Stewart Philadelphia rapper Freeway has never been cuddly, never had the cartoon-y crossover appeal of, say, Rick Ross. A deposed Roc-A-Fella artist now gone indie, the former Beanie Sigel protege and sometime State Property member is gruff...

By David Malitz  |  February 16, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Freeway  
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Album review: The Spy From Cairo, "Dig"

By Bill Friskics-Warren "Secretly Famous," the latest offering from the DJ and multi-instrumentalist Moreno Visini, is a record with a mission: to expose Western dance mavens to the sumptuous, wide-ranging music of the Arab countries of the Middle East,...

By David Malitz  |  February 16, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Jaheim, "Another Round"

By Sarah Godfrey When Jaheim arrived on the scene with his 2001 debut "Ghetto Love," it was the era of the R&B thug, a time when even the most tender of crooners felt the need to emulate rappers in...

By David Malitz  |  February 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Jaheim  
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Speculation: Why We Were Promised Jetpacks are destined for stardom

We Were Promised Jetpacks filled the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday. Next time, it will be a much bigger venue. Young Scottish quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks played a sold-out show at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday night....

By David Malitz  |  February 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Speculation  | Tags: We Were Promised Jetpacks  
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In concert: Serani

Serani's Sunday night show at Crossroads proved a fitting end to Valentine's Day. (Photo by Chris Richards) By Sarah Godfrey Because music listeners should never have to weep alone, some artists deliver their most wrenching lyrics in a touching -...

By David Malitz  |  February 15, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Serani  
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Lists: The five best songs about U.S. presidents

Young Jeezy: His Lambo's blue. In honor of the Presidents Day holiday, we’ve compiled an incredibly subjective list of the best songs written about the U.S. presidency. We’ve tried to limit ourselves to modern era songs about the presidents themselves,...

By Allison Stewart  |  February 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Marvin Gaye, Nas, Neil Young, R.E.M., They Might Be Giants, Young Jeezy  
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Morning click: Jay-Z skips "the World," Knack frontman dies

Jay-Z explains why he stayed off the "We Are the World" remake. - Jay-Z was one of pop music's numerous A-listers who chose not to take part in the new "We Are the World" remake organized to benefit earthquake relief...

By Chris Richards  |  February 15, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Jay-Z, the Knack  
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