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Click Track: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Coda: Blues royalty at the Birch; Indie rock invades Kennedy Center; Jazz in D.I.Y. spaces

Baltimore's Lower Dens performed at the Kennedy Center on Monday. More of this, please. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) With daylight at a minimum, we at Click Track have been filling our cold January nights with live music. This week, we...

By Click Track  | January 7, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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List: The six best TV guest appearances by rock stars

Katy Perry, coming to a sitcom near you. The news that Katy Perry would be guest-starring on "How I Met Your Mother," following in the footsteps of Britney Spears, who was tentative and adorable on her own "HIMYM" stint, got...

By Allison Stewart  | January 7, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Boy George, Daughtry, Katy Perry, Kid Cudi, Sebastian Bach, Warren Zevon  
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Sean Lennon and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl find harmony with new band

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl perform at Iota on Tuesday. (Press Here Publicity) This article appeared in today's Weekend section. The band plays at Iota on Tuesday night. It's hard not to feel a twinge of jealousy when Sean...

By David Malitz  | January 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Sean Lennon  
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Aretha's health problem resolved?; MCA's health problem definitely resolved; Vinyl continues to sell

The Queen is recovering. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) - Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine that her recent health problem that had her hospitalized just last month "has been resolved." There is still no word on when or if Franklin...

By David Malitz  | January 7, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Aretha Franklin, Beastie Boys, T.I., Waka Flocka Flame  
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Taking sides: Happy new fears! Our biggest pop anxieties for 2011

This is Jessie J. And she scares us. The new year is a time of unbridled optimism, good things to look forward to, resolutions to make, bad habits to break and general positive thoughtwaves. But it's also a time of...

By Click Track  | January 6, 2011; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Dr. Luke, Jessie J, Lady Gaga, Pomplamoose  
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Riffs: Courtney Love's tweets, decoded

If you're Courtney Love, 140 characters can get you into a lot of trouble. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Before Kanye West took over as the reigning king of Twitter, there was Courtney Love. While West's tweets usually address his new album, his...

By Allison Stewart  | January 6, 2011; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Courtney Love  
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Kanye/Jay-Z album is imminent; Courtney Love sued for Twitter defamation; D.C. Record Fair returns in February

Oh good, Kanye is back in the news. - You didn't think just because the calendar turned that Kanye West would just disappear, did you? His long-rumored collaborative album with Jay-Z, "Watch the Throne," is due out this week. Hopefully...

By David Malitz  | January 6, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Courtney Love, D.C. Record Fair, Jay-Z, Kanye West  
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Poll: Double dipping in concert - who is worthy of a two-night stand?

Dr. Dog will be in town for two nights. Hopefully that means they can do some laundry. (Elizabeth Weinberg) In addition to the overflowing options at underground venues, January also presents D.C. concertgoers with plenty of shows at the usual...

By David Malitz  | January 5, 2011; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags:  Dismemberment Plan, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Girl Talk, Roy Ayers  
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Eleven minutes at the Red Door Loft -- and other off-the-beaten-path spaces to see shows in 2011

(Correction: An earlier version of this blog post referred to the venue as the D.C. Jazz Loft. The venue's correct name is the Red Door Loft.) Last night, I tromped out into the January chill to see keyboardist David Ornette...

By Chris Richards  | January 5, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Live last night, Local news  
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Gerry Rafferty and Japan's Mick Karn pass away; Uh, Dave Sitek joins Jane's Addiction; Gucci Mane institutionalized

- Gerry Rafferty, best known for penning classic rock hits such as "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," died at the age of 63 on Tuesday. The Scottish singer-songwriter was said to earn nearly $125,000 annually...

By David Malitz  | January 5, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Dave Sitek, Gerry Rafferty, Gucci Mane, Jane's Addiction, Mick Karn  
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In concert: Lower Dens at Millennium Stage

Baltimore's Lower Dens were a welcome presence at Millennium Stage on Monday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) "Twin Hand Movement," the debut album from Baltimore quartet Lower Dens showed up on a handful of year-end top 10 lists last month....

By David Malitz  | January 4, 2011; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Lower Dens  
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Singles file: Anna Calvi, Show TuFli, Shabazz Palaces

Watch out for Anna Calvi in 2011. Special edition: Five to watch in 2011 Anna Calvi: "Jezebel" The British singer-songwriter, set to release her first disc in March, debuted with this song made famous by Edith Piaf, but she...

By Allison Stewart  | January 4, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  
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Lost tracks: Tom Ze, "Estudando a Bossa (Nordeste Plaza)"

Tom Ze leaves the experimenting behind for an album of straightforward acoustic guitar-based bossa novas. (Courtesy of the artist) Reviews of good albums we overlooked last year... A mainstay of Brazil's late '60s Tropicalia movement, singer-composer Tom Ze has spent...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | January 4, 2011; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Tom Ze  
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Lost tracks: Carol Sloane, "We'll Meet Again"

Carol Sloane is the queen of the jazz ballad. (Courtesy of the artist) Reviews of good albums we overlooked last year... As a singer of jazz ballads, Carol Sloane has no equal. She has an understated delivery, she makes you...

By Matt Schudel  | January 4, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Carol Sloane  
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Lost tracks: "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine"

John Prine gets the tribute treatment from the likes of Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket and more. (Lowell McGinnis) Reviews of good albums we overlooked last year... Once the latest in a long line of New Dylans, these days John...

By Allison Stewart  | January 4, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Conor Obsert, John Prine, Justin Vernon, Old Crow Medicine Show  
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Paramore regroups with new members; WKYS names top 10 DMV rappers; Muse wants to play in outer space

Paramore's Hayley Williams has some new bandmates. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - Less than a month after the controversial exits of founding members Josh and Zac Farro, Paramore is back at it. The Hayley Williams-led pop-punk band has added guitarist Justin York...

By David Malitz  | January 4, 2011; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Muse, Paramore, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale  
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Week ahead: Paul Collins pops off at Comet; Rick Ross's freebie; Best Coast on "Fallon"

Rick Ross ended 2010 by giving away a new mixtape. (Universal Music Group) If you go to one concert this week, make it: Power pop mainstay Paul Collins, he of the tied for my 9th favorite show of 2010, when...

By David Malitz  | January 3, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Best Coast, Paul Collins Beat, Rick Ross  
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In concert: B.B. King at the Birchmere

B.B. King had plenty of fun on stage at the Birchmere Saturday night. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) B.B. King said he still performs around the world because his young great-granddaughter "loves money." But not a soul in the packed...

By Mike Joyce  | January 3, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  B.B. King  
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Chuck Berry falls ill at concert; Jazmine Sullivan has had enough (for now, maybe); Kim Kardashian debuts single

Chuck Berry, performing here at the 2008 Virgin Mobile Festival, had a minor health scare over the weekend. (Sara L. Voisin/TWP) - Rock-and-roll founding father Chuck Berry fell ill at a Chicago concert on Saturday night. The 84-year-old singer of...

By David Malitz  | January 3, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Chuck Berry, Jazmine Sullivan, M.I.A.  
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