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Click Track: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Shooter takes aim: Toting an exciting mix of metal and rock-and-roll, the son of two country icons has his own brand of rebellion

Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings, outside his home high up in the Hollywood hills. (Jonathan Alcorn/FTWP) By Chris Richards The smell of chlorine drifts in the breeze while Shooter Jennings talks about frustration and hope. The 30-year-old singer is...

By Chris Richards  |  February 26, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings  
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Coda: Lots of Peas, a few inventions, look into our iPods

Will.I.Am - more entertaining interview than performer. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post) It was a good week for wacky interviews on Click Track. First, Will.I.Amattempted to explain the ubiquity of the Black Eyed Peas, but somehow ended up...

By David Malitz  |  February 26, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: Which "David" was Carly Simon singing about in "You're So Vain?"

Carly Simon is dropping clues about her most famous song. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) It's a rock-n-roll riddle that's irked music fans for 38 years: Who's the subject of Carly Simon's career-defining hit "You're So Vain?" Various sources reported a new...

By Chris Richards  |  February 26, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Carly Simon  
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Local news: Local go-go troupe Mambo Sauce hits the road

Mambo Sauce are hitting the road. (Photo by Rox Cox) It's not all that often that go-go bands take to America's highways and byways, but local hitmakers Mambo Sauce are hitting the road this spring. The band announced a...

By Chris Richards  |  February 26, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Be Specific: Alice in Chains' new frontman on life after Layne

Alice in Chains is back with William DuVall, second from right, replacing the late Layne Staley. (Gareth Cattermole) The only thing in rock and roll more awkward than being the New Guy In The Band is being the New Guy...

By Allison Stewart  |  February 26, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Alice in Chains  
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Local news: Chuck D speaks at Duke Ellington School; Stevie Wonder performs benefit concert

Fighting the Power 101: Public Enemy's Chuck D spoke at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Thursday. (Nick Kirkpatrick/FTWP) Ever notice that Stevie Wonder prefers la-la-la-ing to ooh-ooh-ooh-ing? Here's a theory: As one of the most joy-inducing musicians on...

By Chris Richards  |  February 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Chrisette Michele, Chuck D, Stevie Wonder  
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Morning click: Badu @s her way to clearance, boomers hit the road

Erykah Badu used Twitter and Lenny Kravitz to get a Paul McCartney sample cleared. What an era we live in. - Erykah Badu had 24 hours to clear a Paul McCartney sample or else the song it was used on...

By David Malitz  |  February 26, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Aerosmith, Carole King, Erykah Badu, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty  
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Clicky shuffle

Welcome to our new daily micro-column, the Clicky shuffle. Each morning, a Click Track contributor will share the first five songs that pop up on their portable mp3 device. Wanna play along? Share five random songs of your own in...

By Chris Richards  |  February 26, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Taking sides: LCD or M.I.A.? Whose album will be better?

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and M.I.A. will release two of 2010's most anticipated album. (Jake Walters; AP Photo/Jim Cooper) For music mega-nerds who are already fussing over Excel spreadsheets labeled "Best Albums 2010" (i.e. us), big news splashed across...

By Chris Richards  |  February 25, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A.  
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Be specific: Trey Songz on inventions

He invented sex. What other inventions does he like? Trey Songz is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer, heartthrob, fashion plate, remix killer, philanthropist and… inventor. Well, kind of. One of the biggest hits from the Petersburg, Va., native’s most recent...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  February 25, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Trey Songz  
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In concert: Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood didn't live up to its Internet-fueled hype at DC9 Wednesday. (Mark Abramson / The Washington Post) By Patrick Foster Yet more evidence that the Internet has made the concept of bands paying their dues obsolete: Surfer Blood. The...

By David Malitz  |  February 25, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning click: New albums from M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem; U.S. tour for PiL

It's hard to decipher M.I.A.'s tweets, but a new album may be ready in June. - We will deal with letters in today's news. First, the next great global pop music icon, M.I.A., may have a new album ready in...

By David Malitz  |  February 25, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Public Image Ltd.  
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Clicky shuffle

Welcome to our new daily micro-column, the Clicky shuffle. Each morning, a Click Track contributor will share the first five songs that pop up on their portable mp3 device. Today's selections come from music editor Joe Heim. Wanna play along?...

By David Malitz  |  February 25, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: Beatriz Montfort, Pieta Brown, Roger Miller, Sleater-Kinney, X  
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Play favorites: Mark Kuller of Proof

The proprietor of Proof is a fan of Eva Cassidy and Sam Cooke. (Photo courtesy of Proof.) Every Wednesday Click Track finds out what the city is listening to with Play favorites -- a weekly column where we ask a...

By David Malitz  |  February 24, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Blind Pilot, Eva Cassidy, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Cooke, The Gaslight Anthem  
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In concert: Dawes

Dawes brought the sounds of Southern California to Iota Tuesday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Scott Galupo After an aborted attempt at alternative pop in the mid-Aughts, singer Taylor Goldsmith, now fronting the retooled quartet Dawes, has settled...

By David Malitz  |  February 24, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Black Eyed Peas

Willi.I.Am and Fergie of Black Eyed Peas at Verizon Center Tuesday night: The E.N.D. of tastefulness. (All photos by Mark Gail/TWP) By Chris Richards For the love of BlackBerry, Target, Bacardi, DirecTV, Pepsi, Hewlett Packard, Doritos and the National Basketball...

By David Malitz  |  February 24, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Black Eyed Peas, Will.I.Am  
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Clicky shuffle

Welcome to our new daily micro-column, the Clicky shuffle. Each morning, a Click Track contributor will share the first five songs that pop up on their portable mp3 device. Wanna play along? Share five random songs of your own in...

By David Malitz  |  February 24, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning click: Philly studio fire ruled arson; ever-polarizing band CocoRosie lands Sub Pop deal

Teddy Pendergrass's 1979 gold record "Live! Coast to Coast" is recovered from the fire at Philadelphia International Records. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) - The fire that damaged the offices of a prominent Philly soul record label has been ruled an arson....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 24, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: CocoRosie, Teddy Pendergrass  
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Really quick spin: Wordsmith, "The Vintage Vault Mixtape"

Part of the reason Baltimore rapper Wordsmith is such a vivid, expressive storyteller? He is a trained actor (B.A in Theatre from Maryland's Salisbury University, thank you very much). And unlike studio fakers who craft misleading personas or platinum-selling...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  February 23, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Beat Clash, The Vintage Vault, Vintage Experience, Wordsmith  
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Be specific: Ludacris on the wide world of remixes

Ludacris opens for Black Eyed Peas at Verizon Center Tuesday night. Here are some things Ludacris won't talk about: politics, Bill O'Reilly, the "We Are the World" remake and President Obama's embrace of the hip-hop community -- or to some,...

By Chris Richards  |  February 23, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Ludacris  
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Album review: Joanna Newsom, "Have One on Me"

By Allison Stewart Singer-harpist Joanna Newsom is the reigning queen of freak folk, medieval lass division. A nimble lyricist with an elfin voice and an air of gentle befuddlement, Newsom is the most anachronistic of indie superstars, one who...

By David Malitz  |  February 23, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Joanna Newsom  
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Album review: Johnny Cash, "American VI: Ain't No Grave"

The last volume of the "American Recording" series presents the late Cash as an unwavering man of faith. (REUTERS/Martyn Atkins) By Bill Friskics-Warren One of the most moving moments at Johnny Cash's funeral at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.,...

By David Malitz  |  February 23, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Singles file: Beach House, Beyonce, Jeff Buckley

Beach House readies a new EP for Record Storey Day. (Benjamin C Tankersley/FTWP) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. Beach House: "The Arrangement" Baltimore's finest debut a track from their upcoming "Zebra"...

By David Malitz  |  February 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Beach House, Beyonce, Jeff Buckley, Ludacris, Rox  
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Album review: Quasi, "American Gong"

By Joe Heim World-gone-wrong rage courses through "American Gong," the first release in seven years for the Pacific Northwest band Quasi. The opening song, "Revulsion," hints at the darkness and seething despair to come. Lyrics slice. Guitars crunch and...

By David Malitz  |  February 23, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Quasi  
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Album review: Sarah Buxton, "Sarah Buxton"

By Bill Friskics-Warren Late-blooming newcomer Sarah Buxton - she turns 30 in July - definitely falls on the "girls who rock" side of the divide in contemporary country music (as opposed to the "divas who just stand there and...

By David Malitz  |  February 23, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clicky shuffle

Welcome to our new daily micro-column, the Clicky shuffle. Each morning, a Click Track contributor will share the first five songs that pop up on their portable mp3 device. Wanna play along? Share five random songs of your own in...

By Chris Richards  |  February 23, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning click: Dave Matthews tickets; OK Go on the Op-Ed page; Rock Hall presenters announced

Dave Matthews comes to Nationals Park on July 23. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) - Ticket news: Dave Matthews Band will perform at Nationals Park on July 23 with Grammy-winning opening act Zac Brown Band. Tickets range from $49.50 to $85 and will...

By Chris Richards  |  February 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Dave Matthews Band, OK Go, Zac Brown Band  
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Week ahead: Black Eyed Peas at Verizon Center, cross-genre local show at Rock and Roll Hotel, another Johnny Cash album

Local rapper Phil Ade shares a bill with U.S. Royalty Friday night at Rock and Roll Hotel. (Photo courtesy 368 Music Group) In concert: Prepare for the Black Eyed Peas invasion of Verizon Center Tuesday by reading our spazztastic...

By David Malitz  |  February 22, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Phil Ade, U.S. Royalty  
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Be Specific: Will.I.Am explains the continued ubiquity of the Black Eyed Peas (sort of)

That's actually his phone. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson). With their pop-omnipresence continuously growing through a myriad of hit singles and corporate endorsements, The Black Eyed Peas are set to perform at the Verizon Center on Tuesday. Click Track asked frontman Will.I.Am about...

By Chris Richards  |  February 22, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Black Eyed Peas, Will.I.Am  
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In concert: Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman has been one of jazz's most inventive performers over the past 20 years. By Matt Schudel Joshua Redman first vaulted to fame in 1991, when, just out of Harvard, he won the Thelonious Monk competition on tenor saxophone...

By David Malitz  |  February 22, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riffs: "American Idol" vs. "X Factor"

Which of Simon Cowell's talent shows produces better talent? Sometime in the not too distant future, the British talent competition “X Factor” will call creator Simon Cowell home to the mothership. Okay, maybe not to the mothership, but to an...

By Allison Stewart  |  February 22, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: American Idol, David Archuleta, Leona Lewis, Taylor Hicks, X Factor  
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Morning click: Vampire Weekend's celeb-tastic new video; a debut from Beach House; Abbey Road not for sale

- Boosted by a silly Jake Gyllenhaal cameo in which the actor gets drunk and rips off a pair of tearaway pants, Vampire Weekend's new music video was the talk of the blogs this weekend. RZA, Joe Jonas and...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  February 22, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beach House, Joe Jonas, Lil Jon, RZA, Vampire Weekend  
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In concert: John Mayer

John Mayer let his guitar do most of the talking Saturday night at Verizon Center. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Klimek "There's something about the authoritative wrong note that I've always really liked," opined John Mayer at Verizon...

By David Malitz  |  February 22, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Miguel Zenon

Miguel Zenon combined modern jazz and native Puerto Rican music Saturday at Sixth and I Synagogue. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has a resume that is beyond impressive: He was one of the...

By David Malitz  |  February 22, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Miguel Zenón  
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In concert: Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles had no problem getting the crowd moving Friday night at the Black Cat. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Swagger is Los Amigos Invisibles's essential attribute, but the band didn't make a big entrance Friday...

By David Malitz  |  February 22, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Office of Future Plans

J. Robbins of Office of Future Plans at a January Baltimore performance. (Photo by Josh Sisk/joshsisk.com) By Mark Jenkins Washington's 1980s post-punk rock, the source from which Office of Future Plans's music flows, has been faulted for being overly...

By David Malitz  |  February 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Office of Future Plans  
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