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Click Track: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Coda: Mary J. Blige pumps us up; Gyptian lets us down; Katie Couric makes us blush

When Katie met Drizzy, we blushed. (Mark Gail/TWP) This week was so busy on Click Track, we didn't even have the chance to discuss the ridiculousness of Kanye West's new album title. What were we doing? We were listening...

By Click Track  | October 8, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Mary J. Blige at Jiffy Lube Live

Mary J. Blige delivered a strong performance, but not many witnessed it. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Mary J. Blige was in town last year to celebrate President Obama's inauguration. The New York-bred R&B singer scaled the...

By Aaron Leitko  | October 8, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Mary J. Blige  
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Really quick spins: Gucci Mane, Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Waka Flocka Flame

WAKA! FLOCKA! WAKA! FLOCKA! WAKA! FLOCKA! (Photo courtesy the artist) By Chris Richards Over the past two weeks, hip-hop fans have found themselves swimming in a sluice of new albums -- some from rappers who are still serving time (Lil...

By Chris Richards  | October 8, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags:  Gucci Mane, Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Waka Flocka Flame  
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Nas lashes out at Def Jam; Gaga and Beyonce have all that power; Max Weinberg recovering from heart surgery

Nas had some choice words for his bosses at Def Jam. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz - The always-outspoken Nas had some strong words for his bosses at Def Jam Records regarding his in-limbo odds-and-ends collection “The Lost Tapes: Vol....

By David Malitz  | October 8, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Max Weinberg, Nas  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Most heartbreaking title track/album cover combo of all time? Gloria Scott, "What Am I Gonna Do." Joe Nichols, "Another Side of You" Hank Williams, "Move It On Over" Rotary Connection, "Memory Band" Sandy Bull, "Blend Part...

By Chris Richards  | October 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In concert: Gyptian at Crossroads

Gyptian performed one of the biggest hits of the summer in the wee hours of Thursday morning -- but summer felt far away. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) By Chris Richards Spittle was leaking from the skies. The wind was...

By Chris Richards  | October 7, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Gyptian  
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Be specific: Sound artist Richard Chartier and the Grand Tonometer

You've never heard the Grand Tonometer like you'll hear it tonight. (Evelina Domnitch) By Chris Richards Richard Chartier -- the Washington-based, world renowned sound and installation artist -- will premiere a new piece called "Transparency" at the Hirshhorn tonight. It...

By Chris Richards  | October 7, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: Does the 21st century music fan have too much control?

First there was "American Idol," where fans could help make an anonymous American a bland and ubiquitous global superstar. Then came Kickstarter, where fans could help make anonymous Americans marginally successful career artists. Now someone is actually raising money...

By Click Track  | October 7, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Weezer  
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Mary J. Blige heads to the (shopping) mall; Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker joins Tea Party; Justin Timberlake prefers wax; "Glee" breaks Beatles record

Future's so bright... (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) By Chris Richards - Did Mary J. Blige's concert tour skip Baltimore? Or did Mary J. Blige's sunglasses-promotion tour skip D.C.? The R&B star visited the Nordstrom at Towson Town Center...

By Chris Richards  | October 7, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Moe Tucker, Steve Albini, Velvet Underground, the Beatles  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Erin Williams I can't think of a better group to inject a big dose of funk into your day than Sly and the Family Stone, from their 1973 album "Fresh". Sly and the Family Stone, "If You Want...

By Erin Williams  | October 7, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A not-so-brief recap of Matador at 21 in Las Vegas

Guided By Voices left a little to be desired, but the rest of Matador at 21 didn't. (Photo by Steve Rogovin) By David Malitz At this point I’d say I’m completely recovered from last weekend’s Matador at 21 shindig at...

By David Malitz  | October 6, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Live last night  | Tags:  Belle & Sebastian, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair, Matador Records, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Spoon, Superchunk, Ted Leo, Yo La Tengo  
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Lists: '90s bands we hope never reunite

By Allison Stewart Soundgarden. Hole. The Stone Temple Pilots. Guided by Voices. Sometimes it's better to remember them as they were. Usually, band reunions are shameless cash grabs that leech the dignity of all involved. 'Fess up: As happy...

By Allison Stewart  | October 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Afghan Whigs, Jeff Tweedy, Pulp, Screaming Trees, Sugar, The Fugees, The Refused, Uncle Tupelo  
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Justin Bieber to host "Punk'd"; Bob Dylan returns to D.C.; Roger Waters concert to be affected by Metro construction

Get ready to be Bieb'd. (AP) By David Malitz - Was Justin Bieber even out of diapers when Ashton Kutcher making lives temporarily miserable for celebrities on "Punk'd"? In any case, the teen star is all but certain to be...

By David Malitz  | October 6, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber, Roger Waters  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Chris Richards Do you remember N'Sync's "Gone?" Do you remember this Spanish version? N'Sync, "Gone" Gucci Mane, "Missing" Fugazi, "Bed For the Scraping" Amerie, "Why Don't We Fall in Love" Lady Kym, "I Don't Know Why"...

By Chris Richards  | October 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Singles file: Chris Brown, The Secret Sisters, Sleigh Bells, Boobe, Gayngs

It'll take more than one star-studded remix to blot out Chris Brown's bad PR. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. Chris Brown featuring Drake, Kanye West, T.I., Fabolous, Rick...

By Allison Stewart  | October 5, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Andre 3000, Bon Iver, Boobe, Chris Brown, Drake, Gayngs, Jack White, Kanye West, Raheem DeVaughn, Rick Ross, Sleigh Bells, T.I., The Secret Sisters  
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Album review: Toby Keith, "Bullets in the Gun"

Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun" runs short on surprises, good or bad . (Kyle Gustafson/FTPW) By Bill Friskics-Warren Toby Keith can be predictably boorish, but he can also surprise you, as his regrettably titled new album, “Bullets in...

By The Reliable Source  | October 5, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Marnie Stern, "Marnie Stern (Self Titled)"

Marnie Stern shreds and slashes on her new self-titled record By Patrick Foster The guitar is everything for Marnie Stern. But she’s no posturing six-string hero: The intertwining, multilayered guitar tracks on her eponymous third album come across like...

By The Reliable Source  | October 5, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Bruno Mars, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans"

Bruno Mars, 2010. (Evan Agostini/MTV/PictureGroup) By Sean Fennessey We can’t be sure, but Bruno Mars might be an android. The Hawaii-born singer-songwriter-producer-pop terror was unleashed onto the world this year, like a future-sent cyborg come to swallow the Billboard...

By The Reliable Source  | October 5, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lil Wayne's hard time gets harder; Pavement's career in review; NPR streams Belle & Sebastian

Pavement, the best band of the '90s that wasn't Nirvana By Aaron Leitko -Lil Wayne is in trouble at prison after getting caught with headphones and a charger for a digital music player. Now the Grammy-winning rapper will have to...

By Aaron Leitko  | October 5, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Belle & Sebastian, Lil Wayne, Pavement  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Erin Williams DJ Jazzy Jeff, I'm glad you are back in my iPod rotation again! This song from Jazzy Jeff's 2007 album "Return of the Magnificent" waxes about first loves and serves as a reminder that the DJ...

By Erin Williams  | October 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Waka Flocka drops "Flockaveli"; Glasser breezes into D.C.; Staples and Tweedy reunite on "Letterman"

By Chris Richards If you buy one album tomorrow, make it: "Flockaveli" by Mssr. Waka Flocka Flame. A rowdier rap album in 2010 you shall not hear. If you go to one show this week, make it: Cameron Mesirow,...

By Chris Richards  | October 4, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Glasser, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Waka Flocka Flame  
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In Concert: Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding: soulful, dreamy, barefoot. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mike Joyce Esperanza Spalding had the best seat in the house at the Lincoln Theatre on Sunday night. Shedding her jacket and scarf moments after the lights went down, the 25...

By Mike Joyce  | October 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Esperanza Spalding, Lincoln Theatre  
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In Concert: Drake at DAR Constitution Hall

For Drake it's all about the fans, whoever the [bleep] they are. (All photos by Mark Gail/TWP) By Chris Richards It started with a smile and ended with a sneer. And during his 26 songs that came gushing in...

By Chris Richards  | October 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  DAR Constituion Hall, Drake  
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In Concert: The Vaselines at 9:30 Club

The Vaselines: cute songs, blue humor. (Kyle Gustafson/ FTWP) By Mark Jenkins There are two ways to sell modest, strummy pop-punk songs -- with great fervor or with good humor. Unsurprisingly, the Vaselines chose the latter strategy Saturday night...

By Mark Jenkins  | October 4, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  9:30 club, teenage fanclub, the vaselines  
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Kanye West redecorates "SNL"; Farm Aid celebrates 25th anniversary; R&B singer Mario arrested in Baltimore

Kanye West changed the scene at "SNL." --Kanye West did a little redecorating at "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. The rapper covered the program's stripped-down bandstand with a white set-piece, loaded it with white sheet-bearing dancers, and invited a white...

By Aaron Leitko  | October 4, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  clipse, dave matthews norah jones, farm aid, jeff tweedy, kanye west, mario, neil young, pusha t, saturday night live, willie nelson  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Chris Richards Before San Diego rock band the Muslims changed its name to the Soft Pack, the band apparently had a totally different rhythm section and a thing for Cosby sweaters. The Muslims, "Extinction" Too Short, "Blow the...

By Chris Richards  | October 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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