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Click Track: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Coda: Courtney Love comes to town (her dignity doesn't), Adam Lambert fans defend their idol

It was the week of Courtney here at Click Track. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) So ... anything interesting happen around these parts this week? We're finally recovering from the double whammy the 9:30 Club's presented at the beginning of the week. First...

By David Malitz  |  July 2, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Coda  
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Summer Concerts: Canceled shows, tours have industry in a sweat

Weak ticket sales forced the Eagles to scrap a local concert date this summer. (Tracy A. Woodward/TWP) By Chris Richards Hear that? It's the sound of widespread fretting over the summer concert season. Billboard magazine recently predicted that summer 2010...

By Chris Richards  |  July 2, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Lilith Fair, Limp Bizkit, Maxwell, Rihanna, The Eagles  
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Sleigh Bells: Summer fling or in it for the long haul?

Tonight the massively-hyped New York duo Sleigh Bells performs a sold-out show at Rock & Roll Hotel. (Read a Q&A with guitarist Derek Miller.) The loud-Louder-LOUDEST party anthems on the band's debut album “Treats” are no doubt serving as...

By David Malitz  |  July 2, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Justice, Lily Allen, M.I.A., Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Vampire Weekend  
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Lilith Fair cancels dates; Christgau shuts down record blog; Beck, Tortoise, Sonic Youth cover Yanni

No strangers to smooth music, Chicago-based post-rock band Tortoise joined Beck to record a cover of Yanni's "Live at the Acropolis" (Courtesy of Thrill Jockey) By Aaron Leitko -Tough times are just getting tougher on the summer concert circuit. Bono...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beck, Drake, Lilith Fair, Robert Christgau, Sarah McLachlan, Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore, Tortoise, Yanni  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Aaron Leitko The Brothers Johnson version of "Strawberry Letter #23" was a modest hit, but ignored it forever, content with Shuggie Otis' original version. This one's a tad funkier. -The Brothers Johnson, "Strawberry Letter #23" -Kleeer, "Intimate Connection"...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: De La Soul, Frankie Rose, Kleeer, The Brothers Johnson, The Halo Benders  
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Taking sides: Top five albums of 2010 -- so far

Sade's "Soldier of Love" proved to be well worth the wait. The year is half over so it seems like a good time to take stock of 2010's musical bounty to date with by picking our top five albums so...

By Chris Richards  |  July 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Beach House, Black Keys, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Choc Quib Town, Drunkdriver, Harlem, Jonsi, LCD Soundsystem, Laura Marling, Sade, Sleigh Bells, The Soft Pack, Titus Andronicus, Yelawolf  
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Catching Wavves: Band drops excellent new album on iTunes, drummer really needs to shut up

By David Malitz In 2009, there was no bigger lightning rod for controversy in the indie rock world than Nathan Williams of Wavves. (Sorry for partly contributing to that.) But thankfully, Williams took a deep breath (if you know...

By David Malitz  |  July 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Wavves  
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Courtney Love rebounds in Nashville; Eminem triumphantly tops Billboard

After a Sunday night trainwreck at Washington's 9:30 club, Courtney Love kept it together during a Hole show in Nashville. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards - Looks like Courtney Love treated Washingtonians to a very special Hole show...

By Chris Richards  |  July 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Courtney Love, Eminem, Hole  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Chris Richards Did Al B. Sure! mark the dawn of R&B dudes adopting hip-hop-ish stage names that utilize unnecessary punctuation? Think about it. Without Sure!, The-Dream may have never found his inner hyphen. - Al B. Sure!, "Night...

By Chris Richards  |  July 1, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Remembering rap pioneer Rammellzee

By Chris Richards Various sources are reporting that artist and hip-hop visionary Rammellzee has died. Known for his widely influential, sinus-clogged delivery, the rap superhero famously collaborated with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and producer Bill Laswell, and was cast in...

By Chris Richards  |  June 30, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Rammellzee  
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Polls: Do you believe in The Great Lauryn Hill Comeback of 2010?

With her NPR interview earlier this week, did Lauryn Hill take her first steps on the comeback trail? (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) By Allison Stewart Before she resurfaced earlier this week, Lauryn Hill had become a pop Sasquatch, appearing in public...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 30, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Lauryn Hill  
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Lists: 10 best indie 7"s of 2010 so far

Alex Bleeker, left, and Fair Ohs have been two of 2010's 7" highlights to date. By David Malitz As we've reached the midway point of 2010, tomorrow in our weekly Taking sides column we'll each share our five favorite albums...

By David Malitz  |  June 30, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Alex Bleeker, Big Troubles, Comet Gain, Fair Ohs, Fungi Girls, Gauntlet Hair, Golden Triangle, Mind Spiders, Spider Bags, Young Prisms  
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Matador announced 21st b-day celebration; Pitchfork launches spin-off blog; Sen. Robert Byrd's album to be reissued

Belle and Sebastian (Reuben Cox/Matador) By Aaron Leitko -Matador Records has announced the line-up for it's 21st anniversary celebration this October in Las Vegas, including performances by Yo La Tengo, Belle & Sebastian, Sonic Youth, and Guided By Voices. If...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 30, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Belle & Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Matador Records, Pitchfork, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, robert byrd  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for a Tuesday morning

By Aaron Leitko When it comes to the 13th Floor Elevators, people always want to talk about Roky Erickson. But hey, Stacy Sutherland had a few choice moments behind the mic, too. -13th Floor Elevators, "Nobody to Love" -Fabulous...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: 13th Floor Elevators, Coloured Balls, Fabulous Diamonds, Ollie & the Nightingales, Rayon Beach  
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You said it: Recent highlights from our comments pages

Adam Lambert fans saw Monday's concert different than we saw it. To put it mildly. (Evy Mages/TWP) It's been an exciting 48 hours on Click Track, with our reader comments sections going completely coconuts. You guys got pretty fired up...

By Chris Richards  |  June 29, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Adam Lambert, Courtney Love, Hole  
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Speculation: Virgin Mobile FreeFest Predictions, Vol. 2

Local boys O.A.R. headlining FreeFest? We can see it. (Courtesy of Everfine Records) By David Malitz It's been a couple of months since we predicted some bands who will play at this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which we now know...

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Speculation  | Tags: Neon Indian, O.A.R., Pavement, Virgin Mobile FreeFest  
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Album review: The-Dream, "Love King"

The-Dream has penned plenty of hits for others. Now it's his turn to shine on his own. By Chris Richards The high-fructose R&B of Terius "The-Dream" Nash has become so synonymous with summer, it now rivals the Slurpee. It's cool....

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Singles file: Arcade Fire, CyHi Da Prynce, Tired Pony f. Zooey Deschanel

Live versions of songs from Arcade Fire's upcoming album are starting to hit the Internet. (Kevin Westenberg) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Arcade Fire: "City With No Children" (live) Spoiler Alert: On...

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Arcade Fire, CyHi Da Prynce, Intalek, Katy Perry, Passion Pit, Ritchcraft, Tired Pony, Zooey Deschanel  
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Album review: Scissor Sisters, "Night Work"

By Allison Stewart At their best, sparkle disco champs Scissor Sisters bring to mind the result of a one-night stand between Erasure and the Killers. Their self-titled '04 debut was a synth-pop bacchanal; on its too-somber follow-up, "Ta- Dah,"...

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Scissor Sisters  
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Album review: 3OH!3, "Streets of Gold"

By Sean Fennessey 3OH!3 will never be subtle - "I'm gonna have a house party / in my house," the two men in 3OH!3 shout on "House Party." "I'm gonna pour booze / down my mouth" - but that's...

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: 3OH!3  
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Album review: Alejandro Escovedo, "Street Songs of Love"

By Bill Friskics-Warren Like any number of underground rock heroes, Alejandro Escovedo has never achieved popular acclaim commensurate with his gifts or accomplishments. But he has long enjoyed the adulation of his peers, as demonstrated by "Por Vida," a...

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Alejandro Escovedo  
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Lauryn Hill grants rare interview with NPR; about that Hole show the other night...

Lauryn Hill spoke to NPR and will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion later this summer. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) By David Malitz - R&B/hip-hop recluse Lauryn Hill granted a rare interview to NPR's Zoe Chance as part of the station's "50...

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Courtney Love, Hole, Lauryn Hill  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By David Malitz Chris and I agree on lots of music. We disagree on some. One of the bands we don't see eye to eye on - Belle & Sebastian. I'm pro, he's con. "You Don't Send Me" wouldn't...

By David Malitz  |  June 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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In Concert: Adam Lambert at 9:30 club

The former "American Idol" runner-up brought his over-the-top spectacle to 9:30 club Monday night. (All photos by Evy Mages/TWP) By Chris Richards You can guess what it looked like. Rainbow lasers slicing through the air. Lots of leather, feathers, glitter...

By Chris Richards  |  June 29, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Adam Lambert  
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The week ahead: Sleigh Bells come to Washington; The-Dream drops "Love King," visits "Kimmel"

By Chris Richards If you go to one concert this week, make it: Sleigh Bells at Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday. Sure, it's sold out, but this is a band so loud, you might be able to enjoy...

By Chris Richards  |  June 28, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Sleigh Bells, The-Dream  
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Courtney Love leads Hole through disastrous 9:30 Club concert

We saw Hole at 9:30 Club on Sunday. And we somehow lived through it. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz "You get the Bruce Springsteen set, sorry." Courtney Love muttered those words at some point during Hole's show...

By David Malitz  |  June 28, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Courtney Love, Hole  
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Fifteen memorable moments from last night's BET Awards

Last night's BET Awards in Los Angeles are still generating plenty of chatter. Washington Post reporter Keith L. Alexander watched the program in its almost-three-and-a-half-hour entirety. The show included a teary breakdown from Chris Brown and a tribute to...

By Chris Richards  |  June 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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In concert: Sarah Harmer at the Birchmere

Sarah Harmer: good tunes, enlightening stories. (All photos by Evy Mages/TWP) By Juli Thanki It's not often that you learn about 17th-century Native American burial practices and hear a hilariously filthy joke about semen donation within a two-hour period. Unless,...

By David Malitz  |  June 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Sarah Harmer  
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In concert: Tinariwen

Malian group Tinariwen took it slow at 9:30 club on Friday. (Evy Mages/TWP) By Aaron Leitko You don't have to play fast to be a guitar hero. The Malian septet Tinariwen proved that slow and steady has its own virtuosity...

By David Malitz  |  June 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Tinariwen  
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The tears of Chris Brown steal the show at BET Awards; L.A. ravers sent to the hospital

By Chris Richards - A resurgent Kanye West was expected to dominate cooler talk/comments sections of offices/the blogosphere over after last night's BET Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo gallery, right here.) Instead, Chris Brown stole the show, breaking down...

By Chris Richards  |  June 28, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Chris Brown, Kanye West, Moby, Will.I.Am  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Chris Richards Nothing says Monday-morning-with-temperatures-approaching-the-high-90s quite like a cut from Kevin Drumm's "Sheer Hellish Miasma" album. Master Fleet (above) keeps it cooler. - Kevin Drumm, "Hitting the Pavement" - Faron Young, "Hello Walls" - Baroness, "A Horse Called...

By Chris Richards  |  June 28, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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