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

Coda: SXSW hangover, A mathematical time with Spoon, Alicia Keys

jj was a SXSW highlight and is in town opening for The xx on Sunday. We started this week by recapping some of our favorite SXSW memories. For Chris that included jj, Cloud Nothings and Choc Quib Town. Among...

By David Malitz  |  March 26, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beach House vs. Wye Oak: Baltimore duo battle

Beach House plays a sold-out show at Black Cat tonight. (Benjamin C. Tankersley For The Washington Post) Tonight D.C. is a battle ground for Baltimore bands. OK, we doubt there's any ill will between fellow dreamy Charm City duos Beach...

By David Malitz  |  March 26, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Beach House, Wye Oak  
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In concert: Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys showed a different side but stuck to what made her famous at Verizon Center Thursday. (All photos by Mark Gail) By Sarah Godfrey Alicia Keys is a self-help-spouting, love song-singing force of positivity, delivering messages of hope and...

By David Malitz  |  March 26, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Alicia Keys  
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Be specific: Angelique Kidjo on the influences behind her new album "Oyo"

Angelique Kidjo can cook up - and sing up - a storm. (Photo by Nabil Elderkin) By David Malitz When I called Angelique Kidjo earlier this week to talk about her new album, "Oyo," we first got sidetracked with a...

By David Malitz  |  March 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Angelique Kidjo  
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Axl Rose sued for $2 million; Donny Osmond is publicly outraged

Axl: No stranger to the inside of a courtroom. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin) By Ally Schweitzer - Axl Rose faces charges from a major music management company that claims the Guns 'n' Roses singer owes them $1.9 million in unpaid fees....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 26, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Axl Rose, Beyonce, Donny Osmond, 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 David Malitz  |  March 26, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Taking sides: Which reunited rock bands should stay broken up?

Sleater-Kinney reunion? Maybe not ... but maybe! (John Clark) With the summer concert season swiftly approaching, bands are reuniting with a quickness. Pavement has embarked on what essentially feels like a global festival tour. Sleater-Kinney recently hinted at a possible...

By Chris Richards  |  March 25, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Faith No More, Hole, Pavement, PiL, Sleater-Kinney, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, the Strokes  
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In concert: Little Dragon

Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano: feeling the love in Washington on Wednesday.(All photos by Mark Abramson/FTWP) By Ally Schweitzer D.C. has a secret. It's been enjoying Scandinavian electro-pop and not telling anyone about it. The Swedish band Little Dragon returned to...

By David Malitz  |  March 25, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Little Dragon  
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In concert: Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram is more beach bum than bad boy. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Scott Galupo The decade-long rise of Jack Ingram may defy a faddish industry that rewards youth and connections to Simon Cowell, but the country singer's...

By David Malitz  |  March 25, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jack Ingram  
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Discographically Speaking: Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys performs at Verizon Center on Thursday night. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images) By Sarah Godfrey Some say Alicia Keys is one of the most talented singer-songwriters of her generation. Others say she's the biggest Prince-biter of her generation. Whether she...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  March 25, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Discographically speaking  | Tags: Alicia Keys  
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Jim Marshall, legendary rock photographer, dies; Bieber's manager arrested for lack of tweets; Phoenix gives away live album

For most photographers getting this shot of Miles Davis would be a career highlight. Just another day for Jim Marshall. (Jim Marshall) - Legendary rock photographer Jim Marshall passed away at the age of 74. Marshall is widely acknowledged as...

By David Malitz  |  March 25, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Jim Marshall, Justin Bieber, Phoenix  
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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 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spoon at 9:30 club: Set list statistics and analysis

Spoonman Britt Daniel amid his band's 23-song set at 9:30 club, Monday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz Spoon finished up a sold-out, two-night stand at the 9:30 club on Tuesday with another stunningly sharp show. The second evening was actually...

By David Malitz  |  March 24, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Lists , Live last night  | Tags: Spoon  
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Be Specific: Tyrone Norris of Rosetta Stoned on hip-hop and chess

Tyrone Norris is adding chess to his ever-growing empire. (Courtesy of the artist Tyrone Norris is everywhere. He's one half of the experimental hip-hop duo Rosetta Stoned, the organizer of the monthly D.C. organic open mic party Cakes and Kisses...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  March 24, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Tyrone Norris  
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Blues singer Marva Wright dies; WOXY shuts down; Todd P. takes heat for MtyMx

Blues singer Marva Wright has died at age 62. (2004 publicity photo) By Ally Schweitzer - New Orleans gospel and blues singer Marva Wright has died from complications of a stroke suffered in 2009. Wright, known as the Blues Queen...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 24, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Marva Wright, Todd P, WOXY  
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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 24, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Spoon

Britt Daniel: Untouchable for life? Pretty much. Spoon returns to the 9:30 club, tonight. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards Spoon doesn’t harness the chaos of rock-and-roll so much as tuck it into a straightjacket. The Texas-born indie...

By Chris Richards  |  March 23, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Spoon  
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In concert: Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom performed the first of two sold-out shows at 6th and I Synagogue Monday night. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins "There's such a serious vibe in here," remarked Joanna Newsom Monday evening, midway through the first...

By David Malitz  |  March 23, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Joanna Newsom  
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Album review: Justin Bieber, "My World 2.0"

The songwriting gets a bit duller on Justin Bieber's full-length debut. By Chris Richards If we truly want the best for America's children, let us pause and give thanks for Justin Bieber. After years of humdrum bubblegum from Miley Cyrus...

By David Malitz  |  March 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Justin Bieber  
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Singles file: The Black Keys, Kingpen Slim, Mary J. Blige covers Led Zeppelin

The Black Keys are back with Danger Mouse. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. The Black Keys: "Tighten Up" The Keys re-team with Danger Mouse for this atypically muted, un-swamplike new track. Kingpen...

By David Malitz  |  March 23, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Alex Chilton, Big Star, Kingpen Slim, Mary J. Blige, Ski Beatz, The Black Keys  
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Album review: Monica, "Still Standing"

By Sarah Godfrey "Still Standing" is the title of Atlanta singer Monica's new studio album as well as her 12-episode BET reality show about the making of said album. For fans of the behind-the-scenes series, the album isn't just...

By David Malitz  |  March 23, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Monica  
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Album review: She & Him, "Volume Two"

By Allison Stewart It never should have worked, this pairing of somber-faced folkie M. Ward and twinkly indie actress Zooey Deschanel. But She & Him's 2008 debut "Volume One" was the year's best, a sonic cupcake of aggressively winsome,...

By David Malitz  |  March 23, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: She & Him  
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Album review: Dillinger Escape Plan, "Option Paralysis"

By Sarah Godfrey Earlier this year, ever-buff Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato bristled when MTV.com mockingly suggested he used steroids. His outrage was perfectly understandable, but there's a compliment hiding somewhere in that dig: Maybe it was just...

By David Malitz  |  March 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Dillinger Escape Plan  
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Morning click: A gazillion summer concerts are coming to the Washington area

Green Day will be getting its Lube on. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By Chris Richards Headlines, schmeadlines. For Washingtonians, much of today's music news centers around the oodles of concert announcements that have popped up in the past 48 hours. Here's...

By Chris Richards  |  March 23, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Green Day, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, Paramore, Sting  
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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 23, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Everything Bieber

There comes a time in every young boy's life when he releases his first solo album. That day is Tuesday for Justin Bieber. (Edward M. Pio Roda) In concert: It's SXSW leftover/sellout week here in D.C. The 9:30 club is...

By David Malitz  |  March 22, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, The Soft Pack, Yelawolf  
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SXSW: David Malitz's faves -- The Love Language, Drunkdriver, Frankie Rose, Carsick Cars, Total Abuse, Free Energy, Thurston Moore and J Mascis's hardcore supergroup

The Love Langauge were inescapable at SXSW, and that was a good thing. (All mediocre photos by David Malitz) By David Malitz Between last week's blog posts, Chris's Saturday article and his notebook roundup in today's paper, we've given you...

By David Malitz  |  March 22, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Best Coast, Carsick Cars, Demolished Thoughts, Drunkdriver, Frankie Rose, Free Energy, J Mascis, Spider Bags, Surf City, The Love Language, Thurston Moore, Total Abuse  
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SXSW: Three things that ruled about the Hole reunion -- and three things that did not

Courtney Love revived Hole for a mixed set at SXSW. (Photo by Stacy Schwartz) By Chris Richards As we continue to nurse our post-SXSW music hangover, readers have been asking for our thoughts on Courtney Love's "reunited" Hole. (Those quotation...

By Chris Richards  |  March 22, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Courtney Love, Hole  
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SXSW: Chris Richards's faves -- Choc Quib Town, Liturgy, Yelawolf, Cloud Nothings, Vivian Girls, Court Yard Hounds, Freddie Gibbs nTitus Andronicus, jj

Elin Kastlander of jj was a little nervous but sang beautifully nonetheless. (Josh Sisk) By Chris Richards AUSTIN -- It's one of spring's most exhilarating and exhausting rites: The South by Southwest music festival, a five-day continuum of concerts where...

By Chris Richards  |  March 22, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Choc Quib Town, Cloud Nothings, Court Yard Hounds, Freddie Gibbs, Liturgy, SXSW, Titus Andronicus, Vivian Girls, Yelawolf, jj  
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Artists pay tribute to Alex Chilton at SXSW; Lady Gaga responds to lawsuit

Alex Chilton was remembered at SXSW in Austin on Saturday. (Image from Sound on Sound) By Ally Schweitzer - Musicians paid tribute to rocker Alex Chilton this Saturday at SXSW, taking over the time slot originally slated for his band,...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 22, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click , SXSW  | Tags: Alex Chilton, 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 Ally Schweitzer  |  March 22, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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