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Click Track: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Coda: Farewell, FreeFest; Chuck Brown talks cookies; Alice Cooper fans abound

Fast-forward to the 3:42 mark to hear Jimmy Fallon tell Chuck Brown how awesome his voice is. Another Friday afternoon is upon us. With Virgin Mobile FreeFest in the rear view, Click Track embarked on a week of reflection,...

By Click Track  | October 1, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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List: The 21 best Matador Records albums

"Slanted & Enchanted" set the tone, "Crooked Rain" has the hits, but "Wowee Zowee" is Pavement at its most Pavement. By David Malitz By the time you read this, I'll be off to Las Vegas for Matador at 21, a...

By David Malitz  | October 1, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Cat Power, Liz Phair, Matador Records, Pavement, Superchunk  
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Really quick spins: New albums from Azure Ray, Black Milk, Mavis Staples and a David Bowie tribute

The legendary Mavis Staples has teamed up with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. (Marvin Joseph/TWP) After a lean and languid summer, the world of pop music dumped its cornucopia on the September calendar with new albums from resurgent classic rockers (Robert Plant,...

By Click Track  | October 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags:  Azure Ray, Black Milk, Mavis Staples  
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Be specific: The Vaselines' Eugene Kelly talks about his group's long-overdue reunion

The Vaselines are back with their first new album in 20 years. (Courtesy of Sub Pop Records) By Allison Stewart By the time Kurt Cobain famously praised the Vaselines, calling them his favorite songwriters in the whole world, the Scottish...

By Allison Stewart  | October 1, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  The Vaselines  
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Jay-Z and Eminem inspire Dr. Dre to finish "Detox"; Soundgarden goes "Guitar Hero"; Usher and Sade coming to the DMV

Dre has been working on "Detox" since the days of black and white photography. (Interscope Records) By Chris Richards - Dr. Dre tells MTV that performing at a recent concert with Jay-Z and Eminem inspired him to get back to...

By Chris Richards  | October 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Sade, Soundgarden, Usher  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards A few years after his big (posthumous) resurgence, Arthur Russell still sounds so far ahead of his time. Arthur Russell, "Get Around To It" Gangsta Boo, "Where Dem Dollas At" Zola Jesus, "Night" Versus, "Thera" Trick...

By Chris Richards  | October 1, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Sheryl Crow at the Music Center at Strathmore

This woman has the blues. (Evy Mages/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Before Sheryl Crow took the stage at Strathmore for Wednesday’s show, roadies cranked up some smoke machines in hopes of giving the room a bluesy ambiance. But puffs of fake...

By Click Track  | September 30, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Sheryl Crow  
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Taking sides: Giving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame some cred

We're sure they don't wanna hear it, but MInor Threat belongs in the Hall. (By Rebecca Hammel) Earlier this week the latest batch of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees was announced and once again we were underwhelmed. It...

By Click Track  | September 30, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Bad Brains, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Fall, The Replacements  
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In concert: Swans at Black Cat

Michael Gira and Swans played a brutalizing show on Wednesday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko A Swans concert is not a democracy. During its Wednesday night performance at the Black Cat, the New York City-based sextet --relaunched...

By Aaron Leitko  | September 30, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Swans  
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Sade skipping D.C. on 2011 tour -- what gives?

Say it ain't so, Sade. (Photo courtesy of the artist) By David Malitz Awesome news - Sade is going on tour for the first time in 10 years! Not-at-all awesome news - she's completely skipping D.C.! How is this possible?...

By David Malitz  | September 30, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Sade  
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Really quick spins: New albums from Cinema Red & Blue, Andrew Cedermark, Fat Trel, Glasser, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Fat Trel: Another young, local MC to watch. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) After a lean and languid summer, the world of pop music dumped its cornucopia on the September calendar with new albums from resurgent classic rockers (Robert Plant, Neil Young), marquee...

By Click Track  | September 30, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags:  Andrew Cedermark, Cinema Red and Blue, Fat Trel, Glasser, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark  
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Justin Timberlake, the Roots and Jimmy Fallon give a rap history lesson

By David Malitz Justin Timberlake visited "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last night and we know he's not one to ever pass on a funny-musical skit sort of thing. So he and Fallon, backed by house band the Roots,...

By David Malitz  | September 30, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Justin Timberlake, The Roots  
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No more "G.O.O.D. Fridays" for Kanye West; Zac Brown tops the charts; Queen Latifah gets into the water business

Kanye says when songs get leaked, ya hear? (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By David Malitz - Compared to other Kanye West hissy fits this is barely a blip, but after his upcoming song "Lost in the World" leaked earlier this week,...

By David Malitz  | September 30, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Zac Brown Band  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz Kind of a generic Velvets song but the non sequiturs after each proper line make it a winner. The Velvet Underground, "Temptation Inside Your Heart" The Pixies, "Ana" Times New Viking, "Call and Respond" Smog, "I...

By David Malitz  | September 30, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Four classic rock records that could stand an in-concert revival

A full evening of "Eliminator" would be impossible to resist. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) By Aaron Leitko Playing a concert consisting of your band's best-loved record in its entirety is a great way to sell some extra tickets. At least,...

By Aaron Leitko  | September 29, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Bad Company, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Paul Rodgers, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Steely Dan, Tool, the Wall  
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Really quick spins: New albums from Chuck Brown, Deerhunter, Randy Houser, Salem, TCB, Torche

Randy Houser shows toughness and a sentimental side on his latest album. (Courtesy of the artist) After a lean and languid summer, the world of pop music dumped its cornucopia on the September calendar with new albums from resurgent classic...

By Click Track  | September 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags:  Chuck Brown, Deerhunter, Randy Houser, Salem, TCB, Torche  
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Chuck Brown performs at NPR, on "Late Night"

By David Malitz Chuck Brown sure has been keeping busy lately. The Godfather of Go-Go has played countless venues over his storied career but as he promotes his new three-disc set, "We Got This," he is adding a few...

By David Malitz  | September 29, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Chuck Brown  
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Mistrial declared in Buju Banton case; When Obama met Dylan; Future of Music Policy summit coming to D.C.

Buju Banton got a bit of a reprieve but his legal troubles are far from over. (Melanie Burford/FTWP) By David Malitz - A mistrial was declared in the drug conspiracy trial of reggae superstar Buju Banton. The Jamaican singer was...

By David Malitz  | September 29, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Buju Banton  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Erin Williams Marvin Gaye, another DC native son, was just beginning to make his mark at Motown when he released this song back in 1962. Listen for background vocals by future girl-group sensation Martha Reeves and the Vandellas....

By Click Track  | September 29, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits lead latest group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Does the Rock Hall love Cool James as much as the ladies do? (Annette Brown/Getty Images) By David Malitz Another year, another chance to be underwhelmed by the nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. New on this...

By David Malitz  | September 28, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Be specific: Chuck Brown on his fans, his city and his late night television debut

Who wouldn't want to take a picture with this man? (John Shore) By Chris Richards At the age of 74, Washington's beloved "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown, is making his big premiere on late night television. In just a matter...

By Chris Richards  | September 28, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Chuck Brown, The Roots  
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Singles file: Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Sharon Van Etten

We're still waiting for Nicki Minaj's album but the latest single bodes well. (Courtesy of the artist) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Nicki Minaj: "Right Thru Me" The latest and most...

By Allison Stewart  | September 28, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Cake, Florence and the Machine, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Sharon Van Etten, Yeasayer  
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Album review: Neil Young, "Le Noise"

Neil Young teams with acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois on his new album. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) By Allison Stewart "I've tried to leave my past behind," Neil Young sings on his new album, "Le Noise," and it's at least partly true: Few...

By Allison Stewart  | September 28, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Neil Young  
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Album review: Mark Ronson, "Record Collection"

Mark Ronson knows how to put the puzzle pieces together. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) By Sean Fennessey Music has forever been a breeding ground for impresarios -- people who build as much around spectacle as on the strength of...

By Click Track  | September 28, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Kenny Chesney, "Hemingway's Whiskey"

Kenny Chesney moves out of his comfort zone -- slightly -- on his new album. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer) By Bill Friskics-Warren With his career sales exceeding 30 million CDs, country singer Kenny Chesney can afford to take chances. His latest...

By Click Track  | September 28, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lil Wayne releases album early; Lyfe Jennings set for prison term; Animal Collective and Rick Ross do shoe-related things

Lil Wayne released his new album two weeks early. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano) By David Malitz - Lil Wayne's new album, "I Am Not a Human Being," was released digitally yesterday, two weeks before it officially hit stores. It was a...

By David Malitz  | September 28, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Animal Collective, Lil Wayne, Lyfe Jennings, Rick Ross  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By David Malitz Those dueling guitars and sharp, slicing solos are obviously the trademark, but Tom Verlaine's vocals are the best part of this song. Television, "Marquee Moon" Camera Obscura, "Country Mile" Wavves, "Linus Spacehead" The Fall, "The NWRA"...

By David Malitz  | September 28, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Salem gets creepy; Drake lands in D.C.; Chuck Brown makes his late night TV debut

Scary mood music from Michigan: Salem's new album is out Tuesday. (Miguel Villalobos) By Chris Richards If you buy one album tomorrow, make it: "King Night," the latest from Michigan creepazoids Salem. It sounds like the synth-laden soundtrack to our...

By Chris Richards  | September 27, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Chuck Brown, Drake, Salem  
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In concert: Lady Antebellum at Merriweather Post Pavilion

No effects: Lady Antebellum put their voices to work at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Emily Yahr Lady Antebellum, the trio currently topping the Billboard country music charts, could have opened their headlining performance...

By Click Track  | September 27, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Lady Antebellum  
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In concert: Shooter Jennings at State Theatre

Shooter Jennings did his bloodline proud at State Theatre, Sunday night. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Shooter Jennings still has folks coming to his shows thinking they'll hear the sort of country music his father Waylon made...

By Click Track  | September 27, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Billie Joe Armstrong hits Broadway; Radiohead unsure on status of new album

Billie Joe Armstrong is going to Broadway. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By David Malitz - Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will join the cast of "American Idiot" -- the Broadway musical based on his band's rock opera -- for eight...

By David Malitz  | September 27, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Green Day, Radiohead, Slickee Boys, Virgin Mobile FreeFest  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By David Malitz Any indie pop band you read about these days where the word "shambolic" is used to describe them, they likely owe a ton of gratitude to the Shop Assistants. Shop Assistants, "Safety Net" Holly Golightly, "Walk...

By David Malitz  | September 27, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion

LCD Soundsystem deliver a rousing finale at Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Saturday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards and David Malitz Great-big music festivals should end with great-big bands performing great-big songs for great-big crowds gathered beneath great-big...

By Chris Richards and David Malitz  | September 26, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest  
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