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Click Track: July 4, 2010 - July 10, 2010

Coda: R.I.P. Internet (says Prince), Big Boi doesn't disappoint, Liz Phair debated

But the Internet can't be dead because YOU'RE ON IT RIGHT NOW!!!! (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) Lots of head scratching on Click Track this week. The Purple One, Prince, told the U.K. Guardian that "the Internet's completely over" and we chronicled...

By David Malitz  |  July 9, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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92Q boosts Baltimore's signature club sound

K.W. Griff in the 92Q studios in Baltimore. (Evy Mages/TWP) By Chris Richards All is calm in the studios of 92Q. Radio personalities Johnny "Porkchop" Doswell and Mike "Squirrel Wyde" Squirrel are click-clacking away at their computers. In the adjacent...

By Chris Richards  |  July 9, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: 92Q, Blaqstarr, K.W. Griff, M.I.A., Porkchop, Rye Rye, Wye Oak  
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Lists: Famous actors in music videos you may have forgotten about

By Allison Stewart Charlize Theron's ninja-slaying appearance in Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers' new "Crossfire" video is the latest in a long and occasionally distinguished tradition of famous actors and actresses doing novelty turns in music videos. For every well-documented...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: AC/DC, Brandon Flowers, Christina Aguilera, Dido, Enrique Iglesias, Killers, Madonna, Melissa Etheridge, Smog  
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The essential Unrest mixtape

By David Malitz Yes, Unrest was one of the best indie bands to come out of D.C. in the '90s. But there's no need to qualify that statement with a hometown. The oddball-pop trio's hyper-strummed, hyper-melodic songs were simply...

By David Malitz  |  July 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Unrest  
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Jennifer Lopez cancels Cyprus gig; Wale announces new mixtape; Branford Marsalis and more at Kennedy Center

Wale still has more to say...about nothing. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko -Jennifer Lopez has put the kibosh on a show in the Turkish-controlled north of Cyprus. The performance came under fire from Greek Cypriots, who started an online...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 9, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: ?uestlove, black thought, branford marsalis, jennifer lopez, john mayer, smokey robinson, wale  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for a Friday morning

By Aaron Leitko I first heard A.R. Kane's "i" a couple of years ago when my old boss unceremoniously cast his copy into a trash/give-away bin outside of his office. It was a little too close to Fine Young...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 9, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: a.r. kane, flin flon, george smallwood, new world aquarium, teenage fanclub  
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Taking sides: What's the deal with Liz Phair?

Last weekend Liz Phair dropped a new album out of nowhere, "Funstyle." She released it on her Web site and based on early listens it's, well, a lot like recent Liz Phair albums. Which isn't a good thing. It...

By David Malitz  |  July 8, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Liz Phair  
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In concert: She & Him at 9:30 Club

Zooey Deschanel is the star, but M. Ward almost stole the show at 9:30 Club on Wednesday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Klimek She & Him is the nostalgia-diving duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Deschanel, she...

By Chris Klimek  |  July 8, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: M. Ward, She & Him, Zooey Deschanel  
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Of Montreal tours with Janelle Monae; Paul and Ringo reunite; Eminem stays at No. 1

Janelle Monae will hit the road with Of Montreal later this year. (Evy Mages/TWP) By David Malitz - It should be one of the fall's most exciting and over-the-top tours - zany indie-electro troupe Of Montreal will hit the road...

By David Malitz  |  July 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: 3OH!3, Eminem, Janelle Monae, Of Montreal, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The-Dream  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz I'm skeptical that the upcoming Strokes album will be any good but we can't refer to the band as a one-album wonder. "Room On Fire" is consistently awesome, all 11 songs, just like its predecessor. The...

By David Malitz  |  July 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lists: Four post-rock-and-roll careers for Ted Leo

Ted Leo will never stop rocking. But just in case he does... (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Apparently, Ted Leo is a finite commodity. And he's starting to run out. Yesterday the singer/songwriter and D.I.Y. stalwart hinted to Buzz Grinder...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 7, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Ted Leo  
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Lists: 5 good bands that are kind of unlistenable now because their frontmen became insufferable

Sting. Buzzkil. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) By David Malitz It’s a sad truth - the older you get, the lamer you become. This is not exactly 100% science fact, and the Bill Murrays, Nick Caves and, uh, Betty Whites (?) of the...

By David Malitz  |  July 7, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Bono, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Gene Simmons, Lou Reed, Sting  
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Mary J. Blige might not be Howard-bound; BBC's 6 Music spared; R.I.P. Harvey Fuqua

Mary J. Blige will attend Howard University...or maybe not? (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) By Aaron Leitko -Yesterday R&B singer Mary J. Blige told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she plans on hitting the books at Howard University. Then...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 7, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: 6 Music, BBC, Harvey Fuqua, Marvin Gaye, Mary J. Blige  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Chris Richards For teens of the '90s, gleaning romance tips from your favorite band was dangerous stuff. This article reminded me of all the reasons not to like Pavement, but made me realize that I could probably write...

By Chris Richards  |  July 7, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riffs: Let's Go Crazy: a history of Prince's wackier antics, pronouncements and lawsuits

Prince has got computer blues. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) By Allison Stewart Remember the days when Prince would make some sort of weird pronouncement or do something strange, and everyone acted like he was some kind of mystical oracle instead of...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 6, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Prince  
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Album review: Big Boi, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"

Big Boi's solo debut was worth the long wait. (Kyle Gustafon/FTWP) By Chris Richards Based on names alone, you might think Southern hip-hop was a mere micro-genre ruled by pint-size street poets -- a niche market teeming with Lil...

By Chris Richards  |  July 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Big Boi  
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Singles file: Wild Nothing, Kingpen Slim, Jazmine Sullivan

Wild Nothing continues its 2010 winning streak. (Courtesy of Forcefield PR) By Allison Stewart Wild Nothing: "Your Rabbit Feet" Singer-songwriter Jack Tatum, creator of "Gemini," already one of 2010's best discs, returns with more indelibly good, Cure-inspired sad pop. Kingpen...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 6, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Cee-Lo Green, H.U.N.X., Jazmine Sullivan, Kingpen Slim, Wild Nothing  
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Album review: Kelis, "Flesh Tone"

By Sean Fennessey In R&B's fanatical inner circles Kelis is quietly celebrated as a forgotten innovator. Consider Beyoncé's tenacity, Ciara's hushed moan and Rihanna's hair, among other guideposts. Kelis, it's often said, was there first. So "Flesh Tone," her...

By Sean Fennessey  |  July 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Kelis  
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Album review: Kylie Minogue, "Aphrodite"

By Allison Stewart "You know that I'm magical/And I am the original," Kylie Minogue sings on the title track to her 11th studio album, "Aphrodite." "I am the only one to make you feel this way." You can't blame...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 6, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Kylie Minogue  
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Album review: Enrique Iglesias, "Euphoria"

By Allison Stewart When did Enrique Iglesias lose his way? Sure, he's never had what you might call exacting standards, never given the impression that he wants to be anything more than what he is: a likable, jeans-and-T-shirt kind...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 6, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Enrique Iglesias  
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Scissor Sisters come to D.C.; Conor Oberst pens open letter to Arizona; George Michael arrested again

Scissor Sisters hit D.C. later this summer. - U.K. Disco champs Scissor Sisters will visit the U.S. this fall, including an Aug. 23 stop at Constitution Hall. They'll be promoting their new album, "Night Work," a party of a record...

By David Malitz  |  July 6, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Conor Oberst, George Michaels, Scissor Sisters  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By David Malitz Spoon never plays anything off of debut album "Telephono" anymore, which makes sense since its agitated, Pixies-esque tunes don't really fit with the new, sleeker sound. I'm hoping they break out a few songs from it...

By David Malitz  |  July 6, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Unrest reunion comes to Washington; Kelis returns with "Flesh Tone"; Big Boi visits Leno

By Chris Richards If you go to one concert this week, make it: The Unrest reunion at Black Cat on Saturday. We'll be there yelling for "So So Sick." If you buy one album tomorrow, make it: "Flesh Tone"...

By Chris Richards  |  July 5, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Big Boi, Kelis, Unrest  
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In Concert: Clipse at State Theatre

Clipse only gave 50% at State Theatre on Friday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Clipse has been making excellent hip-hop for nearly two decades, but something has always been missing. Hits, mainly. The duo’s dark rhymes and off-kilter rhythms—the latter...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 5, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Clipse, Mambo Sauce, Tabi Bonney  
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In Concert: Bill Kirchen at Birchmere

Pictured here at Jammin' Java in 2008, Bill Kirchen took fans on a joy ride at Birchmere, Saturday. (Gerald Martineau/TWP) By Mike Joyce At the Birchmere on Saturday night, guitarist Bill Kirchen used some high octane to compensate for the...

By Chris Richards  |  July 5, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Bill Kirchen  
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In Concert: Sleigh Bells at Rock & Roll Hotel

Sleigh Bells brought the noise to Rock & Roll Hotel, Friday. (Xiaomei Chen/TWP) By Mark Jenkins Since Sleigh Bells' music has so few ingredients, it might seem unwise for the Brooklyn duo to neglect any of them. But that's just...

By Mark Jenkins  |  July 5, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Sleigh Bells  
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Killers play White House; Melanie Fiona bails on Black Cat

The Killers performed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) By Chris Richards - "Are we human, or are we dancer?" That was the question when the Killers performed at the White House's Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn,...

By Chris Richards  |  July 5, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Brandi Carlile, Killers, Melanie Fiona  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Chris Richards Another side of the late, great Link Wray. 1. Link Wray, "Fire and Brimstone" 2. Tom Ze, "Dor e Dor" 3. Nivea, "Laundromat" 4. Best Coast, "In My Room" 5. Omarion, "Entourage"...

By Chris Richards  |  July 5, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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