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Click Track: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Coda: More and more McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney: Gershwin Prize winner, Detroit Red Wings fan. When Paul McCartney is in town to receive an award and perform - along with many famous fans - at the White House, you can expect that to dominate the...

By David Malitz  |  June 4, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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List: The five most awkward performances by rappers-turned-actors

Who exactly would get on a plane that this dude is flying? (MGM) By Allison Stewart Earlier in May, Click Track honored five of hip-hop's most underrated rappers-turned-actors. Which got us thinking: What about the rest of them? In honor...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 4, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: 50 Cent, Bow Wow, DMX, Diddy, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs, Snoop Dogg  
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Be specific: Howie Dorough on the Backstreet Boys, the later years

Backstreet's back ... but they never went away. (Courtesy of the artist) By Allison Stewart You might never have thought of the Backstreet Boys as survivors, but here they are: Seventeen years after their inception, they've survived the death...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Backstreet Boys  
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Dirty Projectors cover Bob Dylan for Levi's, Andre 3000 covers Beatles for Nike; Would you buy R. Kelly's former mansion?

Dirty Projectors and Levi's: A strange fit. (Photo by Sarah Cass via Myspace) By Ally Schweitzer - The Dirty Projectors and Andre 3000 cropped up in a pair of spots for Levi's and Nike recently: Dirty Projectors for the denim...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 4, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Andre 3000, Dirty Projectors, R Kelly  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Click the Corbin link, hit play, close your eyes. The guy sounds 60-years-old, right? Open your eyes. He's 27. - Easton Corbin, "A Little More Country Than That" - Erykah Badu, "Next Lifetime" - Ricky Blaze, "Cut...

By Chris Richards  |  June 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Really quick spins: Hip-hop mixtape edition

By Sarah Godfrey Click Track reviews recent releases from T.I., Rick Ross, The Cool Kids and Styles P T.I. ,“[Expletive] a Mixtape" Although this project is a mixtape by definition -- it's a free download released outside of label channels,...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  June 3, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Cool Kids, Jamie Foxx, Rick Ross, Styles P, T.I., Timbaland, Young Jeezy  
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How did our McCartney predictions pan out?

McCartney played "Michelle," appropriately enough. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) By Chris Richards As Paul McCartney sang the coda of "Hey Jude" at the White House Wednesday night, we managed to sneak a few wistful sighs between the Na-Na-Na-Nas: Macca Week on...

By Chris Richards  |  June 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Riffs  | 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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B-sides: Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, the Jonas Brothers and others talk McCartney at the White House

Paul McCartney accepts the Gershwin Prize from President Obama. Beforehand, the artists honoring McCartney spoke about his influence. (AP photo) By Chris Richards Wednesday afternoon, hours before they were onstage singing in the East Room of the White House,...

By Chris Richards  |  June 3, 2010; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  B-sides  | Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney  
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Long, winding road to the White House: Paul McCartney takes Gershwin Prize

McCartney accepts the Gershwin Prize. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images) By Chris Richards Hope may have gotten him elected, but in President Obama's White House on Wednesday evening, it was all love. The reverent, paralyzing, smile-until-your-face-cramps kind of love -- all of...

By Chris Richards  |  June 3, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Foo Fighters, Herbie Hancock, Jack White, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, White Stripes  
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Drake news: Album leaks, visits Lil Wayne in prison; "Glee" soundtrack holds off STP for No. 1; Belle & Sebastian announces tour

Drake: Album leaked, going to visit Weezy. (Matt Barnes Photography) By David Malitz - How can Drake be so ominpresent and still not have an album out? Well, "Thank Me Later" isn't officially released for another couple weeks but as...

By David Malitz  |  June 3, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Belle & Sebastian, Drake, Stone Temple Pilots  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz Well that sure is a whole lot of Dim Stars. One song by the short-lived early '90s supergroup featuring Richard Hell (Television) and Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) with a bonus Kurt Vile cover of...

By David Malitz  |  June 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Local news: Little Benny vigil tonight

There will be a tribute to go-go pioneer Little Benny tonight at Ballou High School. (Thomas Sayers Ellis) By Sarah Godfrey Family members, friends and fans of Anthony "Little Benny" Harley, who passed away Sunday, will gather at Ballou Senior...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  June 2, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Kato Hammond, Little Benny  
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In concert: Taylor Swift at Verizon Center

Taylor Swift soaks in the cheers at Verizon Center. (All photos by Toni L. Sandys/TWP) (View a full photo gallery from Tuesday's concert.) By Dave McKenna Woe is us, country and pop radio listeners, if Taylor Swift's loves start going...

By David Malitz  |  June 2, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Taylor Swift  
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McCartney's stately performance

\ By Chris Richards He helped forge the shape and trajectory of popular music and was greeted Tuesday night by a strange and sonorous thunder. Some of it was applause. Much of it was the drumpity-drumpity-drumpity of old seat-backs in...

By David Malitz  |  June 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Paul McCartney  
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Arcade Fire announces tour dates; Live Nation nixes service fees this June

Arcade Fire announces their first headlining tour in three years. They come to Merriweather Post Pavilion with Spoon on August 6th. (2007 photo by Carol Guzy/TWP) By Ally Schweitzer - Arcade Fire has announced their first headlining tour in three...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 2, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Spoon  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Joe Heim Lots of country on this morning's shuffle. Plus my favorite song about rain (you'd be surprised how many songs there are about rain, so, yes, there is a lot of competition). Merle Haggard, "Sing Me Back Home"...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jonas Brothers to perform Warner Theatre really, really early Wednesday morning

Rise and shine and scream real loud: the JoBros are playing bright and early on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Temchine/FWTP) By Chris Richards Are the folks at the Warner Theater building the world's loudest alarm clock? It's going to be...

By Chris Richards  |  June 1, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Jonas Brothers  
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In concert: 9:30 club 30th anniversary blowout

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed a short solo set then reunited with his old bandmates in Scream at Monday's 9:30 club anniversary show. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) (Check out the full photo gallery.) By Chris Richards If you...

By Chris Richards  |  June 1, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Bob Mould, Clutch, Dave Grohl, Don Dixon, Fleshtones, Foo Fighters, Henry Rollins, Marti Jones, Pietasters, Scream, Slickee Boys, Ted Leo, The Evens, Tiny Desk Unit, Tommy Keene, Trouble Funk  
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Which song should Paul McCartney play at tomorrow night's performance at the White House?

If McCartney gets just one song, what should it be? (Tracy Woodward/TWP) By Chris Richards Last week, I predicted that Paul McCartney would close out tomorrow night's Gershwin Prize celebration at the White House with a little ditty called "Hey...

By Chris Richards  |  June 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Paul McCartney  
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Singles file: The Swell Season, Band of Horses, Passporte Royale

The Swell Season cover a disco classic. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... This Week: Super Special All-Covers Edition! The Swell Season: "Young Hearts Run Free" (Candi Staton cover) As part of the...

By David Malitz  |  June 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Band of Horses, Nas, Passport Royale, Som Sistema, The Swell Season  
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Album review: Jack Johnson, "To The Sea"

By Allison Stewart The trouble with being Jack Johnson, if the placid lyrics and unruffled surfaces of his perfectly fine new disc, "To the Sea," are any indication - is that there seems to be no trouble at all....

By David Malitz  |  June 1, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Jack Johnson  
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Album review: Major Lazer & La Roux, "Lazerproof"

By Jesse Serwer La Roux, the British synth-pop duo, and Major Lazer, a hipster dancehall vanity project helmed by producer-DJs Diplo and Switch, don't share any obvious aesthetics. But their respective bodies of work - just one 2009 LP,...

By David Malitz  |  June 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: La Roux, Major Lazer  
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Album review: Tift Merritt, "See You on the Moon"

By Bill Friskics-Warren Americana insiders have been banking on Tift Merritt to become her generation's answer to Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris ever since the North Carolina-based singer-songwriter released her major label debut in 2002. That hasn't exactly happened,...

By David Malitz  |  June 1, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Tift Merritt  
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M.I.A. addresses New York Times article; Celine Dion pregnant with twins; Go-go legend Little Benny dies

She'll have fries with that: M.I.A. is beefing with Lynn Hirschberg on her blog. By Chris Richards - After an unflattering New York Times profile of M.I.A. made the rounds last week, the British rapper has fired back at reporter...

By Chris Richards  |  June 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Celine Dion, Little Benny, M.I.A.  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Call me Snake! (And share your morning playlist in the comments.) - John Carpenter, "Main Title" (Theme from "Escape from New York") - Liturgy, "Mysterium" - Romanthony, "Wreck" - Vivien Goldman, "Launderette" - 3 Deep, "Watch My...

By Chris Richards  |  June 1, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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