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Click Track: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Phoenix's phenomenal show; M.I.A.'s controversial week; Ian McCulloch: quote machine

Read more about this week's Phoenix show in December's "Best Shows of 2010" countdown. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) There was no escaping M.I.A. this week. She released a new song; she released a very violent and NSFW video; and then we debated...

By David Malitz  |  April 30, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lists: Young Jeezy as Malcolm X -- and four other rappers who have posed as historical figures

By Sarah Godfrey Young Jeezy recently leaked the art for his forthcoming mix tape "Trap or Die, Pt. II: By Any Means Necessary," and the cover finds the rapper striking a Malcolm X-ish pose. Some thought it was genius....

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 30, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Mac Dre, Nas, Raekwon, Remy Ma, Young Jeezy  
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Be Specific: Rhett Miller Talks White House Correspondents' dinner

By Allison Stewart Singer-songwriter Rhett Miller will take time out from recording a new double album with his band the Old 97's to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night (watch your back, fellow attendee Justin Bieber!). Miller,...

By Allison Stewart  |  April 30, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Rhett Miller  
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Latin artists speak out against Arizona immigration law; Aventura and Tito "El Bambino" dominate Latin Grammys; Folk singer Susan Reed dies

Shakira protests Arizona's new immigration legislation in front of the state capitol building in Phoenix. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) - Latin stars are criticizing Arizona's new immigration legislation that is being called the toughest in the country. At last...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 30, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Aventura, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Susan Reed, Tito "El Bambino"  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Let's take a moment to give thanks for bass guitarist Bernard Harvey, the guy responsible for the incredibly sinister riff that lurks beneath Gucci Mane's Bangladesh-produced hit "Lemonade." - Gucci Mane, "Lemonade" - DJ Quik, "I Don't...

By Chris Richards  |  April 30, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Taking sides: Four days later, is M.I.A.'s new video still too much?

M.I.A. goes NSFW. We've had four days to mull it over, but the video for M.I.A.'s new single, "Born Free," is still tough to sit through. In it, riot gear-clad cops swarm the streets of Los Angeles, rounding up red-haired...

By Chris Richards  |  April 29, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: M.I.A.  
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The annotated Ian McCulloch: Echo and the Bunnymen frontman's pearls of wisdom

Ian McCulloch takes a drag at Coachella. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By David Malitz Last year at SXSW I conducted an interview with Ian McCulloch, frontman for rightly-revered Brit-rockers Echo and the Bunnymen. The interview simply sat on my recorder for...

By David Malitz  |  April 29, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Echo and the Bunnymen  
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Trent Reznor to Destroy Angels; Letterman starts a label; MGMT plays Merriweather

Trent Reznor's new musical project will be revealed this summer. By David Malitz - If I said to you, "Trent Reznor's got a new musical project - guess what it's called?" You'd probably go, "Oh, I don't know, probably something...

By David Malitz  |  April 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: David Letterman, How to Destroy Angels, MGMT, Trent Reznor  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz Almost a clean U.K. sweep, but Deerhunter managed to sneak in there. I love McLusky more than just about anyone but understand why that track was left for a B-side. The first Art Brut album is still...

By David Malitz  |  April 29, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Really quick spin: Gordo Brega, "M.W.A."

By Sarah Godfrey Spanglish-spitting, Bronx-born rapper Gordo Brega has released his long-awaited debut album "M.W.A,” (available today at Studio43.com), a collection of complex rhymes -- in both English and Spanish -- focused on partying, street life, and D.C. flag-waving....

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 28, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Gordo Brega  
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Be specific: Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre on major label life

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre (front, with glasses) is enjoying his moment in the spotlight. (Peter Yang) By Allison Stewart Now in their 13th year of existence, Minneapolis-based pop-punk lifers Motion City Soundtrack released their fourth disc (and major label...

By Allison Stewart  |  April 28, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bieber says relax; Bono honored in DC for humanitarian work

Bieber fans in Australia: The shirts speak for themselves. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images) By Ally Schweitzer - Justin Bieber tried to talk some sense into the extremist wing of his fanbase yesterday after a mob of fans swarmed him...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 28, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bono, Justin Bieber  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Joe Heim The great John Eddie's song for long-suffering bar bands, indisputably good advice from the Coup and classic Hag for your Wednesday shuffle. John Eddie, "Play Some Skynyrd" Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Turn Into" Merle Haggard, "I'm Free" The...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 28, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Riffs: Know your Roots!

Rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and bassist Owen Biddle of the Roots perform with Adele. The Rev. Al Sharpton watches in the background. KIDDING! (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) By Chris Richards Members of The Roots tweeted about it...

By Chris Richards  |  April 27, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: The Roots  
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Speculation: Virgin Mobile FreeFest Predictions, Vol. 1

Will Eugene Hutz and Gogol Bordello make a Virgin Mobile Fest return? We think so. (Sarah L. Voisin/TWP) By David Malitz Here's what we know about the 2010 edition of Virgin Mobile FreeFest - it's on. It will, once again,...

By David Malitz  |  April 27, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Speculation  | Tags: Gogol Bordello, Phoenix, Virgin Festival, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Wale  
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In concert: Phoenix at Constitution Hall

Thomas Mars and Phoenix thrilled fans at a sold-out Constitution Hall Monday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards Signs that things are amiss in Popland, U.S.A.: Rolling Stone magazine is fawning over the Black Eyed Peas, America's...

By Chris Richards  |  April 27, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Phoenix  
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Album review: Hole, "Nobody's Daughter"

There's barely anything to like, let alone love on the new Hole album. By Joe Heim There's a lot to dislike about Courtney Love. And almost all of what's dislikable shows up on "Nobody's Daughter," the new album by Love's...

By David Malitz  |  April 27, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Courtney Love, Hole  
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Singles file: Blitzen Trapper, DJ Gemini f. Kingpen Slim, Tobacco f. Beck

Blitzen Trapper is inspired by the '70s on its new song. (Todd Roeth) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Blitzen Trapper: "Destroyer of the Void" On the titanic, fantastical title track of their...

By David Malitz  |  April 27, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Beck, Blitzen Trapper, DJ Gemini, Gucci Mane, Kingpen Slim, Tobacco  
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Album review: B.o.B., "B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray"

By Sarah Godfrey It would have made sense for Decatur rapper-singer B.o.B. to use his debut major-label CD, "B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," as a showcase for his solo skills, a chance for the mix-tape star to...

By David Malitz  |  April 27, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: B.o.B., Bobby Ray  
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Album review: Gogol Bordello, "Trans-Continental Hustle"

By Bill Friskics-Warren Few punks this side of the Mekons and the Clash make resistance sound as liberating as Gogol Bordello; ever fewer have made as many timely and great albums, and the group's latest is no exception. Produced...

By David Malitz  |  April 27, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Gogol Bordello  
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Album review: Daddy Yankee, "Mundial"

By Sarah Godfrey Daddy Yankee may be the pride of Puerto Rico, but international superstardom has made him a citizen of the world. The reggaetón star/standard bearer picked up some new sonic influences while touring and racking up passport...

By David Malitz  |  April 27, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Daddy Yankee  
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New M.I.A. video sparks Twitter outrage; GMA summer concerts announced

By Chris Richards - Brit rapper/provocateur M.I.A. unleashed her new video for "Born Free" yesterday -- a hyper-violent mini-film directed by Romain Gavras. In it, a team of police goons perform various acts of cruelty on young men with...

By Chris Richards  |  April 27, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum, M.I.A., Mary J. Blige  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards T.I. looks so young in this video! - T.I., "Rubber Band Man" - Steve Reich, "Eight Lines" - Polyrock, "Romantic Me" - Drake, featuring Trey Songz, "Successful" - Bikini Kill, "Strawberry Julius"...

By Chris Richards  |  April 27, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Week ahead: My Morning Jacket at Merriweather, Hole finally releases new CD

My Morning Jacket has gone from Metro Cafe to Merriweather Post Pavilion over the past decade. (AP Photo/ Jim Cooper) By David Malitz In concert: You really want to see Phoenix tonight at Constitution Hall but it's very sold out....

By David Malitz  |  April 26, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Hole, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings  
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In concert: Charlie Wilson and Chuck Brown at Constitution Hall

Charlie Wilson and Chuck Brown brought down the house Saturday night at Constitution Hall. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey R&B singer Charlie Wilson turned 60 earlier this year. Go-go legend Chuck Brown is 73. But when the...

By David Malitz  |  April 26, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Charlie Wilson, Chuck Brown  
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In concert: Mavis Staples at the Kennedy Center

Turning 70 hasn't slowed down soul legend Mavis Staples. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mike Joyce “Y’all gonna make me hurt myself,” moaned Mavis Staples, after throwing herself, body and soul, into a performance at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace...

By David Malitz  |  April 26, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Mavis Staples  
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Earth Day's moment in the sun

Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter performs with The Roots at Sunday's Climate Rally. (All photos by Bill O'Leary/TWP) By Chris Richards (Full photo gallery; video recap.) Sting, Mavis Staples, the Roots -- some big stars came to Washington to perform at...

By David Malitz  |  April 26, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: John Legend, Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Passion Pit, Patrick Stump, Sting, The Roots  
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In concert: Hot Chip at 9:30 club

No matter what instruments they used, Hot Chip cooked up irresistible dance hits Saturday at 9:30 club. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Ally Schweitzer Hot Chip could be the MacGyver of electropop. Give them a maraca, a rubber band...

By David Malitz  |  April 26, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Hot Chip  
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In concert: Jakob Dylan at 9:30 club

IN TUNE: Jakob Dylan and Neko Case harmonized beautifully on several ballads. (Marvin Joseph/TWP) By Chris Klimek In case the presence of producer T-Bone Burnett and harmony singers Neko Case and Kelly Hogan didn't tip you off already, Jakob Dylan's...

By David Malitz  |  April 26, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jakob Dylan, Kelly Hogan, Neko Case  
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M.I.A.'s got a new track; Vandals get sued again; James Murphy says talent is overrated

By Ally Schweitzer - M.I.A. has a new track, "Born Free." It's her singing vaguely political lyrics over Suicide's "Ghost Rider." Yeaahhh... so... how much does Suicide get paid for this? - Punk band the Vandals have been sued...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 26, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., The Vandals  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer Isaac Hayes's "Mood"-- is it possible to start off the week any better than this? Share your shuffle in the comments! Isaac Hayes, "Ike's Mood" Shriekback, "All Lined Up" K-B Caps, "Do You Really Need Me" Lansing-Dreiden,...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 26, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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