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Click Track: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Coda: Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye

Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye Kanye. (AP/Matt Sayles.) This week on Click Track, we (Kanye) couldn't (Kanye) blog (Kanye) without (Kanye) every (Kanye) other (Kanye) word (Kanye) being (Kanye) "Kanye" (Kanye). We asked you about your favorite...

By Click Track  |  July 30, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs"

Bigger does not mean better for Arcade Fire. (Gabriel Jones) By Chris Richards Expectations run dangerously high for Arcade Fire, a band so fluent in grand gestures fans expect nothing short of indie-rock transcendence. But how do you make a...

By Chris Richards  |  July 30, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Arcade Fire  
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Polls: What should Kanye West name his new album? Find the answer in his Twitter feed

Has Ye already Tweeted his new album title? (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By Allison Stewart As you might have heard, Kanye West has finally joined Twitter and is unleashing 140-character pronouncements with a fury. The terminally logorrheic rapper (whose account has...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 30, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Kanye West  
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Music blogger: 'I rolled with Obama's crew'

David, the blogger behind Pitchfork Reviews Reviews, poses next to the president's ride on Wednesday. (Image courtesy of the blogger.) By Chris Richards On Saturday night, an indie music blogger found himself partying on a Chinatown rooftop in Manhattan, gushing...

By Chris Richards  |  July 30, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Big Boi, Pitchfork, Pitchfork Reviews Reviews, Young Jeezy  
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Judge shake up on "American Idol"; Spiritualized discuss "Floating in Space"; Sleater Kinney guitarist talks favorite songs

Degeneres will not return to "American Idol" next season. (Michael Becker-AP) By Aaron Leitko -Ellen DeGeneres will not be returning for the next season of American Idol. Not to fear, though, Jennifer Lopez is going to jump on board. -The...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 30, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: American Idol, Bikini Kill, Corin Tucker, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Max Richter, Sleater Kinney, Spiritualized  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Aaron Leitko My five favorite school bus jams of 1991. Honorable mention to the "Ballroom Blitz" ("Wayne's World" version). -The Dead Milkmen, "Dean's Dream" -Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Breaking the Girl" -Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody" -Nirvana, "On A Plain"...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: Metallica, Nirvana, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dead Milkmen  
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Taking sides: Build your own Lilith Fair

Wouldn't it be great to hear Joni Mitchell at Lilith Fair 2010? (AP file photo.) Sarah McLachlan's reincarnated Lilith Fair comes limping into Merriweather Post Pavilion next Tuesday -- its line-up a far cry from what was first announced. Lilith...

By Click Track  |  July 29, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan  
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In concert: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at Rock & Roll Hotel

Ariel Pink - still weird. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Success has not changed Ariel Pink. During Wednesday night’s sold-out performance at Rock & Roll Hotel the singer bounded about the stage, vogueing like Dr. Frankenfurter’s understudy...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 29, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Ariel Pink  
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Be specific: Robyn, on why you shouldn't call it a comeback

Robyn will attempt to release three albums this year. By Allison Stewart Robyn and Kelis have more in common than you'd think. After years of neglect by their respective record companies, the Swedish electro-pop star and the NY-based R&B-singer-turned-electro-pop-star have...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 29, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Robyn  
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Kanye West joins Twitter, uses exclamation points; Dylan and Neil Young look back; Eminem still No. 1

Kanye West and Aziz Ansari are going to tweet at each other so, so much. By David Malitz - Are you ready for six full weeks of all Kanye, all the time? After his Facebook freestyle the other day, Yeezy...

By David Malitz  |  July 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Eminem, Kanye West, Neil Young, Rick Ross  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz Imagine my shock when I typed that Pooh Sticks song into YouTube expecting to find nothing only to find a performance from a reunion show - first in 17 years - that happened on Sunday. I...

By David Malitz  |  July 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Riffs: I'm not going to try to like Ariel Pink anymore

Fuzzy microphone? What's not to like? Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti performs tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel. (Photo courtesy the artist) By David Malitz I don’t like Ariel Pink. This isn’t really much of a problem. Maybe you don’t like...

By David Malitz  |  July 28, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Ariel Pink  
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Kanye West unveils awesome new rhymes at... Facebook headquarters?

By Chris Richards Remember back in the aughts when Kanye West's rap skills were still sorta questionable? In 2010, the guy can stand up on a table at Facebook headquarters and make geeks lose their minds. Check out the...

By Chris Richards  |  July 28, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  News  | Tags: Kanye West  
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Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin perform duet; John Lennon's murderer up for parole; iPod no good for jazz

Aretha Franklin. (Reflections Photography) By Aaron Leitko -Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin performed a duet together on Tuesday night during a benefit concert for Philadelphia's Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts. They played "Say a Little Prayer," with the...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 28, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Aretha Franklin, Condoleezza Rice, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Marc Myers, Mark David Chapman, Yoko Ono, iPod  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for a Wednesday morning

By Aaron Leitko Maybe I'm all alone here, but I think the Grateful Dead's studio records are way cooler than the concert bootlegs/live albums. It was just so weird, particularly the early stuff. Makes Jefferson Airplane sound like Peter,...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 28, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: built to spill, clicky shuffle, common, deerhunter, grateful dead, hot snakes  
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Contest: Summer playlist

Are you a fan of The Washington Post on Facebook? If not, get to it. Then enter this week's Facebook fan contest in which you pick your top 5 summer songs for the ultimate summer playlist. Leave your picks...

By Click Track  |  July 27, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  
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In concert: Crowded House at Wolf Trap

Crowded House took requests via paper airplane at Wolf Trap on Monday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Chris Klimek There exists somewhere an alternate universe where Neil Finn is merely a frustrated elementary school music teacher and not the...

By Chris Klimek  |  July 27, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Crowded House  
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In concert: The Black Keys at Constitution Hall

The Black Keys performed at a sold-out Constitution Hall on Monday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins "Let's keep it moving,'' Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach implored DAR Constitution Hall's audience more than once Monday night. Of course, the sell-out crowd...

By Mark Jenkins  |  July 27, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Black Keys  
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Album review: Best Coast, "Crazy For You"

Best Coast: brilliant, stupid or both? By Chris Richards If you remember a time when rock-and-roll was so idiotic it was genius, you remember 1977. That's when four New York numbskulls called the Ramones asserted themselves as the most vital...

By Chris Richards  |  July 27, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Singles file: Tennis, U.C.B. f. Wale, the Vaselines

Tennis, anyone? By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Tennis: "Baltimore" The husband-and-wife duo craft a peppy, lo-fi ode to Charm City. U.C.B. featuring Wale: "Diana" The DMV go-go all-stars team with frequent collaborator...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 27, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Bun B., Chip Tha Rapper, Chuck INglish, Dan Auerbach, Freddie Gibbs, Tennis, The Kleptones, The Vaselines, U.C.B., Wale  
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Album review: Fat Joe, "The Darkside, Vol. 1"

By Sean Fennessey In a recent interview, the rapper Fat Joe spoke candidly about reaffirming his bona fides. "I'mma have to do something that I'm an expert at; it's called 'kill people,' " he said. Joe, of course, was...

By Sean Fennessey  |  July 27, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Fat Joe  
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Album review: Mountain Man, "Made the Harbor"

By David Malitz It's nearly impossible to find an album with more unadorned elegance than "Made the Harbor" by Vermont's Mountain Man. Save for some very quiet, gently plucked acoustic guitar, the nectar-sweet voices of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra...

By David Malitz  |  July 27, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Mountain Man  
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Album review: Tom Jones, "Praise & Blame"

By Allison Stewart Almost every male crooner over 60 has his Johnny Cash Moment, when he stops making drecky adult contemporary (or country, or pop) albums and returns to his purportedly natural state of grave artistic seriousness, even if,...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 27, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Tom Jones  
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Wyclef Jean considers running for president in Haiti; Baltimore prepares to fete Frank Zappa

Wyclef is considering office. (Photo by Lynne Sladky/AP) By Chris Richards - Ex-Fugees singer Wyclef Jean is considering running for president of Haiti, according to a letter his family sent to the media. The news comes just a few months...

By Chris Richards  |  July 27, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Frank Zappa, Wyclef  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Allison Stewart Because TV gives us so much, and asks so little, I thought I'd serve up some awesome songs I discovered on TV. Note the Avett Brothers link, which leads to the only "Friday Night Lights" mixtape...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 27, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: DMV hip-hop supergroup Diamond District at Black Cat; brighten your summer with Best Coast

Local standouts Diamond District performs at the Black Cat on Friday. By David Malitz If you go to one concert this week, make it: DMV hip-hop supergroup Diamond District at the Black Cat on Friday Saturday night. The trio of...

By David Malitz  |  July 26, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Best Coast, Diamond District, Oddisee, Of Montreal, Solange Knowles, XO  
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Be Specific: Dan Auerbach on the success of the Black Keys and the future of BlakRoc

Dan Auerbach, one half of the Black Keys, will play a sold-out show at Constitution Hall. (James Quine) By Allison Stewart Rock's most prolific two-man band, the Black Keys have released two well-received discs in the past eight months, the...

By Allison Stewart  |  July 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Black Keys  
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In concert: Whartscape f. No Age, Dan Deacon, Double Dagger and more at Current Gallery

Dan Deacon's Whartscape festival went out on a high note. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz BALTIMORE -- The fifth and final installment of the annual Whartscape festival here showed both why it has become the premier DIY...

By David Malitz  |  July 26, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Arab on Radar, Dan Deacon, Double Dagger, Lightning Bolt, No Age, Ponytail, Whartscape  
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In concert: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra's Mary Lou Williams Centennial Salute at the Kennedy Center

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra paid tribute to Mary Lou Williams. (All photos by Mark Abramson/TWP) By Mike Joyce The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s centennial salute to jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams at Baird Auditorium on Friday...

By Mike Joyce  |  July 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra  
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18 killed in crowd stampede at Love Parade; Pigeons poop on Kings of Leon; French nuns score record deal

When the excrement hits the band: pigeons pooped Kings of Leon off the stage in St. Louis. (Kyle Gustafson/TWP) By Aaron Leitko - A crowd stampede at the Love Parade--a techno festival held in Duisburg, Germany--has left 19 dead and...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 26, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: king crimson, kings of leon, love parade, prog rock, yes  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Aaron Leitko Dungen built its reputation on blazing Hendrix-style guitar riffs and prog-rock with a capital "P." But when it's time to slip into something more comfortable, these Swedish psych-rockers have you covered there, too. -Dungen, "Ingenting Ar...

By Aaron Leitko  |  July 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: dungen, med, mr raoul k, tim cohen, vijay iyer  
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