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Click Track: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Coda: Jay-Z, Jay-Z, Jay-Z, and some lasers

Jay-Z at Verizon Center on Wednesday night. (Ricky Carioti/TWP) Well you can't complain that we didn't have enough Jay-Z coverage this week. First we ranked his discography, with "The Blueprint, Vol. 1" coming out on top. We also review...

By David Malitz  |  March 5, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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Album review: Jimi Hendrix's "Valleys of Neptune"

Beyond purple haze: The Jimi Hendrix Experience. (The Washington Post archive) By Chris Richards There's a pesky ghost in a ruffled rainbow shirt and he just won't leave us alone. His name is Jimi Hendrix and since his death nearly...

By Chris Richards  |  March 5, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Jimi Hendrix  
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Be Specific: Tanya Tagaq explains Inuit throat singing

What's the sound? Just Tanya Tagaq singing. (Photo courtesy of Tanya Tagaq) By Allison Stewart You’ve probably never wondered just what the deal was with Inuit throat singing, but it’s kind of strange, and beautiful, and vaguely resembles that...

By Allison Stewart  |  March 5, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Tonya Tagaq  
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Maxwell and Jill Scott announce spring tour; Snoop Dogg allowed back in UK

Maxwell and Jill Scott launch a tour this spring. (Jay Paul/For the Washington Post) - Soul crooners Maxwell and Jill Scott will embark on a U.S. tour this spring. The Live Nation-promoted tour kicks off in Cleveland May 21st and...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Jill Scott, Maxwell, Snoop Dogg  
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Clicky shuffle

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

By David Malitz  |  March 5, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Taking sides: Which iTunes bestseller is really the best?

Your iTunes most downloaded include (clockwise, from upper left): Flo Rida, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images; Reuters/Mario Anzuoni; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images; Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) Last week, iTunes patted itself on the back for selling its ten-billionth...

By Chris Richards  |  March 4, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Flo Rida, Jason Mraz, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, Taylor Swift  
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In concert: Jay-Z

Jay-Z eventually got it going at Verizon Center Wednesday night. (All photos by Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Sarah Godfrey Jay-Z, as he’s fond of saying, isn’t a businessman, he’s a business, man. But lately he seems to have forgotten the number...

By David Malitz  |  March 4, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jay-Z, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy  
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News: Jay-Z visited the White House

Jay-Z quickly met with the POTUS on Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) During the final moments of his performance at Verizon Center Wednesday night, Jay-Z casually dropped a gigantic boast: "I just came from the White House." White House...

By Chris Richards  |  March 4, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Jay-Z  
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Morning click: White Stripes doc coming to AFI; Guru emerges from coma

Meg and Jack are headed to the silver screen. (Photo by George Campos) By Chris Richards - The White Stripes will hit the big screen at the AFI in Silver Spring on Friday March 12 when the theater screens...

By Chris Richards  |  March 4, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Guru, My Chemical Romance, White Stripes  
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Clicky shuffle

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

By Chris Richards  |  March 4, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Local news: D.C. rappers drop new singles

Lola Monroe, always trending. (Photo courtesy the artist.) By Chris Richards The internet flared up this week with a few new tracks from some of Washington's most exciting rappers. Here's a quick round-up: Tabi Bonney, "Get Me" Bonney might...

By Chris Richards  |  March 3, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Gordo Brega, Lola Monroe, Tabi Bonney  
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Clicky shuffle

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

By David Malitz  |  March 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning click: Lady Antebellum leads ACM noms; Lil Wayne sentencing postponed again

Lady Antebellum got seven nods from the Academy of Country Music. (Cheryl Geber/AP Images for Allstate Insurance Company) By Ally Schweitzer - Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown are at the top of this year's Academy...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 3, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Lil Wayne, Miranda Lambert, Shakira, Zac Brown Band  
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In concert: Muse

"Lasers." (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Chris Klimek It’s almost impossible to imagine England’s future-shock trio Muse peddling their warp-speed, Dark Matter riffs and florid piano interludes anywhere smaller than the Patriot Center, the coziest basketball arena on the...

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Muse  
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Really quick spin: "Up and Up presents... Gods'Illa The Album"

Hip-hop fans are sick of both overly preachy and hard-partying rappers -- most artists are aware of this, but the trio Gods’Illa actually tackles the problem. On their debut album, “Up and Up Presents…Gods’Illa the Album,” brothers Acem, Truth...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  March 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Acem, Black Boo, Gods'Illa, Gods'Illa the Album, Powerful, Truth, UCB  
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Last night's banter: Ray Davies

Ray Davies has songs - and he's got stories, too. When Ray Davies takes the stage, he comes with countless hits and copious quips. The legendary Kinks frontman gave an endearing performance at the Birchmere on Monday night. (We...

By Chris Richards  |  March 2, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Last night's banter  | Tags: Ray Davies  
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Album review: Raheem DeVaughn, "The Love & War Masterpeace"

D.C.'s Raheem DeVaughn fulfills his potential on his new album. (Dayna Smith For The Washington Post) By Sarah Godfrey If Raheem DeVaughn were from another city, he might be compared to another singer, but with his D.C. roots, sparkling falsetto...

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Raheem DeVaughn  
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Singles file: Prince, Shane MacGowan with Nick Cave and Johnny Depp

Prince's new one is way better than that Vikings song. (By Alexandra Wyman -- Getty Images) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. Prince: "Cause and Effect" The Purple One goes (semi) old...

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Fabio, Holy Ghost, Prince, Shane MacGowan, XV  
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Album review: Peter Gabriel, "Scratch My Back"

By Allison Stewart It's supposed to go something like this: Peter Gabriel records an album of covers ("Scratch My Back," out today) of songs by artists who, in turn, cover Gabriel's songs on a second album ("I'll Scratch Yours,"...

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Peter Gabriel  
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Album review: Blake Shelton, "Hillbilly Bone"

By Allison Stewart The most interesting song on Blake Shelton's engaging new disc is hardly a song at all, more like a checklist of country cliches. The first 90 seconds of "Kiss My Country Ass" reference the rebel flag,...

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Blake Shelton  
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Album review: Choc Quib Town, "Oro"

By Achy Obejas We don't hear a lot about Colombia's Pacific coast, and outside of salsa, Afro-Colombians are rarely represented in popular music. So Choc Quib Town - for Choco, Colombia's blackest and poorest region, and Quibdo, its capital...

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Choc Quib Town  
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Morning click: Carly's "Vain" man still a mystery, Pavement plays first show in a decade

"You're So Vain" isn't about David Geffen, says Carly Simon. - All that talk of David Geffen being the subject of Carly Simon's classic "You're So Vain" - not true, says Simon. "Nothing to do with David Geffen! What a...

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Carly Simon, Hall & Oates, Pavement  
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Clicky shuffle

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

By David Malitz  |  March 2, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Puscifer plays D.C., Raheem DeVaughn releases his "MasterPeace"

James Maynard Keenan brings Puscifer to the Lincoln Theatre this weekend. In concert: Is our old friend Arizona Bay still around? If so, he'll probably be at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday and Saturday because that's where Puscifer, the...

By David Malitz  |  March 1, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Erykah Badu, Puscifer, Shooter Jennings  
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Discographically Speaking: Jay-Z

Which of Jay-Z's albums is his masterpiece? (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) In advance of Jay-Z’s concert at the Verizon Center on Wednesday, we’ve assembled a comprehensive ranking of Hova’s studio discs, arranged from awesome to slightly-more-awesome. Not included: Any...

By Allison Stewart  |  March 1, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Discographically speaking  | Tags: Jay-Z  
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Local news: Results from the 24th Annual Wammies

The Washington Area Music Association doled out a spate of awards at the 24th Annual Wammies, Sunday night. The ceremony was held at the State Theater in Falls Church and blueswoman Patty Reese was the evenings big winner, nabbing...

By Chris Richards  |  March 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Wammies  
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Morning click: Gang Starr's Guru in a coma, Ne-Yo detained in Norway, Lily Allen and Courtney Love bicker

Guru (Keith Elam) will undergo surgery today after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. - Guru, the 43-year-old MC who was one half of the wildly influential rap group Gang Starr, will undergo surgery today after suffering a heart...

By David Malitz  |  March 1, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Courtney Love, Guru, Lily Allen, Ne-Yo  
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Clicky shuffle

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

By Chris Richards  |  March 1, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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