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Click Track: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

In concert: Erykah Badu at Constitution Hall

Standing tall: Erykah Badu kicked off her summer tour in Washington on Friday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards When Erykah Badu opens her show with a song called “20 Feet Tall,” she’s smart enough to look...

By Chris Richards  |  May 29, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Erykah Badu  
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Coda: McCartney, vampires and M.I.A. and Neil Young-inspired charts

There will be more McCartney next week. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) Paul McCartney was our main topic this week. First came the news that he would be the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. So that led us to...

By David Malitz  |  May 28, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Coda  
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In concert: Coheed and Cambria at 9:30 club

Coheed and Cambria: big hair and bigger ideas. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Dave McKenna You could cut the pretension with a knife at Coheed and Cambria's Thursday appearance at the 930 Club, the first of two sold out...

By David Malitz  |  May 28, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Coheed and Cambria  
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Poll: Should the Jonas Brothers play The White House?

JoBros: White House worthy? (Photo by Michael Temchine/FWTP) The lineup of musicians scheduled to perform the songs of Paul McCartney as he is awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House next week is...

By David Malitz  |  May 28, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney  
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Wale to play D.C. Black Pride event after all

Wale has announced plans to perform at D.C. Black Pride this weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Chris Richards Local rap hero Wale came under fire last week for bagging an appearance at D.C. Black Pride's 20th Anniversary event at...

By Chris Richards  |  May 28, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Wale  
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Whartscape lineup semi-announced, another 300 bands still unconfirmed; Willie Nelson lops off his hair; Alicia Keys pregnant, engaged

Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, one of the local highlights at this year's Whartscape Fest in Baltimore. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Ally Schweitzer - *Sniffle* Whartscape has really grown up, guys. This year the Baltimore music fest celebrates its...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 28, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Alicia Keys, Double Dagger, No Age, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ponytail, Willie Nelson, Wye Oak  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By David Malitz Archers of Loaf - the best '90s indie rock band that wasn't Pavement? Nation of Ulysses - the best of the D.C. punk bands? Discuss. The White Stripes, "I Can Learn" Archers of Loaf, "A Death in...

By David Malitz  |  May 28, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Timeline: M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg of the New York Times

By Chris Richards It's been a tweeting frenzy ever since reporter Lynn Hirschberg's less-than-flattering New York Times Magazine profile of Brit-rapper-provacateur M.I.A. landed online yesterday. For a moment, it seemed like the whole thing might blow over, but today,...

By Chris Richards  |  May 27, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: M.I.A.  
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Taking sides: Who should win the next Gershwin Prize?

These are our picks for who should be the next Gershwin Prize recipient. (Clockwise from top left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI; AP Photo/Patrick Semansky; Andrew Propp; Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images) Macca Week continues here on Click Track -- despite much...

By Chris Richards  |  May 27, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Prince  
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Local news: Marshall Keys, W. Ellington Felton in "Swingtime"

By Sarah Godfrey Two well-known D.C. musicans will appear in the new In Series production, “Swingtime: The Fabulous Forties,” which premieres at H Street’s Atlas Theater this weekend: Famed saxophonist Marshall Keys and MC/singer/poet/actor W. Ellington Felton. The musical,...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  May 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Burnett Thompson, Marshall Keys, Tom Mallon, W. Ellington Felton  
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Rage Against the Machine recruits Kanye, Calle 13, more for Arizona boycott; 9:30 club gets Rollins, Ted Leo, Bob Mould, more for free 30th anniversary show; Black Keys debut at No. 3 on charts

Calle 13 joins Rage Against the Machine, Kanye West, Sonic Youth and more in a boycott of Arizona. By David Malitz - Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine has never been one to shy away from a...

By David Malitz  |  May 27, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Band of Horses, Black Keys, Bob Mould, Calle 13, Chely Wright, Clutch, Conor Oberst, Henry Rollins, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Ted Leo, The Evens  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz The Dream Syndicate is the current 2010 leader for "Why Didn't I Start Listening to This Band Earlier?" band. The Jesus Lizard video linked is from a 1991 show at D.C. Space. The Bats, "Block of Wood"...

By David Malitz  |  May 27, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Vampires and werewolves and Beck, oh my: Your guide to the new vampire soundtracks

Beck is on both vampire soundtracks. (Autumn DeWilde) By Allison Stewart It's a double-header, bloodsucker-style: Two different vampire soundtracks featuring au courant indie rockers will see release within the space of two weeks: "True Blood, Volume 2" (already out)...

By Allison Stewart  |  May 26, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Band of Horses, Beck, Dead Weather, Lucinda Williams, Muse, Robbie Robertson, True Blood, Twilight  
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Ellen DeGeneres launches record label

By Chris Richards After her first season as a judge on American Idol, Ellen DeGeneres has decided to try her hand in a thriving, robust industry: the record business. The daytime TV personality announced plans to launch her own...

By Chris Richards  |  May 26, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Ellen DeGeneres, Greyson Chance  
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In concert: Michael Mayer at the U Street Music Hall

Was it German techno master Michael Mayer or the U Street Music Hall PA system that split eardrums Tuesday night? (Photo courtesy of the artist) By Ally Schweitzer It’s 1:30 a.m. on a Wednesday in Washington, D.C. For most...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 26, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Michael Mayer  
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Really quick spin: Tabi Bonney, "A Place Called Stardom"

By Sarah Godfrey D.C.-based rapper Tabi Bonney has never needed to rely on mix tapes as promotional tools — the legions of cool kids rocking pieces from his clothing line have been advertisement enough. So it's only now --...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  May 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Buckshot, GZA, Mick Boogie, Shydi, Tabi Bonney, Wale  
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In concert: Visqueen at Black Cat

Visqueen's Rachel Flotard led the group through a punchy hour-long set. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Patrick Foster "Thanks for coming out" is often an empty, rote concert sentiment, but when Visqueen's Rachel Flotard thanked the crowd for showing...

By David Malitz  |  May 26, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Visqueen  
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Setlist wishlist: Songs we hope to hear when Paul McCartney visits the White House next week

Everyone attending Tuesday's McCartney tribute at the White House should be practicing their na-na-na-nas. (Kevin Mazur/MPL) By Chris Richards Paul McCartney visits the White House next Tuesday to accept the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song -- and...

By Chris Richards  |  May 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Jack White, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder  
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Mindy McCready hospitalized; Virgin FreeFest date announced

Mindy McCready hospitalized in Florida. A hospital spokesperson says she is in good condition. (Photo from mindymccready.com) By Ally Schweitzer - Troubled country singer Mindy McCready -- she of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" and "Guys Do It All the...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Mindy McCready  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Chris Richards Vile's "Freeway" is such a great song to start the day. - Kurt Vile, "Freeway" - Angie Stone, "Wish I Didn't Miss You" - The Screamers, "Vertigo" - John Adams, "Shaker Loops" - E.U., "Slave to the...

By Chris Richards  |  May 26, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In concert: Neil Young at Constitution Hall

Neil Young split his set between '70s classics and brand new songs Monday night at Constitution Hall. (All photos by Tracy Woodward/TWP) By David Malitz Neil Young's neverending desire to live in the present can be both his most fascinating...

By David Malitz  |  May 25, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Neil Young  
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Bono back injury forces U2 to postpone tour; Perfectly healthy Christina Aguilera also postpones tour

Bono's back is out and U2's tour is delayed. (Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Chris Richards U2 frontman Bono underwent emergency back surgery Friday in Munich, forcing the band to cancel its headlining slot at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival next month. The...

By Chris Richards  |  May 25, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Christina Aguilera, U2  
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Singles file: Sia, Pearl Jam f. Ben Bridwell, Lil B

Sia goes mainstream on her latest. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Sia: "The Fight" On the giddy opening track to her upcoming "We Are Born," Sia completes her transformation from remote electro...

By David Malitz  |  May 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Band of Horses, Lil B, Lorn, M. Ward, Pearl Jam, Sia  
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Album review: Rusko, "O.M.G."

By Sarah Godfrey DJ-producer Rusko, the reigning king of dubstep, is in demand these days - his work will appear on M.I.A.'s upcoming album, and he recently agreed to pitch in behind the boards on a new Britney Spears...

By David Malitz  |  May 25, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Rusko  
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Album review: Stone Temple Pilots, "Stone Temple Pilots"

By Allison Stewart In the life cycle of a troubled band, reunion albums are the next-to-last stage, after rehab stints, regrettable solo albums and supergroup side projects, but before the final reunion tour, The One Where Everything Falls Apart....

By David Malitz  |  May 25, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Album review: Elikeh, "Adje! Adje!"

By Sarah Godfrey The West African nation of Togo doesn't have the same reputation for churning out Afropop as countries such as Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. But D.C.-based Elikeh, fronted by Togolese singer-guitarist Massama Dogo, is seeking to change...

By David Malitz  |  May 25, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Elikeh  
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Lauryn Hill apparently won't Rock the Bells; HFStival returns; David Byrne sues Florida Governor; Slipknot bassist dies

Don't get excited. Lauryn Hill will most likely remain in pop exile this summer. (AP Photo/Keystone, Olivier Maire) By Chris Richards - Don't believe the hype. Yesterday, URB.com reported that R&B recluse Lauryn Hill would headline this summer's Rock the...

By Chris Richards  |  May 25, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Billy Idol, David Byrne, Everclear, Jimmy's Chicken Shack, KRS-One, Lauryn Hill, Lit, Live, Marcy Playground, Presidents of the United States of America, Rakim, Slick Rick, Slipknot, Talking Heads, Third Eye Blind, Wu-Tang Clan  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards When friends tell me they don't like country music ("only Johnny Cash!"), I'm going to start recommending they get their hearts broken and drive around aimlessly listening to Gary Allan's "Songs About Rain." - Gary Allan, "Songs...

By Chris Richards  |  May 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Week ahead: Badu double dips at DAR, Stone Temple Pilots release first album in nine years

Erykah Badu will be in D.C. for a pair of shows this weekend. In concert: Soul queen Erykah Badu visits Constitution Hall for a pair of shows on Friday and Saturday. N.E.R.D. opens both, with ascendant superstar Janelle Monae joining...

By David Malitz  |  May 24, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Bettye LaVette, Erykah Badu, Stone Temple Pilots  
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Paul McCartney to be honored at White House; Stevie Wonder, Jonas Brothers and others scheduled to perform in tribute

Macca is coming to Pennsylvania Avenue. (Tracy Woodward/TWP). By Chris Richards The White House is throwing another epic bash, this time honoring Paul McCartney, winner of this year's Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Macca is the third...

By Chris Richards  |  May 24, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Jack White, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder  
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In concert: Brad Paisley at Jiffy Lube Live

Brad Paisley was his usual crowd pleasing self on Saturday night. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Scott Galupo You'd have scarcely guessed Saturday night at Jiffy Lube Live that Brad Paisley's romantic life has been anything but a blissful...

By David Malitz  |  May 24, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker  
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In concert: The Fab Faux at Lisner Auditorium

By John Kelly About 15 minutes into the Fab Faux's show Saturday evening at Lisner Auditorium, bassist Will Lee said, "This is a song that if you do have a Beatles band, we suggest you play it" and then launched...

By David Malitz  |  May 24, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: The Fab Faux  
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In concert: Devin the Dude at Rock and Roll Hotel

Devin the Dude took his time taking the stage on Saturday night. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey Houston's Devin the Dude is a self-aware, funny stoner, who, through a laid-back mix of crooning and rhyming, talks about...

By David Malitz  |  May 24, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alan Jackson pays tribute to victims of coal mining disaster at W.Va. concert

Alan Jackson met with members of each family afflicted by the April mining disaster in West Virginia before performing. (Jeff Gentner/AP) By Chris Richards CHARLESTON, W.VA. -- At a towering 6-foot-4, Alan Jackson takes the stage in long, cool...

By David Malitz  |  May 24, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cerati's condition improves after brain surgery; iTunes dominates U.S. music market; Liza Minnelli puts a bad ring on "Single Ladies"

Argentine musician Gustavo Cerati's condition is improving after undergoing emergency brain surgery last week. (Photo: Reuters/Gil Montano) By Ally Schweitzer - The condition of Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati has improved since he underwent surgery to remove a deadly blood clot...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Gustavo Cerati, Liza Minnelli  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer I'd almost forgotten about the lovely Stereolab-affiliated group Monade until Clicky Shuffle wrenched it from the depths of my cluttered iPod. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, "In the Country" Monade, "Change of Destination" Little Bob, "My...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 24, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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