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Click Track: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Coda: Ke$ha or Katy?; Musicians on screen and on "The Simpsons"; Lady Gaga hits D.C. in 9 months

Ke$ha's Dr. Luke creation will be unavoidable this summer. Previously, on C L I C K T R A C K. (Shout out "Lost" - we'll miss ya!) We debate which of candy-pop producer Dr. Luke's hits will be the...

By David Malitz  |  May 21, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local news: Wale and Mya cancel performances at local LGBT festivals

Wale will not perform at D.C. Black Pride this weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Chris Richards Two hometown pop-heroes have canceled upcoming gigs at festivals celebrating Washington's LGBT community. Yesterday, Metro Weekly reported that local rap star Wale has...

By Chris Richards  |  May 21, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: J. Holiday, Mya, Wale  
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Lists: Top five musical guest stars on "The Simpsons"

Joanna Newsom has been Simpson-ized. By Allison Stewart "The Simpsons"' 21st season is set to conclude on Sunday night with an "American Idol"-themed episode. And while the season may have been a mixed bag -- we're still examining our...

By Allison Stewart  |  May 21, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Cypress Hill, James Taylor, Joanna Newsom, Johnny Cash, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Peter Frampton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, White Stripes  
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In concert: Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at DAR Constitution Hall

Matthews performs at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion last year. Photos from last night to come. (Photo/The Courier, Eric S. Swist) By Chris Klimek Fifty years ago, British primatologist Jane Goodall arrived in what is now Tanzania to observe the...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 21, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Dave Matthews Band  
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In concert: Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at The Kenendy Center

Part of the All-Star Quintet - left to right, Geri Allen, Esperanza Spalding, Grace Kelly and Terri Lyne Carrington - performs on the opening night of the Kennedy Center's 2010 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. (All photos by...

By David Malitz  |  May 21, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Grace Kelly, Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Terri Lynne Carrington  
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Limp Bizkit scratches tour; Roots collab with Dirty Projectors; Sennheiser dies

Limp Bizkit: Not an ampitheatre band. Well, duh. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) By Ally Schweitzer - Limp Bizkit has canned their North American summer tour in favor of a pared-down arena jaunt this fall. One can speculate as to...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 21, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Dirty Projectors, Limp Bizkit, The Roots  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Today's bookends: "Drug dealin' music" and the dawn of straight-edge. Tell us what you're listening to in the comments. - Wacka Flocka Flame, "O Let's Do It" - Sia, "Buttons" - Sarah Buxton, "Innocence" - Elizabeth Cotton,...

By Chris Richards  |  May 21, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: Ke$ha or Katy Perry? Which Dr. Luke-produced summer smash will prevail?

You don't have a choice. Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald's fingerprints are going to be all over the airwaves this summer, like it or not. The candy-pop producer has penned some of the most tenacious earworms of our time (Kelly...

By Chris Richards  |  May 20, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Dr. Luke, Katy Perry, Ke$ha  
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Be specific: Caetano Veloso on Animal Collective, David Byrne, Michael Jackson

Brazilian icon Caetano Veloso has been a major influence on American musicians. (Photo by Helayne Seidman) By Chris Richards One reason to hate computers: Overzealous spam filters that gobble up wonderful Caetano Veloso interviews. The Brazilian songsmith visited Washington's Lisner...

By Chris Richards  |  May 20, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Caetano Veloso  
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P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider fighting cancer

Gary Shider has been performing with P-Funk even as he battles cancer. (Courtesy of the artist) By Chris Richards While reporting a recent story about Parliament-Funkadelic's legendary Mothership, I learned that the band's longtime guitarist (and Upper Marlboro resident),...

By Chris Richards  |  May 20, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Garry Shider, Parliament-Funkadelic  
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Lady Gaga announces second Washington Monster Ball show... in 2011

Gaga will return to D.C. in 2011 -- and she already has her outfit picked out. (Photo: Reuters/Interscope Records) By Chris Richards Here's a great pick-up line if you find yourself dancing to "Bad Romance" at a local nightclub this...

By Chris Richards  |  May 20, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Lady Gaga  
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Costello earns praise, criticism for Israel concert cancelations; Axl Rose sues manager; 9:30 Club hosts benefit

Costello garners mixed reactions for canceling concerts in Israel. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) By Ally Schweitzer - Elvis Costello is setting off sparks for his decision to cancel two concerts in Israel. Costello wrote on his website that in...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Axl Rose, Elvis Costello  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz "I Found That Essence Rare" may be in my top 10 song titles ever. The song itself may crack the top 100. Hasil Adkins is always one of my random shuffle favorites. Morrissey, "Speedway" Gang of Four,...

By David Malitz  |  May 20, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Be Specific: Country singer Justin Moore on the perils of pranking Brad Paisley

Justin Moore will open for Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker Saturday at Jiffy Lube Live. (Courtesy of the artist) By Allison Stewart A Southern rock-inspired country singer in the mode of Jason Aldean, Justin Moore may be the biggest Nashville...

By Allison Stewart  |  May 19, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Justin Moore  
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Lists: Five underrated rappers-turned-actors

By Sarah Godfrey The Queen Latifah/Common flick “Just Wright” opened over the weekend, and while rappers have been snapping up acting gigs for a while now, a romantic comedy starring two people who got their start in hip-hop is...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  May 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Black Thought, Common, Fredro Starr, Ja Rule, Just Wright, Queen Latifah, Sticky Fingaz, The Game  
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Bieber and Wale nominated for BET Awards; R. Kelly's got a new "I Believe I Can Fly"; Brad Paisley concert hosts food drive

It's Wale v. Bieber in this year's BET Awards, and we can't decide who we're rooting for. (Photos by Michael Buckner/Getty Images and Chris Pizzello/AP) By Ally Schweitzer - It's the showdown we've all been waiting for: Wale v. Justin...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 19, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber, R. Kelly, Wale  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Joe Heim The problem of downloading songs for your kids on iTunes will be readily apparent in this morning's mix. - The Clash, "Death or Glory" - Walt Disney Recordings, "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" - Miranda Lambert, "Me...

By Chris Richards  |  May 19, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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B-sides: Nas in the land of the Muppets

Nas - big fan of the Muppets. (Left to right: Kyle Gustafson /TWP; Henson Company) By Sarah Godfrey The long-awaited Nas/Damian Marley collaboration “Distant Relatives” is out today. Back in December, I talked to both artists about the hip-hop/reggae fusion...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  May 18, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  B-sides  | Tags: Damian Marley, Nas  
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Album review: Sleigh Bells, "Treats"

Sleigh Bells - from nobody to Next Big Thing in just a year. By Allison Stewart A year ago, Sleigh Bells barely existed. And now, it's as if they'd always been here: Brooklyn's hottest band, and the Internet's noisiest...

By David Malitz  |  May 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: LCD Soundsystem, "This Is Happening

If it's the end for LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy went out on a high. (Ruvan Wijesooriya) By Chris Richards The myth goes like this: In a display of neurosis, determination and egomania, Picasso would bring his paintings to the Louvre...

By David Malitz  |  May 18, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: LCD Soundsystem  
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Singles file: Oddisee, Karen Elson, Jack Johnson

Oddisee shouts out PG County on his new one. (Courtesy of the artist) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Oddisee: "I'm From PG" The Diamond District rapper releases what may be the first-ever...

By David Malitz  |  May 18, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Jack Johnson, Janelle Monae, Karen Elson, Oddisee, Of Montreal, Tame Impala  
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Album review: Janelle Monae, "The ArchAndroid"

By Bill Friskics-Warren Not since the '70s heyday of George Clinton's Parliafunkadelicment Thang has anyone fused science fiction/fantasy and genre-defying funk with such vision and aplomb as Janelle Monáe does on this full-length debut. The album chronicles the adventures...

By David Malitz  |  May 18, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Janelle Monae  
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Album review: Nas and Damien Marley, "Distant Relatives"

By Jesse Serwer There's no precedent for Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley's "Distant Relatives." As much as their respective genres have exchanged with one another over the years, a major rapper and a major reggae artist have never...

By David Malitz  |  May 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Damian Marley, Nas  
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Album review: Band of Horses, "Infinite Arms"

By Allison Stewart "Infinite Arms," Band of Horses' third album and major label debut, was supposed to be their Big Moment, the album that did for them what "Evil Urges" did for My Morning Jacket: Which is to say,...

By David Malitz  |  May 18, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Band of Horses  
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Mary J. Blige to play Nina Simone; Jazz great Hank Jones dies; Vampire Weekend returns

Mary J. Blige has been waiting... waiting.. waiting to play Nina Simone. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) By Chris Richards - Sometimes the echo chamber works verrrrrry slowwwwwly: Yesterday, Pitchfork reported that legendary R&B vocalist Mary J. Blige has...

By Chris Richards  |  May 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, Hank Jones, Mary J. Blige, Nina Simone, Vampire Weekend  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards I have a review of the new LCD Soundsystem album running later today on this here blog. I think my iTunes and our publishing system are in cahoots. - Diamond K, "Are You the Bomb" - Tabi...

By Chris Richards  |  May 18, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Week ahead: Now we can all legally enjoy the new LCD Soundsystem album; Janelle Monae on your stereo and TV

Will this be the week Janelle Monae makes herself known to the world? (Evy Mages/TWP) By David Malitz In concert: It's a chilly and overcast day, so that would make Eluvium a nice choice for tonight at DC9. Expect dreamy,...

By David Malitz  |  May 17, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Band of Horses, Brad Paisley, Dave Matthews, Janelle Monae, LCD Soundsystem  
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In concert: Sugarland at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush showed their ambitions beyond mainstream country Sunday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Scott Galupo Before securing the blessing of key cultural arbiters like Oprah Winfrey and President Obama, Jennifer...

By David Malitz  |  May 17, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jennifer Nettles, Sugarland  
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In concert: Everybody Was in the French Resistance . . . Now! at DC9

Art Brut's Eddie Argos brought his funny side project to DC9 on Saturday night. (Leah Jones/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Listening to an album is a simpler matter than attending a show. That may explain why DC9 was only about half...

By David Malitz  |  May 17, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Everybody Was in the French Resistance ... Now  
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Country telethon raises over $1.5 million for flood relief; metal singer Ronnie James Dio dies at 67

Lady Antebellum perform on last night's "Music City Keep On Playin'" telethon. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) By Ally Schweitzer - Country stars raised over $1.5 million for Tennessee flood relief during last night's "Music City Keep on Playin'" telethon....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Ronnie James Dio  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer We start the week off with the funky, sparkly 1983 single "Padlock," and from there it just gets slow, sappy and/or depressing. This doesn't bode well for my week. - Gwen Guthrie, "Padlock" (Larry Levan mix) -...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 17, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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