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

In concert: Tyondai Braxton and Wordless Music Orchestra at Library of Congress

Tyondai Braxton was joined by Wordless Music Orchestra Thursday at Library of Congress. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) Tyondai Braxton is a bit of an anomaly -- a musician whose work sounds as good at the Barbican as it does...

By Aaron Leitko  | March 11, 2011; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Wild Flag at Black Cat

Indie rock's newest supergroup, Wild Flag, made its D.C. debut at the Black Cat on Thursday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) It's unusual for a band that's still woodshedding material for its first album to fill a club the size...

By Mark Jenkins  | March 11, 2011; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Wild Flag  
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Is this the worst era ever for band names?

There will be pandas: With thousands of bands headed to Austin for SXSW, let's hope their music is more inventive than their names. (Illustration by Spike Press.) If you want to stand out at South by Southwest — the sprawling...

By Chris Richards  | March 11, 2011; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  SXSW  
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Album review: J. Holiday, "M.I.A. The Lost Pages"

J. Holiday makes an impressive return with his new mixtape. (Courtesy of the artist) Love him or hate him, Drake’s 2010 ascent to hip-hop superstardom evaporated the borderline that separated chest-puffing rappers and brokenhearted R&B singers. Flip on your radio...

By Chris Richards  | March 11, 2011; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Album reviews  | Tags:  J. Holiday  
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Bieber fans cause near-riot in London; Lady Gaga cancels plans with Target; Bob Dylan cleared for China concerts

Biebermania hit London in a big way. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) - Justin Bieber was involved in a "possible riot situation" in London yesterday, with police saying that the teenage pop star could be arrested if he even went to the...

By David Malitz  | March 11, 2011; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga  
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In concert: Nicole Atkins at Rock & Roll Hotel

Nicole Atkins, shown here performing in New York in February, brought her big voice to Rock & Roll Hotel on Wednesday. (Michael Loccisiano/Getty Images) Late in her Wednesday show at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Nicole Atkins asked the crowd...

By Dave McKenna  | March 10, 2011; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: Who needs to impress at SXSW?

Will James Blake's subtle sounds translate to the drunken mess that is SXSW? (Courtesy of the artist) Next week is SXSW. Other columns on this site have referred to it as a word we aren't allowed to print on our...

By Click Track  | March 10, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Cults, James Blake, Lil B, SXSW, The Strokes  
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Tough decisions: Wild Flag, OMD, Tyondai Braxton or Ray Kurzweil?

Ray Kurzweil will make you feel inferior Thursday night. (Wikipedia Commons) Thursday is one of those nights we get mad at science for not yet figuring out how to clone humans. Seriously, what have you been up to lately, science?...

By David Malitz  | March 10, 2011; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  OMD, Ray Kurzweil, Tyondai Braxton, Wild Flag  
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Sade coming to D.C.; Adele holds on to No. 1 spot; Jack White sells records from a truck

Sade is coming to D.C. this summer after all. (Courtesy of the artist) - A few months ago we bemoaned the fact that Sade's summer tour was skipping D.C. Turns out we just had to wait a while for good...

By David Malitz  | March 10, 2011; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Adele, Jack White, Marsha Ambrosius, Randy Houser, Sade  
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Riffs: The rock star's guide to quitting the business

Abba walked away and never looked back. If Phil Collins' recent, will-he-or-won't-he retirement contremps has taught us anything, it's that walking away from rock and roll stardom is more difficult, and more unusual, than it seems. Almost no one ever...

By Allison Stewart  | March 9, 2011; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Abba, Duffy, Kid Cudi, Pulp  
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Local news: Town hall meeting to address what went wrong at Saturday's DMV Awards

Local rap group Gods'Illa will perform at a town hall meeting that will address what went wrong at this past weekend's DMV Awards (Courtesy of the band) After an ugly outbreak of violence at the fifth annual DMV Awards in...

By Chris Richards  | March 9, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  DMV Awards  
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Musical History Tour: Joe Boyd and Robyn Hitchcock revisit the '60s

Robyn Hitchcock and Joe Boyd will revisit the '60s tonight at the Birchmere. (Tom Oldham) By Joe Boyd's reckoning, "the '60s began in the summer of 1956" and "ended in October of 1973." There's a sense, however, in which...

By Mark Jenkins  | March 9, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags:  Joe Boyd, Robyn Hitchcock  
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John Legend and the Roots to perform "What's Going On" in D.C.; former Alice in Chains bassist passes away; Merle Haggard returns

John Legend will team with the Roots and NSO to perform Marvin Gaye songs. (Nick Kirkpatrick/TWP) - The Kennedy Center announced its 2011-2012 season lineup yesterday and among the highlights is a one-time only concert featuring John Legend and the...

By David Malitz  | March 9, 2011; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Alice In Chains, John Legend, Marvin Gaye, Merle Haggard, The Roots  
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In concert: Yelawolf at Rock & Roll Hotel

After a flawless performance Monday at Rock & Roll Hotel, it's easy to see big things in Yelawolf's future. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The first thing that strikes you about Alabama rapper Yelawolf is his mullet. But that curious...

By David Malitz  | March 8, 2011; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Album review: R.E.M., "Collapse Into Now"

R.E.M. sounds like R.E.M. on "Collapse Into Now." (Courtesy of the band) R.E.M.'s 30-year career can basically be broken into two eras: in form and returning to form. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-honored group spent the '80s building...

By David Malitz  | March 8, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Album review: Avril Lavigne, "Goodbye Lullaby"

Avril Lavigne doesn't sound like she's having fun on "Goodbye Lullaby." (Tiziana Fabi/AFP Getty Images) It was probably inevitable that the early '00s pop divas would start to release divorce albums. "Goodbye Lullaby," Avril Lavigne's first disc since her split...

By Allison Stewart  | March 8, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Avril Lavigne  
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Album review: Lupe Fiasco, "Lasers"

The story behind Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers" is more interesting than the album itself. (Rafael Crisostomo/FTWP) The story of the three-years-in-waiting "Lasers" - its multiple delays, its tormented creator, its eventual crowd-sourced release - has consumed everything around it. For Lupe...

By Sean Fennessey  | March 8, 2011; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Lupe Fiasco  
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Album review: Sara Evans, "Stronger"

A recent divorce is lyrical fodder for many songs on country singer Sara Evans's new album. (Courtesy of the artist) Country singer Sara Evans's latest album is just the sort of loosely autobiographical song cycle you might expect from someone...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | March 8, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Sara Evans  
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Singles file: Britney Spears, Rico Love, Gayngs

Britney's latest will work just fine in the club. (Linda Davidson/TWP) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Britney Spears: "Till the World Ends" This Ke$ha-co-penned electro-pop marvel may borrow more from Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight" than it...

By Allison Stewart  | March 8, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Britney Spears, Gayngs, Gorilla Warfare Tactics, Penny & the Quarters, Rico Love  
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Neil Young, The Decemberists, James Blake announce local shows; Prodigy released from prison; Kanye lawsuits dismissed

No D.C. date, but two Baltimore shows from Neil Young on his upcoming tour. (Tracy Woodward/TWP) - A handful of interesting local concert announcements. Neil Young brings his "Le Noise" tour to Baltimore's Hippodrome for a pair of shows on...

By David Malitz  | March 8, 2011; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  James Blake, Kanye West, Neil Young, Prodigy, The Decemberists  
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Week ahead: Wild Flag's D.C. debut; "Gift"s from Chip Tha Ripper; reruns with Chuck Brown

Wild Flag - the most super supergroup of them all? (Merge Records) If you go to one show this week, make it: The D.C. debut of the sure-to-be-super supergroup Wild Flag Thursday at the Black Cat. We've been pumped about...

By David Malitz  | March 7, 2011; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Chip Tha Ripper, Chuck Brown, Wild Flag  
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Live last night: Dirty Beaches, the best band I saw this weekend

Dirty Beaches was the highlight of a busy music weekend in D.C. (Courtesy Windish Agency) I saw a lot of good music this weekend. The efficient, no-frills garage-punk roar of Screaming Females. Some fast-faster-fastest hardcore from Coke Bust and Punch....

By David Malitz  | March 7, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In concert: Smith Westerns at Rock & Roll Hotel

Smith Westerns couldn't recreate their on-album magic at Rock & Roll Hotel. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The Rock & Roll Hotel is where Washington goes to talk over indie rock's hottest new bands - a club where 20-somethings pay...

By Chris Richards  | March 7, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Xylos at Red Palace

Brooklyn's Xylos brought back sounds of the '80s at Red Palace. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The beguiling harmonies are still there, and the seductively varied instrumentation remains intact, but Xylos wants to be utterly, absolutely, unequivocally clear on one...

By Chris Klimek  | March 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DMV Awards called off due to violence; Phil Collins retires; Paul Simon comes to D.C. in May

Tabi Bonney won Best Male D.C. rapper at the violence-marred DMV Awards; he should be glad he wasn't there to take home his award. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - A night that was supposed to be a celebration of the local hip-hop...

By David Malitz  | March 7, 2011; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  DMV Awards, Paul Simon, Phil Collins  
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