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Click Track: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Coda: All about Drake

It was the week of Drake. There will be many more of those weeks. (Kyle Gustafson/TWP) There was one dude who owned coverage that week and it was Drake. He performed at 9:30 club on the eve of his album...

By David Malitz  |  June 18, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Be specific: Villagers' Conor O'Brien on life in rock's hottest one man band

It takes a Villagers to get this much buzz. (Courtesy of Windish Agency) By Allison Stewart Villagers is the nom-de-pen of Dublin singer-songwriter Conor J. O'Brien, whose whimsical, darkly fantastical new disc, "Becoming a Jackal," is one of the year's...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 18, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Villagers  
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Brooks & Dunn postpone Saturday concert Jiffy Lube Live

Brooks & Dunn aren't feeling so good and will see you in August. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images) By Chris Richards Country duo Brooks & Dunn have nixed their Saturday concert with Gary Allan at Jiffy Lube Live due to an illness....

By Chris Richards  |  June 18, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan  
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Be specific: J Roddy Walston on the power of the piano

J Roddy Walston and the Business are the dudes on the right, Walston on the far left. (Glynnis McDaris) By David Malitz These days if you hear about a rock band that features piano, it's probably not a rock band...

By David Malitz  |  June 18, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: J Roddy Walston and the Business  
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9:30 club owner sues over Maryland subsidies for Fillmore Silver Spring

By Chris Richards And in rock-n-roll litigation news... 9:30 club owner Seth Hurwitz is suing the state of Maryland in an effort to block promoter Live Nation from receiving state subsidies to open its long-planned Fillmore Silver Spring nightclub on...

By Chris Richards  |  June 18, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: 9:30 club, Live Nation  
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Elephant 6 film gets proper release; DMV hip hop author has book signing; concert ticket sales continue to fall flat

By Ally Schweitzer - Fabulous news for devoted fans of indiepop label Elephant 6: There will finally be a DVD release of "Major Organ and Adding Machine," the surreal silent film starring personalities from the cultish label's roster. Orange...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 18, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Christina Aguilera, Eagles, Elephant 6, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Respect to Steve Arrington for keeping Friday funky. - Steve Arrington, "Strange" - Deftones, "Change (In the House of Flies)" - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, "Islands in the Stream" - Wavves, "So Bored" - Gyptian featuring...

By Chris Richards  |  June 18, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Goodbyes: We blog to keep from crying

Sad, sad news from the land of Click Track: Our beloved contributors Ally Schweitzer and Sarah Godfrey will be leaving us to join the new gang assembling across the Potomac at TBD.com. Sarah Godfrey has been writing for the...

By Chris Richards  |  June 17, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Major bummer  
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Taking sides: Which music video best steals from famous art?

Katy Perry: California gurl, art lover. Vampire Weekend recently sang about a "Richard Serra skatepark" but we've yet to see a video featuring the band performing in a skatepark designed by sculptor Richard Serra. Hop to it, dudes. Still, plenty...

By Chris Richards  |  June 17, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Beck, Grace Jones, Kanye West, Katy Perry, REM, Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend  
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Garry Shider, legendary Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist, dies

Funk icon Gary Shider has passed away. (Courtesy of the artist) By Chris Richards Garry Shider, the legendary guitarist of Parliament-Funkadelic and Upper Marlboro resident has died after being diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in March. Known by...

By Chris Richards  |  June 17, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Garry Shider, Parliament-Funkadelic  
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Christina can't top soundtracks; Thurston Moore and Tortoise join Beck's record club

Christina couldn't top "Glee." By David Malitz - Christina Aguilera recently made news for canceling her summer tour, saying that an upcoming movie role was to blame for her lack of availability. Maybe. Maybe not. Her new album "Bionic"...

By David Malitz  |  June 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beck, Christina Aguilera, Thurston Moore  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz Those first two Modest Mouse albums remain my favorite of theirs to listen to. And that most recent Dinosaur Jr. album is on the shortlist for Best Second Phase Album. The Saints, "Do the Robot" The Kinks,...

By David Malitz  |  June 17, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jay-Z cites Gilbert Arenas on new Dr. Dre track

Don't expect to hear this Dre-Jay collaboration at the Verizon Center next season. (Getty Images) By Chris Richards A new song from Dr. Dre's looooong awaited "Detox" album has leaked and it features a Jay-Z couplet about Washington's most troubled...

By Chris Richards  |  June 16, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Dr. Dre, Jay-Z  
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Riffs: How to rock an album set at Rock the Bells

By Sarah Godfrey The annual Rock the Bells hip-hop festival is coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 29. (Tickets go on sale this Saturday.) The biggest news of this year's tour is, of course, the reemergence of Lauryn...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  June 16, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Snoop, Wu-Tang Clan  
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In concert: Pantha Du Prince at U Street Music Hall

Walking with a Pantha: Hendrick Weber, better known as Pantha Du Prince, poses for a portrait before his Tuesday night soundcheck at U Street Music Hall. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko It's easy to dance to Pantha...

By David Malitz  |  June 16, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Pantha Du Prince  
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Be Specific: Alison Goldfrapp talks about Goldfrapp's experiments in sound

Alison Goldfrapp brings her evolving sound to 9:30 club on Monday. (Serge Leblon) By Allison Stewart Long-running British duo Goldfrapp are renowned for their groundbreaking electro-pop albums (which arguably provided the blueprint for upstarts like La Roux), but over the...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 16, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drake concert gets ugly

There were no riots at Drake's concert at the 9:30 club Sunday night. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Ally Schweitzer - A free concert by hip hop It boy Drake and pop group Hanson exploded into a near-riot last evening...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 16, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags: Drake, Hanson, Prince  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Joe Heim I don't know if anyone has written a better pro-shoplifting song than the Coup's "I Love Booster." (This is the ONLY song on Winona Ryder's shuffle.) It also works as a nice lead-in to Fugazi's "Nice New...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 16, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Three more reasons not to be skeptical of Drake

Don't hate the Candian-child-actor-turned-rap-superstar -- hate the game. (Kyle Gustafson/TWP) By Chris Richards I get it. When the entire planet bows before a rapper who used to star on the Canadian equivalent of "Saved By the Bell," the alarms start...

By Chris Richards  |  June 15, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Drake  
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Album review: Drake, "Thank Me Later"

Drake is reinventing what it means to be real. (Kyle Gustafson/TWP) By Chris Richards In hip-hop, the only way to trump the inviolable law of Keeping It Real is to establish a whole new reality. That's why Drake, a Canadian...

By David Malitz  |  June 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Singles file: She & Him, Dominique Young Unique, Black Mountain

She & Him tackle a tune written by kids. (Autumn De Wilde) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... She & Him: "Earth" Many of She & Him's breezy, guileless songs sound like they...

By David Malitz  |  June 15, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Andre 3000, Bei Maejor, Black Mountain, Ciara, Dominique Young Unique, She & Him, Young Rebel Set  
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Album review: Robyn, "Body Talk Pt. 1"

By Allison Stewart Swedish pop singer Robyn has been a star in waiting for so long that she started off as an antidote to Britney Spears and now, five years after her last release, has reemerged as an antidote...

By David Malitz  |  June 15, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Robyn  
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Album review: Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang"

By Patrick Foster Though many have tried, Gaslight Anthem might be the first millennial band to truly crack the Dad Rock market. "American Slang," the Jersey quartet's third salvo, grinds their Petty, Springsteen, Strummer and Westerberg-isms to a wickedly...

By David Malitz  |  June 15, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Mojo"

By Allison Stewart Tom Petty's last album with the Heartbreakers predates the invasion of Iraq, though it may not seem like it was all that long ago. In the years since, Petty has been a constant presence - touring,...

By David Malitz  |  June 15, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New Arcade Fire songs, Big Boi video surface; BET to fete Prince

The wait for the Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is killing us. (Kevin Westenberg) By Chris Richards - Lots of Big Summer Album sneak previews popping up online this week: Arcade Fire has new tunes from its forthcoming disc "The Suburbs"...

By Chris Richards  |  June 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Big Boi, Prince  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Wistful British invasion. - Ride, "Vapour Trail" - Everything But the Girl, "Missing (Todd Terry Remix)" - The Smiths, "William" - Buffalo Springfield, "One My Way Home" - Beach Fossils, "Youth"...

By Chris Richards  |  June 15, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Weird Al's in town; Drake's album drops

Weird Al - you know you love him. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok) In concert: Pantha Du Prince is performing just a handful of shows in America on his first tour since 2007. One of the German electronic music producer's stops will be...

By David Malitz  |  June 14, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Drake, Gil Scott-Heron, Miley Cyrus, Pantha Du Prince, Tom Petty, Weird Al Yankovic  
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In concert: The Jelly Roll Morton Latin Tinge Project" at the Kennedy Center

Clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and arranger-trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman paid tribute to Jelly Roll Morton at the Kennedy Center. (All photos by Evy Mages/TWP) By Mike Joyce Judging from the paperwork alone, the musicians who took part in the world premiere...

By David Malitz  |  June 14, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Michael Phillip Mossman, Paquito D'Rivera  
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In concert: Drake at 9:30 club

Drake could soon be one of the biggest rap stars on the planet. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/TWP) By Sarah Godfrey Drake's major label debut, "Thank Me Later" is out Tuesday, and if it lives up to the hype, the...

By David Malitz  |  June 14, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In concert: Jimmy Wayne at Celebrate Fairfax!

Jimmy Wayne was the featured entertainment at the annual Celebrate Fairfax! festival. (All photos by Evy Mages/TWP) By Emily Yahr While Sunday's entertainment at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival wasn't technically billed as a country music showdown between singers Josh Thompson...

By David Malitz  |  June 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jimmy Wayne, Josh Thompson  
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In concert: Salif Keita at Lisner Auditorium

Salif Keita had audience members dancing in the aisles at Lisner Auditorium. (All photos by Evy Mages/TWP) By Mark Jenkins "La Difference," Salif Keita's latest release, is the Malian performer's third album in a row to employ a low-key, mostly...

By David Malitz  |  June 14, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Roberta Flack and the Roy Hargrove Big Band at Lisner Auditorium

By Mike Joyce From whisper to wail, the back-to-back performances by singer Roberta Flack and the Roy Hargrove Big Band at Lisner Auditorium on Saturday night met or trumped expectations. Flack, who got her start at Mr. Henry's on Capitol...

By David Malitz  |  June 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Roberta Flack, Roy Hargrove  
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Jimmy Dean R.I.P.; Rock Band 3 will have keyboards and Phoenix; Weezer releases World Cup victory song

Jimmy Dean in 1999. The "Big Bad John" singer passed away at age 81. (Photo by Susan Biddle/TWP) By Ally Schweitzer - Jimmy Dean, the country singing, TV hosting, sausage slinging entrepreneur from Plainsville, TX, died yesterday. Dean dropped out...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 14, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Jimmy Dean, Phoenix, Rilo Kiley, Weezer, White Stripes  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer I may be a 20-something but I've got a warm fuzzy spot for J.B. Jackson Browne, "Farther On" The Buzzcocks, "Promises" Chris & Cosey, "Useless Information" Stone Harbour, "You'll Be a Star" Flick Wilson, "School Days"...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 14, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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