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Click Track: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Coda: A good week for local happenings, waiting to "Detox," remembering Malcolm McLaren

K'naan topped off a solid set from local MCs Wale and Tabi Bonney at the 9:30 club last weekend. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) By Ally Schweitzer It was a good week for local news, reviews and commentary on Click Track...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 9, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Ted Leo at 9:30 club

Have you ever seen a bad Ted Leo show? (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Early in Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' Thursday show at 9:30, guitarist James Canty told the house stage crew that "the spotlight" was...

By David Malitz  |  April 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Ted Leo  
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Local news: Producer Judah on "Bridging the Gap"

Local producer Judah documents the history of DMV hip-hop in his new documentary. (Photo courtesy of the artist) Back in November, in-demand D.C. beatmaker Judah organized a “DMV Day” photo shoot, a huge group portrait of DMV rappers inspired by...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Bridging the Gap, DMV, Judah  
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Malcolm McLaren Dies; Houston denies drug rumors; Gaga and Hova help Oprah

Malcolm McLaren, punk rock renaissance man, has died at the age of 64. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images) By Ally Schweitzer English artist, musician, provocateur and Sex Pistols mastermind Malcolm McLaren died yesterday after a struggle with cancer. He was 64....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Malcolm McLaren, Whitney Houston  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Allison Stewart Someday, I'll do a list of the Most Embarrassing Songs On My IPod. (Hint: Miley Cyrus is involved. Twice.) My friends, this is not that day. George Jones, "Cup of Loneliness" Superchunk, "Watery Hands" Elliott Smith, "Say...

By Allison Stewart  |  April 9, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Taking sides: Is M.I.A. speaking the truth about Lady Gaga or just being bratty?

M.I.A.: Troublestarter. As you read in today's morning news, M.I.A. had a few words to say about Lady Gaga. "None of her music’s reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on...

By David Malitz  |  April 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Lady Gaga, M.I.A.  
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Shavo Odadjian joins the ranks of self-referential musicians/artists

Will System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian be able to match RZA's artistic masterpiece? A huge achievement in visual art is nearly upon us: creative firm When Art Imitates Life has announced that it will release a fine art piece...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 8, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Grace Slick, RZA, Ron Wood, Shavo Odadjian, Tony Bennett  
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M.I.A. goes after Gaga; Usher beats Bieber, Nicki Minaj drops off Rihanna tour; Wilco gets its own fest

M.I.A. does not care for Lady Gaga. Not that you asked. - "She's not progressive, but she's a good mimic." That's M.I.A. talking about Lady Gaga in a recent interview with NME. She wasn't directly asked about Gaga but a...

By David Malitz  |  April 8, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Usher, Wilco  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz In terms of technical proficiency I think both extremes are represented here with Half Japanese and Jimi Hendrix. Click that Half Japanese link for one of the best rock essays ever. Half Japanese, "Dumb Animals" Nobunny, "It's...

By David Malitz  |  April 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: Which long-delayed album are you most looking forward to hearing?

Big Boi's album will finally be a reality in less than a month. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) After years of delay, an official release date has finally been set for "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty,"...

By Allison Stewart  |  April 7, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Big Boi, Outkast  
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Whitney Houston postpones tour dates; Lollapalooza 2010 lineup is announced; Drake album delayed

More problems on Whitney's world tour. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) By Ally Schweitzer - Whitney Houston has postponed her European tour dates due to illness. Considering the bad reception she received in Australia, maybe Ms. Houston should consider shelving the whole...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 7, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Drake, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, Whitney Houston  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Joe Heim I wonder how the Stanley Brothers would feel about sharing a sonic neighborhood with Modest Mouse. - Modest Mouse - "Dashboard" - The Stanley Brothers, "Lonesome River" - Neko Case, "Guided By Wire" - Joe Ely, "West...

By Chris Richards  |  April 7, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Local news: Lady Gaga tickets go on sale this Saturday

Lady Gaga is set to play the Verizon Center in September. BYO hair helmet. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By Chris Richards This morning we told you to look into airfare to Chicago for Lady Gaga's headlining slot at Lollapalooza. We hope you...

By Chris Richards  |  April 6, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Lady Gaga, Semi Precious Weapons  
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Singles file: E-40 f. Bjork, Band of Horses, Bon Iver

Rapper E-40 gets creative with his Bjork sampling. (Photo by Jonathan Mannion) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... E-40 featuring Björk: "Spend the Night" We're not sure why Björk songs don't get sampled...

By David Malitz  |  April 6, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Band of Horses, Bjork, Bon Iver, E-40, Future Islands, Miguel  
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Album review: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "I Learned the Hard Way"

By Sarah Godfrey Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are back, and everything old is new - again. On the group's latest effort, "I Learned the Hard Way," the singer and Daptone house band show they are still the finest...

By David Malitz  |  April 6, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings  
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Album review: David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, "Here Lies Love"

By Allison Stewart Operatic in its ambitions, retro disco in its inclinations, "Here Lies Love" is an exhaustive, exhausting examination of the life of Imelda Marcos assembled by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. Employing a succession of mostly female...

By David Malitz  |  April 6, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: David Byrne, Fatboy Slim  
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Album review: Slash, "Slash"

By Allison Stewart Slash can't sing, so the former Guns N' Roses guitarist enlisted a motley assortment of veteran rock icons, Sunset Strip hangers-on and present-day pop stars to provide the vocals for his first official solo album, "Slash."...

By David Malitz  |  April 6, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Slash  
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Dr. Dre gets closer to "Detox"; Neil Young to play Constitution Hall; Zimmy banned in China; Chicago braces for Gagapalooza

Dr. Dre - one (opening) day closer to dropping "Detox." (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) By Chris Richards - Fans who've waited years for Dr. Dre's much-delayed, borderline-mythic third album "Detox" to materialize got a morsel of good news, Sunday. Dre...

By Chris Richards  |  April 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, Neil Young  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Has anyone made a mix tape grafting acappellas from New Orleans rap hero Lil Wayne to instrumental tracks from New Orleans funk heroes The Meters? It would be gimmicky, but also pretty killer. - The Meters, "Look-Ka...

By Chris Richards  |  April 6, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Week ahead: Ted Leo tweets his way to D.C., Bieber stays up past his bed time

@tedleo will be at 9:30 club on Thursday night. (Photo by Shawn Brackbill) In concert: Award-winning Twitter personality/indie rocker veteran Ted Leo visits the 9:30 club on Thursday. Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso is at Lisner on Saturday; he seems...

By David Malitz  |  April 5, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Caetano Veloso, Justin Bieber, She & Him, Ted Leo  
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In concert: K'naan, Wale, Tabi Bonney and John Forte at 9:30 club

K'Naan didn't share a hometown advantage with his fellow performers Sunday night at 9:30 club but still delivered a pleasing set. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey Sometimes where you're from and where you're at are of equal...

By David Malitz  |  April 5, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: John Forte, K'naan, Tabi Bonney, Wale  
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Local news: Sting, John Legend, Roots to play Earth Day concert on National Mall

Questlove and the Roots will be performing on the National Mall. By Chris Richards Got green? Organizers have announced the line-up for this year's annual Earth Day Climate Rally on the National Mall. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April...

By Chris Richards  |  April 5, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Earth Day, John Legend, Sting, The Roots  
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Lists: Five of the worst national anthem performances in recent memory

Keri Hilson's National Anthem at a recent Hawks game was bad, but it wasn't the worst. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) By Allison Stewart If you were to rank the worst-ever National Anthem performances by musicians (and we will,...

By Allison Stewart  |  April 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Kat DeLuna, Keri Hilson, Michael Bolton, R. Kelly, Scott Stapp, Steven Tyler  
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In concert: Vampire Weekend at Constitution Hall

It was a pleasant Saturday night at Constitution Hall with Vampire Weekend, not much more. (All photos by Michael Temchine/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins In today's jaded pop market, it takes a pretty big band to sell out a venue the...

By David Malitz  |  April 5, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Vampire Weekend  
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In concert: Yeasayer at 9:30 club

Yeasayer offered a few revelatory moments on Saturday at 9:30 club. (All photos by Leah Jones/FTWP) By Patrick Foster Forget that Yeasayer was ever a blogger-buzz band from Brooklyn with a world-music-flecked, organic debut album. The trio is on the...

By David Malitz  |  April 5, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Yeasayer  
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In concert: Norah Jones at Warner Theatre

Norah Jones: she is what she is. (All photos by Mark Gail/TWP) By Chris Klimek So your problem with Norah Jones is what, exactly? Do you hate her because she's beautiful? Because your mom likes her records? Because people have...

By David Malitz  |  April 5, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Norah Jones  
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Justin Bieber performs at the Easter Egg Roll; Weezy launches website from jail

Justin Bieber is at the White House this morning. Your commute just got more interesting. (Photo Jeff Fusco/Getty Images) - If I hear shrieking on my way into the office this morning, I'll know what it is: Justin Bieber is...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 5, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer Clarence Carter-- he of Strokin' fame-- belts out a strong version of "Till I Can't Take It Anymore." Gets me teary every time. (Not really-- but what a great song.) But of course, that's the one I...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 5, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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