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Click Track: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

A Kanye West Twitter sampler

He's the King of Twitter, too. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Kanye West has more than 1,600,000 followers on Twitter. But he doesn't use the social network only to promote his appearances and music. A Yeezy sampler, after the jump....

By Click Track  | November 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coda: Kanye West drops the best album of 2010; U.S. Royalty is D.C.'s best dressed; Nick Cave is the best at everything else

Kanye West's epic new album drops on Tuesday. Did you know that Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is the best album of 2010? Did you know that it's about 14 gazillion times better than Rihanna's new disc? Did...

By Click Track  | November 19, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dark. Twisted. Fantastic: On his epic fifth album, Kanye West creates a manic, mutated, gorgeous world — with himself, as always, at the center

Kanye West's new album is the best of his career (Phil McCarten/MTV/Picturegroup via Associated Press) For a man who demands every nanosecond of our collective attention, Kanye West probably had a pretty crummy day last Tuesday. That's when Apple announced...

By Chris Richards  | November 19, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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In concert: Wiz Khalifa at 9:30 Club

Upstart rapper Wiz Khalifa usually has one thing on his mind. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) “We just came out here to party and have a good time,” Wiz Khalifa told a sold-out 9:30 Club early in his set on...

By David Malitz  | November 19, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Liturgy's black metal not all dark

Liturgy performs at Comet Ping Pong Friday night Black metal is not a genre for everyone. In fact, it's a genre for very, very few. It is music built on blistering tempos, storming guitars, shrieking vocals and lyrics that are...

By David Malitz  | November 19, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lil Wayne to join Eminem on "SNL"; Wale delivers turkeys; Download "Twisted Fantasy" samples

Lil Wayne and Eminem will perform together on "Saturday Night Live" in December. Drake is in this picture but won't there ... or will he? - The Lil Wayne post-prison victory tour continues, and a future stop will be "Saturday...

By David Malitz  | November 19, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Wale  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

The story goes that this song, released in 1982, was about John Lennon. Apparently that story is not true. This song still rules, though. Translator, "Everywhere That I'm Not" Reigning Sound, "Break It" The Majestic Arrows, "We Love Together"...

By David Malitz  | November 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Taking sides: Beatles, schmeatles -- who else is missing from iTunes?

Neo-Beatlemania swept the internet this week when the Beatles catalog finally came to iTunes. But who else is missing? (File photo.) Did you hear? An old rock band called the Beatles just started selling their music on iTunes and now...

By Click Track  | November 18, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  AC/DC, Beachwood Sparks, Beatles, Bob Seger, Cluster, Kid Rock, Neu, Sheryl Crow  
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In concert: Simian Mobile Disco at U Street Music Hall

Simian Mobile Disco poses for a portrait before its U Street Music Hall performance. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Electronic dance music is not much on ceremony, so no one introduced Simian Mobile Disco when the British duo took control of U Street...

By Mark Jenkins  | November 18, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.S. Royalty, bridging indie rock and men's fashion

U.S. Royalty: Dressed for success (Katherine Frey/TWP) Draped from the ceiling of U.S. Royalty's spacious Chinatown practice space is a massive, moth-eaten American flag - the kind that probably spent better years flapping over some Oldsmobile dealership in the rural...

By Chris Richards  | November 18, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New Strokes album done; Dr. Dre's returns with "Kush"; Susan Boyle knocks off Taylor Swift

Julian Casablancas says the fourth Strokes album is done and ready for 2011 release. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - According to frontman Julian Casablancas, the fourth album by the Strokes is completed and will be released in 2011. It's the band's first...

By David Malitz  | November 18, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Dr. Dre, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift, The Strokes  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

Thump, thump, thump, thump... The Knife, "Heatbeats" Annie, "Heartbeat" Taana Gardner, "Heartbeat" Wire, "Heartbeat" Wham!, "Heartbeat"...

By Chris Richards  | November 18, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Grinderman at 9:30 Club

Nick Cave led Grinderman through a thrilling set of raw and raunchy rock-and-roll Tuesday at D.C's. 9:30 Club.

By David Malitz  | November 17, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In concert: Carrie Underwood at 1st Mariner Arena

Carrie Underwood found no need to stray from her successful formula Tuesday in Baltimore. (All photos by Tracy Woodward/TWP) Carrie Underwood launched a full-scale diva attack Tuesday night at First Mariner Arena. In Baltimore to flog her not-so-new third album,...

By Scott Galupo  | November 17, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Be specific: Maria Taylor talks about getting Azure Ray back together

Azure Ray's decision to form was a natural one. (Saddle Creek Records) Back in the early '00s, the girl-girl duo Azure Ray were the indie pop queens of Saddle Creek records. But after sixteen years and three albums together, childhood...

By Allison Stewart  | November 17, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Best Coast and Wavves tra-la-la for Target; Pink is expecting; Robert Plant coming to DAR

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast wishes you a merry Christmas, via Target. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) - As if to prove that the concept of selling out no longer exists, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast and boyfriend Nathan Williams of Wavves will...

By Chris Richards  | November 17, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Best Coast, Led Zeppelin, Pink, Robert Plant, Wavves  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

Perhaps the most beautiful song from perhaps the most-gorgeous-and-least-known album I own. Nelson Angelo e Joyce, "Comunhao" Dolly Parton, "Jolene" Terry Riley, "A Rainbow in Curved Air" Bun B, "Get Throwed" Sade, "By Your Side"...

By Chris Richards  | November 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Lists: Five awesomely random things Nick Cave has done lately

The endlessly awesome Nick Cave brings Grinderman to 9:30 Club tonight. (Polly Borland) He once told GQ that "Inspiration is overrated," but it's impossible to think of another musician quite as prolific in quite as many mediums as Nick Cave....

By Allison Stewart  | November 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In concert: Glasser at Black Cat

Glasser's Cameron Mesirow got stuck on one note a bit too often at Black Cat on Monday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) "Ring,'' the debut album by one-woman-band Glasser, is defined by synthetic timbres and sound-recording technology. So before the...

By Mark Jenkins  | November 16, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Glasser, Twin Shadow  
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Album review: Rihanna, "Loud"

Rihanna (Tracy Woodward/TWP) After squeezing five huge albums into her tiny six-year career, here's what we actually know about Rihanna: She sang a summer-defining love song about a parasol. She owns an anguished, sweet-and-sour voice and ravishing good looks. And,...

By Chris Richards  | November 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Album review: Josh Groban, "Illuminations"

The seemingly odd pairing of Josh Groban and producer Rick Rubin makes sense. (Charles Sykes/AP) Why didn't it come along sooner, this pairing of popera icon Josh Groban and mythical music guy Rick Rubin? Sure, it might seem strange at...

By Allison Stewart  | November 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Singles file: J. Cole, Secret Mountains, Laura Marling, Girls, jj

Laura Marling delivers a striking version of Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done." (Deirdre O'Callagan) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... J. Cole: "Home for the Holidays" The Next Big Thing contemplates dropping...

By Allison Stewart  | November 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Girls, J. Cole, Laura Marling, Secret Mountains, jj  
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Album review: Kid Rock, "Born Free"

Maturity doesn't suit Kid Rock particularly well on "Born Free." (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) "Bawitdaba," where have ye gone? One of the very best things about Kid Rock, the polymorphous Detroit schlockmeister and recovering rap-rock aesthete, was his shamelessness. It was...

By Sean Fennessey  | November 16, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Keith Urban, "Get Closer"

Keith Urban's new album is a tribute to his wife, Nicole Kidman. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) "You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love longs / But I look around me and I see it isn't so," sang Paul...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | November 16, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Don Omar, "Meet the Orphans"

Don Omar showcases the artists on his label on "Meet the Orphans." (Courtesy of the artist) At this point, Don Omar, flamboyant reggaeton superstar and self-described "King of Kings," is almost as well known for his compilation discs as he...

By Allison Stewart  | November 16, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Common and Kurtis Blow at Lincoln Theatre tonight; Beatles finally on iTunes; Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance to hit D.C.

Common will take part of a roundtable discussion about rap lyrics at the Lincoln Theatre tonight. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images) - Get ready for a hip-hop history lesson tonight at Lincoln Theatre. Adam Bradley, author of "The Anthology of Rap," will...

By David Malitz  | November 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Common, Gang of Four, Kurtis Blow, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, The Beatles, Wire  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

The lyrics are this song are so dated, but the song's message is still relevant: when your relationship is in trouble, blame it on the phone. New Edition, "Mr. Telephone Man" Kelly Clarkson, "Miss Independent" Tupac, "Toss It Up"...

By Erin Williams  | November 16, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Week ahead: Metal edition! Liturgy shred at Comet; Salome album still totally ruling

Liturgy perform at Comet on Friday. (Courtesy Tell All Your Friends PR) If you go to one concert this week, make it: Brooklyn's Liturgy when they bring their spiritual black metal to Comet Ping Pong on Friday night. Look for...

By Chris Richards  | November 15, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Liturgy, My Chemical Romance, Salome  
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On air: Chris Richards discusses "The rap sheet's sad toll" on the Michael Eric Dyson show

Gucci Mane, T.I., Lil Boosie and Lil Wayne have all served time in correctional facilities in 2010. (Photo illustration by Victoria Adams Fogg) Two weeks ago, WaPo pop music critic Chris Richards wrote about the spate of superstar rappers...

By Click Track  | November 15, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  On air  | Tags:  Gucci Mane, Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, T.I., Tupac Shakur  
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Get Girl Talk's new album for free

This blog post is just a mashup of other blog posts. If your Twitter feed is anything like mine, you've surely read plenty today about "All Day," the new album by mashup master Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis. (Also about...

By David Malitz  | November 15, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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In concert: Kris Kristofferson at The Music Center at Strathmore

Kris Kristofferson gave a pleasingly stripped-fown performance at Strathmore. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) Kris Kristofferson is in no hurry, but he doesn't like to waste time. At the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday night he marched onstage in...

By Chris Klimek  | November 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In concert: How Sweet the Sound competition at Verizon Center

Fourteen choirs competed for the title of "Best Church Choir in America" at the national "How Sweet the Sound Finale" competition. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Fourteen gospel choirs from around the country transformed Verizon Center into a sanctified church and made Saturday...

By John Murph  | November 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arcade Fire performs SNL; Sugarland settles lawsuit with ex-bandmate; Jessica Simpson is engaged

- Arcade Fire played "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend. Get yourself caught up. They also appeared in the Digital Short above. Is Arcade Fire to rock-n-roll what Andy Samberg is to comedy? - Chart-topping pop-country duo Sugarland have...

By Chris Richards  | November 15, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Jessica Simpson, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Sugarland  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

Waylon serves it cold, Black Flag serves it hot. Waylon Jennings, "Mental Revenge" Black Flag, "Revenge" oOoOO, "Seaww" Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream" Cheap Trick, "Surrender"...

By Chris Richards  | November 15, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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