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Click Track: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Coda: Rap sheet's sad toll; former presidents talk rappers; revisiting Roky Erickson

T.I. and Lil Wayne are two of today's rap stars who have spent time behind bars. (Patrick Hoelck; AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) As Lil Wayne was released from prison and Gucci Mane was arrested again (although no charges were filed) Click...

By Click Track  | November 5, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riffs: Touring by color

Ariel Pink and Pink, a match made at about 335 degrees on the color spectrum. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP; Getty Images) Two hard-charging, guitar-toting rock bands -- the Black Angels of Austin and Black Mountain of Vancouver -- are scheduled...

By Click Track  | November 5, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Al Green, Ariel Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Cee-Lo Green, King Crimson, Maroon 5, Pink  
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In concert: Luisa Maita at Bohemian Caverns

Luisa Maita melded many Brazilian styles with grace at Bohemian Caverns. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) Translated from the Portuguese, the lyrics on Luisa Maita's debut album,"Lero Lero," are pretty earthy: "The Kid was taking some time by the fire/Smoking...

By Mark Jenkins  | November 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Luisa Maita  
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New Michael Jackson album due in December; 9:30 Club wins Billboard's top club; Zanzibar closes

The cover of "Michael," due out Dec. 14. - The long-rumored album of new Michael Jackson material will be released on Dec. 14. There aren't many details about what will be on "Michael" and there are some claims that Jackson...

By David Malitz  | November 5, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  9:30 Club, LCD Soundsystem, Michael Jackson  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

Sometimes you only need five lines a bunch of times. Sometimes not even that much. R.E.M., "Talk About the Passion" Big Troubles, "Bite Your Tongue" The Weirdos, "Life of Crime" Love Is All, "Spinning and Scratching" Pere Ubu, "I...

By David Malitz  | November 5, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Archive: The elevator doesn't stop here anymore. Music legend Roky Erickson, godfather of the psychedelic sound, survived the '60s. Sort of.

Roky Erickson, seen here in May 1991, performs at the Black Cat on Friday. (Photos by Lisa Davis/Washington Post archive) On Friday night psychedelic rock icon Roky Erickson plays at the Black Cat in support of "True Love Cast Out...

By Click Track  | November 4, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Archive  | Tags:  Roky Erickson  
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Taking sides: Who has the uglier album cover? Kanye West or Taylor Swift?

Big sellers with ugly covers. (That Yeezy cover is blurred, of course.) When Kanye West's fifth album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" drops later this month, comparison's to Taylor Swift's already-platinum "Speak Now" will abound. But let's get a jump...

By Click Track  | November 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Kanye West, Taylor Swift  
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In concert: Interpol at DAR Constitution Hall

Interpol's early work accounted for highlights of Wednesday's show. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Its music remains derivative, but Interpol has broadened stylistically since its early days, when the band parked its time machine in late-1970s Britain....

By Click Track  | November 4, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Interpol  
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Charges dropped against Gucci Mane; Mario, too; Kanye sympathizes with Dubya

Gucci Mane after being released from prison back in May. He walked out of jail again on Wednesday. (Moses Robinson/Getty Images) By David Malitz - A day after getting arrested for a litany of traffic violations, troubled rapper Gucci Mane...

By David Malitz  | November 4, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Gucci Mane, Kanye West, Mario, The-Dream  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By Chris Richards In my fantasy fantasy basketball league -- one where I only choose the music -- Portico Quartet provides the Los Angeles Clippers theme music. Portico Quartet, "Clipper" Lil Mama, "Lip Gloss" Cassie, "Long Way 2 Go"...

By Chris Richards  | November 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bill Clinton offers encouraging words to Lil Wayne

But will Wayne give him a shout-out on weezythanxyou.com? By Chris Richards It's been a week of former presidents sending messages to superstar rappers. Earlier today, Click Track had news that in his forthcoming autobiography, George W. Bush cites criticisms...

By Chris Richards  | November 3, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Kanye West, Lil Wayne  
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Really quick spins: Garage rock edition with John Wesley Coleman, Limes, Spider Bags, Last Year's Men and the Parting Gifts

By David Malitz Garage rock bands. How can you tell one from another? Some stomping rhythms, some messy power chords, a nod to the “Nuggets” box set -- if you’ve heard one, you’ve heard ‘em all, right? Not always. Here...

By David Malitz  | November 3, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags:  John Wesley Coleman, Last Year's Men, Limes, Spider Bags, The Parting Gifts  
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The rap sheet's sad toll -- Today's hip-hop stars can no longer go to jail without missing a beat

Gucci Mane, T.I., Lil Boosie and Lil Wayne have all served time in correctional facilities in 2010. (Photo illustration by Victoria Adams Fogg) By Chris Richards It was approaching noon at Washington's Mandarin Oriental hotel, but T.I. was still...

By Chris Richards  | November 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Bun B, Gucci Mane, John Forte, Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, T.I.  
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George W. Bush says Kanye West provided the lowlight of his presidency

The ultimate rap beef? (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) By Chris Richards In his forthcoming autobiography, George W. Bush says the lowest low of his presidency came when Kanye West criticized him for his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Entertainment Weekly reports....

By Chris Richards  | November 3, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Kanye West  
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Taylor Swift goes platinum; Robyn to perform at Nobel Peace concert; Wyclef Jean reflects on his presidential dreams

Taylor Swift is back on the top of the charts.(Matt Sayles/AP). By Chris Richards - Taylor Swift's excellent new album "Speak Now" went platinum in its first week of sales, moving over 1,047,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. - Swedish...

By Chris Richards  | November 3, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Robyn, Taylor Swift, Wyclef Jean  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Chris Richards Reading the New Yorker and wondering if Roz Chast had a bad experience at a Dickies show. The Dickies, "Banana Splits" Gal Costa, "Com Medo, Com Pedro" Crocodiles, "I Wanna Kill" Lindsay Buckingham, "Trouble" Jay-Z feat....

By Chris Richards  | November 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: Which other Bad Brains album cover would make the best t-shirt?

By Chris Richards Tonight, hardcore punk legend H.R. of Bad Brains is scheduled to visit Washington street wear boutique Commonwealth to help launch a clothing line and sign some autographs. Would it be crazy to predict that at least...

By Chris Richards  | November 2, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags:  Bad Brains  
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Be specific: N.E.R.D.'s Pharrell on his group's classic rock-influenced new disc

N.E.R.D. is influenced by the Doors (?!) on its new one. (Courtesy of the artist) By Allison Stewart Late last year, hip-hop/rock trio N.E.R.D. announced that they were recording a new disc, to be titled "Instant Gratification," with a female...

By Allison Stewart  | November 2, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  N.E.R.D., Neptunes  
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On air: Allison Stewart on WNYC's "Soundcheck" to talk about political campaign songs

Even without Diddy reminding/threatening us this year, we're pretty sure you're aware it's election day. A few months ago our Allison Stewart wrote a piece on this blog about the most inappropriate campaign songs of the season. And today she'll...

By Click Track  | November 2, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Singles file: Nicki Minaj, Crystal Castles, U.S. Royalty

Nicki Minaj gets violent with Eminem. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Nicki Minaj featuring Eminem: "Roman's Revenge" This riveting, gross and totally insane exercise in self-debasement (her) and reflexively violent...

By Allison Stewart  | November 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Crystal Castles, Eminem, Esben and the Witch, It's TheReal, Nicki Minaj, Robert Smith, U.S. Royalty  
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Album review: Matt & Kim, "Sidewalks"

Matt & Kim tone down the exuberance just a bit. (Windish Agency) By David Malitz Matt & Kim are part of a new breed of musicians that's much more interested in being your best friend than any sort of rock...

By David Malitz  | November 2, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Matt & Kim  
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Album review: Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"

There's something very familiar feeling about Jason Aldean's latest. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) By Allison Stewart Georgia-born country star Jason Aldean may never do another song as weird as "Dirt Road Anthem," the redneck rap song that is the high point of...

By Allison Stewart  | November 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Jason Aldean  
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Album review: Mariah Carey, "Merry Christmas II You"

Mariah Carey's new Christmas collection can't match her previous holiday effort. (Mark Gail/TWP) By Sean Fennessey Sixteen years ago, Mariah Carey assured her standing in the pop cultural firmament. Not with a public meltdown or scandalous divorce, but with an...

By Click Track  | November 2, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Mariah Carey  
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Demi Lovato enters rehab; DC9 remains closed for at least one more month; H.R. signs autographs, launches clothing line

There are two chances to see H.R. tonight. (The Agency Group) By David Malitz - Local nightclub DC9 will remain closed for 30 more days after an initial hearing before the city's Alcohol Beverage Control board deemed the club to...

By David Malitz  | November 2, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  DC9, Demi Lovato, H.R., Hammer, Jay-Z  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Erin Williams Instrumental bands have the ability to give new life to even the most popular of songs - where do you think karaoke would be today if not for the words being stripped from your favorite melodies?...

By Erin Williams  | November 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Rising Brazilian star Luisa Maita plays Bohemian Caverns;

By David Malitz If you go to one concert this week, make it: One of Brazil's rising stars, Luisa Maita, who takes the diverse sounds of native country and ties them all together with a seductive voice. She performs...

By David Malitz  | November 1, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Elliott Smith, Jonathan Richman, Luisa Maita  
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Be specific: Interpol's Daniel Kessler on life after Carlos D.

From four to three (to five): Interpol carries on without Carlos Dengler. (Jelle Wagenaar) By Allison Stewart New York band Interpol recently lost longtime bassist Carlos Dengler, who exited the group after the recording of their fourth and latest disc,...

By Allison Stewart  | November 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Interpol, Secret Machines, Slint  
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In concert: Corin Tucker Band at Black Cat

Corin Tucker's covers provided the highlights Friday at the Black Cat. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Over seven albums made between 1995 and 2005, preeminent riot-grrl band Sleater Kinney moved from scrappy punk to a bigger, more...

By Click Track  | November 1, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers at the Warner Theatre

Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers brought their beautifully crafted Latin jazz to the Warner Theatre on Saturday. (Juana Arias/FTWP) By John Murph Delivering invigorating Latin jazz was only part of pianist Chucho Valdés's agenda Saturday night at the Warner...

By Click Track  | November 1, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Chucho Valdes  
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U2 coming to Baltimore; Alex Ross coming to Politics and Prose; The dawn of recorded sound at Library of Congress

Bono's back is back. (Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Chris Richards - Bono's back is better and his band is bound for Baltimore. After allowing its frontman to recover from back surgery, U2 will bring its epic 360 Tour to Charm City's...

By Chris Richards  | November 1, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Alex Ross, U2  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Chris Richards We closed out last week on Click Track with Marvin. Let's kick off this week with Marvin. Marvin Gaye, "Trouble Man" Taylor Swift, "Back to December" Deerhunter, "Revival" Joe Diffie, "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox...

By Chris Richards  | November 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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