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Click Track: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Grammy Awards 2011: All the latest news, views, photos and more

The 53rd annual Grammy awards ceremony begins Sunday 8 p.m. ET. This post will be the destination for all of the Washington Post's coverage, including galleries, user polls, video and live blogging on the night of the big event.

By Click Track  | February 11, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Grammys, News, Polls  | Tags:  grammys  
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Grammys: Washingtonians to watch - Malachi, DeVaughn, Carpenter, Brown

Raheem DeVaughn is nominated for Best R&B Album at this year's Grammys. (Dayna Smith/FTWP) Remember when a Grammy was worth something? Before file-sharing crippled the music business, it was worth plenty. In 2000, when the record biz was enjoying its...

By Chris Richards  | February 11, 2011; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Grammys, In today's Post  | Tags:  Carolyn Malachi, Chuck Brown, Grammys, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Raheem DeVaughn  
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In concert: David Allan Coe at Cancun Cantina

David Allan Coe is still on the fringes of country music. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) He did hard time. His songs are loaded with braggadocio, self-references, explicit sex and profanity - sometimes even the N-word. Is he the latest...

By Scott Galupo  | February 11, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  David Allan Coe  
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Album review: G-Side, "The ONE ... COHESIVE"

Alabama duo G-Side has made an album worth slowing down for. (Patrick Buckley) Keeping up with rap music in the digital age can feel like an eating contest. We log onto YouTube and gorge ourselves on Souja Boy-size soundbites until...

By Chris Richards  | February 11, 2011; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  G-Side  
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Justin Bieber on the big screen

How you gonna be covering up (most of) that hair, Biebs? (MTV Films) On Wednesday evening I saw an advanced screening of "Never Say Never," the Justin Bieber 3-D concert movie/documentary that opens in theaters today. I was the only...

By David Malitz  | February 11, 2011; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Justin Bieber  
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Lady Gaga debuts new single; Buffalo Springfield plans fall reunion tour; Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist arrested

- That Lady Gaga sure knows how to make a splash. After months of teasing, including releasing the full lyrics, the pop megastar officially debuted her new single "Born This Way." You can listen to it above and see...

By David Malitz  | February 11, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Buffalo Springfield, Lady Gaga, Smashing Pumpkins  
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In concert: Miranda Cosgrove at The Music Center at Strathmore

They don't come more squeaky clean than Miranda Cosgrove. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Television shows have been used to launch pop careers since Ricky Nelson, and kiddie rock is again in vogue. So now we have Miranda Cosgrove, the...

By Dave McKenna  | February 10, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Miranda Cosgrove  
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In concert: Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys at Artisphere

Rosie Ledet offered plenty of danceable songs Wednesday at Artisphere. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) For a band with two percussionists, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys didn't offer much rhythmic complexity Wednesday night at Artisphere's ballroom. Of course, one...

By Mark Jenkins  | February 10, 2011; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Rosie Ledet  
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Taking sides: The minor Grammy categories we feel strongly about

Choc Quib Town is deserving of a Grammy. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) We all know about the four major categories at the Grammys -- Album, Record and Song of the Year, along with Best New Artist. But there will be winners in...

By Click Track  | February 10, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Grammys, Taking sides  | Tags:  Choc Quib Town, Dr. Luke, Grammys, Katy Perry, Ke$ha  
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On air: Chris Richards dives deep into the 2011 Grammys on WNYC's "Soundcheck"

Will 2011 Grammy nominee Lady Gaga follow in Cyndi Lauper's footsteps and drop a blues album in 2032? (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) If you care about this year's Grammy Awards, you have burning questions. Such as: Why is Cyndi Lauper nominated...

By Click Track  | February 10, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nicki Minaj tops charts; Bob Dylan and Dr. Dre added to Grammys; The Strokes release new single; Linkin Park concert canceled

Nicki Minaj: No. 1 and platinum. - After more than two months in the top 10 without reaching the top spot, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. In its 11th week, the album also went...

By David Malitz  | February 10, 2011; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre, Grammys, Nicki Minaj, The Strokes  
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Be specific: Wild Nothing on staying secluded

Wild Nothing is one of the best of the many current bands drawing on sounds from '80s. Wild Nothing plays wistful, ‘80s throwback indie rock and records for ultra-hip label Captured Tracks. Based on that quick resume one could reasonably...

By David Malitz  | February 9, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Wild Nothing  
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Lists: The top five most unexpectedly great Grammy performances of the past 25 years

Christina Aguilera's 2007 tribute to James Brown was a highlight of that year's show. Heaven knows, we at Click Track have whiled away many happy hours making fun of the Grammys. This is not hard to do, because the Grammys...

By Allison Stewart  | February 9, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Grammys, Lists  | Tags:  Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Eminem, Grammys, James Brown, Janet Jackson, Joe Strummer, No Doubt, The Clash, Tony Kanal  
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Eminem to headline Lollapalooza; Waka Flocka Flame, PETA spokesman; Britney's album delayed a week

Grammy favorite Eminem has been tabbed to headline Lollapalooza. - Eminem, Foo Fighters and Muse will be among the Lollapalooza headliners, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Windy City's annual summer mega-festival takes place Aug. 5-7, with a full lineup...

By David Malitz  | February 9, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Britney Spears, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Lollapalooza, Muse, Van Halen, Waka Flocka Flame  
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Poll: Who will tank at the Grammys?

Someone is going to turn in an awful performance at Sunday's Grammys. It won't be Janelle Monae. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) If you spent your weekend watching pop music on television, you probably sensed some bad mojo in the airwaves. Linkin Park...

By Chris Richards  | February 8, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Grammys, Polls  | Tags:  Grammys  
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Album review: James Blake, "James Blake"

Dubstep producer-turned-pop singer James Blake is Britain's next Next Big Thing, though just how big is unclear. Best-case scenario: Blake is an adventurous, almost subversive electronic artist dressed up in a traditional singer-songwriter suit of clothes. Worst-case scenario: He's James...

By Allison Stewart  | February 8, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  James Blake  
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Album review: Bright Eyes, "The People's Key"

Conor Oberst adds to his impressive catalogue on "The People's Key." "I'm taking some comfort in knowing the wave has crested," Conor Oberst sings halfway through Bright Eyes' "The People's Key," sounding more wise than world-weary, more sage than crank....

By Patrick Foster  | February 8, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Bright Eyes  
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Album review: Thompson Square, "Thompson Square"

Shawna and Keifer Thompson showcase forceful and direct songwriting on their debut. The husband-and-wife team Thompson Square share a big, hooky sound and an offbeat, arty look (for Nashville) with the blockbuster country duo Sugarland, but that's pretty much where...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | February 8, 2011; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Thompson Square  
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Singles file: Rome f. Jack White, Tittsworth, Zoo Kid

D.C.'s Tittsworth gets remixed by D.C.'s Steve Starks, reminding us of the wealth of electronic music talent surrounding us. A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Rome featuring Jack White: "Two Against One" It's not a cure-all...

By Allison Stewart  | February 8, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Arabian Knightz, Cold War Kids, Jack White, Rome, Steve Starks, Tittsworth, Zoo Kid  
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Prince kicks Kim Kardashian off stage; Rock Hall presenters announced; Gorillaz broke up?

- Monday marked the end of Prince's run of shows at Madison Square Garden. According to reports, the show featured a spectacular set list (check it), a cameo by Questlove (seems about right) and an on-stage appearance by Kim...

By David Malitz  | February 8, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Gorillaz, Prince, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  
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Week ahead: Azari & III get reckless at U Hall; Danny Brown does Detroit proud; Merle Haggard visits Leno

If you go to one concert this week, make it: Toronto's Azari & III at U Street Music Hall on Friday. Be sure to request their neo-house anthem "Reckless With Your Love" -- streaming above. But if you're a...

By Chris Richards  | February 7, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Azari & III, Danny Brown, Merle Haggard  
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In concert: Vanity Theft at U Street Music Hall

Vanity Theft during soundcheck on Friday at U Street Music Hall. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) On paper, Vanity Theft sounds delightfully incongruous: a young, all-female rock quartet that compares itself to riot grrrl bands and includes a Disney Channel...

By Mark Jenkins  | February 7, 2011; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Vanity Theft  
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Five things we learned from the Black Eyed Peas' halftime show

It's Fergie, Will.I.Am. and, um, the other ones! (Getty Images) Well, it wasn't the worst Super Bowl halftime show in history. (This was. Let us never speak of it again). It wasn't even the worst halftime show recently (how could...

By Allison Stewart  | February 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Black Eyed Peas, Slash, Usher  
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Wale signs with Maybach Music Group; R.I.P. guitarist Gary Moore; LCD Soundsystem announces farewell show

Wale is now aligned with Rick Ross. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - In one of the worst-kept secrets of the last few months, Wale is now a part of the Rick Ross-led Maybach Music Group. According to his Twitter, Wale's management contract...

By David Malitz  | February 7, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Gary Moore, LCD Soundsystem, Rick Ross, Thin Lizzy, Wale  
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B-sides: Carrie Brownstein on songwriting, the solitude of blogging, first show butterflies

Carrie Brownstein, second from the left, with her new band, Wild Flag. (Merge Records) In Sunday's Washington Post, I profiled Carrie Brownstein, the former Sleater-Kinney guitarist, former NPR music blogger, current "Portlandia" star and current singer-guitarist of indie-supergroup Wild Flag....

By Chris Richards  | February 6, 2011; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  B-sides  | Tags:  Carrie Brownstein, Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag  
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