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Click Track: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Coda: D.C.'s best dressed; Howard Homecoming and Stewart/Colbert hit town; Zef or not zef?

Marvin Gaye topped our list of D.C.'s best dressed musicians. Obviously. Two big events take over D.C. this weekend -- Howard Homecoming and the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally. We surveyed the many big names performing homecoming-related concerts and drafted teams,...

By Click Track  | October 29, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Searching for tomorrow's hip-hop stars at Howard University's Yardfest

Wale dove into the crowd's warm embrace at Howard University's annual Yardfest concert, Friday aftenroon. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) STORY UPDATED AT 7:15 P.M. By Chris Richards Designer fragrances were whipping in the October wind while coeds sporting Crocs and pajama pants...

By Chris Richards  | October 29, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Yardfest  
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Five songs we'd request from DJ Solange Knowles

We offer some DJ tips for Solange's Saturday set. (Universal Music Group) By Chris Richards You know her as a lover of indie rock, a bender of genres and the sister of Beyonce. But did you know Solange Knowles is...

By Chris Richards  | October 29, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Solange Knowles  
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Fergie is Billboard's woman of the year; Collectible vinyl available on Black Friday; Local go-go panel on Saturday

Fergie: Billboard's woman of the year.(Mark Gail. TWP) By David Malitz - Because Taylor Swift can't win every award, Fergie will be named Billboard's woman of the year for 2010. She will receive the award on Dec. 2 in New...

By David Malitz  | October 29, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Fergie, U2  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By David Malitz I like when bands name an album after a song that ends up not making the album. The Jesus & Mary Chain, "Psycho Candy" St. Vincent, "All My Stars Aligned" Gaunt, "Ohio" Nation of Ulysses, "You're...

By David Malitz  | October 29, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: Who should be performing the Stewart/Colbert rally?

Put Yoko Ono in between these two and you're onto something. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) What you already know: Funnymen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are bringing their Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear to the National Mall on Saturday afternoon....

By Click Track  | October 28, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Spoon, Yoko Ono  
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In concert: Joan Baez and Steve Earle at The Music Center at Strathmore

Steve Earle's politics don't get in the way of good songs. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Dave McKenna Wednesday's double-bill at Strathmore had as many left turns as the Daytona 500, as liberal legend Joan Baez and the younger...

By Click Track  | October 28, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Joan Baez, Steve Earle  
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Local news: Little Big Town to visit Library of Congress for CMA Songwriters Series

Little Big Town will perform at the next installment of the CMA Songwriters Series. (Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Chris Richards The Library of Congress and the Country Music Association are getting pretty chummy. On Dec. 4, the two organizations will bring...

By Chris Richards  | October 28, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Little Big Town  
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Riffs: How "zef" is Washington D.C.?

So So Zef! Die Antwoord at 9:30 Club, Wednesday night. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Chris Richards Nearly all of the lyrics that spew from the mouths of South African rave-rap surrealists Die Antwoord aren't printable on the website of a family...

By Chris Richards  | October 28, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Die Antwoord  
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Be specific: Jeff Krulik on the wild years of NoVa rock and roll

Now Alice Cooper plays at Merriweather; in the '60s he played in a lunchroom. (Washington Post archive photo) By Aaron Leitko There’s not a lot of mystery to seeing a concert these days. The venues are established, the bands are...

By Aaron Leitko  | October 28, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Alice Cooper, Jeff Krulik, Led Zeppelin, The Doors  
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Colbert-Stewart rally line-up leaked; The Roots, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and Sheryl Crow scheduled to perform

Saturday offers yet ANOTHER chance to see the Roots on the Mall. Easter Egg roll, next up. (Bill O'Leary/TWP) By Chris Richards The Christian Science Monitor has obtained a copy of the park permit for Jon Stewart and Steven Stephen...

By Chris Richards  | October 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, The Roots  
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Sugarland tops Kings of Leon on charts; Grohl, Novoselic, Vig back together; Bon Jovi to Verizon, Wu-Tang to Falls Church

Sugarland finds itself at the top of the charts for the third time. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz - Will Sugarland be the next band that Kings of Leon picks a fight with? Unlikely, but the country group did beat...

By David Malitz  | October 28, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Sugarland, Wu-Tang Clan  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz It took me a good few years to finally understand the final lyrics of this song. "She keeps it pumping straight to my heart" makes so much more sense than "she gives a perfect strain on...

By David Malitz  | October 28, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Click Track 2010 Howard Homecoming Draft!

When confronted with a smorgasbord of live music, Click Track's Chris Richards and David Malitz see no other way of divvying up the spoils than with a draft. It worked well at FreeFest, so they're giving it another go...

By Click Track  | October 27, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  B.o.B., Clipse, Erykah Badu, J. Cole, Mr. Vegas, Rick Ross, Serani, Slick Rick, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale  
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Riffs: Kings of Leon vs. The World: Their biggest beefs, brawls and blow-ups

They could insult somebody. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart Congenitally grouchy alt-rockers Kings of Leon seem to be beefing with everyone these days: their peers (Groove Armada) their betters (the Arcade Fire) and just about every avian and non-avian life...

By Allison Stewart  | October 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Kings of Leon  
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Red Hot Chili Peppers in the studio; Prince announces tour kick-off; Cool new "Tron" trailer means cool new Daft Punk song

The Chili Peppers are moving on without the man in red. (Photo by Michael Muller) By Chris Richards - With guitarist John Frusciante no longer in the fold, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are soldiering on, recording a new album...

By Chris Richards  | October 27, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Daft Punk, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Chris Richards "Put the Word Out" is one of those rare songs where the intro is so good, it feels a little disappointing when the song finally kicks in. Heatwave, "Put the Word Out" Curren$y, "King Kong" Ray...

By Chris Richards  | October 27, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lists: Washington's best dressed musicians

By Chris Richards Washington's own U.S. Royalty returned from New York City's annual CMJ Music Marathon with a new feather in its proverbial cap: Esquire magazine had named them the festival's best dressed band. This might come as welcome...

By Chris Richards  | October 26, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Bikini Kill, Duke Ellington, Jonathan Fire*Eater, Juju, Marvin Gaye, Trouble Funk, U.S. Royalty, Vernon Burch, Wicked Witch, the Delta 72, the Make-Up  
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Singles file: Black Eyed Peas, James Tamborello, Joe Budden

Another inescapable hit from Black Eyed Peas? Perhaps. (Mark Gail/TWP) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Black Eyed Peas: "The Time (the dirty bit)" If robots from space mated with the makers of...

By Allison Stewart  | October 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Black Eyed Peas, Fabolous, James Tamborello, Joe Budden, Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Nikki & Rich, Pusha T, Ray Charles, Styles P  
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Album review: Avey Tare, "Down There"

Animal Collective's Avey Tare explores darker sounds on his solo debut. (Josh Dibb) By David Malitz It would be a stretch to call Animal Collective's prismatic tapestries formulaic, but patterns -- really trippy ones -- emerge. Murky and mirthful sounds...

By David Malitz  | October 26, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Animal Collective, Avey Tare  
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Album review: Kylesa, "Spiral Shadow"

Georgia hard rockers Kylesa reach new heights with "Spiral Shadow." (Geoff L. Johnson) By Allison Stewart Savannah, Ga., rocks harder than you'd think. Hard enough, at least, that proggy metal band Kylesa is probably only the seventh or eighth sludgiest...

By Allison Stewart  | October 26, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Kylesa  
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Album review: Bryan Ferry, "Olympia"

Bryan Ferry is back to sounding like himself. (Reuters/Thomas Peter) By Allison Stewart Former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry's last album was 2007's "Dylanesque," a strange and lizardly assortment of Dylan covers recorded, or so it would seem, at 3...

By Allison Stewart  | October 26, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Bryan Ferry  
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T.I. avoids new charges; U.S. Royalty named best dressed at CMJ; Jeff Krulik hosts panel in Arlington

T.I. won't face any additional charges stemming his September arrest. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) By David Malitz - T.I. will take whatever good news he can get these days and yesterday's ruling that he won't face charges for a September...

By David Malitz  | October 26, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Jeff Krulik, T.I., U.S. Royalty  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

by Erin Williams I don't think I am dressing up this year, but I definitely have the perfect lead-in song for the upcoming Halloween weekend. Rockwell, "Somebody's Watching Me" John Coltrane, "My Favorite Things" Macy Gray feat. Bobby Brown,...

By Erin Williams  | October 26, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Week ahead: Waka Flocka, homecoming king; Believe the Swift hype; Jamey Johnson, going back to Cali

Waka Flocka has our nomination for homecoming king. (Photo courtesy the artist) By Chris Richards If you go to one concert this week, make it: Waka Flocka Flame's Friday night performance with go-go legends Backyard Band at D.C. Star. With...

By Chris Richards  | October 25, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Backyard Band; Taylor Swift; Jamey Johnson, Waka Flocka Flame  
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In concert: Joey and Rory at The Carlyle Club

Joey and Rory kept things casual, sometimes too much so. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Emily Yahr Sometimes it's refreshing when the musical act at a concert doesn't take itself too seriously -- unabashedly begging people to buy their...

By Click Track  | October 25, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Joey and Rory  
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Reggae icon Gregory Isaacs passes away

"Gregory Isaacs, 59, the Jamaican-born reggae singer who was known as the "cool ruler" for his smooth, romantic singing style and who popularized the reggae subgenre known as lover's rock, died of lung cancer Oct. 25 at his home...

By Click Track  | October 25, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Gregory Isaacs  
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Taylor Swift drops new album; Kanye West drops in at Pitchfork festival; Keith Richards drops the bomb on Mick Jagger

Taylor Swift's new album arrives today (Matt Sayles/AP). By Chris Richards - And it's finally here. Taylor Swift's hotly anticipated new album "Speak Now" lands today and Click Track's Allison Stewart calls it "ridiculously entertaining." Her review appears in today's...

By Chris Richards  | October 25, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Kanye West, Keith Richards, Taylor Swift  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Chris Richards I think I'd see any new Tom Cruise movie if there was a Tangerine Dream score involved. Tangerine Dream, "Love on a Real Train" Mary J. Blige, "I'm Going Down" George Strait, "Ocean Front Property" Pharaoh...

By Chris Richards  | October 25, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"

Taylor Swift settles many scores on her excellent new album. (Toni L. Sandys/TWP) By Allison Stewart Taylor Swift's ridiculously entertaining new album, "Speak Now," is a lengthy, captivating exercise in woo-pitching, flame tending and score-settling -- with a heavy emphasis...

By Allison Stewart  | October 24, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  Taylor Swift  
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