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Click Track: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Coda: Katy Perry's forgettable "Dream"; Kanye's strangest collaborations; 9:30 Club launches label

Katy Perry - fine for one song at an awards show, not for an entire album. It's end of summer but the summer jams keep coming. It's doubtful you'll revisit Katy Perry's next summer, but the same might not be...

By Click Track  |  August 27, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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Riffs: Kanye, Britney and Gaga: By their Twitter feeds ye shall know them

Hey y'all, try my new perfume! (Linda Davidson/TWP) By Allison Stewart It's practically in the Bible: And by their Twitter feed, ye shall know them. As Slate recently pointed out in a recent, must-read faux-interview with Kanye West, Twitter has...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 27, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Britney Spears, Kanye West, Lady Gaga  
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Underwater Peoples showcase hits Baltimore; Tennis, Andrew Cedermark and more to perform

Tennis is the latest breakout band from the Underwater Peoples stable. By David Malitz One of our favorite labels to emerge in the last year is Underwater Peoples, which has quickly grown from its humble beginnings in a D.C. living...

By David Malitz  |  August 27, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Air Waves, Andrew Cedermark, Family Portrait, Tennis, Underwater Peoples  
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LCD Soundsystem just kidding about retirement; Springsteen to release massive "Darkness" box set; Rock the Bells set times

This will still be happening, apparently. (Ruvan Wijesooriya) By David Malitz - He's not exactly at the Brett Favre-level of indecisiveness but James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem already seems to be backing off his previous claims of retiring his band....

By David Malitz  |  August 27, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bruce Springsteen, LCD Soundsystem, Rock The Bells, Stone Temple Pilots  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Erin Williams Get the weekend started with just a handful of the covers and samples that were inspired by Michael Jackson, and check out some of our great stories on him - the King of Pop would have...

By Erin Williams  |  August 27, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Taking sides: The hip-hop classic we're most looking forward to at Rock the Bells

"Doggystyle" > Tiger Style. (Kevin Clark/TWP) This year's edition of Rock the Bells is top-heavy with nostalgia. The annual hip-hop mega-festival features a whopping six full-album performances of genre classics. While this certainly isn't our favorite exercise, it still got...

By Click Track  |  August 26, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim, Rock The Bells, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan  
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GW Lisner Auditorium reveals 2010-11 concert schedule

Mavis Staples is one of the early highlights of the upcoming Lisner schedule. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko And what a lineup it is. This October D.C. will get R&B singer Mavis Staples, who will be touring "You Are Not...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 26, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Angèle Dubeau, Bettye LaVette, Cinematic Titanic, David Sedaris, La Pietà, Mavis Staples, Omara Portuondo, Post-Classical Ensemble, Sarah Vowell  
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Grand Ole Opry to re-open next month; 9:30 Club launches label; Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow announce D.C. dates

Jason Aldean is one of many country stars who will welcome the Grand Ole Opry back home next month. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) By David Malitz - The Grand Ole Opry will return to its permanent home with an all-star concert on...

By David Malitz  |  August 26, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: 9:30 club, Brad Paisley, Grand Ole Opry, Jason Aldean, Justin Jones, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Erin Williams Is it just me, or does it seem like songs don't have a Part Two anymore? It was common for songs to have a part one, with song and lyrics, and then there was a follow...

By Erin Williams  |  August 26, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lists: Kanye West's five strangest collaborations

Kanye collaborating with this guy? Well, it's bound to be better than when he worked with Jared Leto. (Drew Kaiser) By Allison Stewart The news that Kanye West's new disc will include at least one track recorded with bearded hipster...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 25, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Bon Iver, Coldplay, Kanye West  
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Bob Dylan's 9th bootleg series album; Jim Jarmusch to direct Iggy Pop doc; George Michael faces jail time

The best bootleg series will expand by a volume in October. By David Malitz - The ninth volume of Bob Dylan's incomparable bootleg series will arrive on Oct. 19. "The Whitmark Demos: 1962-1964" will feature 47 songs performed by Dylan...

By David Malitz  |  August 25, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Bob Dylan, George Michael, Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By David Malitz Here's a nice mid-week pick-me-up courtesy of one of the very best the U.K. gave us in the '80s. It's not the hip-hop group Felt; I won't be mistakenly clicking on those links anymore. Felt, "All...

By David Malitz  |  August 25, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In concert: Scissor Sisters at Consitution Hall

Scissor Sisters relied on energy and fashion as much as music Monday at Constitution Hall. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Simultaneously outrageous and old-fashioned, a Scissor Sisters concert relies as much on energy and innuendo as music....

By Click Track  |  August 24, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Scissor Sisters  
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Album review: Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream"

Katy Perry - good girl gone bad? Bad girl gone worse? By Chris Richards So fine. So fresh. So fierce. For an entire summer, it refused to leave us alone, tumbling out of cars, gyms, nightclubs and shopping malls as...

By Chris Richards  |  August 24, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags: Katy Perry  
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Singles file: Rihanna f. Mariah Carey, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Glasser

Remix: The Blondes take over Rihanna's "Rude Boy." (Tracy A. Woodward/TWP) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Rihanna featuring Mariah Carey: "Rude Boy (Blondes remix)" Blondes, the analog-obsessed Brooklynites, turn Rihanna's inescapable...

By Allison Stewart  |  August 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Glasser, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Mariah Carey, Pill, Rihanna, Super Wild Horses, Wale  
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Album review: Magic Kids, "Memphis"

Making magic on their debut album. (Courtesy of True Panther Records) By David Malitz On first listen, this debut from Magic Kids sounds like a soda-fountain-sweet collection of breezy sock-hop ditties that draws heavily from the Beach Boys playbook. And...

By David Malitz  |  August 24, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Magic Kids  
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Album review: Usher, "Versus"

Usher (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Sean Fennessey We don't tell pop stars how to age gracefully, but perhaps we should. It's been five months since the release of Usher's sixth album, "Raymond v. Raymond" - which crossed the platinum benchmark...

By Click Track  |  August 24, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Usher  
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Album review: Young Jeezy, "1000 Grams"

Jeezy's latest mixtape isn't much more than a placeholder. (Michael Blackwell) By David Malitz Young Jeezy has never sounded cheery. And thank God for that. He's always agitated, and that's exactly what makes him one of today's most consistently engaging...

By David Malitz  |  August 24, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Young Jeezy  
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U2 debuting new material, touring with Jay-Z; Ticketmaster unveils newfangled "weblog"; Destroyer + Hecker makes Click Track fantasies come true

Bono's back is fine and Bono's back with some new songs. (Ricky Carioti/TWP) By David Malitz - With Bono recovered from back surgery U2 is back on the road and debuting lots of new material on the European leg of...

By David Malitz  |  August 24, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Destroyer, Jay-Z, Ticketmaster, Tim Hecker, U2  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By David Malitz I always thought "Stoned and Dethroned" was an incredibly underrated JAMC album. It might be my second favorite. And this song is a major reason why. Well-done duets rule. The Jesus and Mary Chain f. Hope...

By David Malitz  |  August 24, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Khaira Arby for free; Super Wild Horses great debut; The Specials visit "Letterman"

By David Malitz If you go to one concert this week, make it: Malian singer Khaira Arby, who is currently on the first American tour of her 20-year career. Backed by a full band her sound combines the desert...

By David Malitz  |  August 23, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Khaira Arby, Super Wild Horses, The Specials  
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In concert: Bonnie "Prince" Billy at Rams Head Tavern

Will Oldham - always freaky. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko It's not that Will Oldham is trying to be weird; it's just his nature. Sunday night at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, the Louisville, Ky.-bred songwriter, who...

By Aaron Leitko  |  August 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Will Oldham  
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Local news: Library of Congress announces 2010-2011 concert season

By David Malitz The Library of Congress today announced details for its 85th anniversary concert season, which is the usual diverse collection of free shows ranging from classical to jazz to folk with some welcome nods to experimental music thrown...

By David Malitz  |  August 23, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Greil Marcus, Library of Congress, Tyondai Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith  
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Cee-Lo's instant classic; another rock concert suicide; Wyclef isn't running (or is he?)

Cee-Lo, shown here during a 2009 performance with Goodie Mob, has something to say to you. By David Malitz - And with a very late but possibly winning entry for song of the summer we have Goodie Mob/Gnarls Barkley star...

By David Malitz  |  August 23, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Cee-Lo Green, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Wyclef Jean  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By David Malitz An Elastica reunion would do pretty big business, yeah? I mean, you'd rather see that than a Weezer "Blue Album"/"Pinkerton" tour, right? No? Just us? Elastica, "Stutter" Hunx and His Punx, "Teardrops on My Telephone" Alemayehu...

By David Malitz  |  August 23, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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