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Click Track: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Remix the Metro: Can you make music from the noise of D.C.'s aging escalators?

Update, Thursday: Listen to the winners of our Remix the Metro contest! Update, Wednesday: Sorry for the delay folks, but we need a little more time. The Click Track team has been pulled into some reporting work, but we promise...

By Click Track  | January 14, 2011; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Musical stairs: Listening to the secret music of Metro's run-down escalators

Photo illustration by Christopher Meighan. Take the west side escalators down into the guts of the Columbia Heights Metro station and you'll be swallowed by the sound - an otherworldly mewl of screeching metal, an aviary of chrome-throated ravens taunting...

By Chris Richards  | January 14, 2011; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Grant Hart at Black Cat

Much of Grant Hart's set sounded nothing like his famous former band, Husker Du. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) "Are you one of those angels/Who went all the way to Hell?'' The query, posed in the first song Grant Hart...

By Mark Jenkins  | January 14, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local news: Sockets Records showcase at Black Cat on Saturday

Hume is one of bands that has helped Sockets become a top label. (Wilson Kemp) Sockets Records has successfully made the transition from "excellent local record label" to simply "excellent record label." The qualifier isn't necessary - and, honestly, it...

By David Malitz  | January 14, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Buildings, Hume, Laughing Man, Skeletons, Sockets Records  
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R.I.P. Broadcast's Trish Keenan

Incredibly sad news this morning with the passing of Trish Keenan, singer for U.K. experimental duo Broadcast. According to a statement from her label, Warp Records, Keenan died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks...

By David Malitz  | January 14, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Broadcast, Trish Keenan  
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In concert: Moombahton Massive at U Street Music Hall

The Moombahton Massive crew, from left to right: David Heartbreak, Quincy, Billy the Gent, Dave Nada, Cian, Munchi and Sabo. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) You don't have to be in great shape to get down to moombahton. The D.C.-born...

By Aaron Leitko  | January 13, 2011; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Dave Nada, Moombahton, Munchi  
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Taking sides: Who will give the best Grammy performance?

Will Arcade Fire steal the show at the Grammys? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Earlier today the first batch of performers for next month's Grammy Awards were announced. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert and Katy Perry are the...

By Click Track  | January 13, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Cee Lo Green, Eminem, Grammys, Lady Gaga  
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Be specific: What's Afrika Bambaataa listening to?

Expect Afrika Bambaataa to put some go-go into his Sunday set at U Street Music Hall. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images) Since U Street Music Hall opened its doors last March, we've spent countless nights basking in the underground nightclub's glorious...

By Chris Richards  | January 13, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dan Deacon to score Coppola film; Taylor Swift with worst-selling No. 1; Kyle Minogue dances to D.C. (well, Fairfax)

Dan Deacon is going Hollywood. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - Sofia isn't the only Coppola who can raid underground music film soundtracks. Francis Ford Coppola has tapped Baltimore's Dan Deacon to score the upcoming "Twixt Now and Sunrise," starring Val Kilmer. The...

By David Malitz  | January 13, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Dan Deacon, Kyle Minogue, Taylor Swift  
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Riffs: Britney vs. Kanye/Jay-Z: The final showdown

"H.A.M." or "Hold It"? It's not quite an epic battle on the level of the Backstreet Boys vs. New Kids on the Block, but when it was announced that Britney Spears and the historic pairing of Jay-Z and Kanye West...

By Allison Stewart  | January 12, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Kanye West  
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Riffs: Picking 13 bands for an "Our Band Could Be Your Life" sequel

Superchunk is still going, but would have to be in a '90s indie rock tome. (Lexi Mitchell) On Thursday night, Grant Hart, former drummer/songwriter for hardcore/alt-rock godfathers Husker Du performs at the Black Cat. This got us thinking about Michael...

By David Malitz  | January 12, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement, Superchunk, Unrest  
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Britney dominates radio, might perform at Grammys; Vampire Weekend vs. Black Keys in Sellout Off; What's with Wammies?

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cMeTunes - Grammy Vote - Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney & Ezra Koenig<a>www.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire Blog</a>Video Archive - Radio enthusiastically welcomed back Britney Spears by playing her new single, "Hold...

By David Malitz  | January 12, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Black Keys, Britney Spears, Insane Clown Posse, Vampire Weekend, Wammies  
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Singles file: Britney Spears, Middle Brother, Curren$y

It may not take down Gaga, but Britney's return single is a winner. (Linda Davidson/TWP) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Britney Spears: "Hold It Against Me" Is it a Gaga slayer? Probably not, but the...

By Allison Stewart  | January 11, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Britney Spears, Curren$y, Middle Brother, Second City Rhythm, Villagers  
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Kanye West + Jay-Z, "H.A.M." -- pros + cons

There's good and bad with "H.A.M." 2011 is brimming with big popland promises, including "Watch the Throne", a collaboration album that hip-hop royals Kanye West and Jay-Z claimed would see the light of day this week. Instead, we've been presented...

By Chris Richards  | January 11, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Jay-Z, Kanye West  
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Album review: "The Grascals & Friends: Country Classics With a Bluegrass Spin"

The Grascals get help from Dolly Parton and Brad Paisley. (Courtesy of the band) The Grascals & Friends' "Country Classics With a Bluegrass Spin" offers pretty much what it advertises: a passel of famous country songs gently re-imagined, and occasionally...

By Allison Stewart  | January 11, 2011; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  The Grascals  
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Album review: Cake, "Showroom of Compassion"

Who doesn't like Cake? (Robert Knight) The music starts and is instantly recognizable: A dry, twangy guitar floats over a rhythm section informed by funk; a trumpet weaves in and out; a squiggly keyboard chases the singer's sly, deadpan intonations....

By Patrick Foster  | January 11, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: British Sea Power, "Valhalla Dancehall"

More of the same isn't a bad thing for British Sea Power. (Dan Dennison) Nearly a decade into its career, British Sea Power is at a point where it can rely neither on buzz band hype nor nostalgia to create...

By David Malitz  | January 11, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Notorious B.I.G. murder investigation re-opened; Of course Kanye wanted cover art banned; Nighthawks guitarist pens bio

Will police finally make progress in solving the murder of Notorious B.I.G.? (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) - The Los Angeles Police Department has once again re-opened the 1997 murder case of Notorious B.I.G. aka Christopher Wallace. New evidence -- which has...

By David Malitz  | January 11, 2011; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G.  
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In concert: Yoro Ndiaye at Millennium Stage

Yoro Ndiaye covered many genres during his Kennedy Center performance. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The music of singer-guitarist Yoro Ndiaye, whose debut U.S. tour reached the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on Friday evening, has been called "Senegal folk'' and "acoustic mbalax.'' The...

By Mark Jenkins  | January 10, 2011; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jay-Z/Kanye single hits tomorrow; Adam Yauch still battling cancer; Janet Jackson comes to D.C.

Janet Jackson will play the hits -- exclusively -- in D.C. in March. (Marvin Joseph/TWP) - The first single from the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration album "Watch the Throne" is due out tomorrow. It's called "H.A.M." Get ready. - In other...

By David Malitz  | January 10, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Beastie Boys, Drake, Florence and the Machine, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Kanye West  
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