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Click Track: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Coda: Dreaming of Coachella; Learning the Dip and Pitts; Downloading the new Tabi Bonney mixtape

How could we not download a mixtape with a cover like this? A snowy week comes to a close on Click Track. This week, we imagined a better Coachella and re-capped the history of festival beef. We practiced our Dip...

By Click Track  | January 28, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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Album review: The Dirtbombs, "Party Store"

Detroit's Dirtbombs pay tribute to some of their hometown's most beloved songs. (Brian Alesi) In the new Sunday Washington Post, pop music critic Chris Richards will review a new album of note. Starting today, Click Track will begin posting these...

By Chris Richards  | January 28, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  The Dirtbombs  
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In concert: Ari Hest at the Barns at Wolf Trap

Ari Hest kept things mellow on Thursday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson) Nestled in the cozy confines of The Barns at Wolf Trap on Thursday, singer-songwriter Ari Hest could have had the 150-plus concert crowd in the palm of...

By Emily Yahr  | January 28, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Ari Hest  
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Really quick spins: Sic Alps, Disappears, Thank You, Minks, Ducktails, Young Prisms

Sic Alps are full of interesting ideas. (Jason Fisher) A quick roundup of some of my favorite indie-whatever releases from January. Sic Alps, "Napa Asylum" To say Sic Alps is more of an ideas-band than a songs-band sells them short....

By David Malitz  | January 28, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags:  Disappears, Ducktails, Minks, Sic Alps, Thank You, Young Prisms  
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Jamey Johnson tops Nashville scene critics poll; R.I.P. Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes

Yet more deserved accolades for Jamey Johnson. (Helayne Seidman/TWP) - Jamey Johnson took another step towards establishing himself as one of the best and most acclaimed country singers of the era by topping Nasvhille Scene's 11th Annual Country Music Critics...

By David Malitz  | January 28, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Best Coast, Jamey Johnson, The Marvelettes, Wavves  
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Taking sides: Coachella 2011 draft

Your respective first picks in our mock draft: Kanye West and the Strokes. So much for the thought that California mega-festival Coachella was fading in popularity. The three-day April extravaganza sold out just six days after tickets went on sale....

By Chris Richards  | January 27, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Animal Collective, Coachella, Kanye West, Lil B, Robyn, The Strokes, Titus Andronicus  
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Be specific: Singer-songwriter Lissie talks about her unusual route to success

Lissie's popular covers helped her gain a wider audience. Lissie was just another faceless female singer-songwriter until her fondness for unlikely, well-chosen covers turned her into a blogosphere sensation. On YouTube, view counts for Lissie's covers of Lady Gaga's "Bad...

By Allison Stewart  | January 27, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Lissie  
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Jimmy Buffett recovering after fall; Wilco starts own label; Decemberists top charts

Jimmy Buffett avoided serious injury after falling off the stage at a recent concert. (AP Photo/Chip English) - King of the Parrotheads, mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett was released from the hospital and is recovering after taking a nasty fall...

By David Malitz  | January 27, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Jimmy Buffett, The Decemberists, Wilco  
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In concert: Matthew Dear at U Street Music Hall

Matthew Dear during soundcheck Tuesday night at U Street Music Hall. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) When an otherwise mild-mannered performer wants to misbehave, they take on a pseudonym. Think Eminem, Ziggy Stardust, or Chris Gaines. But not Matthew Dear....

By Aaron Leitko  | January 26, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Matthew Dear  
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R.I.P. country great Charlie Louvin

Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin passed away at the age of 83. (Alan Messer) Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin has passed away at the age of 83, according to Nashville.com. Louvin rose to fame in the...

By Click Track  | January 26, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Charlie Louvin  
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Portishead to curate ATP New York; Metal legends team up in California; Yelawolf hits D.C.

Trip-hop greats Portishead will curate ATP New York in the fall. (Eva Vermandel) - An autumn version of the popular All Tomorrow's Parties festival will take place in Asbury Park, N.J. and be headlined and curated by Portishead, while also...

By David Malitz  | January 26, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Anthrax, Jeff Mangum, Megadeth, Metallica, Portishead, Slayer, Yelawolf  
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TV on the radio: Fictitious dance anthem "Dip and Pitts" gets airtime on WKYS

Last week, Twitter was inundated with talk of a new dance craze called "Dip and Pitts." But it didn't come from the likes of Soulja Boy or Lil B -- it came from resurgent BET sitcom The Game. Could...

By Erin Williams  | January 25, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  As heard on TV  | Tags:  EZ Street, WKYS  
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Album review: U.S. Royalty, "Mirrors"

D.C.'s U.S. Royalty is still seeking its own voice. (Katherine Frey/TWP) U.S. Royalty's first full-length disc, "Mirrors," comes out Tuesday, but the Washington, D.C.-based group is already Internet-famous. In recent months it has received the sort of mainstream attention that...

By Allison Stewart  | January 25, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Album review: Destroyer, "Kaputt"

Dan Bejar's newest Destroyer album is both his weirdest and most welcoming. Destroyer's Dan Bejar has become a cult favorite thanks to a songwriting style equally iconoclastic and idiosyncratic. He's a lyrical descendant of Dylan, writing overstuffed lines that are...

By David Malitz  | January 25, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Destroyer  
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Album review: Cold War Kids, "Mine Is Yours"

Cold War Kids push for mainstream success has left their songs uninteresting. Cold War Kids have built their reputation on spiky, loose-limbed music, illuminatingly detailed lyrics and a voice-might-crack-at-any-second singer who could sound simultaneously tender and unhinged. Like their distinctive...

By Patrick Foster  | January 25, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Cold War Kids  
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Album review: Mouse on Tha Track, "Swagga Fresh Freddie"

Mouse On Tha Track has endured through his label's tough times. The Baton Rouge-based rap label Trill Entertainment has endured a trying time in recent years. In December 2007, Pimp C, Trill's co-founder and spiritual godfather, died. In September 2008,...

By Sean Fennessey  | January 25, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Mouse On Tha Track  
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Singles file: Lady Gaga, Big K.R.I.T., Tyler Jon Tyler

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. gets assistance from San Francisco band Grillade. A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Lady Gaga: "Scheisse" (Lady Gaga remix) It begins: The Year of Gaga kicks off with Gaga's remix of her...

By Allison Stewart  | January 25, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Big K.R.I.T., Girl Talk, Lady Gaga  
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Lil Wayne recruits Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross for mega-tour; Christina Aguilera to sing anthem at Super Bowl; Kanye tweets some stuff

Lil Wayne performs at Verizon Center in December 2008; he makes his return to the venue in April. (Linda Davidson/FTWP) - It'll take quite a summer blockbuster tour to top the star wattage that will hit Verizon Center on April...

By David Malitz  | January 25, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  50 Cent, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross  
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Week ahead: Matthew Dear brings the beat to U Hall; Destroyer goes "Kaputt"; Band Perry tries to outshine Bieber

If you go to one concert this week, make it: Michigan dancefloor maverick Matthew Dear at U Street Music Hall on Tuesday. You may have missed him last fall when DC9 was shut down days before his scheduled gig....

By Chris Richards  | January 24, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Matthew Dear; Destroyer; The Band Perry; Justin Bieber  
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Riffs: Kanye vs. Coachella, and four other highly entertaining festival feuds.

Jay-Z played Glastonbury and the world didn't end. Like seemingly everything Kanye West does, the announcement that the controversial rapper was going to headline April's Coachella festival caused a pop cultural kerfuffle. Many online commenters went so far as to...

By Allison Stewart  | January 24, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific, Riffs  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Guns N Roses, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Morrissey  
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In concert: The Dismemberment Plan at Black Cat

The Black Cat was full of joy as the Dismemberment Plan reunion kicked off on Friday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafon/FTWP) Michael Jackson would have to rise from the grave and release a new album as good as "Off...

By Chris Klimek  | January 24, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Dismemberment Plan  
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A Tribe Called Quest documentary premieres at Sundance; Wiz Khalifa performs at Steelers/Jets game; R.I.P. Orphan's Brendan Majewski

Michael Rapaport's documentary about A Tribe Called Quest premiered at Sundance. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - A documentary about hip-hop greats A Tribe Called Quest -- directed by actor Michael Rapaport -- debuted at Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. Phife Dawg...

By David Malitz  | January 24, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  A Tribe Called Quest, Orphan, Wiz Khalifa  
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