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Click Track: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

In concert: Gogol Bordello at 9:30 Club

Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz was a tour guide of international sounds at 9:30 Club. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) Eugene Hutz has restless continent syndrome. The Ukrainian gypsy musician, whose Gogol Bordello played the first of two sold-out nights at...

By Mark Jenkins  | December 31, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Gogol Bordello  
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Lists: David Malitz picks his top 10 concerts of 2010

I didn’t quite match last year’s 237 concerts, but I did attend 221 shows in 2010. And, to quote Eric Cartman, about 80 percent of them were “fine, just fine.” Maybe they just all blurred together. Maybe it was too...

By David Malitz  | December 30, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  In concert, Lists  | Tags:  Blood Feathers, Buzzcocks, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Grinderman, Hole, Jeff Mangum, LCD Soundsystem, Paul Collins Beat, Sonic Youth, Spoon, The Clean, Titus Andronicus  
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Be specific: Eugene Hutz talks about life in Gogol Bordello

Eugene Hutz and Gogol Bordello will ring in 2011 at 9:30 Club. (Sarah L. Voisin/TWP) Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello made the leap from hipster favorites to major label stars-in-the-making when they signed to Rick Rubin's American label for the...

By Allison Stewart  | December 30, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello  
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Patti Smith and Keith Richards: a study in contrast

Keith Richards's autobiography, "Life,'' doesn't allot much space to payback. But it does fling a few daggers, mostly at people who have personally affronted the quick-tempered guitarist. Of the various people Richards derides in the book, there's only one...

By Mark Jenkins  | December 30, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Keith Richards, Patti Smith  
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Jazz legend Billy Taylor dies; WaPo Style section declares who's in/out for 2011; Daft Punk's helmet history revealed

Billy Taylor's storied career spanned almost 70 years. (Helayne Seidman/FTWP) - Washington-raised jazz artist, educator and ambassador Billy Taylor has died. Read the Post's obituary here, and read the Washington City Paper's appreciation here. - More sad news: Bobby...

By Chris Richards  | December 30, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Backstreet Boys, Billy Taylor, Bobby Farrell, Boney M, Daft Punk, Florence and the Machine, M.I.A., New Kids on the Block, Robyn  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

I hope Gwen Stefani and Pharrell are paying royalties to Prince for "Hollaback Girl." Prince, "Housequake" Beach House, "Norway" Toby Keith, "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy" jj, "Things Will Never Be the Same Again" UCB, "100 Men"...

By Chris Richards  | December 30, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Fantasia at DAR Constitution Hall

Fantasia seemed out of sorts on Tuesday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Fantasia performed at Constitution Hall on Tuesday as if all the public drama she's packed into her years in the spotlight has taken a toll. The 2004...

By Dave McKenna  | December 29, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Fantasia  
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Willow Smith to cover Fresh Prince?; Rihanna's single, Elton John's a dad

That little hair whipper Willow Smith might tackle her dad's song. (Johnny Nunez) - Might Willow Smith cover her dad's famous song, "Parents Just Don't Understand"? Maybe, she says. The song is obviously not about using your offspring to build...

By David Malitz  | December 29, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Elton John, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Willow Smith  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

The best Buzzcocks jam of them all. Buzzcocks, "Why Can't I Touch It?" Morrissey, "Certain People I Know" Disappears, "Old Friend" Smog, "Four Hearts In a Can" Electrelane, "Birds"...

By David Malitz  | December 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Singles file: The top 25 songs of 2010

Cee Lo's summer hit still stands up. (Courtesy of the artist) Hip-hop. Brooklyn indie rock. "Glee." It was a great year for pretty much everything. Even the terrible songs ("Teach Me How to Dougie," anything by Waka Flocka Flame) were...

By Allison Stewart  | December 28, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Singles file  
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Lost tracks: Emma Pollock, "The Law of Large Numbers"

Emma Pollock's latest is a grower. (Jenny Lewis) Reviews of good albums we overlooked this year... Emma Pollock spent a decade as singer and guitarist in the well-respected Scottish quartet the Delgados and released a modestly pleasing solo debut in...

By Patrick Foster  | December 28, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Emma Pollock  
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Lost tracks: The Secret Sisters, "The Secret Sisters"

Lydia and Laura Rogers have the approval of some important names. (Autumn DeWilde) Reviews of good albums we overlooked this year... The Secret Sisters come preapproved by two of the only music men whose opinions still matter, reverent roots aficionado/super-producer...

By Allison Stewart  | December 28, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  The Secret Sisters  
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Lost tracks: "Roots of OK Jazz, Congo Classics 1955-1956"

Francois Luambo Makiadi was compared favorably to James Brown. Reviews of good albums we overlooked this year... Rock-and-roll's big bang wasn't the only pop explosion of the mid-1950s. Something similar was happening half a world away in central Africa, where...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | December 28, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  OK Jazz  
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Chris Brown -- Bieber collaborater, Love re-opener; free holiday presents from Gorillaz, Trey Anastasio, Yeasayer

Chris Brown will end his 2010 in D.C. (Stuart Ramson/AP) - Chris Brown must love when the calendar flips to a new year, because each time that happens it gets him further away from his disastrous 2009. In early 2011...

By David Malitz  | December 28, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Chris Brown, Gorillaz, Klaxons, Rick Ross, Trey Anastasio, Yeasayer  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for this morning

The dawn of Winter, while it is freezing, has ushered in yet another season, and another reason... Ella Fitzergald, "Makin' Whoopee" Earnest Jackson, "Love and Happiness" PJ Morton, "Galaxy" Mos Def, "Brown Sugar" Mairi Campbell, "Auld Lang Syne"...

By Erin Williams  | December 28, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Cop that UCB mixtape; Walkmen to play weird NYE gala; Country stars serenade Merle Haggard on your TV screen

Local go-go heroes UCB have a new mixtape out. (Publicity photo courtesy the artist.) If you buy one album tomorrow, make it: The new UCB mixtape "The Blend" available for free download right here. We'll have a quick review of...

By Chris Richards  | December 27, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, UCB, Walkmen, Willie Nelson  
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Lists: Five slightly boring musical acts who would make great reality tv stars

Fantasia's life is more interesting than her music. (Laura Miller/FTWP) American Idol Season Three winner Fantasia Barrino has had a turbulent life marked by illiteracy, a suicide attempt, money troubles and a teen pregnancy, some of which is documented on...

By Allison Stewart  | December 27, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Fantasia, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Mos Def, Taylor Swift  
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With Daft Punk soundtrack, 'Tron: Legacy' is a film to be heard

We are the robots: Daft Punk at the Los Angeles premiere of "Tron: Legacy." (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) (This article appeared in Saturday's Washington Post.) Just when the 3-D razzle-dazzle of "Tron: Legacy" really starts ramping up, Kevin Flynn - a...

By Chris Richards  | December 27, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Daft Punk  
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R&B singer Teena Marie dies at 54; Justin Bieber teams up with Chris Brown; Duran Duran plots new album, ruins record industry

Teena Marie in a 2005 publicity photo. (AP Photo/Universal Music, Tracy Jones) - Teena Marie died on Sunday in her Los Angeles home. The beloved R&B singer was 54 years old. The cause of death has not been reported, but...

By Chris Richards  | December 27, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Chris Brown, Duran Duran, Justin Bieber, Teena Marie  
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Click shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

Something I learned at a karaoke bar over the holiday weekend: The following songs are hard to sing. Kelis, ft. Andre 3000, "Millionaire" Usher, "Confessions, Pt. 2" Mariah Carey ft. Jay-Z, "Heartbreaker" R. Kelly, "Ignition (Remix)" Soul II Soul,...

By Chris Richards  | December 27, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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