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Click Track: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

In concert: Rihanna at Jiffy Lube Live

Symbolism abounded during Rihanna's Friday night show at Jiffy Lube Live. (Photos by Tracy Woodward/TWP) By Chris Richards Rihanna’s boldest hits have always straddled the invisible lines that separate love and danger, vulnerability and aggression. But as she belted the...

By Chris Richards  |  August 21, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Rihanna  
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Coda: Bieber + Kanye, Bieber + Raekwon, Bieber slowed down, Bieber made cooler. Bieber.

A week of Bieber makes search engines happy. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for KCA) What can we say? That little whippersnapper was all over the place this week. First him and Kanye West became BFF on Twitter. Then Biebs got revenge...

By Click Track  |  August 20, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ian Nagoski's musical calling

Baltimore's Ian Nagoski has made a name for himself as an ethnomusicologist, rediscovering vanished music and long-forgotten artists. Jason Cherkis has a great article in this Sunday's Washington Post Magazine about Ian Nagoski, a Baltimore resident who has become one...

By Click Track  |  August 20, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Ian Nagoski  
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Kanye releases "Power" remix; Jumpers at Phish and Swell Season shows; Sufjan Stevens releases new EP

By David Malitz It's a busy news day, so here's a second update. - Kanye West wasn't in this morning's first batch of news, a rarity of late. So here he is, with his just-released "Power" remix, featuring Jay-Z...

By David Malitz  |  August 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Kanye West, Phish, Sufjan Stevens, Swell Season  
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Conan comes to vinyl; Weezer to do "Pinkerton" tour?; Government Issue reunites

You want this record, perhaps ironically. By David Malitz - Remember a few months ago when Conan O'Brien and Jack White got all buddy-buddy? Now you can buy vinyl documentation of the event on a new 7" to be released...

By David Malitz  |  August 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Antoine Dodson, Conan O'Brien, Government Issue, Jack White, Weezer  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By David Malitz This song really reminds me of "We Live Again" from Beck's "Mutations." Maybe I'm just making that up. Charlotte Gainsbourg, "In the End" Depeche Mode, "A Question of Time" The Soft Boys, "Tonight" John Phillips, "Someone's...

By David Malitz  |  August 20, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: How to make Justin Bieber cooler

Darling, please go and cut that hair. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) As if Justin Bieber didn't already have it good enough, now he might actually be cool. Kanye West loves him, is going to help him collaborate with Raekwon and that...

By Click Track  |  August 19, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Justin Bieber  
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Lists: In (faint) praise of Ke$ha: Four reasons she might not be as terrible as previously feared

And now we will attempt to defend ... this. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) By Allison Stewart Don't get us wrong: she's pretty bad. But over the past few months, we've softened in our estimation of Ke$ha. We used to think Ke$ha...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 19, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Ke$ha  
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Justin Bieber to collaborate with Raekwon; U2 reports to the dancefloor; Big Boi to perform 9:30 Club

We're too confused by news of the Chef collaborating with the Biebs to think of a punny "Cuban Linx" photo caption (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards A slew of bad ideas presented themselves on the Internet, yesterday. Among them: Wu-Tang...

By Chris Richards  |  August 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Big Boi, Courtney Love, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Nirvana, Raekwon, Taylor Swift, U2  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Chris Richards Pardon me while I recycle a tweet: "Gaga, Katy, Ke$ha, La Roux, everyone on the radio owe everything to Madonna. But did Gwen kickstart 2010-pop in 2004?" - Gwen Stefani, "What You Waiting For?" - Indoor...

By Chris Richards  |  August 19, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Riffs: Our top five Britney Spears dream collaborators

Britney just needs to the right collaborator to set her free. (Linda Davidson/TWP) By Allison Stewart If Christina Aguilera is a voice, and Lady Gaga is an aesthetic, Britney Spears is pretty much just an idea. With Spears, there is...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 18, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Beth Orton, Brandon Flowers, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Colbie Caillat, Dave Longstreth, Derek Miller, Dirty Projectors, Dr. Luke, Drake, Emily Haines, James Murphy, Kara DioGuardi, Kylie Minogue, LCD Soundsystem, Lady Gaga, Le Tigre, Lily Allen, M.I.A., Madonna, Metric, Pharrell, Rodney Jerkins, Rusko, Sia, Sleigh Bells, Stuart Price, Timbaland, the Neptunes, the Weepies  
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Be specific: Blues Explosion's Jon Spencer on getting the band back together

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are back together in support of a slew of reissues. (Ashkan Sahihi) By David Malitz Whenever I think about my favorite live bands, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is always one of the first to come...

By David Malitz  |  August 18, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion  
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Poll: So about that new Arcade Fire album...

Do you love this man and the music he makes? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards Yesterday, I phoned in to WNYC's Soundcheck program to argue with with Time Out music writer Sophie Harris about the value of Arcade Fire's fatiguing...

By Chris Richards  |  August 18, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags: Arcade Fire  
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Erykah Badu gets probation; Ted Nugent fined for baiting deer; Gap Band's Robert Wilson R.I.P.

Erykah Badu fought the law and the law won -- kinda. By Aaron Leitko -Erykah Badu cheesed-off Dallas, Texas authorities when she stripped nude in public during a shoot for her "Window Seat" video. Now her comeuppance is due: the...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Erykah Badu, Robert Wilson, Ted Nugent, The Gap Band  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Aaron Leitko I'd like to thank Pavement's Steve Malkmus for wearing a Joggers t-shirt in this GQ article and, thus, reminding me what an awesome guitarist Ben Whitesides is. - The Joggers, "Ziggurat Traffic" - The Black Angels,...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 18, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags: Islaja, The Black Angels, The Creation, The Joggers, Thee Oh Sees  
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Teenage guitar-builder and Heartbreakers superfan Griffin Black on Sunday's Tom Petty concert

By Chris Richards Last week, we had a wonderful freelance submission fall out of the sky: an essay written by 14-year-old Griffin Black about how he built a copy of Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell's red Telecaster -- and then...

By Chris Richards  |  August 17, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Tom Petty  
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Listen to Justin Bieber slowed down to an unrecognizable, blissed-out, new age slush

The kid has never sounded dreamier. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) By Chris Richards We love that Justin Bieber. We love slowed-down pop tunes. We love new age music. Today, the internet smiles on us....

By Chris Richards  |  August 17, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Justin Bieber  
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On air: Chris Richards on WNYC's "Soundcheck Smackdown" to talk more trash about Arcade Fire

Bomb "The Suburbs." (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards Last week, the producers at WNYC's Soundcheck program emailed me to point out, "As you may be aware, you're basically the only person in the world who didn't like the Arcade Fire's...

By Chris Richards  |  August 17, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  On air  | Tags: Arcade Fire  
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Singles file: Kid Cudi f. Kanye West, Mac Miller, Brandon Flowers

Was so depressed, Cudi? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West: "Wylin' Cause I'm Young" Cudi continues to sound inexplicably depressed on this 'Ye-assisted track from the...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Brandon Flowers, How to Dress Well, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller  
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Album review: Esperanza Spalding, "Chamber Music Society"

Esperanza Spalding's star continues to rise. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Bill Friskics-Warren A classically trained bassist, Esperanza Spalding made her jazz debut in 2008 and became something of an overnight sensation, with bookings on Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel and an invitation...

By Click Track  |  August 17, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Esperanza Spalding  
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Album review: Brian Wilson, "Reimagines Gershwin"

One legend tackles another on Brian Wilson's latest. (Jonathan Alcorn/FTWP) By Allison Stewart The Gershwin vault is a musical Holy Grail, a metaphorical repository of more than 100 unfinished songs and fragments of songs written by legendary composer George Gershwin...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Brian Wilson, George Gershwin  
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Album review: Trace Adkins, "Cowboy's Back in Town"

Trace Adkins may love you. He definitely loves beer. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart Trace Adkins belongs to a glowering, Stetsoned, entirely male subspecies of country music stars: Hominis redneckus. An enduring breed, they are known by their tendency to...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 17, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Trace Adkins  
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Do not cross Justin Bieber; Rappers stay rich; Sen. Frank Lautenberg is a Lady Gaga fan?

If you happen across this young man's phone number, do not text him. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By Chris Richards - A warning to fans who acquire Justin Bieber's cell phone number and text him endlessly: Biebs will have his revenge....

By Chris Richards  |  August 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards The next full moon is a week from today, but allow us to get ahead of the curve with this forgotten Brandy gem. - Brandy, "Full Moon" - Wally Badarou, "Hi-Life" - Black Flag, "Jealous Again"...

By Chris Richards  |  August 17, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Rihanna and Ke$ha face off at the Lube; Matthew Dear gets dark; Interpol returns to Letterman

Be my glitter freak: Ke$ha opens for Rhianna on Friday at the Lube. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images) By Chris Richards If you go to one concert this week, make it: The battle of the pop starlets, Rihanna and Ke$ha, when they...

By Chris Richards  |  August 16, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Interpol, Ke$ha, Matthew Dear, Rihanna  
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In concert: Tom Petty at Jiffy Lube Live

Tom Petty, forever workmanlike. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) By Chris Klimek When Tom Petty allowed himself a few words in praise of his since-forever band, the Heartbreakers, on Sunday night at Jiffy Lube Live, he introduced drummer Steve Ferrone...

By Click Track  |  August 16, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Tom Petty  
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In concert: Trombone Shorty at 9:30 Club

Trombone Shorty served as trombonist, trumpeter, vocalist, conductor, choreographer and more on Friday night. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Mike Joyce Though now one of the New Orleans' most popular exports, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews was greeted like a...

By Click Track  |  August 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Trombone Shorty  
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When Heartbreaker Mike Campbell met a young fan, he didn't just string him along

By Griffin Black It's not always easy being a classic rock fan while my friends are listening to rap and hip-hop, but I'll take bluesy guitar riffs and meaningful lyrics over synthesizers any day. I guess I should explain...

By Click Track  |  August 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In concert: MGMT at Merriweather Post Pavilion

...and don't the kids just love it. MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday night. (All photos by Xiaomei Chen/TWP) By David Malitz Is it possible that of all the buzz band breakthroughs of the past few years,...

By David Malitz  |  August 16, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: MGMT  
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R.I.P. jazz singer Abbey Lincoln; When juggalos attack, Tila Tequila edition; Kanye's Sunday morning jams

By David Malitz - Jazz great Abbey Lincoln passed away at the age of 80 on Saturday. She found early fame as a "sex-kitten supper-club singer" but soon became one of the most outspoken civil rights proponents among entertainers....

By David Malitz  |  August 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Abbey Lincoln, Insane Clown Posse, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Matt & Kim, Tila Tequila  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By David Malitz One of my favorite ever solos in that Velvets jam. The Velvet Underground, "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" Titus Andronicus, "My Time Outside the Womb" Talking Heads, "Tentative Decisions" The White Stripes, "I Can Learn" The Smiths, "Girlfriend...

By David Malitz  |  August 16, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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