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Click Track: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

B-sides: Stacy Lattisaw on growing up as a child star

Lattisaw with Michael Jackson, many years ago. (Courtesy A. Smith & Co.) By Jesse Serwer The Post recently published a story about "Unsung," the excellent music biography series currently airing on the TV One network. The show has spotlighted...

By Chris Richards  |  April 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coda: 9:30 memories, looking for the Mothership

9:30 club celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Two big stories bookended our week. J. Freedom du Lac's 9:30 club oral history that runs in Sunday's magazine is a great read and the online version - with photos, interviews, performance...

By David Malitz  |  April 16, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nick Cave, Beck, Underworld: Six memorable shows at the new 9:30 club

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: For one night in 1996, no doubt the blues was No. 1. (Ashkan Sahihi) By David Malitz In the previous blog post, Patrick Foster recounted his favorite memories of the old 9:30 club. Here are some...

By David Malitz  |  April 16, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Beck, Broadcast, Guided By Voices, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Nick Cave, Underworld  
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Butthole Surfers, My Bloody Valentine and more: Five memorable shows at the old 9:30 club

There was no forgetting a Butthole Surfers gig back in the day. (Courtesy of the Agency Group.) In Sunday's magazine our old buddy J. Freedom du Lac has a great oral history of the 9:30 club, the landmark local venue...

By David Malitz  |  April 16, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Butthole Surfers, My Bloody Valentine, Rain, Sonic Youth, The Verlaines  
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In concert: Music from the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia at Reston Center Stage

The rich musical heritage of Virginia was well represented at Reston Center Stage Thursday night. (All photos by Evy Mages) By Scott Galupo To some Northern Virginia residents, "Lee Highway Blues" might refer to the mental toll of the morning...

By David Malitz  |  April 16, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Crooked Road, No Speed Limit  
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Jay-Z sues Red Sox slugger; Bone Thugs rapper denies assault charges; Peter Steele dies

99 problems for 40/40: Jay-Z is suing David Ortiz for giving his nightclub the same name as Jay-Z's nightclub. (Photos: Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Reuters/Adam Hunger) By Ally Schweitzer - Jay-Z is suing Red Sox star David Ortiz, claiming that the...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 16, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Jay-Z  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Joe Heim My iPod must miss Alex Chilton too. Today's shuffle kicks off with classic Big Star. Leave your shuffle in the comments. Big Star, "When My Baby's Beside Me" The Hold Steady, "Stuck Between Stations" Louis Armstrong, "Potato...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 16, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Did President Obama find the Mothership?

POTUS and the Mothership? (REUTERS/Jim Young) By Chris Richards On Monday, we reported on the search for Parliament-Funkadelic's lost Mothership. From the looks of today's washingtonpost.com homepage, the Mothership appears to have been discovered by President Obama! (Or not)....

By Chris Richards  |  April 15, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Mothership  
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Iceland volcano puts damper on Coachella, Culture Shock festivals

Iceland volcano: Best Sunn O))) visual effects ever. Also, bad news for U.K. bands trying to get flights to California. (AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson) By Ally Schweitzer Numerous European bands are canceling upcoming shows in the United States due to a...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 15, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Coachella, Frightened Rabbit, Los Campesinos, The Cribs  
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Taking sides: If "selling-out" is obsolete, why do the Black Eyed Peas still offend us?

Will the Black Eyed Peas perform with a man wearing a bird outfit? Yes. (REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin) Prophetic words from the Beastie Boys circa 1992: "Everybody's rapping like it's a commercial, acting like life is a big commercial." Today, that...

By Chris Richards  |  April 15, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre, Neon Indian, Santigold  
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Be specific: Amber Collins of No Speed Limit on the future of young bluegrass

Amber Collins and No Speed Limit are breathing new life into bluegrass. (Photo courtesy of the artist) By Chris Richards Bluegrass ain't dead. Not according to No Speed Limit, a young progressive bluegrass troupe from Southwest Virginia. A majority of...

By Chris Richards  |  April 15, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Amber Collins, No Speed Limit  
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"How to Rap" and grading hip-hop's professors

Big Daddy Kane could have a future is a hip-hop professor. (Scott Gries/Getty Images) By Sarah Godfrey As a companion to his excellent book “How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC,” author Paul Edwards has...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 15, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Big Daddy Kane, Crooked I, How to Rap, Paul Edwards, RBX, Royce Da 5'9, Tech N9ne  
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Video: Congressmen sing, Garth Brooks listens

By David Malitz As our buddies over at the Reliable Source report, Garth Brooks was in town Wednesday and enjoyed a special serenade from members of Congress. With some help from O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge (local kid done good, Wootton...

By David Malitz  |  April 15, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Garth Brooks  
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Coachella guests shaping up, Bieber back on top, new videos from Maxwell, Flaming Lips and Best Coast

Gorillaz will be joined by two former members of the Clash at Coachella this weekend. By David Malitz - Coachella kicks off festival season in the California desert on Friday but there's plenty of news on the eve of the...

By David Malitz  |  April 15, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Best Coast, Coachella, Flaming Lips, Gorillaz, Justin Bieber, Maxwell, Slash, The Clash, Usher  
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Clicky shuffle

By David Malitz If you think Nick Lowe is an overlooked late-'70s U.K. artist, the Homosexuals take that to the next level. Glad to see Pulitzer Prize winner Hank Williams in there, as well. And now I will return to...

By David Malitz  |  April 15, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Local News: Prayer vigil for TCB talker Polo

By Sarah Godfrey Go-go band TCB announced this morning, via its blog, that a prayer vigil for the group's lead talker, Reggie "Polo" Burwell will take place this evening at Northeast Washington's Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church. Burwell has...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Polo, TCB  
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In concert: Nickelback at Verizon Center

Nickelback: The song remains the same, and Chad Kroeger and his bandmates are just fine with that. (All photos by Jahi Chikwendiu/TWP) By Dave McKenna Military vehicles and all sorts of fatigue clad personnel were stationed throughout the city Tuesday...

By David Malitz  |  April 14, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Nickelback  
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Mi Ami on why Bob Marley is on its album cover (Hint: It's not a tribute)

Don't count Mi Ami's Daniel Martin-McCormick (left) among Bob Marley's many admirers. (Photo By Ben Rayner) By David Malitz One of 2010's best records to date is Mi Ami's "Steal Your Face," an awesomely chaotic mix of punk, funk, dub...

By David Malitz  |  April 14, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Mi Ami  
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HFStival returns, jazz drummer Steve Reid dies, Steve Martin prepares for new album

Billy Idol headlines the newly returned HFStival this fall. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images) By Ally Schweitzer - The 90s are back, featuring special guest, the 80s! This autumn the HFStival returns to the DC area with headliner Billy Idol. The...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 14, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Billy Idol, Steve Martin, Steve Reid, Tony Trischka  
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In concert: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic at 9:30 club

George Clinton brought the funk to 9:30 club on Monday. Eventually. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey Homemade band T-shirts and poster board signs are things one would typically see at a concert helmed by a 16-year-old, not...

By David Malitz  |  April 13, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic  
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Album review: MGMT, "Congratulations"

MGMT's followup to "Oracle Spectacular" is plenty confusing. (Photo courtesy Columbia Records) By Allison Stewart "I hope I die before I get sold," sings MGMT on its solid, if befuddling, new disc, "Congratulations," though the band must realize it's much...

By David Malitz  |  April 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: MGMT  
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Singles file: LCD Soundsystem, DJ Premier, Thurston Moore

James Murphy's vocals are up-front on the latest LCD Soundsystem song. (Courtesy of Nasty Little Man) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... LCD Soundsystem: "Change" James Murphy's almost-unadorned vocals are placed uncharacteristically...

By David Malitz  |  April 13, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Chiddy Bang, Cypress Hill, DJ Premier, LCD Soundsystem, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Thurston Moore  
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Album review: Gucci Mane, "The Burrrprint 2 HD"

By Sarah Godfrey The cover art for "The Burrrprint 2 HD," the new official mix tape from incarcerated Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, is an opulent prison tableau: Gucci is sitting in a cell, wearing an orange jumpsuit, surrounded by...

By David Malitz  |  April 13, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Gucci Mane  
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Album review: Tallest Man on Earth, "Wild Hunt"

By Patrick Foster Understand: Anyone singing their own songs while playing acoustic guitar still owes Bob Dylan. Meaning artistic classification is often down to which Zimmy period you're paying your debt to - and where you take it from...

By David Malitz  |  April 13, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Clorofila, "Corridos Urbanos"

By Achy Obejas Clorofila, a.k.a. Jorge Verdin, is utterly in love with Mexican traditional sounds, crazy about electronica and, most important, urban beats. "Corridos Urbanos," his first fully realized solo offering, actually does honor the honest-to-God Mexican corrido -...

By David Malitz  |  April 13, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Roger Waters rebuilds "The Wall"; LCD leaks

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters will tour to Washington this fall. (AP Photo/Remigiusz Sikora) By Chris Richards - To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd's beloved double album "The Wall," Roger Waters will be playing the album in its entirety...

By Chris Richards  |  April 13, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: LCD Soundsystem, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Shuffling machines appear to like up-and-coming Alabama rapper Yelawolf as much as I do. - Yelawolf, "Pop the Trunk" - Rotary Connection, "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun" - Yelawolf, "I Wish" - Renaissance Man,...

By Chris Richards  |  April 13, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: MGMT's second effort, The Specials on TV

Questlove is a huge fan of Tune-Yards. She performs at DC9 on Wednesday. (Chrissy Piper) In concert: Today's Mothership story surely has you pumped to see George Clinton at 9:30 club tonight, right? What's the opposite of Funkadelic? That...

By David Malitz  |  April 12, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: MGMT, Mi Ami, Nickelback, The Specials, Titus Andronicus, Tune-Yards  
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In concert: Rokia Traore at Lisner Auditorium

Rokia Traore has successfully embraced rock-and-roll, as evidenced by her Sunday show at Lisner. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins In her Washington debut eight years ago, Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore gently picked an acoustic guitar, accompanied by...

By David Malitz  |  April 12, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local News: Go-go band TCB releases official statement on condition of lead talker

By Sarah Godfrey Yesterday, Twitter and Facebook exploded with news and rumor about go-go band TCB's lead talker, Reggie "Polo" Burwell, who was reported to have fallen ill during a Saturday night show at Forestville's CFE Event Center. Information...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 12, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Polo, Reggie Burwell, TCB, bounce beat  
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In concert: Cham at the Crossroads

Grammy Award-nominated reggae artist Cham was on the screens of fans' camera phones at the Crossroads Club. (All photos Kyle Gustafson For The Washington Post) By Sarah Godfrey Bow Wow will always be called Lil Bow Wow, Jeezy will always...

By David Malitz  |  April 12, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Cham  
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B-Sides: George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Garry Shider and others on the search for the Mothership

George Clinton continues to bring the funk, but without the original Mothership. (Ade Johnson-AFP/Getty Images) By Chris Richards For today's Washington Post story about the search for Parliament-Funkadelic's lost Mothership, I called on members of the band to see if...

By Chris Richards  |  April 12, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  B-sides  | Tags: Bernie Worrell, Garry Shider, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic  
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George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic and a missing Mothership

The Mothership was an awe-inspiring stage piece, as seen in 1976 concert footage. (Shout! Factory Photo) By Chris Richards This is a story about a UFO. Not just any UFO. The Mothership. It might be the most awe-inspiring stage prop...

By Chris Richards  |  April 12, 2010; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic  
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Shakira builds school in Haiti; Willie Nelson's band will probably be sued; Apple latches onto chillwave

Shakira tours a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as she prepares to build school for children displaced by the earthquake. ((AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) By Ally Schweitzer - Colombian pop star Shakira is gearing up to build a school for children...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 12, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Shakira, Willie Nelson  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Sarah Godfrey Welcome to New York City circa 1996. Fortunately, one of the sultrier track's from L.A. electronica/funk/alt/R&B outfit J* Davey shows up to provide a bit of diversity. - Brand Nubian, "Step to the Rear” - Mic Geronimo,...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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