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Click Track: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Coda: Mourning Guru; Stump-ing for the Earth; Scratching our heads

Hip-hop fans said goodbye to a true pathfinder. Guru, right, was one half of Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. (Daniel Hastings) Another busy week on Click Track, recapped: Along with the the greater music blogosphere, we mourned the death...

By Chris Richards  |  April 23, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  | Tags: Coda  
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Miley Cyrus: Tool of the Left Wing Establishment?

Miley Cyrus: Country music's public enemy No. 1? (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By Allison Stewart Earlier this week, conservative website Big Hollywood published the most fascinating Miley Cyrus takedown in the long history of Miley Cyrus takedowns. Written by Brian...

By Allison Stewart  |  April 23, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Miley Cyrus  
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Local news: "The Hip-Hop Project" screening

"The Hip-Hop Project" screens in D.C. on Saturday. (Courtesy of Pressure Point Films) By Sarah Godfrey “The Hip-Hop Project,” a film from executive producers Bruce Willis(Huh?) and Queen Latifah (OK, that makes sense) follows a group of New York City...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 23, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Chris "Kazi" Rolle, Hip-Hop Cinema Cafe, Historical Society of D.C., The Hip-Hop Project  
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In concert: Owl City at Constitution Hall

If Owl City played "Fireflies" first, Constitution Hall might've cleared out mighty quickly. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Owl City has a charming backstory. From the basement of his parents home, founder and frontman Adam Young began...

By David Malitz  |  April 23, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Owl City  
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The Roots borrow from Joanna Newsom, Jim James on new album; Carrie Underwood tix on sale in April for some reason

The Roots sample the crunchy harpist on their forthcoming album. By Ally Schweitzer - A song on the forthcoming Roots album "How I Got Over" samples Joanna Newsom's 2004 song "The Book of Right-On." Forever stoking the embers of Twitter...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 23, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Carrie Underwood, Jim James, Joanna Newsom, Questlove, The Roots  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Thank you, Steve Arrington, for launching me into the weekend properly. - Pete Rock and CL Smooth, "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" - Paramore, "Brick By Boring Brick" - Tom Petty, "A Thing About You" - Wavves,...

By Chris Richards  |  April 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Patrick Stump talks solo debut, Fall Out Boy's future (or lack thereof)

Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump is going solo. (Lucian Perkins/TWP) By Allison Stewart After years toiling as rock's most anonymous frontman, Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump is set to venture forth on his own, with a new solo disc...

By Allison Stewart  |  April 22, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Fall Out Boy, Patrick Stump  
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Taking sides: Does Rolling Stone really expect us to be excited about these 40 things?

You've got to be kidding us. The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine boasts quite a cover story: "40 Reasons to Get Excited About Music." Sounds cool, right? We dove in with eager eyeballs only to find 40 reasons...

By Chris Richards  |  April 22, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Amy Winehouse, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Dylan, D'Angelo, Dr. Dre, Katy Perry, Neil Young, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, U2  
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Courtney Love now Courtney Michelle, Record Store Day helps sales, a worthwhile rant about the Internet and music writing

Courtney Love is now Courtney Michelle. - Courtney Love ... it's never boring, is it? It's not Courtney Love either anymore, apparently. Please call her Courtney Michelle from now on. "The name Courtney Love is a way to oppress me,"...

By David Malitz  |  April 22, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Chris Weingarten, Courtney Love, Hole, Justin Bieber, MGMT  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz Always good to get two of my very favorite singers/lyricists in a random five, and that's the case here with Dan Bejar of New Pornographers and Lawrence of Felt. For those interested in hearing the New Pornographers...

By David Malitz  |  April 22, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In concert: Sara Watkins at Jammin' Java

Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins as grown into an accomplished solo performer. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Juli Thanki While pushing blonde locks behind her ear Sara Watkins mock-grumbled "My stupid hair is in my face. I feel like Justin...

By David Malitz  |  April 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Nickel Creek, Sara Watkins  
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Director Danny Perez talks Animal Collective collaboration on new film "Oddsac"

An image from Animal Collective's "Oddsac" - it's not exactly a popcorn flick. (Courtesy of Swiss Dots) By David Malitz It's hard to deny that 2009 was the year of Animal Collective. The Maryland-bred experimental pop band enjoyed massive breakthrough...

By David Malitz  |  April 21, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Animal Collective, Danny Perez, Oddsac  
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Metallica soldiers on through European tour; new releases from M.I.A., Kylie Minogue, others

Metallica's Kirk Hammett says the band hasn't traveled in a bus for nearly 25 years. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) By Ally Schweitzer - Metallica is plowing through obstacles-- both natural and emotional-- to continue their European tour. With flights still hard...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 21, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Big Boi, Hanson, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A., Metallica, Outkast, Paul McCartney  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Joe Heim Rilo Kiley was the perfect band for a couple of years. Listening to the song here reminds me of seeing them at the old Metro Cafe with about two dozen other people sometime in the early 2000s....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 21, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Roger McGuinn talks about the writing rockers of Rock Bottom Remainders

Roger McGuinn of folk rock legends the Byrds teams with Dave Barry, Amy Tan and other authors in the Rock Bottom Remainders. (John Chiasson) By Stephen Lowman You know that dream you’ve always had? The one where you see "The...

By David Malitz  |  April 20, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Rock Bottom Remainders, Roger McGuinn, The Byrds  
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Remembering Guru of Gang Starr; alleged letter to fans causes controversy

Guru, right, was one half of hugely influential hip-hop group Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. Guru died from cancer on Monday. (Daniel Hastings) By Sarah Godfrey Guru, one half of seminal hip-hop group Gang Starr, passed away after a...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 20, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  News  | Tags: DJ Premier, Guru, Solar  
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Album reviews: Willie Nelson, "Country Music" and Merle Haggard, "I Am What I Am"

Country icons Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson both have new albums. (Bill O'Leary/TWP) By Chris Richards In his final earthly throes, Johnny Cash set a new standard for aging country icons: Unload the heavy stuff at the end of the...

By David Malitz  |  April 20, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson  
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Singles file: Crystal Castles, Josh Ritter, Ufie

Canadian duo Crystal Castles have another brutish hit on their hands. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Crystal Castles: "Doe Deer" The hyped-to-the-skies Canadian duo returns with this nasty, brutish and short (and...

By David Malitz  |  April 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Crystal Castles, Isa GT, Josh Ritter, Pharrell Williams, Rolling Stones, Uffie  
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Album review: Roky Erickson with Okkervil River, "True Love Cast Out All Evil"

By Allison Stewart Three decades ago, around the time Roky Erickson was incarcerated in the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in East Texas, he wrote a bunch of songs: love songs, laments, judge-please-don't-lock-me-up songs. Several of these...

By David Malitz  |  April 20, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Okkervil River, Roky Erickson  
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Album review: Rufus Wainwright, "All Days Are Nights"

By Allison Stewart Created when Rufus Wainwright's mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, was dying of cancer, "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu" is both an elegy and a love letter to McGarrigle, who died in January, and to...

By David Malitz  |  April 20, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Ozomatli, "Fire Away"

By Mario Ivan Ona Fifteen years in the biz, and the members of Los Angeles Mexifunk troupe Ozomatli have no intention of growing up. And why should they? Their keg-stand anthems, general buffoonery and sneaky lefty politics have landed...

By David Malitz  |  April 20, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Ozomatli  
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Guru of Gang Starr dies

Guru, one of the greatest rappers of his generation, has passed. By Chris Richards - After a year-long battle with cancer, Guru, rapper of the acclaimed hip-hop duo Gang Starr has died. AllHipHop.com reports that the rapper passed away on...

By Chris Richards  |  April 20, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Guru  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Something about making these lists puts me in a mash-up state of mind. I recently opined for a Meters/Weezy mixtape and this morning I'm hankering for a Gucci Mane/shoegaze tape, i.e., nerd heaven. - Gucci Mane, "I'm...

By Chris Richards  |  April 20, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Double dose of Panic, new album from Cypress Hill, Gorillaz on "Colbert"

Cypress Hill's new album comes out on 4/20. What a coincidence. Also, way to rock the curly W, B-Real! (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) By David Malitz In concert: It's another busy week on the live music circuit. Get things...

By David Malitz  |  April 19, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Cypress Hill, Gorillaz, Widespread Panic  
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Local news: Eagles, Dixie Chicks, King Sunny Ade, Swing Out Sister gigs canceled

The Eagles show at Nationals Park has been canceled. (2008 photo by Tracy Woodward/TWP) By Ally Schweitzer Area concert cancellations abound this Monday afternoon: Live Nation announced that the Eagles/Dixie Chicks/Keith Urban concert scheduled for June 15th at Nationals Park...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 19, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Dixie Chicks, Eagles, Keith Urban, King Sunny Ade, Swing Out Sister  
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Wolf Trap announces 2010-11 season

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: A lesser-known treat among a season of heavy hitters at Wolf Trap. By Chris Richards Big stars under the stars. For years, that's been the reliable -- and often predictable -- approach that Wolf...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Francis and the Lights at DC9

Francis and the Lights: Frenetic, funky fun at DC9 Saturday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Ally Schweitzer We all know the teen movie cliché about the geek who blossoms into a superstar. That kid who spends high school...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 19, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Titus Andronicus at St. Stephen's Church

Titus Andronicus Friday night: No stopping this freight train. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz Well, of course Titus Andronicus, new torchbearers of indie earnestness and ethics, would eschew a typical rock club and have its D.C. show...

By David Malitz  |  April 19, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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B-sides: 9:30 club owner Seth Hurwitz just wants to bang on the drums all day

9:30 club owner and sometimes-stage-crashing drummer Seth Hurwitz. (Mark Gail/TWP) The 9:30 club turns 30 next month. To mark the occasion, J. Freedom du Lac talked to a bunch of people about the place. So many stories, not enough space....

By David Malitz  |  April 19, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  B-sides  | Tags: Foo Fighters, Seth Hurwitz  
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Carrie Underwood takes the big award at ACM; Coachella 2010 wraps up

Carrie Underwood, two-time recipient of ACM's Entertainer of the Year award. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) By Ally Schweitzer - Carrie Underwood took away the biggest prize at last night's Academy of Country Music awards, winning "Entertainer of the Year" at the...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 19, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Flea, Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Pavement, Phoenix  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer Beautifully strange Indian diva Asha Puthli brings an extra psychedelic cover of George Harrison's "I Dig Love," and I remember why the Decemberists get on my nerves more often than they make me feel good. Leave your...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 19, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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