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Click Track: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Coda: Recovering from the Grammys; Anticipating new Radiohead jams; The week in Odd Future

Remember this as the week the world was introduced to Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) Twas a week of processing our disbelief and managing our expectations, here on Click Track. We're still getting over the Grammys. We puzzled...

By Click Track  | February 18, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Coda  
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Understanding Lady Gaga

What makes Lady Gaga Lady Gaga? Even visionaries have to start somewhere. Lady Gaga invented herself, fashioning her outsize persona from a mix of high and low culture, drag queens and heavy metalers, pop stars and random provocateurs. Unlike Madonna,...

By Allison Stewart  | February 18, 2011; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Lady Gaga  
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Album review: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, "We're New Here"

The promising collaboration between Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx fizzles. Anyone who watched this week’s Grammy Awards — or any Grammy telecast in the past 10 years — is familiar with the warm fuzzies that come when artists of divergent...

By Chris Richards  | February 18, 2011; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  Gil Scott-Heron, Jamie xx, The xx  
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Be specific: Post-punk all-star Kid Congo Powers talks about writing his garage rock memoirs

Kid Congo Power (far right) has gone from sideman to frontman with the Pink Monkey Birds. Sideman extraordinaire Kid Congo Powers has been a member of three legendary bands: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (he played guitar from '86-'90),...

By Allison Stewart  | February 18, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Kid Congo Powers  
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Radiohead album out now; Britney Spears premieres new video; Soundgarden stays busy

It's out now. - Radiohead decided to release its new album, "The King of Limbs" a day earlier than originally planned. You can download it right now. Then figure out where it slots in the band's discography. Here's the video...

By David Malitz  | February 18, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Britney Spears, Radiohead, Soundgarden  
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Discographically speaking: Radiohead

Where will "The King of Limbs" slot into Radiohead's rankings? (Photo by Sebastian Edge.) With the impending release of Radiohead’s eighth album, it seemed like a perfect time to break out our semi-regular feature in which we rank a band’s...

By David Malitz  | February 17, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Discographically speaking  | Tags:  Radiohead  
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In concert: Herb Alpert at the Birchmere

Love was in the air when Albpert and wife Lani Hall performed at the Birchmere on Wednesday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) The Birchmere extended Valentine's Day on Wednesday night as veteran trumpeter Herb Alpert and his wife, vocalist Lani...

By John Murph  | February 17, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Waka Flocka Flame dodges bullets; Gaga and "Glee" make history; Bruno Mars gets probation

Waka Flocka Flame avoided injury during a brief shootout. - Rapper Waka Flocka Flame's tour bus came under fire while stopped outside a car stereo shop in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday. He was not hit and uninjured, which means his...

By David Malitz  | February 17, 2011; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Odd Future, Waka Flocka Flame  
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John Legend, Smokey Robinson and more to honor "Motown Sound" with White House concert

John Legend will pay tribute to the Motown sound at the White House. (Nick Kirkpatrick/TWP) The White House announced today that The President and Mrs. Obama will host a concert "celebrating Motown's legacy," with performances by the likes of Smokey...

By David Malitz  | February 16, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Jamie Foxx, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Sheryl Crow, Smokey Robinson  
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Kids can be so cruel: The Esperanza Spalding vs. Justin Bieber worldwide freakout, Day Three

Esperanza Spalding: Best Non-Bieber. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) It's been three days since little-known jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding upset Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist trophy at Sunday night's Grammy awards, commencing a YouTube/Twitter/blogosphere freakout the likes of which we have...

By Allison Stewart  | February 16, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bonnaroo lineup announced; Janelle Monae/Bruno Mars team up for tour; Arcade Fire wins more awards

Keep the car running, we've got to go pick up more awards. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - Tennessee mega-festival Bonnaroo announced its 2011 lineup which will be headlined by the likes of Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, Black Keys and a reunited...

By David Malitz  | February 16, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Bonnaroo, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Janelle Monae  
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In concert: OFWGKTA at U Street Music Hall

OFWGTA: DJ Syd tha Kyd, Tyler the Creator, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, before their Monday show at U Street Music Hall. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) For the L.A.-based rap group OFWGKTA, conquering the underground was the...

By David Malitz  | February 15, 2011; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Odd Future, OFWGKTA, Tyler the Creator  
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In concert: Black Milk at U Street Music Hall

Detroit rapper Black Milk performs during soundcheck before Sunday's show at U Street Music Hall. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) Black Milk's brand is built on tightly orchestrated, hard hitting, anti-pop beats, but his performance on Sunday at U Street...

By Rhome Anderson  | February 15, 2011; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Black Milk  
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Album review: PJ Harvey, "Let England Shake"

PJ Harvey expertly blends the grim and lovely on her latest. P.J. Harvey's formidable new disc is a war album, but not the war you might think. "Let England Shake" uses World War I, specifically the 1915 battle of Gallipoli,...

By Allison Stewart  | February 15, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  PJ Harvey  
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Album review: Ginuwine, "Elgin"

Veteran balladeer Ginuwine fails to make much of an impact. Early in his career, he was a likable crooner who toggled between slow jams and the millennial version of futuristic hip-hop-soul. But these days, there's just not much call for...

By Allison Stewart  | February 15, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Ginuwine  
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Album review: Hayes Carll, "KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)"

Hayes Carll expands his repertoire on his new album. If 2008's "Trouble in Mind" heralded him as an heir to the Dylan-inspired singer-songwriter school of John Prine and Guy Clark, this follow-up finds Austin-based Hayes Carll setting some standards of...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | February 15, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Hayes Carll  
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Singles file: Pusha T, Rye Rye, the Decemberists

Clipse member Pusha T goes solo. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Pusha T: "My God" Half of the Clipse goes solo on this new, spooky (and maybe still unfinished?) cut that likely hails...

By Allison Stewart  | February 15, 2011; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Daddy Lion, Hercules and Love Affair, Pusha T, Rye Rye, The Decemberists, Wolfram  
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Grammys score best ratings since 2000; "Never Say Never 2.0" slated for March; Glenn Beck turns on Muse?

Sunday's Grammys were the highest rated since 2000. - Roughly 26.66 million people tuned into Sunday night's Grammys, making it the most-watched telecast since 2000. - Rabid Justin Bieber fans can stop defacing Esperanza Spalding's Wikipedia page and think about...

By David Malitz  | February 15, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Grammys, Justin Bieber, Muse  
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Week ahead: Valentine's Day with Odd Future; Yuck's throwback debut; LCD Soundsystem hits visits "Colbert"

Happy Valentine's Day! We're going to see teenagers rap about extremely violent stuff! If you go to one concert this week, make it: L.A.'s much-talked-about teenage rap crew Odd Future at U Street Music Hall tonight. It's not exactly the...

By David Malitz  | February 14, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  LCD Soundsystem, Odd Future, Yuck  
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In concert: Henry Rollins at National Geographic

Henry Rollins may now be 50, but he hasn't mellowed much. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) "Smile, energy, laugh!'' That Hollywood-speak command was delivered by a production assistant to the beautiful people hand-picked to sit front-and-center Sunday night at National...

By Mark Jenkins  | February 14, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Internet reacts: Who is Arcade Fire? Why did Esperanza Spalding beat our beloved Bieber?

"Never heard of 'em. They must suck." - The Internet (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) You can always count on the Internet to deliver some laughs the day after a big event. After the night of upsets at last night's Grammys, we present...

By David Malitz  | February 14, 2011; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Esperanza Spalding, Justin Bieber  
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On air: Chris Richards talks Grammys on WNYC's "Soundcheck"

You read his recap. You chatted with him. Now you can hear Chris Richards talk about the Grammys on your Internet radio. He'll be talking Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Esperanza Spalding and everything else on WNYC's "Soundcheck" at 2 p.m....

By Click Track  | February 14, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: The Civil Wars at Jammin' Java

Joy Williams and John Paul White of the Civil Wars keep things simple. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) As the implosion and reinvention of the music industry churns on, nothing beats old-fashioned, word-of-mouth buzz. A full-length appearance of a song...

By Scott Galupo  | February 14, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  The Civil Wars  
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In concert: Baths and Braids at Rock & Roll Hotel

Raphaelle Standell-Preston wasn't in her best voice, but Braids still put on an enjoyable show Friday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Youth was served onstage Friday night at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Now if someone could just serve...

By David Malitz  | February 14, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Baths, Braids  
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Grammys: The best, worst and most puzzling performances from last night's Grammys

It may have sounded a lot like Madonna, but Lady Gaga still brought it. (Mark Ralson/AFP Getty Images) Lady Gaga arrived in an egg. Mick Jagger was relevant. For a brief moment, Jaden Smith was the world's second most powerful...

By Allison Stewart  | February 14, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags:  Aretha Franklin, B.o.B., Bruno Mars, Cee Lo, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Florence Welch, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jaden Smith, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Martina McBride, Mick Jagger, Muse, Rihanna, Usher, Yolanda Adams  
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Chat with Chris Richards about the Grammys

Chris Richards is in L.A. and is ready to take your questions about last night's Grammys. Arcade Fire wins Album of the Year? Lady Antebellum wins Song and Record of the Year? Eminem gets shunned? Justin Bieber gets shut out?...

By Click Track  | February 14, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New Radiohead album available on Saturday

RADIOHEAD! NEW ALBUM! SATURDAY! Deep breaths, deep breaths... (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Usually the day after the Grammys is devoid of any music news that doesn't relate to the previous night's show. But as we well know, Radiohead doesn't adhere to any...

By David Malitz  | February 14, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lady Antebellum, Arcade Fire take home top prizes at 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Don't worry if you don't know the difference between Song of the Year and Record of the Year -- country trio Lady Antebellum won both awards. (Matt Sayles/AP) Gaga, schmaga. Lady Antebellum, the adorable country-pop trio with the slavery-era name,...

By Chris Richards  | February 14, 2011; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Grammys, In today's Post  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Grammys  
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Live blogging from the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Mick Jagger, Lady Antebellum and Esperanza Spalding at the Grammys. (Reuters) The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are in the books. Pop music critic Chris Richards was reporting live at the ceremony in Los Angeles while Post staff writer David Malitz...

By Click Track  | February 13, 2011; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Eminem, Grammys, Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga  
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Poll: What do you think will happen at tonight's Grammy Awards?

Will Cee Lo censor himself at the Grammys? And will his Muppets collaboration be awesome or awful? (Moses Robinson/Getty Images) We've spent the week on Click Track reading the gramophone-shaped tea leaves in hopes of predicting who will come out...

By Click Track  | February 13, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Barbra Streisand, Cee-Lo Green, Esperanza Spalding, Florence and the Machine, Grammys, Mumford & Sons  
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