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Click Track: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Vampire Weekend's guitarist has his mind in Brooklyn, his roots in Georgetown

Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij spent his teenage years honing his music skills in his Georgetown home. (Helayne Seidman/TWP) By Chris Richards A gold record hangs in the Washington kitchen of Najmieh and Mohammad Batmanglij -- the sweet smell of success...

By Chris Richards  | September 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Coda: Gaga's big statements; getting ready for the VMAs

Lady Gaga was more than just theatrics at Verizon Center. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) We wondered whether Lady Gaga's Tuesday concert would be mere spectacle or something more. Turns out it was the latter, a powerhouse pop show that proved she had...

By Click Track  | September 10, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: [Expletive] Up at Rock & Roll Hotel

Damian Abraham and one of his fans sharing a moment at Rock & Roll Hotel. (All photos by Josh Sisk) By David Malitz Damian Abraham came to the Rock & Roll Hotel Thursday night to make amends. The hefty, hirsute...

By David Malitz  | September 10, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  [Expletive] Up  
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Lists: Five VMA moments that looked like they hurt

By Allison Stewart The MTV Video Music Awards have given us so much. But what we'll mostly remember is the laughter. And also, the rocker-on-rocker beatdowns, bosom-tweakings and the scaling of great heights by possibly inebriated rap-metal bassists. In...

By Allison Stewart  | September 10, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Diana Ross, Kid Rock, Krist Novoselic, Lil Kim, Limp Bizkit, Nirvana, Poison, Rage Against the Machine, Tommy Lee, VMAs  
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Meet Willow Smith, your new pop music overlord; Lou Reed might hate Susan Boyle; Wanda Jackson's Jack White-produced album due in January

By David Malitz - Do you know who Willow Smith is? She's the nine-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. She's also the newest member of Roc Nation. Jay-Z just signed the little tyke to his label....

By David Malitz  | September 10, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Jack White, Lou Reed, Susan Boyle, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Wanda Jackson, Willow Smith  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By David Malitz The Strokes are booked for a Tommy Hilfiger 25th Anniversary Party in New York on Sunday, part of Fashion Week. Well, this song still rules. The Strokes, "Hard to Explain" Magic Kids, "Sailin" 13th Floor Elevators,...

By David Malitz  | September 10, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Taking sides: The VMA's worst winner

We'll keep it simple this week. With the VMAs coming up on Sunday we decided to look back at past winners of the night's most prestigious award - Video of the Year - and pick the worst song to...

By Click Track  | September 9, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Aerosmith, Beastie Boys, Jamiroquai, VMAs, Van Halen  
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In concert: Big Boi at 9:30 Club

Big Boi played mostly OutKast material at 9:30 Club on Wednesday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Back in 2003, Big Boi got stuck playing straight man. The rapper, one-half of mega-selling Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, was cast...

By Aaron Leitko  | September 9, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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In concert: Best Coast at Rock & Roll Hotel

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast stayed on the same note at Rock & Roll Hotel Wednesday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins In contemporary terms, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino can be seen as Katy Perry's less attention-greedy cousin,...

By Click Track  | September 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lists: Our favorite awkward moments from the VMAs

By Allison Stewart The most memorable moments at the MTV Video Music Awards aren't the shocking ones - MTV hasn't been genuinely shocking in years - but the awkward ones, the ones involving cringeworthy kisses (Michael Jackson and Lisa...

By Allison Stewart  | September 9, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, Fiona Apple, Jordin Sparks, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson  
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Alejandro Sanz leads Latin Grammy nominees; Distbured grabs fourth No. 1; TMBG for free in D.C.

Alejandro Sanz looks to add to his 14 Latin Grammys. By David Malitz - Alejandro Sanz leads the pack for the 11th Latin Grammy Awards, which will be held Nov. 11 in Las Vegas. The 14-time Latin Grammy winner is...

By David Malitz  | September 9, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Alejandro Sanz, Disturbed, Latin Grammys, They Might Be Giants  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz The Glasser album has been on repeat for the last week or so. It's a bit like the band two down on the list, Beach House, except sharp instead of soft. Both gorgeous. Also the fanmade...

By David Malitz  | September 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Be specific: Dungen talks new album, hip-hop, DJ moves

Dungen - more into Madlib than "Madcap Laughs." (Karl Max) By Aaron Leitko For the past nine years Dungen, the brainchild of Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, has cranked out blissful, free-flowing, retro rock. The band's fifth record, "Skit I Allt,"...

By The Reliable Source  | September 8, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Dungen  
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Be specific: Big Boi helps you plan your week

Number of fingers basically equal to number of words in responses. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Heineken) By Chris Richards If your calendar hasn't already been marked in blood, you have the chance to see one of the greatest rappers alive...

By Chris Richards  | September 8, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Big Boi  
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Be specific: Sharon Van Etten on being specific

Sharon Van Etten was not alone for the making of her excellent new album, "epic." (Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR) By David Malitz Sharon Van Etten separated herself from the singer-songwriter pack on her debut album, “Because I Was In...

By David Malitz  | September 8, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Sharon Van Etten  
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In concert: Lady Gaga at Verizon Center

Tuesday night's show was a retina-searing spectacle -- a two-hour pop bacchanal that utilized buckets of fake blood, spark-spewing bustiers, head-banging harpists, a flaming piano and plenty of esteem-building speechifying.

By Chris Richards  | September 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The xx win Mercury Prize; ELO member killed by hay bale; Mark David Chapman denied parole

By David Malitz - It's about time to stop calling The xx upstarts now that the young British group has taken home the Mercury Prize for its self-titled debut album. The band defeated the likes of Paul Weller, Mumford...

By David Malitz  | September 8, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  ELO, The xx  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Erin Williams The Roots produced John Legend's forthcoming album, "Wake Up!" Listen to their interpretation of this stirring Bill Withers song. John Legend and the Roots, "I Can't Write Left Handed" Sheryl Crow, "Eye To Eye" Sam Cooke,...

By Erin Williams  | September 8, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First take: Lady Gaga at Verizon Center

Lady Gaga wants you to love yourself. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) By Chris Richards The biggest jolt in Lady Gaga's retina-dazzling Tuesday night concert at Verizon Center had nothing to do with the array of larger-than-life-frocks that adorned the superstar's teeny-tiny frame....

By Chris Richards  | September 7, 2010; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  First take  | Tags:  Lady Gaga  
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Lady Gaga and all of her awesome outfits come to Verizon Center tonight

Will Lady Gaga's fashion choices or songs be more memorable Tuesday at Verizon Center? Hours before Lady Gaga descends upon Washington for her concert at Verizon Center, we find ourselves wondering what her gaggle of Little Monsters will be wearing...

By Click Track  | September 7, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard to receive Kennedy Center Honors

"Another award? You're too kind." (Tracy Woodward/TWP) By David Malitz Pop royalty Paul McCartney and country icon Merle Haggard are among the artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors. McCartney, of course, was recently honored at the White House with...

By David Malitz  | September 7, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Kennedy Center Honors, Merle Haggard, Paul McCartney  
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Album reviews: The Walkmen, "Lisbon" and Interpol, "Interpol"

Relaxation suits the Walkmen well on "Lisbon." (Courtesy of Tell All Your Friends PR) By David Malitz New York and its music are perpetually cool, even if the particular brand of coolness is constantly shifting. In the early 2000s the...

By David Malitz  | September 7, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Singles file: Trey Songz f. Drake, Doug Paisley, Capstan Shafts

Trey Songz gets assistance from Drake on his new single. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Trey Songz featuring Drake: "The Usual" The "Successful" duo re-team for a predictably steamy old-school...

By Allison Stewart  | September 7, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Capstan Shafts, Doug Paisley, Drake, Feist, Freelance Whales, Jukebox the Ghost, The Drums, Trey Songz  
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Album review: Jukebox the Ghost, "Everything Under the Sun"

Jukebox the Ghost: They're crafty. (Shervin Lainez) By Patrick Foster "Songcraft" conjures visions of wizened warblers like Leonard Cohen polishing and re-polishing a turn of phrase, a chord change, until a song hums with perfect alchemy. There's songcraft in the...

By Click Track  | September 7, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Sara Bareilles, "Kaleidoscope Heart"

Sara Bareilles attempts to build on the success of her No. 1 hit "Love Song." (Tracy Woodward/TWP) By Allison Stewart Thanks to the success of her '07 track "Love Song," singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles became known as the queen of the...

By Allison Stewart  | September 7, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Portico Quartet, "Isla"

Portico Quartet: No words needed. (Photo courtesy of Portico Quartet) By Bill Friskics-Warren This instrumental ensemble, whose 2007 debut was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize given to the best album released in the U.K. that year, is back with a...

By Click Track  | September 7, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morrissey and 50 Cent say things they'll likely regret; play guitar with Pavement on "Fallon"

Big mouth strikes again, etc. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz - Morrissey is no stranger to controversial comments when it comes to the subject of race and he's at it again. In a recent interview the British mope icon called...

By David Malitz  | September 7, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  50 Cent, Morrissey, Pavement  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards Few tunes capture the changing of the seasons quite like this incredibly gorgeous end-of-summer bummer-jam from Mr. Graham Nash and friends. - Crosby, Stills & Nash, "Just A Song Before I Go" - Glasser, "Apply" -...

By Chris Richards  | September 7, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Jamey Johnson smiles for the cameras; Best Coast comes east; Robyn drops album sequel

We like Jamey Johnson so much, we made this picture REALLY BIG. (Richard A. Lipski/TWP) By Chris Richards If you go to one show this week, make it: Well... Let us rephrase the question. If you didn't score tickets for...

By Chris Richards  | September 6, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Best Coast, Big Boi, Jamey Johnson, Robyn  
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In concert: Trey Songz at DAR Constitution Hall

The neighbors know his name: Trey Songz performed to a sold-out DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Klimek In the post-R. Kelly R&B carnality arms race (or is it an abs race?), 25-year-old Petersburg,...

By Click Track  | September 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kanye West tweets his soul; Kara DioGuardi abandons "Idol"; T.I. may be headed back to jail

This man has a lot on his mind. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) By Chris Richards - Kanye West bared his soul at 140-characters-a-minute on Saturday morning, tweeting a link to his new song, tweeting birthday wishes to Beyonce, tweeting reflections on his...

By Chris Richards  | September 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Kanye West, Kara DioGuardi, T.I., Taylor Swift  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Chris Richards My computer coughed up one of my favorite Christmas songs. Happy Labor Day? - The Waitresses, "Christmas Wrapping" - Taylor Swift, "Mine" - Vybz Kartel, "Emergency" - Treepeople, "Something Vicious for Tomorrow" - Thelonious Monk, "Brilliant...

By Chris Richards  | September 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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