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Click Track: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Coda: Lil B brings #based to D.C.; Buddy Guy talks future of blues; It ain't easy being Kings of Leon

We ended the week on Click Track with two of the most prolific people in music. Online phenom Lil B, the "Based God" visits D.C. for a pair of shows this weekend and we talked to him about what...

By Click Track  | October 22, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Very rare interview with digital age rap star Lil B

The Based God plays his first D.C. shows this weekend. (Courtesy of the artist) By Chris Richards Few rappers have harnessed the wild-wild weirdness of the internet as effectively as Lil B. Over the past year, the 21-year-old Berkeley rap...

By Chris Richards  | October 22, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Lil B, XIB  
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Live last night: Nine innings with Guided By Voices

The club was open. (Photo by John Masters) By David Malitz Missing Thursday’s Guided By Voices show at 9:30 Club was never an option, but I was bummed to miss Game 5 of the Giants/Phillies series. But then I realized,...

By David Malitz  | October 22, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Live last night  | Tags:  Guided By Voices  
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Happy birthday, Pearl Jam; The Points break up; Local singer Danni Rosner lands TV spot

Happy birthday, Peejays. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards - Happy rock news: Pearl Jam celebrates 20 years of bandhood today. The grunge survivors are marking the occasion by launching a Sirius XM radio station dedicated to their sprawling catalog of...

By Chris Richards  | October 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Danni Rosner, Jack White, Pearl Jam, The Points  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Anyone know of any good hops happening this weekend? XTC, "Life Begins at the Hop" Nocera, "Summertime Summertime" Vern Gosdin, "That Just About Does It" Showboyz, "Triggerman 2000" Scritti Politti, "Perfect Way"...

By Chris Richards  | October 22, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: Does a performer's personal behavior matter?

To the delight of many aged indie rockers, veteran Ohio rock heroes Guided By Voices are scheduled to stumble onto the 9:30 Club stage tonight. Some Click Track contributors (not naming names) have struggled with the band because of...

By Click Track  | October 21, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Guided By Voices, James Brown, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Van Morrison  
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Be specific: Rusko on working with M.I.A.

Dubstep's breakout star has kind things to say about M.I.A. (Photo courtesy Windish Agency) By David Malitz Might dubstep be the electronic music genre that finally hits it big in the U.S.? If the wobbly, bass-heavy style does take hold,...

By David Malitz  | October 21, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  M.I.A., Rusko  
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Ari Up of the Slits is dead; Gwenyth Paltrow to sing at CMAs; Mark E. Smith throws bottles

By Chris Richards - Ari Up, post-punk icon and founder of the Slits, has died at the age of 48. The Slits' 1979 debut album "Cut," released when Up was only a teenager, stands as one of the most...

By Chris Richards  | October 21, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Ari Up, CMAs, Daft Punk, Gwenyth Paltrow, Mark E. Smith, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, The Fall, Vince Gill, the Slits  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Chris Richards Four great songs I heard at the grocery store the other day. Robert Palmer, "Didn't Mean to Turn You On" Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together" Big Country, "In A Big Country" Go West, "King of Wishful...

By Chris Richards  | October 21, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Richard Thompson at 9:30 Club

Richard Thompson can what few others can with a guitar. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Richard Thompson plays a Fender Stratocaster. That's the most common guitar make and model in rock history. But Thompson gets tones out...

By Click Track  | October 20, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Richard Thompson  
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Riffs: Banned in the USA: If you don't want your album cover banned, Kanye-style, don't do these five things

By Allison Stewart On Sunday, Kanye West tweeted that the artwork for his upcoming album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," had been banned, implying that Wal-Mart was the culprit. If this is true (Wal-Mart told MTV News they hadn't...

By Allison Stewart  | October 20, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Beatles, Black Sabbath, Jane's Addiction, Kanye West, Killing Joke, U2, the Coup, the Scorpions  
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Taylor Swift sings about her exes, all of them; Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel sing Giants/Phillies game; Chili Peppers working on new album

Taylor Swift in singing about boys shocker. (Toni L. Sandys/TWP) By David Malitz - Taylor Swift's new album "Speak Now" will be released next week and all of her ex-boyfriends -- and is it just us or are there a...

By David Malitz  | October 20, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Ben Gibbard, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Swift, Zooey Deschanel  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Chris Richards In the early '80s, supremely funky post-disco megajams flowed like tap water. I was too young to remember those days, but I do regret missing S.O.S. Band's free concert at Fort Dupont Park in August. S.O.S....

By Chris Richards  | October 20, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In concert: Duck Down anniversary show at Liv

Tek of Smif-N-Wessun leaps on Sean Price's back during Duckdown's anniversary show Monday at Liv. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Rhome Anderson On Monday at Liv, Boot Camp Clik made a compelling case for the all time hip-hop supergroup...

By Click Track  | October 19, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Duck Down Records, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun  
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In concert: Sara Bareilles at 9:30 Club

Sara Bareilles comes alive more in concert than on album. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Give Sara Bareilles credit for not being Celine Dion. The California singer-songwriter has the octave-vaulting voice for it, and she opened her...

By Click Track  | October 19, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Sara Bareilles  
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Be specific: Buddy Guy talks about the future of the blues

Buddy Guy has no plans to retire any time soon. (Courtesy of the artist) By Allison Stewart "My parents told me before they passed away, 'Buddy don't try to be the best in town, just try to be the best...

By Allison Stewart  | October 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Album review: Kings of Leon, "Come Around Sundown"

According to Kings of Leon, it ain't easy being Kings of Leon. By Chris Richards Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill faces an impossible 21st-century task: How can he be a rock star when rock stars no longer play rock-and-roll?...

By Chris Richards  | October 19, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Singles file: Rihanna f. Drake, A-Trak, I Love Monsters, Bob Dylan

Rihanna teams with former boyfriend Drake on her new single. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Rihanna featuring Drake: "What's My Name" Rihanna and former boyfriend (and Chris Brown collaborator) Drake...

By Allison Stewart  | October 19, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  A-Trak, Bob Dylan, Drake, I Love Monsters, Kylesa, Rihanna  
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Album review: Shakira, "Sale el Sol"

Shakira returns to her strengths on "Sale el Sol." (Brian Jones/AP) By Allison Stewart Global pop star and hip-swinging tsunami Shakira's last album was 2009's forgettable "She Wolf," a work of cheerful insanity that found the singer following her usual...

By Allison Stewart  | October 19, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Shakira  
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Album review: Sugarland, "The Incredible Machine"

Sugarland goes big on every song, which isn't always the best choice. (Susan Biddle/TWP) By Allison Stewart Before anyone actually heard it, talk was that Sugarland's new album, "The Incredible Machine," was a steampunk concept album -- steampunk being a...

By Allison Stewart  | October 19, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Sugarland  
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Album review: Tye Tribbett, "Fresh"

Tye Tribbett offers a rare combination of hair metal cheese and gospel arranging. (Courtesy of the artist) By Sean Fennessey The New Jersey-born preacher and showman Tye Tribbett is a rock star living in a gospel world. "Fresh," his fourth...

By Click Track  | October 19, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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R.I.P. jazz great Marion Brown; Kings of Leon hate hipsters; DC9 remains closed

By David Malitz - Avant-garde jazz saxophonist and ethnomusicologist Marion Brown passed away recently. He performed on John Coltrane's album "Ascension" and has a deep, forward-thinking discography of his own. Brown was also a professor at schools including Amherst...

By David Malitz  | October 19, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  DC9, Kings of Leon, Marion Brown  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Erin Williams As a fellow bike rider, this song is a compliment to the coolness of zipping around on a two-wheeled vehicle and the practicality of it all: "Bypass the gas, stop the traffic lights/I get around round...

By Erin Williams  | October 19, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Nicki Minaj and Lil B hit D.C.; Dylan's latest bootleg; Die Antwoord weirds up "Kimmel"

Nicki Minaj is scheduled to perform at DC Star on Saturday. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By David Malitz If you go to one concert this week, make it: One of the young, bizarre, up-and-coming rappers visiting our city. You've got on-the-verge superstar...

By David Malitz  | October 18, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Die Antwoord, Lil B, Nicki Minaj  
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Lists: Last night a rock star saved my life: Five musicians turned rescuers.

That's not an angel, it's just Cher saving your life. (Robert A. Reeder/TWP) by Allison Stewart When rapper T. I. talked a potential suicide off an Atlanta ledge Wednesday, it was just the latest example in a long tradition of...

By Allison Stewart  | October 18, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Beyonce, Cher, Gavin Rossdale, Kim Gordon, Sting, T.I.  
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Kanye says his album cover is banned; Keith Richards says Mick Jagger is unbearable; Eyedea passes away

By David Malitz - Kanye West says the cover art for his new album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," has been banned. "Banned in the USA!!! They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!" he tweeted. He...

By David Malitz  | October 18, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Eyedea, Kanye West, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By David Malitz No current band is doing '60s throwback jangle pop better than this San Francisco foursome. The Mantles, "Don't Lie" M.I.A., "Bingo" Fungi Girls, "Turquoise Hotel" Pink Mountaintops, "Vampire (Let the Right One In)" Prinzhorn Dance School,...

By David Malitz  | October 18, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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