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Click Track: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

In concert: Arcade Fire at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Win Butler and the Arcade Fire delivered a dizzying set at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Friday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Klimek Late in the Arcade Fire’s ecstatic 95-minute concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday night, Régine Chassagne, singer...

By Click Track  |  August 7, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Merriweather Post Pavilion, indie rock band  
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Coda: Lilith's last gasp?; What's the deal with Wale's new mixtape?; Taylor, take a break

Was Sarah McLachlan's performance on Tuesday the end of Lilith Fair? (Tracy Woodward/TWP) Lilith Fair hobbled into Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday for the final date of its troubled comeback tour. Wale returned with another "Seinfeld"-themed mixtape, "More About Nothing."...

By Click Track  |  August 6, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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The Roots are coming to town! (again)

The Roots performing at 9:30 Club in December -- one of many, many recent local appearances. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz Even a full-time gig as Jimmy Fallon’s house band hasn’t stopped hip-hop’s most reliable live act from appearing in...

By David Malitz  |  August 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: The Roots  
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Riffs: Does all music sound better slowed down?

By Chris Richards Welcome to the dog days of August, where everything slows down to a creep. (Including the news cycle. Hence this post!) But one blog's "slow news day" is Click Track's golden opportunity to share some random...

By Chris Richards  |  August 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Kelly Clarkson, Rush  
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Kanye West previews "Power" video; Arcade Fire webcast from New York; Weezer go indie

Kanye's new video teaser is even more EPIC than the chain he's wearing in this photograph. (AP/Matt Sayles.) By Chris Richards - Last night, if you didn't leave your home to see the awesome Gordo Brega/UCB show at Venus like...

By Chris Richards  |  August 6, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Beach Boys, Gordo Brega, Kanye West, Katy Perry, UCB, Weezer  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards In which we realize that we love more than a couple artists from Alabama right now. - Yelawolf, "Pop the Trunk" - Jamey Johnson, "Macon" - Ashton Shepherd, "Sounds So Good" - G-Side, "So Wonderful"...

By Chris Richards  |  August 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riffs: Call it a comeback: Artists we miss. And others we'd like to miss, if only they would leave.

Taylor Swift's not going anywhere. But should she? (Toni L. Sandys/TWP) By Allison Stewart The first week sales figures for his upcoming album will tell the tale, but Kanye West's Swift-ian diss at last year's VMAs seems to be largely...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 5, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, OutKast, REM, Taylor Swift  
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Taking sides: Which popstar's autobiography would you most like to read?

Wouldn't u like 2 read this man's autobiography, 2? (AP Photo/Wireimage, Kevin Mazur) Earlier this week, human trending topic Justin Bieber announced that he'll be publishing an autobiography. Here at Click Track, we love the Biebs as much as the...

By Click Track  |  August 5, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber, Prince  
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Illinois Attorney General goes after Lollapalooza; Will.I.Am sticks up for Michael Jackson; Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" ekes toward No. 1

The Arcade Fire's new album is moving some units. (Kevin Westenberg) By Aaron Leitko -Apparently the Illinois Attorney General has a bone to pick with Lollapalooza, which kicks off tomorrow in Chicago. -An LP of unreleased Michael Jackson tunes is...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 5, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Al Gore, Lollapalooza, Michael Jackson, The Arcade Fire, W.A.S.P., Will.I.Am  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday Morning

By Aaron Leitko I've only ever dyed my hair once. It was the same night I heard this song for the first time. -X, "The World's a Mess; It's In My Kiss" -La Roux, "Armour Love" -Animotion, "I Engineer"...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: Animotion, La Roux, Sun Araw, Wimple Winch, X  
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Why is Wale mad at the Washington Post?

Wale won't read this photo caption. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.) By Chris Richards No surprise that Wale's new mixtape "More About Nothing" is full of clever couplets and punchy punchlines. But here at Click Track, a rhyme from a...

By Chris Richards  |  August 4, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Wale  
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In concert: Hercules & Love Affair at Rock & Roll Hotel

Aerea Negrot sings while Andy Butler mans the turntables at Rock & Roll Hotel. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Two years ago, Hercules & Love Affair was a big band. When the Brooklyn-based dance group stopped in...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 4, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Hercules & Love Affair  
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When WaPo typos go meta: Giovanni Ribisi jams with the Roots on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

By Chris Richards It's a flub that has haunted us since April: A photo caption on washingtonpost.com that misidentified Roots bassist Owen Biddle for actor Giovanni Ribisi when the two appeared at an Earth Day concert on the National...

By Chris Richards  |  August 4, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags: The Roots  
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Lists: Best of the #indiefantasyteam memes

There won't be many more legitimate chances to post a picture of Kevin Youkilis on this blog. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) By David Malitz On Twitter, there are many memes, most of which involve unrepentant punnery. (The rest are just...

By David Malitz  |  August 4, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Twitter  
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In concert: Lilith Fair at Merriweather Post Pavilion

The Indigo Girls perform at the final Lilith Fair concert of 2010. (Tracy Woodward/The Washington Post) By Chris Richards Dark clouds have chased Sarah McLachlan's reincarnated Lilith Fair all across the continent this summer. In a season of historically...

By Chris Richards  |  August 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Cat Power, Indigo Girls, Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan  
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Lady Gaga leads VMAs pack; Kanye tweets get New Yorker'd; Wyclef will run for president of Haiti

By David Malitz - Lady Gaga set a record by receiving 13 MTV Video Music Award nominations yesterday. She was nominated for Video of the Year. Twice. Eminem collected eight nominations while B.o.B. and Florence and the Machine (really?)...

By David Malitz  |  August 4, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: B.o.B., Bluebrain, Eminem, Florence and the Machine, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, VMAs  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By David Malitz I requested this early '90s classic multiple times during WHFS's lunchtime "Flashback Cafe" show. Material Issue, "Valerie Loves Me" The Dutchess & the Duke, "Reservoir Park" Blur, "Star Shaped" Orange Juice, "Falling and Laughing" Smog, "Red...

By David Malitz  |  August 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Local news: Wale releases new mixtape, "More About Nothing"

Kramer, George, Elaine, Jerry and, uh, that's not Newman, is it? By David Malitz “Attention: Deficit” wasn’t the gigantic hit that DMV rapper Wale hoped it would be and on the first song of his new mixtape he offers multiple...

By David Malitz  |  August 3, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Wale  
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In concert: Robyn and Kelis at 9:30 Club

Robyn was in constant motion Monday at a sold-out 9:30 Club. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko If Kelis and Robyn aren't already best friends, they should be. Even though the dance-pop divas came of age on opposite...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 3, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Kelis, Robyn  
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Singles file: RAtheMC, Goatsnake, Paleo

RAtheMC's debut will be released shortly. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... RAtheMC: "Intoxicated" The DMV rapper previews the rollicking first single from her upcoming official debut, "Heart of a Champion." Goatsnake: "Knucklebuster"...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 3, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Built to Spill, Electric Anthology Project, Goatsnake Paleo, Hall & Oates, Lil Wayne, RAtheMC  
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Album review: Freddie Gibbs, "Str8 Killa"

Freddie Gibbs lives up to the hype. By Allison Stewart Rust Belt MC Freddie Gibbs is a rapper's rapper - a deathly serious street-hop sage with little interest in freestyling or hanging out with Weezy. He comes with an impressive...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 3, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Freddie Gibbs  
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Album review: Los Lobos, "Tin Can Trust"

"Tin Can Trust" is a return to roots for Los Lobos. By Bill Friskics-Warren Los Lobos's first album of new material in four years marks a return to the group's rough-and-ready roots. Recorded in a small studio in a rundown...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  |  August 3, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Los Lobos  
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Album review: Ola Belle Reed, "Rising Sun Melodies"

Ola Belle Reed was an enormously influential figure in bluegrass music. By Bill Friskics-Warren As a performer, bandleader and humanitarian, Reed, who died in 2002, was a role model for generations of bluegrass musicians, and not only women. Her songs...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  |  August 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Ola Belle Reed  
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Justin Bieber autobiography on the way; Paul McCartney hearts "Glee"

The Biebs has a story to tell. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) By Chris Richards - In what is sure to become one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories since "Catcher in the Rye," Justin Bieber has announced plans to release an...

By Chris Richards  |  August 3, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Washingtonians know "Rock Creek Park" by the Blackbyrds as one of the finest summer jams to ever spring from our fair city. But "Dominoes" by the band's mentor Donald Byrd proves that they might have learned...

By Chris Richards  |  August 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Wale drops "Nothing"; Gucci comes to Washington; Titus Andronicus visit Fallon

Wale -- shown here performing at the 9:30 Club -- drops "More About Nothing" tomorrow. (Kyle Gutafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards If you buy one album tomorrow, make it: Washington rap hero Wale's much-anticipated new mixtape "More About Nothing." In fact,...

By Chris Richards  |  August 2, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Gucci Mane, Titus Andronicus, Wale  
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Syce Magazine and the appeal of dead tree fanzines

Phil Ade graces the cover of the debut issue of Syce Magazine. By Chris Richards Last Thursday night -- while local rap rookie Phil Ade was performing alongside D.C. soulman Raheem DeVaughn at Commonwealth -- we happened upon a...

By Chris Richards  |  August 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda , Local news  | Tags: Lyriciss, Nike Nando, Pert McFly, Phil Ade, Ra the MC, Syce Magazine  
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In concert: Brooks & Dunn at Jiffy Lube Live

Brooks & Dunn's farewell tour packed Jiffy Lube live on Sunday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Scott Galupo Breaking up shouldn’t be so much fun. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, having amicably called it quits after nearly 20 years...

By Scott Galupo  |  August 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Brooks & Dunn  
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In concert: Jason Aldean at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jason Aldean's Friday concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion wasn't entirely smooth. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Scott Galupo When Jason Aldean momentarily ditched the droning agro-country riffs of "She's Country" and "Hicktown" Friday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion for...

By Scott Galupo  |  August 2, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jason Aldean  
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Alicia Keys weds Swizz Beatz; NPR remembers B.I.G.; Abbey Road auctions famous piano

Best Coast loves her cats. By Aaron Leitko -Alicia Keys and producer Swizz Beatz got hitched on Saturday while floating somewhere on the Mediterranean. New age guru Deepak Chopra performed the ceremony. T.I. also tied the knot over the weekend,...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 2, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Abbey Road, Alicia Keys, Best Coast, Deepak Chopra, Pink Floyd, Swizz Beatz, T.I., The Beatles, The Notorious B.I.G.  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for a Monday morning

By Aaron Leitko We frequently reflect on the music we loved when we were young--the songs that made us laugh, cry, dance, etc. But we never really talk about the songs that tortured us--the random unwelcome melodies that rattled...

By By Aaron Leitko  |  August 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Anita Baker, Jermaine Jackson, Manheim Steamroller, Robotech, Steely Dan  
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