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Click Track: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Coda: Rock the Bells' rough afternoon; double-dose of Dirty Projectors; local hip-hop mixtape overload

A Tribe Called Quest were one of the highlights of Rock the Bells. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) We began the week recovering a looooong day with many delays at the hip-hop mega-festival Rock the Bells. A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan...

By Click Track  | September 3, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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B-sides: Mavis Staples talks Prince, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and President Obama

Staples has worked with a bard and a Prince -- and she's been imitated by a king. (Marvin Joseph/TWP) By Chris Richards There's one colossal figure that looms largest in the life of gospel icon Mavis Staples: Her late father...

By Chris Richards  | September 3, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  B-sides  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Michael Jackson, Prince  
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For indie rockers, 'jam band' increasingly no longer a shameful term

More and more indie rockers are saying it's OK to like Trey. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko On Saturday, Vampire Weekend will headline at Merriweather Post Pavilion. It will be the New York-based indie-rock quartet's first gig at the Maryland...

By Aaron Leitko  | September 3, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Grateful Dead, MGMT, Phish, Real Estate, Vampire Weekend  
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Mavis Staple teams with Wilco frontman for album 'You Are Not Alone'

Mavis Staples collaborates with Jeff Tweedy on her new album, "You Are Not Alone." (Marvin Joseph, TWP) By Chris Richards Mavis Staples is just a kid, plopped cross-legged on the living room floor. Her father, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, is strumming...

By Chris Richards  | September 3, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples  
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Lists: A highly selective list of awesome things Lady Gaga has worn on her head

This Lady Gaga headgear didn't even make the top five. (Suzanne Plunkett) By Allison Stewart With a world tour lasting through at least next April and a new album likely after that, Lady Gaga, like the poor, will always be...

By Allison Stewart  | September 3, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Lady Gaga  
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Poll: Who will play 9:30 Club first: Kele or La Roux?

Will either performer take the 9:30 Club stage before the year is over? (Kele photo: Sarah L Voisin/TWP, La Roux photo: Courtesy of the artist.) By Chris Richards They're like two British electro-pop unicorns racing into oblivion: London duo La...

By Chris Richards  | September 3, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags:  Kele, La Roux  
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Chris Brown comeback continues; I.M.P. sues Montgomery County; Radiohead approves of fan-made live DVD

By David Malitz - The legal wrangling over the the new Silver Spring music hall continues. I.M.P. - the local concert promotion company that owns the 9:30 Club - is suing Montgomery County, Maryland over illegal funding of the...

By David Malitz  | September 3, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Beastie Boys, Chris Brown, I.M.P., Pavement, Radiohead, T.I.  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards "Cold Gettin' Dumb" might be my favorite Mantronix-produced non-Mantronix track, and "G-Spot" might be my favorite Prince-penned non-Prince track. - Just Ice, "Cold Gettin' Dumb" - Jill Jones, "G-Spot" - Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" -...

By Chris Richards  | September 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FreeFest updates: No Die Antwoord, no word on T.I.

No South African hip-hop at this year's FreeFest -- Die Antwoord has bailed (Photo courtesy of the artist.) By Chris Richards We're fixated on Virgin Mobile FreeFest today and have two new updates about the line-up for the Sept. 25...

By Chris Richards  | September 2, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Die Antwoord, T.I.  
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News: T.I. arrested on drug charges

T.I. is in trouble with the law. Again. By Chris Richards Just moments ago, Click Track asked who's missing from this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest line-up. Now, an act currently booked for the mega-fest may or may not be showing...

By Chris Richards  | September 2, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  T.I.  
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Taking sides: Who's missing from FreeFest?

Why isn't this woman performing at FreeFest? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) On Wednesday morning, promoters added three more acts to the already sprawling line-up at this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Could this thing possibly get any bigger? Oh, definitely. In this week's...

By Click Track  | September 2, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Beck, Boris, Cee-Lo Green, Darkest Hour, Janelle Monae, Neurosis, Virgin Mobile FreeFest  
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Be Specific: Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth talks Kanye, MJ and Merle

Sometimes the man in plaid feels like Mighty Merle. (Photo by Tom Hines.) By Allison Stewart In part one of Click Track's conversation with Dirty Projectors' frontperson Dave Longstreth, we talked about multi-lingual groupies and the DP's (mostly) unexpected success....

By Allison Stewart  | September 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Dave Longstreth, Dirty Projectors  
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Farewell, Paste Magazine -- Founder and editor Josh Jackson suspends print publication

By Aaron Leitko Paste has called it quits, at least as far as the print product goes. In a meeting held Tuesday afternoon the Georgia-based magazine--which covered music, film, and the softer side of indie-rock--made an announcement to its...

By Aaron Leitko  | September 2, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Paste Magazine  
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Katy Perry tops Billboard; Goodbye Paste Magazine; Hello soon-to-be-re-opened Howard Theatre

With the No. 1 album in America, Katy Perry is walking on sunshine. Or cotton candy. Or fiberglass insulation. Or whatever that stuff is. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) By Chris Richards - Katy Perry has the highest selling album on Billboard with...

By Chris Richards  | September 2, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Alma Tropicalia, Bad Brains, Elikeh, H.R., Howard Theatre, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Paste Magazine, Rock & Roll Hotel  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Erin Williams As the season unofficially draws to a close with the onset of Labor Day, let's all say "bye bye bye" to summertime with Sly and the Family Stone. Sly and the Family Stone, "Hot Fun in...

By Erin Williams  | September 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Be Specific: Dirty Projectors frontman reflects on spoils of success, super-niceness of Solange

Well-educated Dirty Projectors groupies may find this man staying at a high-altitude hotel on the outskirts of town. (Photo: Mia Ferm) By Allison Stewart It only took seven albums, but Brooklyn band Dirty Projectors became an overnight sensation with the...

By Allison Stewart  | September 1, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Dirty Projectors  
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In concert: Avenged Sevenfold at Jiffy Lube Live

Avenged Sevenfold schlocked out at Jiffy Lube Live, Tuesday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Avenged Sevenfold loves the quaint gimmicks. As the California shock metallurgists opened Tuesday's loud and fun set at Jiffy Lube Live, a stagehand...

By Click Track  | September 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Avenged Sevenfold  
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Miranda Lambert leads CMA nominees; Big G to stay at WKYS; More acts added to FreeFest

Gimme five: Miranda Lambert leads this year's CMA nominees. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson) By Chris Richards and Aaron Leitko - Miranda Lambert leads this year's CMA nominations with five. (Does that make her the Lady Gaga of Nashville?) This year's awards...

By Chris Richards  | September 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Anwan "Big G" Glover, Caribou, Frank Zappa, Jeff Tweedy, Jim Jarmusch, Lady Antebellum, Maximum Balloon, Miranda Lambert, Sharam, Wolfgang Gartner, Zac Brown Band  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Chris Richards Songs written while living in exile are definitely the saddest. Caetano Veloso, "Maria Bethania" Eightball and MJG, "Daylight" The Flirts, "Passion" Prince Royce, "Corazon Sin Cara" Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together"...

By Chris Richards  | September 1, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Local news: New mixtapes from RAtheMC, Kingpen Slim, Black Cobain and Fat Trel

RAtheMC and Fat Trel were two of four local rappers to release new mixtapes today. By David Malitz Clear out some room on your iPod because local rappers have decided that Aug. 31 is the day to inundate you with...

By David Malitz  | August 31, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Black Cobain, Fat Trel, Kingpen Slim, RAtheMC  
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Be specific: Unnatural Helpers on short songs and short-lived lineups

By David Malitz Unnatural Helpers get to the point and then get out. The Seattle band's new album, "Cracked Love and Other Drugs," is 15 songs and clocks in at well under half an hour, so don't expect a...

By David Malitz  | August 31, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Unnatural Helpers  
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In concert: Jim Avett at Iota

Jim Avett is enjoying his moment in the mini-spotlight. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP)ji By Dave McKenna Family ties are plentiful in the music business, but there aren't many careers launched like Jim Avett's. He's given up the day job...

By Click Track  | August 31, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Singles file: Kanye West f. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is the weak link on Kanye West's new track. By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj: "Monster" Yeezy goes "True Blood"...

By Allison Stewart  | August 31, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, Deadmau5, Jay Electronica, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, The Game, Wayne and Wax  
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Album review: Jenny and Johnny, "I'm Having Fun Now"

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice make a twinkly album together. By Allison Stewart The Johnny in Jenny and Johnny is Johnathan Rice, the underrated Scottish singer-songwriter; the Jenny is Jenny Lewis, the ever-so-slightly overrated Rilo Kiley frontwoman, solo artist and...

By Allison Stewart  | August 31, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Jenny Lewis, Jenny and Johnny, Johnathan Rice  
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Album review: Kingpen Slim, "The Beam Up 2"

Kingpen Slim is another local rapper worth hearing. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz There are generally two basic paths a rapper can take on a mix tape - focus on a specific aesthetic or tackle a wide-ranging group of...

By David Malitz  | August 31, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Kingpen Slim  
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Album review: Ryan Bingham, "Junky Star"

Ryan Bingham's Oscar nomination hasn't changed his sound. (Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Allison Stewart It was one of the stranger career trajectories in recent memory: Ryan Bingham, a mid-level singer-songwriter with a slim back catalogue, was rescued from folkie purgatory by...

By Allison Stewart  | August 31, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Ryan Bingman  
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Guns N’ Roses in concert controversy shocker; Randy Johnson, rock photog; Arcade Fire takes you back home

By David Malitz - Guns N' Roses played mega festivals Reading and Leeds in the U.K. over the weekend and things were predictably disastrous. Late arriving, going past curfew, blasting the promoters from the stage. Pretty much as expected...

By David Malitz  | August 31, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Guns N Roses, Megadeth, Soundgarden  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By David Malitz "LDN" is an appropriate song to pop up on the last day of August, a sort of farewell to summer. Lily Allen, "LDN" Morrissey, "I Like You" Joy Division, "Disorder" The Fresh & Onlys, "Feelings In...

By David Malitz  | August 31, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Trey Songz visitz Constitution Hall; Local rapper Kingpen Slim drops "The Beam Up 2"

The singer will be dreamy and the crowd will be screamy. Trey Songz performs at DAR Constitution Hall, Saturday. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) By Chris Richards If you go to one concert this week, make it: R&B heartthrob Trey Songz when...

By Chris Richards  | August 30, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Black Mountain, Kingpen Slim, Trey Songz  
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Riffs: My "Ultimate Running Mix"

Who needs a personal trainer when you have Lungfish? (Photo: Jon A. Evans) By Chris Richards Please pardon this extremely self-indulgent autobiographical blog post, but I ran in a ten mile race, yesterday. It wasn't pretty, but I finished the...

By Chris Richards  | August 30, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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In concert: Rock the Bells f. Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest and Lauryn Hill at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Method Man and GZA helped Wu-Tang Clan turn in the best performance at Rock The Bells Sunday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz Hip-hop may very well be the definitive American music genre and this year’s edition of...

By David Malitz  | August 30, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  A Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, Rock The Bells, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Wu-Tang Clan  
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Bjork and Ennio Morricone win Polar Music Prize; Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood to host CMAs

Bjork, who is always wearing something awesome, accepted the Sweden's Polar Music Prize, Monday. (Fredric Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images) By Chris Richards - Icelandic singer Bjork and Spaghetti Western film score maestro Ennio Morricone accepted Sweden's Polar Music Prize today. We'd love...

By Chris Richards  | August 30, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bjork, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Ennio Morricone, Lil Wayne  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Erin Williams Get the work week started with a kick from The O'Jays, who know that now matter what, it's never less than four days away. The O'Jays, Livin' For The Weekend Jennifer Lopez, "If You Had My...

By Erin Williams  | August 30, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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