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Click Track: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Avant-garde icon Captain Beefheart passes away

Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, passed away on Friday. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records) Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, one of the most fiercely avant-garde musicians of the 20th century, passed away Friday at the age of 69...

By Click Track  | December 17, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Lists: Chris Richards picks his top 10 albums of 2010

All eyes and ears were on Kanye West in 2010. (Mike Blake/Reuters) Into the ‘10s we go! It’s gonna be crowded. In a decade that promises so much pop music, artists will have to invent new ways to infiltrate our...

By Chris Richards  | December 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Beach House, Best Coast, Choc Quib Town, Drake, Jamey Johnson, Kanye West, Randy Houser, Robyn, Sade, The Soft Pack  
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Waka Flocka Flame's house raided; Aretha Franklin released from hospital; DMX sentenced to year in prison

Waka Flocka Flame's house was raided by Georgia police. - Georgia police raided rapper Waka Flocka Flame's house on Thursday searching for ""marijuana, articles, pictures, and communications relating to gangs and gang paraphernalia," according to documents obtained by TMZ. Waka...

By David Malitz  | December 17, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Aretha Franklin, Beach House, DMX, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

LL Cool J: "I Need a Beat" Oni Ayhun: "OAR003" The Mantles: "Don't Lie" T La Rock: "It's Yours" Deerhunter: "Desire Lines"...

By Aaron Leitko  | December 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags:  Deerhunter, LL Cool J, Oni Ayhun, T La Rock, The Mantles  
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Be specific: Liz Phair, part two: on motherhood, music and her wild youth

Liz Phair, defender of Rod Stewart. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) In part one of our interview with Liz Phair, in town Friday to play the 9:30 Club, she talked about the volatile reaction her new disc, "Funstyle," and a possible follow-up...

By Allison Stewart  | December 16, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Liz Phair  
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Justin Timberlake would say yes to "SNL"; new tracks from Weezy and Yeezy; Oscars Best Original Song shortlist not so short

Justin Timberlake would say yes to an "SNL" offer. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) - A few months ago we wished that Justin Timberlake would get back to making music. Because there's no reason he needs to be doing voices in "Yogi...

By David Malitz  | December 16, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Beck, Jonsi, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Metric  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

I'm not a big fan of deluxe reissues, but last year's treatment of the Stone Roses debut is a must-have. The Stone Roses, "Bye Bye Badman" Renaldo Domino, "Not Too Cool to Cry" Spoon, "Cvantez" Gaunt, "Kryptonite" Ghostface Killah,...

By David Malitz  | December 16, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Be Specific: Liz Phair talks about her controversial new disc, "Funstyle"

Liz Phair has no regrets about her latest album. It's been a weird year for Liz Phair. She parted ways with both her management and her record label, played Matador Records' 21st anniversary celebration in Vegas and released "Funstyle," a...

By Allison Stewart  | December 15, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama appoints Bon Jovi to advisory board; Trent Reznor scores Golden Globe nod; DC9 reopens tonight

He gives community solutions a good name. (Skip Bolen photo) - Bon Jovi may have missed out on induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yesterday but his consolation prize wasn't so bad. He was named to the...

By David Malitz  | December 15, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bon Jovi, DC9, Das Racist, Trent Reznor  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

During this month of year-end, best-of lists, let's take time to remember the best album of 2006. Destroyer, "Your Blood" Dead Moon, "Rescue" Len Bright Combo, "Shirt Without a Heart" Young Prisms, "These Days" Modest Mouse, "Bankrupt on Selling"...

By David Malitz  | December 15, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Darlene Love to be inducted into Rock Hall

Alice Cooper will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (The Washington Post archive) The New York Times reports that the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will include pop stalwart Neil Diamond, shock rocker...

By David Malitz  | December 14, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits  
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Album review: Michael Jackson, "Michael"

If you've ever dreamed of Michael Jackson singing into your answering machine, then you have a reason to pick up "Michael," the first posthumous album from a singer who's sold more than 35 million albums worldwide since his sudden...

By Chris Richards  | December 14, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Singles file: Ellie Goulding f. Wale and Waka Flocka Flame, Evidence, the Go! Team

British newcomer Goulding gets mashed up with Wale and Waka. A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Ellie Goulding featuring Wale and Waka Flocka Flame: "Lights!" (Potomac Boys Club remix) Up-and-coming DMV remixers Brenton Duvall and Patrick...

By Allison Stewart  | December 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Ellie Goulding, Evidence, Jens Lekman, Telekinesis, The Go Team, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale  
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Album review: R. Kelly, "Love Letter"

R. Kelly keeps it too old school. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera) On Nov. 28, R. Kelly performed on the 2010 Soul Train Awards, and, as is his wont, he killed. Dressed like a time-lost Vegas showman in cape, single black glove...

By Sean Fennessey  | December 14, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  R. Kelly  
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Album review: Ciara, "Basic Instinct"

Ciara tries to make amends for her recent work with "Basic Instinct." It's here, right on schedule: The back-to-basics album, the one that comes after the hit debut and the failed experimental album but before the inevitable comeback disc. In...

By Allison Stewart  | December 14, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Album review: Crystal Bowersox, "Farmer's Daughter"

"American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox is likable, but doesn't deliver a great album. "American Idol" couldn't have invented a more appealing contestant than plucky, dreadlocked Crystal Bowersox, last season's runner-up. With a voice like Sheryl Crow's after a week...

By Allison Stewart  | December 14, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Crystal Bowersox  
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Coldplay and Eno, Part 2; Jiffy Lube Live most Googled in D.C.; George Clinton sues Black Eyed Peas

Coldplay gets conceptual on its new album. (Stephan Craneanscki) - The next Coldplay album will be, all, like, conceptual and stuff. Frontman Chris Martin tells Billboard it will be about "two like-minded outsiders who meet in a very difficult environment...

By David Malitz  | December 14, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, George Clinton, Jiffy Lube Live  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

Say, say, say what you want, this song will always be awesome. Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, "Say, Say, Say" T.I., "Why You Wanna" Minnie Riperton, "Memory Lane" Rotary Connection, "Silent Night Chant" Miguel feat. J. Cole, "All I...

By Erin Williams  | December 14, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Gil Scott-Heron hunkers down at Blues Alley; R. Kelly releases "Love Letter"; Aloe Blacc plays "Fallon"

Sick of holiday songs? Gil Scott-Heron at Blues Alley could be what you're looking for. (Mischa Richter) If you go to one concert this week, make it: One of the great comeback stories of 2010, Gil Scott-Heron. He's not just...

By David Malitz  | December 13, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Aloe Blacc, Gil Scott-Heron, R. Kelly  
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In concert: Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Maxwell and more, "Christmas in Washington" at the National Building Museum

The first family joined the star-studded cast at the end of the show. (Yuri Gripas) The 29th annual "Christmas in Washington" concert that taped Sunday night at the National Building Museum was a celebration of inoffensiveness. There were cute children...

By David Malitz  | December 13, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In concert: NPR's "A Jazz Piano Christmas" at the Kennedy Center

Freddy Cole was one of the featured performers at the Kennedy Center's annual "Jazz Piano Christmas." (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) Festive though it was, NPR's "A Jazz Piano Christmas" at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Saturday night began...

By Mike Joyce  | December 13, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Julianne Hough at Cancun Cantina

"Dancing With the Stars" winner Julianne Hough is looking to kick start her music career. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) Known for two victories on ABC's hugely popular "Dancing With the Stars," for landing the lead in the upcoming "Footloose"...

By Emily Yahr  | December 13, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Julianne Hough  
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In concert: N'Dambi at Black Cat

N'Dambi brought a modern flourish to old sounds at the Black Cat on Friday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) N'Dambi paraded defiant optimism through much of her sizzling show at the Black Cat on Friday night. One of her most...

By John Murph  | December 13, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jazz saxophonist James Moody passes away; Nobel Prize concert stays mellow; Paul McCartney played "SNL"

James Moody passed away at the age of 85. - Jazz great James Moody passed away last Thursday at the age of 85. He had pancreatic cancer. Moody primarily played tenor saxophone but also played flute as well as tenor...

By David Malitz  | December 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  James Moody, Paul McCartney  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

Maybe Craig Finn's finest hour, with the right mixture of funny and sappy. The Hold Steady, "Stevie Nix" Nirvana, "Son of a Gun" Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, "Lightnin' Rod" The Birthday Party, "Release the Bats" Mission of Burma, "Progress"...

By David Malitz  | December 13, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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