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Click Track: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Ticketfail: Did you get shut out of FreeFest this morning?

Fans are hating on Ticketfly.com with the same ire that M.I.A. hates on truffle fries. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) By Chris Richards We've been pumping up Virgin Mobile FreeFest all week on Click Track -- to peruse our giddy keystrokes, just...

By Chris Richards  |  July 24, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: FreeFest  
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Coda: FreeFest frenzy; Chuck Brown meets Chips Ahoy; Chromeo talks Hall & Oates

T.I. is part of FreeFest's impressive lineup. It was all about FreeFest this week at Click Track. The mighty impressive lineup - featuring M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, T.I. and Pavement - was revealed on Tuesday, we gauged our excitement, then picked...

By Click Track  |  July 23, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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Best of Whartscape: Previewing Baltimore's biggest underground music festival

Double Dagger: They're No. 1. (Courtesy of Thrill Jockey) By David Malitz Last night, the fifth and final edition of Baltimore’s Whartscape festival kicked off at the Charles Theatre. It’s a bummer to see the annual summer celebration of Charm...

By David Malitz  |  July 23, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Double Dagger, Ducktails, Get Em Mamis, Lil B, Lower Dens, Nadastrom, No Age, Teeth Mountain, Universal Order of Armageddon, Whartscape, Wye Oak  
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In concert: Konono No. 1 at Black Cat

Konono No. 1's formula proved very effective at the Black Cat on Thursday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins On the new "Assume Crash Position,'' only the second studio album of Konono No. 1's 30-year career, the Congolese...

By Mark Jenkins  |  July 23, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Konono No. 1  
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Wale says bad words; U2 score Spiderman musical; Bloc Party singer postpones solo tour

Wale gave an uncensored performance in Baltimore and now Baltimore is upset. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Chris Richards - Local rap hero Wale is in trouble with the city of Baltimore for using foul language from the stage when...

By Chris Richards  |  July 23, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bloc Party, Color Me Badd, Foxy Brown, Good Charlotte, Kele, U2, Wale  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Blogosphere, schmogosphere. I first heard this gorgeous, hiccupy Four Tet song in a brick and mortar record store. (They actually still exist.) - Four Tet, "Angel Echoes" - Belkis Akkale, "Ilvanlim" - Rusko feat. Amber Coffman,...

By Chris Richards  |  July 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Taking sides: Which FreeFest non-headliner will steal the show?

Trombone Shorty is a FreeFest opener who's not to be missed. We were pretty excited by the line-up for this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest when promoters announced it earlier this week. Sure, M.I.A.'s new album is a clunker, but we're...

By Chris Richards  |  July 22, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Die Antwoord, Joan Jett, Trombone Shorty  
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In concert: Levon Helm at Wolf Trap

The best moments of Levon Helm's show at Wolf Trap were when he kept the spotlight on himself. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Dave McKenna For better or worse, The Band made ensemble playing trendy in rock and roll....

By Dave McKenna  |  July 22, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Levon Helm  
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Be specific: Chromeo's P-Thugg talks about playing with Daryl Hall, and how he sort of met Prince that one time

By Allison Stewart In support of their upcoming disc "Business Casual," Montreal-based electro duo Chromeo kick off the American leg of their tour with a Monday night date at the 9:30 Club. Click Track spoke with keyboard/talk box-playing P-Thugg...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 22, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Chromeo  
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Taylor Swift to drop concept album in October; Critics heart Arcade Fire; Eminem lingers

Will Taylor Swift's new concept album be as strong as her previous efforts? (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) By Chris Richards - So you're a game-changing 20-year-old pop-country uber-star who made your name singing about the ups and downs of...

By Chris Richards  |  July 22, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Eminem, M.I.A., Taylor Swift  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Chris Richards If you and I compared our top-twenty-albums-of-all-time list, we might see a few names overlap: The Beatles, Prince, Micheal Jackson, OutKast, Joni Mitchell, Led Zep, etc. But if you have new age synth-tamer J.D. Emmanuel on...

By Chris Richards  |  July 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Godfather of go-go Chuck Brown busts loose with Chips Ahoy! commercial

By Chris Richards Finally! Two things we've always loved in one place: cookies and go-go. If you've seen the new television ad for Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies (linked above), your ears are not deceiving you. The ad features...

By Chris Richards  |  July 21, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Chuck Brown, cookies  
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Polls: If you cared about the Mercury Prize, who would you like to see win it?

The xx, photographed performing live in Washington in March, are up for the Mercury Prize. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards My personal resentment for England's Mercury Prize is rooted in envy. Every year since 1992, the Brits have handed out...

By Chris Richards  |  July 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Dizzee Rascal, Laura Marling, Mercury Prize, Paul Weller, The XX, Villagers, Wild Beasts  
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The xx and Dizzee Rascal lead Mercury Prize nominees; Big Star bassist Andy Hummel passes away; Live Nation offers $10 tickets

By David Malitz - Moody young indie-soul group The xx and grime rapper Dizzee Rascal lead the 2010 list of Mercury Prize nominees. Other nominees for the prestigious award for best U.K. or Irish album include Paul Weller, Mumford...

By David Malitz  |  July 21, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: American Idol, Andy Hummel, Big Star, Creed, Dizzee Rascal, Jonas Brothers, Live Nation, Maroon 5, Mercury Prize, Rihanna, The XX  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By David Malitz To see very large men play very grungy rock, use chainsaws in the woods and then set things on fire, watch the video above. Beavis and Butthead's dream come true. Tad, "Wood Goblins" Jay Reatard, "In...

By David Malitz  |  July 21, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Polls: Are you psyched for Virgin Mobile FreeFest?

M.I.A. is coming! M.I.A. is coming! (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) By Chris Richards Considering last year's line-up felt a little "meh," today's Virgin Mobile FreeFest line-up announcement was a super-stoker. So many great acts! And for zero dollars! Whether your favorite...

By Chris Richards  |  July 20, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Chromeo, Die Antwoord, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett, LCD Soundsystem, Ludacris, M.I.A., Matt & Kim, Pavement, Sleigh Bells, T.I., The Temper Trap, Thievery Corporation, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Yeasayer  
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M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, T.I., Pavement to perform Virgin Mobile FreeFest

M.I.A. will perform the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (By Jaime Martinez) By Chris Richards Virgin Mobile FreeFest has announced a line-up that’s sure to delight both pop-omnivores and text message enthusiasts. M.I.A.! LCD! T.I.!...

By Chris Richards  |  July 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Chromeo, Die Antwoord, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett, LCD Soundsystem, Ludacris, M.I.A., Matt & Kim, Pavement, Sleigh Bells, T.I., The Temper Trap, Thievery Corporation, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Yeasayer  
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Singles file: Kid Cudi f. Kanye West, Guards f. Cults, La Roux

Kid Cudi goes a little Lenny Kravitz on his latest. (Hal Linton) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West: "Erase Me" We're detecting the faintest whiff of Lenny...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Cults, Guards, Isaiah & Hovey, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, La Roux, Reptar  
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Album review: Rick Ross, "Teflon Don"

By Sean Fennessey To say that Rick Ross has a gift for pronouncing words is an understatement. The Miami rapper is an enunciator of the highest order, his voice a tidal wave baritone. On his fourth album he bear-hugs...

By Sean Fennessey  |  July 20, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Rick Ross  
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Album review: Gyptian, "Hold You"

By Allison Stewart Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian is the owner of the summer's most compelling dance hall hit, "Hold You (Hold Yuh)," a featherweight ballad so smooth it makes Usher's slickest slow jam sound like a Mel Gibson phone...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Gyptian  
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Album review: Sheryl Crow, "100 Miles From Memphis"

By Bill Friskics-Warren A number of pop and rock singers, from Shelby Lynne to Elvis Costello, have tried their hand at making soul or soul-inspired records. Sheryl Crow's "100 Miles From Memphis," the latest entry in this crossover sweepstakes,...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  |  July 20, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Sheryl Crow  
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Fugazi live archives almost ready; Juggalos gather next month; Tom Waits and Rihanna judge songwriting competition

By David Malitz - Need proof that Fugazi was basically the greatest live band ever? Soon you will have all you need. Soon the D.C. punk icons' entire live archive will be available online, with the first shows available...

By David Malitz  |  July 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Fugazi, Insane Clown Posse, Rihanna, Tom Waits, Virgin Mobile FreeFest  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By David Malitz Oxford Collapse were a nifty enough little jittery indie rock band, but this one song is really all you need, one of the best random bursts of tangled, nervous energy from last decade. Oxford Collapse, "Please...

By David Malitz  |  July 20, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Raheem DeVaughn visits Kimmel; Endless Boogie to boogie endlessly at Black Cat

Set your DVR: Local soul crooner Raheem DeVaughn is on Kimmel, Wednesday. (Dayna Smith For The Washington Post) By Chris Richards If you go to one concert this week, make it: Endless Boogie at Black Cat on Tuesday. The Brooklyn-based...

By Chris Richards  |  July 19, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Endless Boogie, Raheem DeVaughn, Rick Ross, Robyn  
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Vampire Weekend's record label addresses "Contra" model lawsuit

By Chris Richards Last week, we noted that Kirsten Kennis, the model whose 1983-face adorns the cover of Vampire Weekend's "Contra" album, is suing the band. Today, the band and its label, XL Recordings, issued an official statement on...

By Chris Richards  |  July 19, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Vampire Weekend  
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In concert: The Roots and Mambo Sauce draft "American Playlist" at Kennedy Center

Black Thought (left), meet Black Boo (right). The Roots and Mambo Sauce frontmen collaborated at the Kennedy Center, Sunday night. (All photos by Jahi Chikwendiu/TWP) By Mark Jenkins The Kennedy Center's "An American Playlist'' series promises an eclectic mix, and...

By Click Track  |  July 19, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Mambo Sauce, The Roots  
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In concert: Jack Johnson's melodic dose of serenity at Merriweather

Jack Johnson kept it neo-wimpy at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Saturday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Jack Johnson wore long pants and sandals Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The wardrobe suits his music, a melodic dose of serenity...

By Click Track  |  July 19, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jack Johnson  
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Justin Bieber breaks YouTube record; Vampire Weekend frustrated by lawsuit

Justin Bieber: Prince of YouTube. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By Chris Richards - Justin Bieber has cemented his rep as the definitive pop-throb of the YouTube era as views for his video for "Baby" recently exceeded the 246 million mark. That...

By Chris Richards  |  July 19, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Justin Bieber, Metallica, Vampire Weekend  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Chris Richards Just wondering how "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" became a wedding DJ staple while "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" did not. - UGK feat. OutKast, "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" - Stacy...

By Chris Richards  |  July 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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