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Click Track: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Coda: Hello bounce beat; Goodbye White Stripes; See you next week, Grammys

XIB was the most exciting band we saw all week. Will they be the most exciting band we see all year? Maybe! (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Another winter week has crept on by on Click Track. We saw some...

By Click Track  | February 4, 2011; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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‘Portlandia’ star, guitarist Carrie Brownstein finds outlet for all her interests

Carrie Brownstein inhabits a new role as sketch comedian with Fred Armisen on "Porlandia." It's a crazy, mixed-up multimedia-scape we're living in - one where the Lady Gagas of the world wear many hats, not all of which are made...

By Chris Richards  | February 4, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Carrie Brownstein  
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Album review: "The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings"

Waylon Jennings gets the tribute treatment from some of country's biggest names. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Jamey Johnson has one of those sing-the-phone-book voices — a supernatural baritone that could make “Abrams, Ackerman, Ackert . . .” sound like great country music....

By Chris Richards  | February 4, 2011; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings  
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Lil Wayne drops Green Bay Packers anthem; Bruno Mars to face judge; James Blake album actually coming out in the U.S.

He's a cheese head. (File photo.) - Not since the days of the "The Super Bowl Shuffle" have hip-hop and The Big Game been so inextricably linked. WIth Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa's hit "Black and Yellow" having been adopted by...

By Chris Richards  | February 4, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bruno Mars, James Blake, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa  
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Taking sides: What's the craziest concert you've seen?

If you see Monotonix on Friday night, you might have to adjust your craziest concerts list. Anyone who's been to a Monotonix concert has a story about it. Probably a few. When the Israeli garage-blues trio plays, it's a no-barriers,...

By Click Track  | February 3, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Monotonix  
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Riffs: Five genre-smashing, superstar-on-superstar interviews we'd like to see

These two could definitely find some things to talk about. It wasn't as momentous as the time Edgar Allen Poe met Charles Dickens. And it certainly wasn't as mind-boggling as this. But the recent pairing of alt-country's professional strange person...

By Allison Stewart  | February 3, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Bonnie Prince Billy, Brandon Flowers, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Flaming Lips, Justin Bieber, Killers, Lady Gaga, Michael Stipe, Morrissey, R. Kelly, REM, Smiths, Stevie Nicks, Will Oldham, Win Butler  
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Britney Spears reveals album cover, release date; Usher and Slash to join Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl?

Britney's new album is all Nico covers. (Not really.) - Britney Spears announced that her new album will be called "Femme Fatale" and will be released on March 15. You can see the cover art right there. Producer/pop songwriting...

By David Malitz  | February 3, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Cee-Lo Green, Gwyneth Paltrow, Slash, Usher  
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In concert: Robert Plant and Band of Joy at DAR Constitution Hall

Robert Plant's new odes to American music are somehow as outstanding as his old ones. (All photos by Tracy Woodward/TWP) Robert Plant originally got famous exploiting a traditional form of American music — the blues. At a Led Zeppelin show...

By Dave McKenna  | February 2, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Robert Plant  
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Poll: What's your favorite White Stripes song?

Jack and Meg White at the premier of their concert film, "White Stripes: Under the Great White Northern Lights," in September, 2009. (Reuters) The White Stripes announced their breakup on Wednesday afternoon, which makes the discussion for Best Big Rock...

By Click Track  | February 2, 2011; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags:  The White Stripes  
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In concert: The Radio Dept. at Rock & Roll Hotel

It was easy to forget the Radio Dept. was even playing on Tuesday night. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) With the weather calling for freezing rain and something called ice fog, Tuesday seemed like the perfect night to curl up...

By David Malitz  | February 2, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  The Radio Dept.  
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The White Stripes break up

The White Stripes perform at the Smith Center in 2003. (Emilie Sommer/FTWP) One of America's biggest and best rock bands is no more. The White Stripes have broken up, according to a statement on the band's Web site. There will...

By David Malitz  | February 2, 2011; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  The White Stripes  
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Miranda Lambert leads ACM nominees; Black Keys lead Woodies nominees; Citigroup buys EMI

Another awards show, more nominations for Miranda Lambert. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson) - Country firebrand Miranda Lambert took one more step to superstardom yesterday when she picked up seven nominations to lead the pack for the 46th annual Academy of Country...

By David Malitz  | February 2, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Black Keys, Kanye West, Miranda Lambert  
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In concert: Best Coast and Wavves at 9:30 Club

Neo-grunge lovebirds Nathan Williams (Wavves) and Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) played at 9:30 Club on Monday. It was OK, dude. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The '90s are back, and along with flannel, environmentalism and 20-something ennui, the resurgence has...

By Chris Richards  | February 1, 2011; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Best Coast, Wavves  
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Album reviews: George Michael, "Faith" and Ricky Martin, "Musica + Alma + Sexo"

George Michael's mega-hit "Faith" gets the deluxe reissue treatment. (MJ Kim/Getty Images) They both started young: Ricky Martin was 12 when he landed a part in the boy band prototype Menudo; George Michael was in his teens when he co-founded...

By Allison Stewart  | February 1, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  George Michael, Ricky Martin  
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Album review: RA the MC, "Victory Lap"

D.C. rapper RA the MC succeeds without gimmicks. It's hard out there for a femcee, especially one without a shtick. District-based rapper RA the MC doesn't have the outsize, mafiosa-in-leopard-print persona of a Lil' Kim or the monster-in-a-pink-wig rep of...

By Allison Stewart  | February 1, 2011; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  RA the MC  
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Album review: The Go! Team, "Rolling Blackouts"

The Go! Team: Coming to a commercial near you? It turns out, The Go! Team was ahead of its time. Not in some Velvet Underground or Afrika Bambaataa way. Quite the opposite, in fact. First heard on 2004's surprise hit...

By David Malitz  | February 1, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  The Go! Team  
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Album review: North Mississippi Allstars, "Keys to the Kingdom"

The influence of Jim Dickinson is heard throughout the new album by North Mississippi Allstars. (Courtesy of the band) The North Mississippi Allstars didn't begin work on their new album until after the death of Jim Dickinson, the father of...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | February 1, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  North Mississippi Allstars  
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Singles file: Wiz Khalifa, the Feelies, Foo Fighters

Wiz Khalifa's new song is about ... a girl? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Wiz Khalifa: "Roll Up" If Khalifa had his way, all his love songs would probably be about weed. But...

By Allison Stewart  | February 1, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Foo Fighters, Mr. Dream, The Feelies, Wiz Khalifa, Yelle  
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Fleet Foxes -- new album, D.C. concert; R.I.P. film composer John Barry; Rosanne Cash show canceled

Fleet Foxes will visit D.C. in the spring. (David Belisle) - Harmony-rich rockers Fleet Foxes are finally set to release the followup to their lauded 2008 debut. "Helplessness Blues" is out on May 3 and a tour to support the...

By David Malitz  | February 1, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Fleet Foxes, John Barry, Kurt Cobain, Rosanne Cash, Wale  
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Lists: The four best outfits we saw at the DMV Bounce Beat Teen Awards

Fans exalting at the D.C. Armory, Saturday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) We didn't have space in today's Washington Post to really get into how well dressed the audience was at Saturday's DMV Bounce Beat Teen Awards. But photographer...

By Chris Richards  | January 31, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  bounce beat  
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Week ahead: The Radio Dept. comes to Washington; Dirtbombs go techno; George Clinton stays up late

Swedish pop at its finest: The Radio Dept. performs on H Street Tuesday night. (Photo by Max Weiland) If you go to one concert this week, make it: Swedish indie-pop greats the Radio Dept. at Rock & Roll Hotel on...

By Chris Richards  | January 31, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic, the Dirtbombs, The Radio Dept.  
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In concert: Lissie at 9:30 Club

Lissie had liquor on her mind throughout Sunday's 9:30 Club show. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) During Sunday's 9:30 Club show, Lissie made several mentions of having lots of tequila at a previous tour stop and some related misbehaviors. The...

By Dave McKenna  | January 31, 2011; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Lissie  
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In concert: The DMV Bounce Beat Teen Awards at D.C. Armory

XIB got things off to a righteous start at Saturday's DMV Bounce Beat Teen Awards at D.C. Armory. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The music sounded like a marching band being swallowed by an earthquake. The dancing looked like a...

By Chris Richards  | January 31, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  ABM, Reaction Band, TCB, TOB, XIB  
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DJ Kool Herc ill, needs medical help; Avant-garde composer Milton Babbitt passes away; Nicki Minaj does "SNL"

One of hip-hop's founding fathers needs some help. (Scott Gries/Getty Images) - Hip-hop founding father DJ Kool Herc is currently suffering from a serious illness and doesn't have health insurance and can't pay his bills, all according to DJ Premier...

By David Malitz  | January 31, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  DJ Kool Herc, Milton Babbitt, Nicki Minaj  
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