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Click Track: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Coda: Re-casting the White House's Motown celebration; revisiting a Cajun original; reunited D-Plan set for big gigs

Nick Jonas wasn't on our Motown at the White House wishlist. (Reuters) - "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House," had its share of musical highlights (did you watch it on Tuesday?) but we couldn't help but come...

By David Malitz  | March 4, 2011; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Coda  
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Kurt Vile’s hazy rock becomes refined "Smoke Ring"

Kurt Vile eliminates some clutter and ends up with the best album of his career. (Courtesy Matador Records) When Kurt Vile arrived on the blogosphere in 2008, his hazy rock songs were the kind that made you want to know...

By Chris Richards  | March 4, 2011; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Kurt Vile  
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Album review: Mr. Collipark, “Can I Have the Club Back, Please?”

Mr. Collipark's leads a raunchy cast on his latest mixtape. (Courtesy of the artist) Mr. Collipark wants to party like it’s 2005. That’s when the Atlanta-based hip-hop producer had the freaky-deakiest song on the radio with the Ying Yang Twinz’s...

By Chris Richards  | March 4, 2011; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  Mr. Collipark  
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Courtney Love to pay $430,000 for defamatory tweet; Britney's new single leaks; Pitchfork festival announces initial lineup

Does this look like a person who would defame someone on Twitter? Well... (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - Maybe Courtney Love will be a little more careful about what she says on Twitter after settling a lawsuit and agreeing to pay $430,000...

By David Malitz  | March 4, 2011; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Britney Spears, Courtney Love, Dismemberment Plan, Dr. Luke, Ke$ha, Pitchfork  
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Be specific: Producer Chris Coady on making Smith Westerns (and other bands) sound exquisite

If you're an indie rock band making an album, please hire this man. (Courtesy Wikipedia commons) Chicago trio Smith Westerns perform at the Rock & Roll Hotel Friday night, surfing a wave of excitement around its totally excellent new album...

By Chris Richards  | March 3, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Beach House, Blonde Redhead, Chris Coady, Cold Cave, Grizzly Bear, Smith Westerns, TV on the Radio  
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Taking sides: Picking winners at the DMV Awards

Fat Trel's "No Secrets" is a deserving winner for Mixtape of the Year. (Josh Sisk/FTWP) The annual DMV Awards take place on Saturday night at the Crystal City Hyatt, honoring the best in local hip-hop, go-go and more. We looked...

By Click Track  | March 3, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Local news, Taking sides  | Tags:  Carolyn Malachi, Fat Trel, Raheem DeVaughn  
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Adele makes impressive debut at No. 1 on charts; Beyonce donated Gaddafi money; Goodbye AllMusic.com

Adele stormed the charts with "21." (Photo courtesy of the artist.) - Young British singer Adele easily captured the top spot on this week's Billboard charts, selling more than 350,000 copies of her sophomore album "21." It's the most albums...

By David Malitz  | March 3, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Adele, Beyonce  
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In concert: U. Shrinivas at Millennium Stage

U. Shrinivas opened the Kennedy Center's "Maxiumum India" festival with a fabulous, free concert on Tuesday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) "Maximum India" may be all downhill from here. Mandolinist U. Shrinivas, who inaugurated the Kennedy Center's three-week Indian...

By Mark Jenkins  | March 2, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  U. Shrinivas  
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Reba McEntire selected for Country Music Hall of Fame; Wilco announces lineup for its festival; Lupe Fiasco disses his album

The Country Hall calls for Reba. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) - Reba McEntire heads the 2011 list of inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The versatile singer-actress-all-around-likable-lady will be inducted into modern artist category. Other inductees are Jean Shepard...

By David Malitz  | March 2, 2011; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Levon Helm, Lupe Fiasco, Reba McEntire, Thurston Moore, Wilco  
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Lists: Five artists we wish would have performed at last week's Motown celebration at the White House

One of these singers did not belong. (Reuters) Last week's Motown tribute at the White House had some spectacular moments, but in my review, I groused about a few of the performers invited to sing for the first family. (The...

By Chris Richards  | March 1, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Dolly Parton, Erykah Badu, John Fogerty, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Seal, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down  
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Album review: "Mama I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin"

Plenty of myth-enshrouded Mississippi bluesmen who recorded during the Great Depression were eventually recognized as pioneers of the genre. Some, such as Charley Patton, Skip James and Robert Johnson, ultimately, if to varying degrees, found an enduring place in the...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | March 1, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  Amede Ardoin  
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Album review: Ron Sexsmith, "Long Player Late Bloomer"

Ron Sexsmith shares more keen observations on his latest. (Natasha Bardin) Ron Sexsmith has a rainy-day voice to match his rainy-day songs. Mellifluous but with enough of a burr to keep your attention, it's a unique quality that the baby-faced,...

By Joe Heim  | March 1, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Ron Sexsmith  
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Album review: Marsha Ambrosius, "Late Nights & Early Mornings"

Former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius delivers a debut of pleasing if inessential neo soul. (Courtesy of the artist) Formerly known as "The Songstress," Marsha Ambrosius was once the R&B half of British hip-hop/R&B outfit Floetry. The duo broke up in...

By Allison Stewart  | March 1, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Marsha Ambrosius  
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Album review: DeVotchKa, "100 Lovers"

DeVotchka's fifth album is its most accomplished. (Courtesy Anti- Records) Among common rock-and-roll adjectives, "majestic" is perhaps the most overused and least useful. But if one starts to think of majesty as less "Kashmir" and "Bittersweet Symphony" and more the...

By Patrick Foster  | March 1, 2011; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  DeVotchka  
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Singles file: T-Pain f. Flo Rida, TV on the Radio, SP-33

T-Pain, still rocking the Auto-Tune. A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... T-Pain featuring Flo Rida: "I'm Dancing" The "Low" duo teams up for another helping of irresistibly cheesy, Auto-Tuned electro-hop. If it weren't for the random...

By Allison Stewart  | March 1, 2011; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Flo Rida, Lykke Li, T-Pain, TV on the Radio  
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Dismemberment Plan to play Roots picnic; Christina Aguilera arrested; Bruise Cruise memories

The Dismemberment Plan reunion keeps getting better. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - The year keeps getting better for local post-punk heroes Dismemberment Plan. After a very sold-out reunion tour, the Plan will play one of its highest profile gigs ever at the...

By David Malitz  | March 1, 2011; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Christina Aguilera, Dismemberment Plan, The Roots  
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Week ahead: Kurt Vile supports independent record store commerce; J. Holiday MIGHT drop a new mixtape; Lykke Li gets live

If you go to one show this week, make it: Philly psych-folk maestro Kurt Vile when his mini-tour of East Coast record stores brings him to Red Onion Records and Books on Wednesday night. Show starts at 6 p.m....

By Chris Richards  | February 28, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  J. Holiday, Kurt Vile, Lykke Li  
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Poll: With her new video, has Lady Gaga reached the overexposure tipping point?

Earlier today, Lady Gaga released the first of a reported two videos for her new single, "Born This Way." A seven minutes-plus, Fritz Lang-meets-Ridley Scott extravaganza of dancing, singing, and ponderous dystopian philosophizing, "Born This Way" confirms something we had...

By Allison Stewart  | February 28, 2011; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags:  Lady Gaga  
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In concert: Wanda Jackson at 9:30 Club

Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson delighted with stories and songs at 9:30 Club on Friday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By the time Wanda Jackson was the age Miley Cyrus is now, she'd already had her own radio show, scored...

By Chris Klimek  | February 28, 2011; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Wanda Jackson  
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2011 - The year of Alabama music?

Rap duo G-Side are one of more than two-dozen acts featured in the Oxford American's Southern Music Issue. (Patrick Buckley) Of all of the new music that has sprung up in 2011, the state of Alabama is looking like the...

By Erin Williams  | February 28, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Ashton Shepherd, Black Haze Express, G-Side, Rose Maddox, Yelawolf  
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Local news: The Strokes to headline second annual Sweetlife Festival

The Strokes are coming to Merriweather on April 30 for the second annual Sweetlife Festival. (Photo courtesy the artist.) Last year, it was held in a Dupont Circle parking lot. This year it'll take place at Merriweather Post Pavillion. The...

By Chris Richards  | February 28, 2011; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Sweetflife Festival, The Strokes  
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Nelly Furtado to donate money received from Gaddafi family; Trent Reznor, Randy Newman win Oscars; Juvenile arrested

Nelly Furtado got $1 million from the Gaddafi family. She says she will now donate that money. (Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AOL Music) - Pop singer Nelly Furtado says she will donate $1 million she received from the Gaddafi family...

By David Malitz  | February 28, 2011; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Juvenile, Nelly Furtado, Randy Newman, Trent Reznor  
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