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Click Track: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Coda: Radiohead returneth; Bruise cruisin' with Vivian Girls; Earth, Wind & Fire reflect

It's going to take us more than a week to learn these dance moves. Did the Radiohead album land only a seven days ago? Wow. Time flies on Click Track where we spent our week talking about punk rock cruises,...

By Click Track  | February 25, 2011; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Album review: Lykke Li, "Wounded Rhymes"

Lykke Li would be better off stripping some layers from her sound. Lykke Li is a singer so popular in her native Sweden that her face recently adorned a Levi's ad campaign that wallpapered the Stockholm subway system. Wearing heavy...

By Chris Richards  | February 25, 2011; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Earth Wind and Fire at The Kennedy Center

Earth Wind and Fire played a powerfully fun set on Thursday at The Kennedy Center. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Earth Wind and Fire albums, full of a novel fusion of the falsetto harmonies of the Four Seasons with the...

By Dave McKenna  | February 25, 2011; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Earth Wind & Fire  
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Esperanza Spalding's Grammy hasn't changed her low-key style

Esperanza Spalding, shown here performing in Washington last October, will perform in Frederick, Md. on March 4. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) After shocking the universe by winning a Grammy for best new artist two weeks ago - besting the likes of...

By Chris Richards  | February 25, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Esperanza Spalding  
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Lists: The Academy Awards' worst-ever musical numbers

Why did Antonio Banderas sing at the 2004 Oscars? The Academy Awards ceremonies used to be famous for their song and dance routines: big, strapping, overwrought production numbers of terrifying ridiculousness, done for no particular reason. Throughout most of the...

By Allison Stewart  | February 25, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  
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Motown meets White House; Starscape lineup announced; Arcade Fire manager responds

Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas and John Legend perform at the White House last night. (Reuters) - Yesterday the White House hosted "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House," a concert celebrating the music and impact of one of...

By David Malitz  | February 25, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Nick Jonas, Smokey Robinson, Starscape  
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B-sides: Smokey Robinson on Motown and the civil rights movement, John Legend talks tax cuts

On Thursday afternoon, hours before they would gather in East Room of the White House to celebrate Motown in song, R&B legend Smokey Robinson, label founder Berry Gordy and Motown acolyte John Legend took part in an education workshop held...

By Chris Richards  | February 25, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  B-sides  | Tags:  John Legend, Motown, Smokey Robinson  
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Lady Gaga -- You write the review

Tell us what you thought of Gaga's outfits, speeches and songs. In September, our own Chris Richards reviewed Lady Gaga's Verizon Center concert. Tonight it's your turn to play the role of critic. Let us know what you thought of...

By Click Track  | February 24, 2011; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Lady Gaga  
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Lady Gaga's The Monster Ball Tour hits Verizon Center, take 2

Lady Gaga performs during her September stop in D.C. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) Lady Gaga will return to D.C. tonight for her second show at Verizon Center as part of her The Monster Ball tour. Expect it to be a lot like...

By Click Track  | February 24, 2011; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Lady Gaga  
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Be specific: Earth Wind & Fire talk about Janelle Monae, their upcoming album, and what the song “Serpentine Fire” really is about.

Earth Wind & Fire are celebrating 40 years together. Click Track sat down with Phillip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson, the members of the iconic R&B/Funk group Earth Wind & Fire, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a...

By Erin Williams  | February 24, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Earth Wind & Fire  
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Mumford and Sons experience biggest Grammy bounce; Dave Grohl named Godlike Genius

Mumford and Sons may have been the true breakout stars of last week's Grammys. - Arcade Fire may have taken home the top award, but Mumford and Sons experienced the biggest boost on the Billboard charts. The British folk rockers,...

By David Malitz  | February 24, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Dave Grohl, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons  
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Be specific: Katy Goodman talks Bruise Cruise

Katy Goodman hopes to bring some punk rock to an unknowing 12-year-old while sailing the seas. (Marya Zoya) Yesterday I chatted with Katy Goodman for an upcoming Weekend section story (look for it on March 4) about her debut album...

By David Malitz  | February 23, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  La Sera, Vivian Girls  
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Lists: The five strangest Best Original Song nominees in Oscar history

Bjork's outfit was weird. So was her nomination. (Lucy Nicholson/AFP) When you think about it, Oscar nominations for Best Song have gone to the unlikeliest of people: Counting Crows. That guy from Fountains of Wayne. Jon Bon Jovi. The Oscars...

By Allison Stewart  | February 23, 2011; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Bjork, Elliott Smith, Jerry Livingston, Lars von Trier, Mack David, Marc Shaiman, Three 6 Mafia, Trey Parker  
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Reggae star Buju Banton faces up to life in prison; Phish to play two dates at Merriweather

Reggae superstar Buju Banton faces life in prison. (Melanie Burford/FTWP) - Reggae superstar Buju Banton, who just last week won the Grammy for best reggae album, was convicted in a Florida court of three cocaine-related charges and faces up to...

By David Malitz  | February 23, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Buju Banton, Phish, Pill, Rick Ross  
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Album review: Adele, "21"

There's a timeless quality to Adele's sophomore album. Like Feist before her, steamship-voiced British singer-songwriter Adele Adkins makes lifestyle music, songs of understated loveliness and soon-to-be ubiquity geared toward Starbucks-goers, NPR listeners and your mom. Adele's Grammy-winning debut, "19," was...

By Allison Stewart  | February 22, 2011; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Adele  
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Album review: Toro y Moi, "Underneath the Pine"

There's more meat to Toro y Moi's songs, but they still fade into the background. Some albums are meant to be played loud. Toro y Moi's "Underneath the Pine" is not one of them. The second effort from Chaz Bundick...

By David Malitz  | February 22, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Toro y Moi  
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Album review: DevilDriver, "Beast"

Metal band DevilDriver has traded in groove for power. (Courtesy of the band) Santa Barbara, Calif.-based DevilDriver used to be a reliable purveyor of groove metal, the heavy metal subset that stitches hard rock riffs to funk or dance beats....

By Allison Stewart  | February 22, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  DevilDriver  
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Singles file: Radiohead, Hayes Carll, Cee-Lo Green

Hayes Carll tackles LSD, space travel and the Taliban on his new single. A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Radiohead: "Codex (Mojib remix)" Little more than a day after the release of "King of Limbs," Swedish...

By Allison Stewart  | February 22, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Cee Lo Green, Hayes Carll, Radiohead, Yeasayer  
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Local news: 25th Annual Wammies celebrate familiar names

Thievery Corporation, shown here performing at the 9:30 Club, took home two Wammies on Sunday. (Photo by Evy Mages/FTWP) The 25th Annual Wammies took place at the State Theatre on Sunday night and the local music awards show, hosted by...

By Chris Richards  | February 22, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Wammies  
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Music exec slams Grammys; Rihanna, Drake and Kanye do NBA All-Star halftime; "Glee" coming to Verizon Center

It's about time someone stood up for Eminem! - "The Grammy Awards have clearly lost touch with contemporary popular culture." That's according to Steve Stoute a longtime music executive and current CEO of the marketing company Translation, who took out...

By David Malitz  | February 22, 2011; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Drake, Eminem, Glee, Grammys, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Rihanna  
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Album review: Radiohead, "The King of Limbs"

Radiohead wants you to listen to "The King of Limbs" over and over and over and... Whether or not you consider them God, Radiohead is in the details. For over a decade, the quintet has been championed as the most...

By Chris Richards  | February 21, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: The Avett Brothers at DAR Constitution Hall

There was too much hammy energy from the Avett Brothers at Constitution Hall on Friday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Shortly after The Avett Brothers - the bluegrassy, folk-rock troupe from Concord, North Carolina - shuffled onstage at a packed DAR Constitution Hall...

By Chris Richards  | February 21, 2011; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  The Avett Brothers  
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