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Click Track: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Coda: Some bands should stay broken up; Meet the arena rockers of tomorrow; Charlie Wilson cameos galore; If pop stars were "Lost" characters

Does Uncle Charlie Wilson have a bad cameo in him? (Brandon Wu/FTWP) This week on Click Track, we wondered -- we wah-wah-wah-wah-wondered -- many things, including... 1. What are the top five signs that your band should stay broken up?...

By Click Track  |  August 13, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riffs: Best show flyer of the year?

Handmade flyer > Facebook invite. By David Malitz Wednesday night's Ty Segall show at DC9 was one of the best I've seen in a while. Garage rock on overdrive, overflowing with hooks for 45 minutes. (Could have done without the...

By David Malitz  |  August 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Thee Lolitas  
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Riffs: Does George Michael's life of crime affect his music? Let's find out!

You gotta have faith. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images) By Allison Stewart The arrests. The trolling for sex in public parks. By now it's pretty clear: George Michael's issues go well beyond his fondness for smoking more pot than Mischa...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: George Michael  
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Music without Borders: Clyde's restaurant chain plans concert venue in former downtown bookstore

The closure of the Borders bookstore on 14th and F is music to Clyde's restaurateur Tom Meyer's ears.

By Chris Richards  |  August 13, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Kanye to perform at VMAs; Gibby Haynes did what?; Arcade Fire boosted by 97k digital sales

After last year's antics, expect Kanye West to be all charm as he sticks to his Bret Saberhagen-esque good-year/bad-year VMAs behavior pattern. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) By David Malitz - In what should bring his "comeback" full circle, Kanye West will...

By David Malitz  |  August 13, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Gibby Haynes, Kanye West  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By David Malitz When trying to name a band a few bands ago we almost landed on Doctor Annabel, taken from the refrain of this song from "Slates" mini-album, which I might argue is the best Fall release on...

By David Malitz  |  August 13, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: Who are the arena rockers of tomorrow?

Titus Andronicus played at St. Stephens Church in April. Could they be playing Merriweather in years to come? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Today, Arcade Fire is at the top of the charts. Last night, Green Day headlined to scores of fans at...

By Click Track  |  August 12, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Gaslight Anthem, Green Day, Titus Andronicus, We Were Promised Jetpacks  
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In concert: The Meters Experience at Blues Alley

New Orleans guitar legend Leo Nocentelli's talents were on display Wednesday at Blues Alley. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Mike Joyce Leo Nocentelli, co-founder of the Meters and New Orleans guitar legend, may not have turned Blues Alley into...

By Click Track  |  August 12, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Leo Nocentelli, The Meters  
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Poll: Charlie Wilson cameos before Kanye West's "See Me Now"

By Chris Richards Here's something that Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Farrah Franklin each know all too well: Beyonce always steal the spotlight. Charlie Wilson was never a member of Destiny's Child, but he might...

By Chris Richards  |  August 12, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Beyonce, Charlie Wilson, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, UGK  
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Kanye West teams up with Beyonce; M.I.A. drops "XXXO" video; George Michael charged with drug possession; R.I.P. Catfish Collins

By Chris Richards - If every phrase that Kanye West tweets qualifies as news, does that make every song he leaks super-news? Ye posted a new song from the forthcoming-album-formerly-known-as-"Good Ass Job," yesterday. It's called "See Me Now" and...

By Chris Richards  |  August 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beyonce, Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, George Michael, James Brown, Kanye West, M.I.A., Parliament-Funkadelic  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Chris Richards Lil B's "God love me" line at 2:19 has changed my feelings about birthdays. - Lil B, "B.O.R. (Birth of Rap)" - That Dog, "Never Say Never" - Can, "Chain Reaction" - T.I., "Rubber Band Man"...

By Chris Richards  |  August 12, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local news: Cloud Nothings sign to Carpark Records

By David Malitz Here’s a pairing that we can easily get behind. Rambunctious indie upstars Cloud Nothings have signed with local label Carpark Records. The D.C.-based label that serves as home to acts such as Dan Deacon and Toro...

By David Malitz  |  August 11, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Cloud Nothings  
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Lists: The top five signs your band should not get back together

This won't end well. We know that based on history. (Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Allison Stewart So the crazy kids in Van Halen are giving it another go with erstwhile frontman David Lee Roth, despite the fact that every single DLR/Halen...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 11, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: David Lee Roth, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N Roses, INXS, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Spice Girls, Stone Temple Pilots, The Doors, The Eagles, Van Halen  
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Arcade Fire scores No. 1 album; Jeezy not beefing with Rick Ross, releases new mixtape Thursday; Fantasia recovering

Selling out Madison Square Garden and getting the No. 1 album in the country - not a bad week for Arcade Fire. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz - Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is set to debut atop the Billboard charts,...

By David Malitz  |  August 11, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Fantasia, Young Jeezy  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By David Malitz As much as I generally dislike full album shows, I've got a twinge of regret about missing Spiritualized perform "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" backed by an orchestra and choir at Radio City...

By David Malitz  |  August 11, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Riffs: Pop stars get "Lost"

Should this be the cover of the next Diddy CD? By David Malitz Yesterday we became aware that the cover of the new Weezer album would simply be a picture of Hurley - the largest and most lovable character on...

By David Malitz  |  August 10, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Singles file: Soundgarden, Taylor Swift, Frightened Rabbit

Soundgarden performed at Lollapalooza and now offers up a vintage outtake. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Soundgarden: "Black Rain" Originally recorded for "Badmotorfinger," this supremely sludgy outtake chilled in the vault until...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 10, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Andre 3000, Frightened Rabbit, Soundgarden, Taylor Swift, Yeasayer  
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Album review: Blake Shelton, "All About Tonight"

Shelton's second EP of the year shows him to be a well-rounded songwriter. By Bill Friskics-Warren Blake Shelton's second six-song EP of the year offers much the same mix of rowdy stomps and reflective ballads as its unapologetically down-home predecessor,...

By Click Track  |  August 10, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Blake Shelton  
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Album review: Mike Posner, "31 Minutes to Takeoff"

A Duke grad that does bitter R&B. What's not to love? Oh, right. By Sean Fennessey Oh, the folly of youth. Mike Posner has been positioned as a wunderkind craftsman who wrote his first bona-fide hit, the slithery R&B-pop single...

By Click Track  |  August 10, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Mike Posner  
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Album review: "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" soundtrack

Michael Cera gets to pretend to play songs written by Beck in his new movie. By Allison Stewart The recent spate of hipster-studded "Twilight" soundtracks were like the indie-rock equivalent of Happy Meals - tasty but overly commercialized product-placement opportunities...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 10, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Beck, Broken Social Scene, Scott Pilgrim  
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NPR ponders the weirdest duets; Van Halen recording with David Lee Roth; Suburban dad writes go-go listings

Who wouldn't want to recreate the above? By Aaron Leitko -What duet was weirder: Sinatra and Bono or Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat? NPR ponders the weirdest pop music pairings of our age. - Van Halen and David Lee...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bono, Frank Sinatra, Paula Abdul, Van Halen  
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Clicky Shuffle: Random songs for a Tuesday morning

By Aaron Leitko Look, just try to relax. -Harald Grosskopf, "So Weit So Gut" -Fennesz, "Endless Summer" -Phosphorescent, "It's Hard to be Humble (When You're From Alabama)" -Thee Oh Sees, "Rainbow" -Smart Went Crazy, "Con Art"...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 10, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Fennesz, Harald Grosskopf, Phosphorescent, Smart Went Crazy, Thee Oh Sees  
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Week ahead: Public Enemy brings "Black Planet" to 9:30 club; Animal Collective's "Oddsac" released; Har Mar vs. Lopez in unfunny vortex

Public Enemy were a highlight of last year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest and visit 9:30 Club on Saturday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz If you go to one concert this week, make it: Public Enemy at the 9:30 Club on Saturday....

By David Malitz  |  August 9, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Animal Collective, Har Mar Superstar, Public Enemy  
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In concert: Here We Go Magic at Black Cat

Luke Temple led Here We Go Magic through a propulsive set of tunes Sunday at the Black Cat. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Frankly, Here We Go Magic could have lost the smoke machine. The quintet, which...

By Click Track  |  August 9, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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It actually happened: Gucci Mane at DC Star

Gucci Mane, shown here performing at the 2009 BET Awards, did eventually take the stage at DC Star on Friday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By Chris Richards Last week, the Washington City Paper asked two rhetorical questions in advance of Gucci...

By Chris Richards  |  August 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Live last night  | Tags: Gucci Mane  
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Bono bounces back from back surgery; Jack White throws a hissy fit; Rod Stewart procreates at age 65

Jack White, photographed here with the Dead Weather in Washington last month, lost his cool in New York. (Evy Mages/FTWP) By Chris Richards The white men of rock-and-roll are keepin' busy: - Bono returned to the stage in Italy...

By Chris Richards  |  August 9, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bono, Jack White, Rod Stewart, The Dead Weather, U2  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By David Malitz If you miss Jay Reatard make sure you don't miss Ty Segall when he plays at DC9 on Wednesday. He plays the same sort of punchy, rapidfire garage-punk, just a bit more ... Californized. Ty Segall,...

By David Malitz  |  August 9, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: B.o.B. at Merriweather Post Pavilion

During a 30-minute early afternoon set at Merriweather Post Pavilion — part of the Summer Spirit Festival — B.o.B., whose real name is Bobby Ray, spent more time showing off his pipes than his flow.

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 8, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: B.o.B  
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In concert: Rufus Wainwright at Strathmore

Silent night: Rufus Wainwright performed at Strathmore on Saturday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Rufus Wainwright has come up with a device that any performer can use to safely debut risky new material: Force the crowd to...

By Click Track  |  August 8, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Rufus Wainwright  
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