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Click Track: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Coda: M.I.A. meanders, the Dead Weather vexes, vuvuzela remains totally awesome

The Dead Weather brought its thunder to 9:30 Club, Tuesday. Did anyone catch the drummer's name? (Evy Mages/FTWP) By Chris Richards Another hot and sweaty week on Click Track has come to a close. It was a week of let-downs...

By Chris Richards  |  July 16, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews , Coda  | Tags: Coda  
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Polls: R.I.P. the summer concert season. Viva the summer blockbuster album?

Will the "Teflon Don" have a blockbuster on his hands? Rick Ross drops a new album next week. (Photo courtesy of Universal Music Group) By Allison Stewart At this point, it's safe to say that the summer concert season is...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Avenged Sevenfold, Katy Perry, Rick Ross, The Arcade Fire, Trace Adkins, Usher  
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In concert: Ana Tijoux at Liv

Ana Tijoux raced through her set at Liv, Thursday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP). By Mark Jenkins Ana Tijoux sports a Public Enemy T-shirt in the video for "1977,'' her latest album's title track, but her style owes more...

By Click Track  |  July 16, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Ana Tijoux  
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Pink injured during concert; teens swarm "Idol" auditions; R.E.M and Amy Winehouse drop new album hints

Pink gets her trapeze on at the 2009 VMAs By Aaron Leitko -Pop-starlet Pink was injured Thursday night after tumbling out of her harness and falling into a steel barrier during a concert in Nuremberg, Germany. The singer was promptly...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Amy Winehouse, Pink, R.E.M  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Aaron Leitko The best wake-up song ever, at least in my opinion. Pharoah Sanders didn't know it in 1964, but he was actually performing the ultimate 9-minute alarm clock ring-tone. -Pharoah Sanders, "Prince of Peace" -Wally Badarou, "Jungle"...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 16, 2010; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  
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Who's that girl? She's suing Vampire Weekend!

By Chris Richards How TMZ beat Pitchfork to this one is anyone's guess. (Maybe the indie site is busy this week?) According to the gossip site, model Kirsten Kennis, the woman who appears on the cover of Vampire Weekend's...

By Chris Richards  |  July 15, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Vampire Weekend  
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Taking sides: Is the M.I.A. backlash a result of truffle fry angst or crummy songs?

Why is everyone down on "/\/\/\Y/\?" (Photo courtesy of N.E.E.T. Recordings) It's been a whiplashing week for M.I.A. Her new album, "Maya," was released on Tuesday to lukewarm reviews. Bummer. But the Brit rapper bounced back that very evening...

By Click Track  |  July 15, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: M.I.A.  
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On air: Chris Richards talks summer concert season woes on CNBC's "Street Signs"

By Chris Richards As the summer concert season soldiers on, ticket sales are looking lousier and lousier. Industry trade mag Pollstar dropped some startling new numbers recently, to which we say, "Yeesh." I spoke with Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni for...

By Chris Richards  |  July 15, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Janelle Monae makes us wonder about the fate of the vuvuzela

By Chris Richards Not since Auto-Tune has a music-making device been debated as hotly as the mighty vuvuzela. With the World Cup almost a week in the rear view, funnyman Will Ferrell kept the buzz alive on last night's...

By Chris Richards  |  July 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Janelle Monae, Phil Niblock, Tony Conrad, vuvuzela  
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Be Specific: Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato on how the Warped Tour is like high school

By Allison Stewart Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato is calling from an amusement park -- he doesn't remember which one, but he's been looking forward to going all week -- to talk about his band's ongoing stint on...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 15, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Dillinger Escape Plan  
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Political folkies Baez and Earle team up; Hard L.A. canceled; indie bands shuffle lineups

Joan Baez comes to town this fall. (Bill O'Leary/TWP) By David Malitz - Two generations of outspoken folkies will share a bill at Strathmore Music Center on Oct. 27 as Joan Baez and Steve Earle team up for a...

By David Malitz  |  July 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beach Fossils, Best Coast, Joan Baez, M.I.A., Sleigh Bells, Steve Earle, Vivian Girls  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz The Embarrassment one of those bands that fell through the cracks in the early '80s, not quite punk, not quite pop and from Witchita, Kan., that'll do it to you. "Sex Drive" is their best-known "hit."...

By David Malitz  |  July 15, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Be specific: Harlem talks KISS T-shirts

Three out of three Harlem members agree on which KISS member they'd want on a T-shirt. (Evy Mages/FTWP) By David Malitz One of my favorite records so far in 2010 (No. 3, to be exact) is “Hippies,” by Austin, Tex.,...

By David Malitz  |  July 14, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Harlem  
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Five questions we're asking ourselves after seeing M.I.A. storm late night television

By Chris Richards If you missed M.I.A.'s incredible performance of "Born Free" on Letterman last night, give thanks for the miracle of YouTube and watch it above. It features a crew of M.I.A. lookalikes and some righteous keyboard slashing...

By Chris Richards  |  July 14, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: M.I.A., Suicide  
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In concert: The Dead Weather at 9:30 Club

The Dead Weather brought a mighty rumble to 9:30 Club Tuesday. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) By Chris Richards Somebody tell Jack White there’s no “I” in “team.” Or “band.” Or “really awesome supergroup that rocks hardest when the drummer...

By Chris Richards  |  July 14, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jack White, The Dead Weather  
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Tuli Kupferberg, singer of The Fugs, dies; Jilted promoter sues Ne Yo; California ponders Neverland state park

California lawmakers are considering making Neverland Ranch into a state park. (Chris Carlson/AP) By Aaron Leitko -Tuli Kupferberg, vocalist for '60s garage rock group The Fugs, has passed away. He was 86. -Ne-Yo and his booking agency are being sued...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: California, Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo, Neverland Ranch, Phosphorescent, Tuli Kupferberg, the Fugs  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Aaron Leitko Sometimes you just can't get a song out your head...for 12 months. -The Fresh & Only's, "Peacock & Wing" -Woods, "Blood Dries Darker" -Chaz Jankel ft. Laura Weymouth, "Whisper" -The Dells (Ron Hardy Edit), "No Way...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: Augustus Pablo, Chaz Jankel, Ron Hardy, The Dells, The Fresh & Only's, Woods  
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First take: The Dead Weather at 9:30 Club

Jack White was in the background but still the main attraction at 9:30 Club. (Evy Mages/FTWP) By Chris Richards Of course it started with a drum fill -- a demonstrative rumble that rivaled the thunderclaps that peeled across Washington skies...

By Chris Richards  |  July 13, 2010; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  First take  | Tags: Dead Weather, Jack White  
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On air: Chris Richards talks about the bummer-summer concert season on WNYC

Weak ticket sales forced the Eagles to scrap a local concert date this summer. (Tracy A. Woodward/TWP) By Chris Richards I'll be on WNYC's Soundcheck to discuss this summer's dismal concert season, oh, in about three minutes. (I wrote about...

By Chris Richards  |  July 13, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Album review: M.I.A., "/\/\ /\ Y /\"

Third time is not a charm for M.I.A. By Chris Richards M.I.A.'s new album opens with the familiar clickity-clickity of fingertips keystroking a laptop. Then come much scarier monsters: noxious sirens, nail-gun percussion and chainsaw synthesizers intent on cutting your...

By Chris Richards  |  July 13, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: M.I.A.  
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Singles file: Rick Ross, Rye Rye, Theo Martins

Mixing it up: Rye Rye teams with Nguzunguzu on "B.A. Mix." (Katherine Frey/the Washington Post) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Rick Ross featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele: "Aston Martin Music (Official...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Chrisette Michele, Drake, Mr. Oizo, R.E.M., Rick Ross, Rye Rye, Theo Martins  
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Album review: Hellyeah, "Stampede"

By Patrick Foster Like a Ford F-150 barreling down a gravel country road , - leaving choking dust clouds and clattering beer cans in its wake, Hellyeah crushes subtlety like a bug. This team of metal all-stars' second album...

By Patrick Foster  |  July 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Hellyeah  
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Album review: Wavves, "King of the Beach"

By David Malitz Nathan Williams is not a complicated dude. The 24-year-old San Diego indie rocker, who records as Wavves, is mostly obsessed with the beach and just generally chillaxin'. His first two albums were especially uncomplicated - two...

By David Malitz  |  July 13, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Wavves  
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Album review: School of Seven Bells, "Disconnect From Desire"

By Patrick Foster On "My Cabal," the final track of last year's "Alpinsims," School of Seven Bells conjured a breezy summer sunrise, an uplifting moment in a sea of grey and gauzy synth-pop. The clouds clear away and the...

By Patrick Foster  |  July 13, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: School of Seven Bells  
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill raise heaps of benefit money; Village People refuse to ditch "M.C.A."

Tim McGraw played Jiffy Lube Live over the weekend. Last month, he helped raise oodles of cash for Tennessee flood victims. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards - The beans have been counted and a benefit concert hosted by country uber-couple...

By Chris Richards  |  July 13, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Village People  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards I know I've been talking a lot about The-Dream lately, but doesn't the late Jermaine Stewart sound a whole lot like Mr. Terius Nash? They share that strange, wonderful, pinched vocal register. But I doubt The-Dream...

By Chris Richards  |  July 13, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Laurie Anderson comes to the Birchmere; new single from Panda Bear;

Laurie Anderson tours behind her first album since 2001. )Leland Brewster) If you go to one concert this week, make it: Performance artist, musician, all-around oddball Laurie Anderson at the Birchmere. She rarely plays proper nightclub concerts anymore; try to...

By David Malitz  |  July 12, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Laurie Anderson, M.I.A., Panda Bear  
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In concert: Unrest at Black Cat

Mark Robinson led reunited Unrest through a hit-heavy though sleepy set. (All photos Evy Mages/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko At 18 years old, you are an adult in the eyes of the law. At 25, you've lived a quarter of a...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: The Rondelles, Unrest  
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In Concert: Tim McGraw at Jiffy Lube Live

Tim McGraw picked up the pace when necessary at Jiffy Lube Live. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson) By Emily Yahr After 22 years of touring, Tim McGraw can do whatever Tim McGraw wants — and the country star made that...

By Emily Yahr  |  July 12, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw  
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Sugar Minott R.I.P.; Phosphorescent's gear stolen; Carrie Underwood weds hockey player

Grammy-winning country singer Carrie Underwood. (AP/Matt Sayles) By Aaron Leitko -Reggae singer and producer Sugar Minott has passed away. Minott was a member of the trio the African Brothers and also had a successful solo career during the 1970s, with...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: american idol, carrie underwood, phosphorescent, sugar minnot  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Aaron Leitko Personally, I think Mike Mills is the most important member of R.E.M. Not only is he a good bassist, he's always waiting in the wings with an excellent vocal hook. He's sort of the R. Kelly...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: Love Tractor, R.E.M., Raccoo-oo-oon, Sylvester, Unrest  
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