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

Coda: Live music north, east, and SXSW, and reflecting on Alex Chilton

Janelle Monae: One of many bright spots in live music this week. (Photo by Evy Mages/FTWP) It was a crazy week for live music-- not just in Austin, but right here at home: we advised you to get in line...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 19, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Coda  
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SXSW: Superchunk wins again, Male Bonding wreaks havoc

Super cool Dum Dum Girls play the French Legation Museum at SXSW. (Photo by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By David Malitz The French Legation Museum's Other Music Lawn Party became an overflow scene thanks to the presence of British makeout music faves...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 19, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SXSW  
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SXSW: Rapper Izza Kizza and the plight of the early afternoon performer

Izza Kizza, killing it at 2pm. (Photo by Chris Richards) By Chris Richards With each passing year, the daylight hours have become more exciting at SXSW. With a myriad of unofficial showcases popping up at art spaces, restaurants, book stores...

By Chris Richards  |  March 19, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Izza Kizza  
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Morning click: Lady Gaga sued by ex-boyfriend; UMG lowering CD prices

Pick up the phone, Gaga. It's a lawsuit. (Photo: Reuters/Interscope Records) - An ex boyfriend and former producer of Lady Gaga is suing her for $30 million, claiming she stopped paying him royalties when she became famous. Rob Fusari, co-author...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 19, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Lady Gaga  
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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 19, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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SXSW: Hunx & His Punx go wild; Real Estate plays nice

More highlights from Austin: Surf City at Homeslice Pizza. (Photo by David Malitz) By David Malitz It's mid-day Thursday and I've only seen one band on my "must" list and that was the inimitable Hunx & His Punx last night...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 18, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Carsick Cars, Hunx and His Punx, Love Language, Real Estate, SXSW, Surf City  
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SXSW: Spoon plays it cool; Best Coast creates buzz

Best Coast played mind-sticking set of girl-group pop at Cheer Up Charlie's. (Crappy photo by David Malitz) By David Malitz The first day of SXSW is all about getting your senses. You've got to wake up early, get on multiple...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 18, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Best Coast, SXSW, Spoon, The Muffs  
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SXSW: Remembering Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton, shown at South by Southwest in 2004, is remembered by dozens of bands playing the festival this week. (Photo: AP/Jack Plunkett) By Chris Richards Where were you when you heard Alex Chilton died? For throngs of music fans...

By Chris Richards  |  March 18, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Alex Chilton, Spoon  
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Taking sides: Is there really such a thing as too much music?

The information age: Helping DMV rappers like XO reach new ears? (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards On Tuesday, I was a guest on WNYC's weekly debate program "Soundcheck Smackdown," arguing about whether there could be such a thing...

By Chris Richards  |  March 18, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Aeroplane at the U Street Music Hall

By Ally Schweitzer DJ culture has fully penetrated the indie rock world, and nowhere was it more apparent than opening night at the U Street Music Hall. The sleek new venue, on U St NW (between 11th and 12th)...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 18, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Aeroplane, U Street Music Hall  
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Alex Chilton dies of heart attack at age 59

Alex Chilton, dead at 59. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett) By Ally Schweitzer Updated 1:05 p.m. Singer/guitarist Alex Chilton died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 59. The musician, known for his output with the Box Tops and his lesser-known but...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 18, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Alex Chilton  
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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 Ally Schweitzer  |  March 18, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tweeting from SXSW

If for some reason you don't want to follow Click Track, Chris Richards and David Malitz on Twitter for the full report from Austin for SXSW, this post will aggregate what appears on the Click Track feed. #twitter_div h2 {...

By David Malitz  |  March 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: SXSW  
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Please explain to me ... Drive-By Truckers

Are we the only ones who think Drive-By Truckers are overrated? Another year, another Drive-By Truckers album, another chance for people to proclaim them the greatest band in the land. And another chance for us to scratch our heads at...

By David Malitz  |  March 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Please explain to me  | Tags: Drive-By Truckers  
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SXSW: David Malitz's 10 must-see bands

Hunx and His Punx is far from a gimmick, playing instantly memorable garage-pop gems. (Courtesy of Hunx and His Punx) By David Malitz It's SXSW time. This is the week pretty much everybody you know who plays music, writes about...

By David Malitz  |  March 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Carsick Cars, Drunkdriver, Frankie Rose, Home Blitz, Hunx and His Punx, Neon Blud, Spider Bags, The Mantles, Titus Andronicus  
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Morning click: Jackson estate lands enormous record deal

Ten new Michael Jackson albums will be released over the next seven years. (AP Photo/Alan Greth) By Ally Schweitzer - Michael Jackson's estate and Sony Music have made a deal to release ten Jackson albums over the next seven years,...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 17, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Michael Jackson  
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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 17, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae: A star is born. (All pictures by Evy Mages/TWP) By Sarah Godfrey In the past, singer Janelle Monáe has seemed overwhelmed by quirk: her fabulous pompadour, an obsession with aliens, a robot alter ego. At times, all of...

By David Malitz  |  March 16, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Janelle Monae  
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On air: Chris Richards talks SXSW on WNYC's "Soundcheck Smackdown"

Click Track is headed to the SXSW music festival in Austin, TX tomorrow morning, but before we go, I'll be speaking with the fine folks at WNYC, today at 2 p.m. For WNYC's weekly "Soundcheck Smackdown" feature, I'll be arguing...

By Chris Richards  |  March 16, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  On air  | Tags: WNYC  
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In concert: Megadeth

Megadeth's "Rust in Peace" still had plenty of roar at the 9:30 club on Monday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Dave Mustaine could have been the Pete Best of heavy metal. He was kicked out of Metallica...

By David Malitz  |  March 16, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Megadeth  
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Local news: Eagles headline mega-country tour; Two nights of Phish; Virgin Mobile FreeFest returns

Don Henley and Glen Frey will bring their laidback country-rock to Nationals Park on July 15. (Tracy A. Woodward/TWP) - First, in sure-to-be expensive concert news: A country super-triple-bill checks into Nationals Park on Tuesday, June 15 as the The...

By David Malitz  |  March 16, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Phish, The Eagles, Virgin Mobile FreeFest  
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Singles file: Wale writes song for hoops star Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings has scored 55 points in a game and convinced Wale to write a song for him.(Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. Wale featuring Fat Trel and Black Cobain:...

By David Malitz  |  March 16, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: CFCF, Phosphorescent, Ryan Adams, Solange Knowles, Wale  
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Album review: Drive-By Truckers, "The Big To-Do"

By Allison Stewart The Drive-by Truckers used to specialize in tangly, high-concept Southern rock operas, the best of which was a 2001 two-disc Lynyrd Skynyrd allegory actually called "Southern Rock Opera," lest anybody miss the point. Stretched out over...

By David Malitz  |  March 16, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Drive-By Truckers  
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Album review: Marvin Sapp, "Here I Am"

By Sarah Godfrey In 2007, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based pastor Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" became a new gospel anthem - a song of salvation that inspired people to jump up out of pews and wave their arms...

By David Malitz  |  March 16, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Marvin Sapp  
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Album review: Eddy Current Suppresion Ring, "Rush to Relax"

By David Malitz Australian garage rock group Eddy Current Suppression Ring might not have much in common with Cate Blanchett or Penfolds Grange, but with "Rush to Relax" the quartet has established itself as one of Down Under's premier...

By David Malitz  |  March 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Eddy Current Suppression Ring  
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Morning click: Iggy brings ruckus at Rock Hall ceremony; More Wu-Tang indie video cameos; Gaga is coming

He wants to be your dog, forever. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) - Did anyone really expect Iggy Pop to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fully clothed? The shirtless rock god and his Stooges made quite the scene...

By Chris Richards  |  March 16, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Devendra Banhart, Iggy Pop, Lady Gaga  
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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 16, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Week ahead: Aeroplane helps open U Street Music Hall, another album from Drive-By Truckers

Belgian DJ duo Aeroplane is the first act to headline U Street Music Hall. (Courtesy William Morris Group) In concert: Sold-out shows all over tonight -- Janelle Monae, John Hiatt, Megadeth -- so why not check out Click Track...

By David Malitz  |  March 15, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Aeroplane, Black LIps, Free Energy, Freeway, YACHT  
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Lists: Al Green's top five stage moves

Al Green: The man still has moves. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) At the age of 63, soul icon Al Green remains an incredibly physical performer. He proved as much during a dynamite show at DAR Constitution Hall, Friday, unleashing...

By Chris Richards  |  March 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Al Green  
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In concert: Alison Brown

Alison Brown displayed a colorful musical repertoire Saturday at the Kennedy Center. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mike Joyce As career moves go, Alison Brown's decision to move from investment banking to banjo picking appears downright prescient these days....

By David Malitz  |  March 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Alison Brown  
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Morning click: Yele Haiti under more fiscal scrutiny; Spector murder conviction appealed

Wyclef Jean's foundation under fire again. (Photo: Reuters/Ray Stubblebine) By Ally Schweitzer - More trouble for Wyclef Jean and his Yele Haiti foundation: The Smoking Gun posted the organization's 2008 tax return last week, revealing that the group paid $105,000...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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 Ally Schweitzer  |  March 15, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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