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Click Track: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Coda: Remembering Michael Jackson, double dipping with New Pornographers

It was a year ago today that the King of Pop passed away. We marked the sad anniversary by picking our perfect 10-song Michael Jackson compilation, picked some surprisingly good MJ covers, prepped you for a DJ tribute and...

By David Malitz  |  June 25, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lists: Our favorite random Michael Jackson covers

Nick Jonas is one of many to put a good spin on an MJ song. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart If history has taught us anything about covers of Michael Jackson songs, it's this: The more ridiculous they might initially...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 25, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Caetano Veloso, Celine Dion, Imogen Heap, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Nick Jonas  
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In concert: Bettye LaVette at 9:30 club

Bettye LaVette, pictured here in the film "Blues Divas," brought her booming voice to 9:30 club on Thursday. (Courtesy of Robert Mugge) By Chris Klimek She can match near-contemporaries Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner in talent, but Detroit soul diva...

By David Malitz  |  June 25, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Bettye LaVette  
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Poll: Will Kanye West act a proverbial fool on Sunday's BET Awards?

Will Kanye keep it mellow on Sunday night? (REUTERS/Mike Blake). By Chris Richards Was it all a meme? Hard to believe it's been nine months since Kanye West made his last big public appearance, storming the stage at the MTV...

By Chris Richards  |  June 25, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Kanye West  
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Prepare to hear Michael Jackson songs like you've never heard them before

The King of Pop will rule the dancefloor at U Street Music Hall tonight. You know the songs but you can't imagine the bass. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy) By Chris Richards If you follow Click Track's David Malitz and I on...

By Chris Richards  |  June 25, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Michael Jackson  
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Be specific: Cloud Nothings on whether or not to stay lo-fi

Dylan Baldi, far left, is the 18-year-old leader of Cloud Nothings. By David Malitz Cloud Nothings was a band that just sort of appeared out of nowhere late last year. At first glance it seemed like the group may be...

By David Malitz  |  June 25, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Cloud Nothings  
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Fans remember Michael Jackson; Jazz saxophonist Fred Anderson dies

Just one piece of Washington resident Jewel Lewis-Hall's shrine to Michael Jackson. On the first anniversary of his death, fans across the world mourn the loss of the King of Pop. (Photo: Bill O'Leary/TWP) By Ally Schweitzer - Today marks...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 25, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Fred Anderson, Michael Jackson  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Maybe it's an associative result of listening to Beach House's new album incessantly in January, but "Norway" can make me feel very, very cool on a very, very hot day. - Beach House, "Norway" - Alice...

By Chris Richards  |  June 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Taking sides: Make your own Michael Jackson "Greatest Hits" album

It's been 364 days since Michael Jackson passed away and here at Click Track we're breaking out our old MJ LPs to mark the anniversary. But of all his stellar recordings, here's one Jackson collection we don't own: A...

By Chris Richards  |  June 24, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Michael Jackson  
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The Roots, Branford Marsalis, John Mayer, Smokey Robinson and Mambo Sauce to perform "An American Playlist" at Kennedy Center

?uestlove will perform alongside D.C. go-go troupe Mambo Sauce at the Kennedy Center. (Jennifer S. Altman/TWP) By Chris Richards Free performances are a daily affair at the Kennedy Center, but rarely come this star-studded. Today, the K.C. announced "An American...

By Chris Richards  |  June 24, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Branford Marsalis, John Mayer, Smokey Robinson, The Roots  
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Drake tops the charts; see classic D.C. punk footage tonight

Drake's stay at No. 1 may be a short one. (Matt Barnes Photography) - As expected, rising rap superstar Drake reached the top of the Billboard charts with his debut album "Thank Me Later." The 447,000 copies sold made it...

By David Malitz  |  June 24, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bad Brains, Drake, Fugazi, Minor Threat  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

Those Pavement deluxe reissues were awesome, but I paid good money to track down that "Pacific Trim" 7" back in 1996 just so I could have the awesome 63-second song "I Love Perth." Now it's just another non-rarity... Pavement, "I...

By David Malitz  |  June 24, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lists: When really good soundtracks happen to really bad movies

Mastodon: The only awesome thing about "Jonah Hex." (2009 photo by Kyle Gutafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart The news that Georgia metal warriors Mastodon will issue a soundtrack to the already much-maligned film "Jonah Hex" next week got Click Track thinking...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 23, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Cypress Hill, David Bowie, Electric Light Orchestra, Mark Mothersbaugh, Mastodon, Morris Day, Mudhoney, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Prince, Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth, the Monkees  
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In concert: New Pornographers at 9:30 club

Canadian indie superheroes? Neko Case and the New Pornographers performed the first of a two-night engagement at the 9:30 club, Tuesday. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Chris Klimek Who was it who said that 90 percent of success in...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 23, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: New Pornographers  
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2pac song goes to Library of Congress; Google plots music service

2pac's "Dear Mama" is headed to the Library of Congress. (Photo: Paramount Pictures) By Ally Schweitzer - Tupac Shakur is one of the American musicians whose work will be preserved in the Library of Congress. The rapper's 1994 song "Dear...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 23, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: 2pac  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday

It's guest host day on Clicky shuffle. Today's contribution comes from Washington Post Style writer Dan Zak: I prefer a buffet of genres but, in terms of tones, my songs fit into two categories: Music to dance to, and music...

By Chris Richards  |  June 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Carl Newman of New Pornographers on chart success and set list dilemmas

Carl Newman comes to D.C. for two shows with the New Pornographers. (Caleb Beyer) By David Malitz The New Pornographers are in town for a pair of sold-out shows at 9:30 club Tuesday and Wednesday, so why not a two-part...

By David Malitz  |  June 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Carl Newman, New Pornographers  
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In concert: Goldfrapp at 9:30 club

Things got retrofuturistic when Goldfrapp performed at 9:30 club on Monday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Deep down, Alison Goldfrapp is a traditionalist. She only looks like she's from the future. Well, the future of the 1970s,...

By David Malitz  |  June 22, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Goldfrapp  
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Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Gladys Knight and David Archuleta to perform on National Mall for July 4th

By Chris Richards Never mind that popstars Drake and Kelis both have fab new tunes about fireworks ("Fireworks," and "4th of July (Fireworks)," respectively). Instead, Washingtonians will be serenaded under the stars on July 4 by the likes of Reba...

By Chris Richards  |  June 22, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Darius Rucker, David Archulta, Gladys Knight, Reba McEntire  
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Album review: Eminem, "Recovery"

Eminem's return is underwhelming. (Gary Malerba/Associated Press) By Sean Fennessey It's not easy being yourself. Not when you're not yourself anymore. Eminem has been startlingly honest since he returned from a three-year hiatus in 2009. By turns remorseful and recalcitrant...

By David Malitz  |  June 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Eminem  
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Singles file: Lupe Fiasco f. Bruno Mars, Lissie, R. Kelly vs. Baths

Lupe Fiasco had it first, but B.o.B. made it a hit. (By Rafael Crisostomo For The Washington Post) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Special Strange Bedfellows edition! Lupe Fiasco featuring Bruno Mars: "Nothin' on...

By David Malitz  |  June 22, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Baths, Bruno Mars, Deer Tick, Kid Cudi, Lil Jon, Lissie, Lupe Fiasco, Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly  
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Album review: The Roots, "How I Got Over"

By Jesse Serwer As deans of the college touring circuit and the house band for Jimmy Fallon, the Roots probably spend more time around indie rockers than rappers these days. It shows on "How I Got Over," the artiest...

By David Malitz  |  June 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: The Roots  
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Album review: Miley Cyrus, "Can't Be Tamed"

By Allison Stewart If Miley Cyrus's career can be measured in Britney Years, she is now in Phase Two, after the teasing but wholesome debut but before The Era Of K-Fed. With her adolescence and starmaking vehicle "Hannah Montana"...

By David Malitz  |  June 22, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Miley Cyrus  
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Album review: Sia, "We Are Born"

By Allison Stewart Sia Furler is a pop singer with a soul singer voice that she has never seemed to know quite what to do with. Occasionally Winehouseian (yes, it's a word), a dropout from the Beth Orton School...

By David Malitz  |  June 22, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dierks Bentley battles power outage, Radiohead preps new album, Fort Reno concert series kicks off, Rock & Roll Hotel hosts Argonaut benefit

Electricity? Dierks Bentley doesn't need your stinkin' electricity. (Josh Anderson/Associated Press) By Chris Richards - Country singer Dierks Bentley was scheduled to perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday when a power outage shut down the show's control room, broadcast...

By Chris Richards  |  June 22, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Dierks Bentley, Radiohead  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Kids, don't rat out your friends. - Nation of Ulysses, "A Kid Who Tells on Another Kid Is a Dead Kid" - Mtume, "Metal Flake Mind" - Liquid Liquid, "Cavern" - Wanda Jackson, "Funnel of Love" -...

By Chris Richards  |  June 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Wavves crash on Washington; Roots finally drop new album; Eminem and Jay-Z to duet

Nathan Williams of Wavves returns to the Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday. (Richard A. Lipski/TWP) By Chris Richards In concert: Tis a busy one! Goldfrapp brings the roller skate jams to the 9:30 club tonight before the New...

By Chris Richards  |  June 21, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Dierks Bentley, Drake, Eminem, Goldfrapp, New Pornographers, Silversun Pickups, Tabi Bonney, The Roots, Wavves  
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Do you think concert tickets cost too much? Has your favorite artist recently bailed on you? Need to talk about it?

Did you cry a fistful of tears when you learned Maxwell's June 17 gig was postponed -- and then moved to Baltimore? (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By Chris Richards I've been itching to try this crazy new "crowdsourcing" thing and the wacky...

By Chris Richards  |  June 21, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Carl Newman of New Pornographers on why Washington is his favorite place to play

That's a too many men on the ice penalty right there. (By Jason Creps) By David Malitz Indie rock troupe the New Pornographers is often called a supergroup, and it's understandable as to why. There's a whole mess of indie-famous...

By David Malitz  |  June 21, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Carl Newman, The New Pornographers  
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Carole King and James Taylor raise $1.5 million for charity; Lennon lyrics fetch a bundle; Jay-Z concert canceled in NYC

Carole King and James Taylor's "Troubadour Reunion" tour has raised over $1.5 million for charity. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/TWP) By Ally Schweitzer - Carole King and James Taylor announced yesterday that their "Troubadour Reunion" tour has raised more than $1.5...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 21, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer Happy Monday. Nothing like a little Amebix in the morning! Sandie Shaw, "Together" (Harry Nilsson cover) Giorgio Moroder, "Oh, L'amour" Amebix, "Largactyl" Grizzly Bear, "A Good Place" The Magicians, "An Invitation to Cry"...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 21, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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