Click Track: Lists


Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Not just Mangum: 5 more essential Elephant 6 songs

Olivia Tremor Control, Apples in Stereo, Beulah and more.

By David Malitz  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Jeff Mangum, Olivia Tremor Control, Apples in Stereo, Beulah

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Justin Timberlake as Elton John, and 5 other questionable musical biopic casting decisions

Some bad decisions in casting.

By Allison Stewart  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/30/2011

The most watchable music videos of 2011

10 videos that merited return visits to YouTube.

By Allison Stewart  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Kreayshawn, Friends, King Krule, Robyn, Lil Wayne, Real Estate, Lana Del Rey, Battles

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Top 10 grimy, scuzzy, noisy indie rock albums of 2011

Some of the year’s best from the depths of indie rock.

By David Malitz  |  11:44 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Times New Viking, Sic Alps, K-Holes, Apache Dropout, Cruddy, Psychedelic Horses***, Roomrunner, Rank/Xerox, OBN IIIs, TV Ghost

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Click Track’s best concerts of 2011

My colleague David Malitz and I each saw over 200 performances in 2011, so allow us to quote local rap star Wale when we say “we outchea.”

By Chris Richards  |  11:44 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Beefs! Boasts! Beyonce! A look back at some of 2011's best, worst and most cringeworthy musical moments

By Allison Stewart  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Allison Stewart picks her top 10 albums of 2011

PJ Harvey, Wye Oak and M83 top the list.

By Allison Stewart  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  PJ Harvey, Wye Oak, M83, Black Keys, Charles Bradley, The Decemberists, Frank Ocean, Adele, Girls, Childish Gambino

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/13/2011

David Malitz picks his top 10 albums of 2011

Bill Callahan and Destroyer top the list.

By David Malitz  |  11:32 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bill Callahan, Destroyer, Real Estate, Shabazz Palaces, Eleanor Friedberger, Yuck, [Expletive] Up, Julianna Barwick, Total Control, The Bats, David Kilgour, The Feelies

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Chris Richards picks his top 10 albums of 2011

The year’s best in pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  The Weeknd, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Pistol Annies, Katy B, Drake, Bluebrain, Bon Iver, Real Estate, James Blake, Fauna

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Four of the blogosphere’s biggest stars and their possible fates

Will Kreayshawn, Lana Del Rey, Iggy Azalea and ASAP Rocky be able to successfully navigate the hype cycle?

By Allison Stewart  |  12:09 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Kreayshawn, Lana Del Rey, Iggy Azalea, ASAP Rocky

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 10/13/2011

From Hank to Toby, five shamelessly pandering country songs

The worst, most predictable country anthems, from Hank Jr.’s latest through Lee Greenwood.

By Allison Stewart  |  01:21 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Greenwood, Steve Earle, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/28/2011

Which of this year’s nominees might actually make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Guns ‘N Roses seems like an obvious choice. But what will the rest of the 2012 class look like?

By Allison Stewart  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News, Lists | Tags:  Guns 'N Roses, Laura Nyro, War, The Small Faces, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/27/2011

20 random facts about Guns ‘N Roses’ “Use Your Illusion”

On its 20th anniversary and with the band being nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a look back at the landmark albums.

By Allison Stewart  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Guns 'N Roses

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Five upcoming autumn albums you should know about

Caitlin Rose, Joker and Trash Talk may be below the radar, but should be on your playlist.

By Allison Stewart  |  02:42 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Caitin Rose, Joker, Trash Talk, Pujol, Dev, Rockie Fresh

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 3 acts you must not miss

Grace Potter, Cee Lo Green and Calvin Harris promise to be highlights of Saturday’s festival.

By Allison Stewart  |  12:45 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Grace Potter, Cee Lo Green, Calvin Harris

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Five covers we hope to hear at FreeFest

TV on the Radio covering Fugazi, Patti Smith taking on Nirvana and other possible highlights of Saturday’s festival.

By Chris Richards  |  01:49 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Grace Potter, Black Keys, Patti Smith

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Looking back at Virgin Festival’s 2006 lineup, 5 years later

How does the festival’s inaugural lineup hold up a half-decade later?

By David Malitz  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Flaming Lips, The Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 08/09/2011

Lists: When Jay-Z and Kanye West don’t get the first word

Jay and Ye are quick to cede their albums’ opening remarks to people with fake British accents.

By Chris Richards and David Malitz  |  01:12 PM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Chester Bennington, Linkin Park: Odd Future, Slick Rick

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Lists: Five awesome things that happened at the Plies show at DAR Constitution Hall

What happens when 200-some people show up to see a rapper perform in a 3,700-seat venue?

By Chris Richards  |  12:26 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Plies, Topdolla Sweizy

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 08/03/2011

A history of Morrissey insults and non-apologies

After causing outrage with comments about the recent tragedy in Norway, we look back at other questionable comments by the iconic British singer.

By Allison Stewart  |  11:15 AM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Morrissey

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 07/29/2011

Remembering MTV’s "120 Minutes": The best of the not-quite-the-best

You remember setting the VCR every Sunday at midnight for the one program that might actually air some good videos, right?

By David Malitz  |  12:37 PM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Lists: Jack White collaborations we’d like to see

Whether it’s rappers, talk show hosts or country legends, the former White Stripes leader likes to collaboriate. Here are five possible partners for the future.

By Allison Stewart  |  01:51 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Jack White, Dolly Parton, Black Keys, Kanye West

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 06/24/2011

Lists: Remembering Michael Jackson’s other ’80s

Should we know "Triumph" and "Victory" as well as we know "Thriller" and "Bad?"

By Click Track  |  11:23 AM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Michael Jackson

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 06/09/2011

Lists: Eminem’s least essential celebrity insults, disses and takedowns

Eminem often has nasty words for celebrities, and just as often they fall flat.

By Allison Stewart  |  11:17 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Eminem

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Lists: Non-smelly cheeses, “smartly dressed” chauffeurs and eighteen other things pop stars want backstage, like, right now

Click Track looks at the current state of pop’s concert riders.

By Allison Stewart  |  05:48 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists, Lists | Tags:  Katy Perry, Van Halen, Iggy Pop, Jennifer Lopez, Mandy Moore

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Lists: Four not-really-all-that-crazy things that happened at last night’s Odd Future show

The controversial rap group’s Wednesday night gig in Washington was 80-plus minutes of tightly controlled chaos.

By Chris Richards  |  12:48 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists, Lists | Tags:  Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Lists: Are the lyrics from Common’s five biggest hits really all that “vile”?

Click Track compiles lyrics from Common’s five highest-charting songs — some of which posit him as a man of values.

By Chris Richards  |  05:29 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists, Lists | Tags:  Common

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 05/06/2011

Lists: Five Yuck songs and the indie rock classics they sound like

Young U.K. indie band has songs that sound a lot like old U.S. indie rock classics.

By David Malitz  |  12:39 PM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Yuck

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Lists: Our favorite action stars turned musicians

Russell Crowe, Steven Seagal, Kevin Coster and more — actors who got the rock-and-roll itch.

By Allison Stewart  |  11:23 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Lists: Three things that helped make Chancha Via Circuito the best DJ we’ve seen this year

The Argentine DJ made his Washington debut playing dreamy, exquisite swatches of cumbia.

By Chris Richards  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists, Last night's gig | Tags:  Chancha Via Circuito

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Lists: The Strokes’ 10 best songs

These are the 10 songs you should hope the band plays at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday.

By David Malitz  |  01:59 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  The Strokes

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Lists: Five great reboot albums

Television, Bratmobile, Mission of Burma, Dinosaur Jr. and the Feelies were all able to make great albums after long breakups.

By David Malitz  |  02:55 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Television, The Feelies, Dinosaur Jr., Bratmobile, Mission of Burma

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Hidden gems by Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James

Hear some of the best deep cuts by three funk and soul legends before Saturday’s DJ night at the Black Cat celebrating their discographies.

By David Malitz  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Etta James

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Tough decisions: Wild Flag, OMD, Tyondai Braxton or Ray Kurzweil?

It would be nice to be in four places at once on Thursday as Wild Flag, OMD, Tyondai Braxton and Ray Kurzweil will all be in D.C.

By David Malitz  |  12:08 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/01/2011

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  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Lists: The four best outfits we saw at the DMV Bounce Beat Teen Awards

Fans exalting at the D.C. Armory, Saturday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) We didn't have space in today's Washington Post to really get into how well dressed the audience was at Saturday's DMV Bounce Beat Teen Awards. But photographer...

By Chris Richards  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  bounce beat

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Lists: David Malitz picks his top 10 concerts of 2010

I didn’t quite match last year’s 237 concerts, but I did attend 221 shows in 2010. And, to quote Eric Cartman, about 80 percent of them were “fine, just fine.” Maybe they just all blurred together. Maybe it was too...

By David Malitz  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists, Lists | Tags:  Blood Feathers, Buzzcocks, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Grinderman, Hole, Jeff Mangum, LCD Soundsystem, Paul Collins Beat, Sonic Youth, Spoon, The Clean, Titus Andronicus

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Lists: Five slightly boring musical acts who would make great reality tv stars

Fantasia's life is more interesting than her music. (Laura Miller/FTWP) American Idol Season Three winner Fantasia Barrino has had a turbulent life marked by illiteracy, a suicide attempt, money troubles and a teen pregnancy, some of which is documented on...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:20 PM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Fantasia, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Mos Def, Taylor Swift

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Lists: Chris Richards and David Malitz pick their top singles of 2010

Just hearing the snare rolls on "Soldier of Love" got us verklempt this year. (Photo courtesy of the artist) We. Can't. Stop. Making. Lists. So far, we've listed the year's best albums, best 7" singles, biggest surprises and biggest disappointments....

By Click Track  |  12:20 PM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Lists: Five things in 2010 that turned out worse than we thought

It wasn't easy being M.I.A. in 2010. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) In Part One of Click Track's Great/Not So Great 2010 moments, we discussed some of 2010's most pleasant surprises. In Part Two, we look back at some of the year's biggest...

By Allison Stewart  |  02:15 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Band of Horses, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, M.I.A.

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Lists: Top indie 7"s of 2010

What's more impossible than keeping up with the onslaught of albums released in 2010? Keeping up with the onslaught of vinyl 7" singles released in 2010. Vinyl continues on the comeback trail even in this era of file-sharing, with 7"...

By David Malitz  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Lists: David Malitz picks his top 10 albums of 2010

If LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is going out, he's going out on top. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) You've seen top 10 lists from Chris Richards and Allison Stewart. Here's one more, with Kanye's lowest ranking yet! 1. LCD Soundsystem - "This Is...

By David Malitz  |  03:05 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Drunkdriver, Glasser, Harlem, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, No Age, Sharon Van Etten, Spoon, Superchunk, Titus Andronicus

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 12/20/2010

The best albums for your holiday season - and why you should embrace them

You can't go wrong with Ray Charles's "Spirit of Christmas." As predicted on the calendar, the Christmas season has arrived yet again. Nothing sets the holiday apart more than the fact that there is an industry within itself dedicated to...

By Erin Williams  |  11:10 AM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Lists: Five awesomely random things Nick Cave has done lately

The endlessly awesome Nick Cave brings Grinderman to 9:30 Club tonight. (Polly Borland) He once told GQ that "Inspiration is overrated," but it's impossible to think of another musician quite as prolific in quite as many mediums as Nick Cave....

By Allison Stewart  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Grinderman, Nick Cave

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Lists: Five great and strange re-workings of La Roux's "Bulletproof"

Her name is Eleanor Jackson and the band's name is La Roux. (Courtesy of the artist) British duo La Roux may be the universe's most elastic electro-pop act. It's tough to think of another artist, even Lady Gaga, that has...

By Allison Stewart  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Colin Munroe, DJ Maggie Mash, La Roux, Lou Barlow, Major Lazer, Nicki Minaj

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/26/2010

Lists: Washington's best dressed musicians

By Chris Richards Washington's own U.S. Royalty returned from New York City's annual CMJ Music Marathon with a new feather in its proverbial cap: Esquire magazine had named them the festival's best dressed band. This might come as welcome...

By Chris Richards  |  02:28 PM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bikini Kill, Duke Ellington, Jonathan Fire*Eater, Juju, Marvin Gaye, Trouble Funk, U.S. Royalty, Vernon Burch, Wicked Witch, the Delta 72, the Make-Up

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Lists: Last night a rock star saved my life: Five musicians turned rescuers.

That's not an angel, it's just Cher saving your life. (Robert A. Reeder/TWP) by Allison Stewart When rapper T. I. talked a potential suicide off an Atlanta ledge Wednesday, it was just the latest example in a long tradition of...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Beyonce, Cher, Gavin Rossdale, Kim Gordon, Sting, T.I.

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Lists: '90s bands we hope never reunite

By Allison Stewart Soundgarden. Hole. The Stone Temple Pilots. Guided by Voices. Sometimes it's better to remember them as they were. Usually, band reunions are shameless cash grabs that leech the dignity of all involved. 'Fess up: As happy...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Afghan Whigs, Jeff Tweedy, Pulp, Screaming Trees, Sugar, The Fugees, The Refused, Uncle Tupelo

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/01/2010

List: The 21 best Matador Records albums

"Slanted & Enchanted" set the tone, "Crooked Rain" has the hits, but "Wowee Zowee" is Pavement at its most Pavement. By David Malitz By the time you read this, I'll be off to Las Vegas for Matador at 21, a...

By David Malitz  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Cat Power, Liz Phair, Matador Records, Pavement, Superchunk

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Four classic rock records that could stand an in-concert revival

A full evening of "Eliminator" would be impossible to resist. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) By Aaron Leitko Playing a concert consisting of your band's best-loved record in its entirety is a great way to sell some extra tickets. At least,...

By Aaron Leitko  |  01:35 PM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bad Company, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Paul Rodgers, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Steely Dan, Tool, the Wall

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 09/21/2010

The best performances of Virgin Festivals past

Weezer on a "best" list? How about that? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz As we approach Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest we thought we’d take a look back at the first four years of the festival. I wasn’t at the initial...

By David Malitz  |  01:54 PM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Public Enemy, Underworld, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Weezer

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/10/2010

Lists: Five VMA moments that looked like they hurt

By Allison Stewart The MTV Video Music Awards have given us so much. But what we'll mostly remember is the laughter. And also, the rocker-on-rocker beatdowns, bosom-tweakings and the scaling of great heights by possibly inebriated rap-metal bassists. In...

By Allison Stewart  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Diana Ross, Kid Rock, Krist Novoselic, Lil Kim, Limp Bizkit, Nirvana, Poison, Rage Against the Machine, Tommy Lee, VMAs

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/09/2010

Lists: Our favorite awkward moments from the VMAs

By Allison Stewart The most memorable moments at the MTV Video Music Awards aren't the shocking ones - MTV hasn't been genuinely shocking in years - but the awkward ones, the ones involving cringeworthy kisses (Michael Jackson and Lisa...

By Allison Stewart  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, Fiona Apple, Jordin Sparks, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 08/25/2010

Lists: Kanye West's five strangest collaborations

Kanye collaborating with this guy? Well, it's bound to be better than when he worked with Jared Leto. (Drew Kaiser) By Allison Stewart The news that Kanye West's new disc will include at least one track recorded with bearded hipster...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:19 PM ET, 08/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bon Iver, Coldplay, Kanye West

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 08/19/2010

Lists: In (faint) praise of Ke$ha: Four reasons she might not be as terrible as previously feared

And now we will attempt to defend ... this. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) By Allison Stewart Don't get us wrong: she's pretty bad. But over the past few months, we've softened in our estimation of Ke$ha. We used to think Ke$ha...

By Allison Stewart  |  01:06 PM ET, 08/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Ke$ha

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/12/2010

Poll: Charlie Wilson cameos before Kanye West's "See Me Now"

By Chris Richards Here's something that Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Farrah Franklin each know all too well: Beyonce always steal the spotlight. Charlie Wilson was never a member of Destiny's Child, but he might...

By Chris Richards  |  11:30 AM ET, 08/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Beyonce, Charlie Wilson, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, UGK

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/11/2010

Lists: The top five signs your band should not get back together

This won't end well. We know that based on history. (Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Allison Stewart So the crazy kids in Van Halen are giving it another go with erstwhile frontman David Lee Roth, despite the fact that every single DLR/Halen...

By Allison Stewart  |  11:45 AM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  David Lee Roth, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N Roses, INXS, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Spice Girls, Stone Temple Pilots, The Doors, The Eagles, Van Halen

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/04/2010

Lists: Best of the #indiefantasyteam memes

There won't be many more legitimate chances to post a picture of Kevin Youkilis on this blog. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) By David Malitz On Twitter, there are many memes, most of which involve unrepentant punnery. (The rest are just...

By David Malitz  |  10:45 AM ET, 08/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Twitter

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 07/27/2010

Contest: Summer playlist

Are you a fan of The Washington Post on Facebook? If not, get to it. Then enter this week's Facebook fan contest in which you pick your top 5 summer songs for the ultimate summer playlist. Leave your picks...

By Click Track  |  03:30 PM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/23/2010

Best of Whartscape: Previewing Baltimore's biggest underground music festival

Double Dagger: They're No. 1. (Courtesy of Thrill Jockey) By David Malitz Last night, the fifth and final edition of Baltimore’s Whartscape festival kicked off at the Charles Theatre. It’s a bummer to see the annual summer celebration of Charm...

By David Malitz  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Double Dagger, Ducktails, Get Em Mamis, Lil B, Lower Dens, Nadastrom, No Age, Teeth Mountain, Universal Order of Armageddon, Whartscape, Wye Oak

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/09/2010

The essential Unrest mixtape

By David Malitz Yes, Unrest was one of the best indie bands to come out of D.C. in the '90s. But there's no need to qualify that statement with a hometown. The oddball-pop trio's hyper-strummed, hyper-melodic songs were simply...

By David Malitz  |  12:00 PM ET, 07/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Unrest

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 07/07/2010

Lists: Four post-rock-and-roll careers for Ted Leo

Ted Leo will never stop rocking. But just in case he does... (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko Apparently, Ted Leo is a finite commodity. And he's starting to run out. Yesterday the singer/songwriter and D.I.Y. stalwart hinted to Buzz Grinder...

By Aaron Leitko  |  03:45 PM ET, 07/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Ted Leo

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 07/07/2010

Lists: 5 good bands that are kind of unlistenable now because their frontmen became insufferable

Sting. Buzzkil. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) By David Malitz It’s a sad truth - the older you get, the lamer you become. This is not exactly 100% science fact, and the Bill Murrays, Nick Caves and, uh, Betty Whites (?) of the...

By David Malitz  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bono, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Gene Simmons, Lou Reed, Sting

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/28/2010

Fifteen memorable moments from last night's BET Awards

Last night's BET Awards in Los Angeles are still generating plenty of chatter. Washington Post reporter Keith L. Alexander watched the program in its almost-three-and-a-half-hour entirety. The show included a teary breakdown from Chris Brown and a tribute to...

By Chris Richards  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 06/25/2010

Lists: Our favorite random Michael Jackson covers

Nick Jonas is one of many to put a good spin on an MJ song. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart If history has taught us anything about covers of Michael Jackson songs, it's this: The more ridiculous they might initially...

By Allison Stewart  |  04:05 PM ET, 06/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Caetano Veloso, Celine Dion, Imogen Heap, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Nick Jonas

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/23/2010

Lists: When really good soundtracks happen to really bad movies

Mastodon: The only awesome thing about "Jonah Hex." (2009 photo by Kyle Gutafson/FTWP) By Allison Stewart The news that Georgia metal warriors Mastodon will issue a soundtrack to the already much-maligned film "Jonah Hex" next week got Click Track thinking...

By Allison Stewart  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Cypress Hill, David Bowie, Electric Light Orchestra, Mark Mothersbaugh, Mastodon, Morris Day, Mudhoney, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Prince, Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth, the Monkees

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Three more reasons not to be skeptical of Drake

Don't hate the Candian-child-actor-turned-rap-superstar -- hate the game. (Kyle Gustafson/TWP) By Chris Richards I get it. When the entire planet bows before a rapper who used to star on the Canadian equivalent of "Saved By the Bell," the alarms start...

By Chris Richards  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Drake

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/11/2010

Lists: The five best songs about oil spills

By Allison Stewart National crises used to prompt an almost instantaneous outpouring of great songs, like "Ohio," or "A Change Is Gonna Come." But, protest music not being what it used to be, it could take years, if ever,...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Marvin Gaye, Mos Def, Pearl Jam, September Malevolence, Steve Forbert

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/10/2010

Lists: Drake and other teen actors turned musicians

From "Degrassi" to Young Money. (Matt Barnes Photography) By Sarah Godfrey Drake’s “Thank Me Later” isn’t out until Tuesday, but thanks to widespread leakage, we know that Aubrey Graham is no longer that dude who used to be on television...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  30 Seconds to Mars, Blake Sennett, Drake, Jada Pinkett Smith, Janet Jackson, Jared Leto, Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, Wicked Wisdom

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 06/04/2010

List: The five most awkward performances by rappers-turned-actors

Who exactly would get on a plane that this dude is flying? (MGM) By Allison Stewart Earlier in May, Click Track honored five of hip-hop's most underrated rappers-turned-actors. Which got us thinking: What about the rest of them? In honor...

By Allison Stewart  |  01:15 PM ET, 06/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  50 Cent, Bow Wow, DMX, Diddy, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs, Snoop Dogg

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/26/2010

Setlist wishlist: Songs we hope to hear when Paul McCartney visits the White House next week

Everyone attending Tuesday's McCartney tribute at the White House should be practicing their na-na-na-nas. (Kevin Mazur/MPL) By Chris Richards Paul McCartney visits the White House next Tuesday to accept the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song -- and...

By Chris Richards  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Jack White, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Lists: Top five musical guest stars on "The Simpsons"

Joanna Newsom has been Simpson-ized. By Allison Stewart "The Simpsons"' 21st season is set to conclude on Sunday night with an "American Idol"-themed episode. And while the season may have been a mixed bag -- we're still examining our...

By Allison Stewart  |  01:45 PM ET, 05/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  50 Cent, Aerosmith, Cypress Hill, James Taylor, Joanna Newsom, Johnny Cash, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Peter Frampton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, White Stripes

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/19/2010

Lists: Five underrated rappers-turned-actors

By Sarah Godfrey The Queen Latifah/Common flick “Just Wright” opened over the weekend, and while rappers have been snapping up acting gigs for a while now, a romantic comedy starring two people who got their start in hip-hop is...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Black Thought, Common, Fredro Starr, Ja Rule, Just Wright, Queen Latifah, Sticky Fingaz, The Game

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/13/2010

Lists: Pearl Jam's post-"Vitalogy" highlights

By David Malitz and Chris Richards The great grunge survivors, Pearl Jam, visit Jiffy Lube Live tonight. But is it really fair to call them "survivors"? It's hard to argue that the band's peak came in those halcyon days...

By David Malitz  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Pearl Jam

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 04/30/2010

Lists: Young Jeezy as Malcolm X -- and four other rappers who have posed as historical figures

By Sarah Godfrey Young Jeezy recently leaked the art for his forthcoming mix tape "Trap or Die, Pt. II: By Any Means Necessary," and the cover finds the rapper striking a Malcolm X-ish pose. Some thought it was genius....

By Sarah Godfrey  |  02:40 PM ET, 04/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Mac Dre, Nas, Raekwon, Remy Ma, Young Jeezy

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 04/16/2010

Nick Cave, Beck, Underworld: Six memorable shows at the new 9:30 club

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: For one night in 1996, no doubt the blues was No. 1. (Ashkan Sahihi) By David Malitz In the previous blog post, Patrick Foster recounted his favorite memories of the old 9:30 club. Here are some...

By David Malitz  |  02:50 PM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Beck, Broadcast, Guided By Voices, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Nick Cave, Underworld

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/16/2010

Butthole Surfers, My Bloody Valentine and more: Five memorable shows at the old 9:30 club

There was no forgetting a Butthole Surfers gig back in the day. (Courtesy of the Agency Group.) In Sunday's magazine our old buddy J. Freedom du Lac has a great oral history of the 9:30 club, the landmark local venue...

By David Malitz  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Butthole Surfers, My Bloody Valentine, Rain, Sonic Youth, The Verlaines

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/05/2010

Lists: Five of the worst national anthem performances in recent memory

Keri Hilson's National Anthem at a recent Hawks game was bad, but it wasn't the worst. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) By Allison Stewart If you were to rank the worst-ever National Anthem performances by musicians (and we will,...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Kat DeLuna, Keri Hilson, Michael Bolton, R. Kelly, Scott Stapp, Steven Tyler

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/15/2010

Lists: Al Green's top five stage moves

Al Green: The man still has moves. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) At the age of 63, soul icon Al Green remains an incredibly physical performer. He proved as much during a dynamite show at DAR Constitution Hall, Friday, unleashing...

By Chris Richards  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Al Green

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/17/2010

Lists: Five awesome things that happened at last night's Eric Church show

Eric Church - shown here at a 2009 State Theatre show - performed a memorable show Tuesday at 9:30 club. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson) North Carolina neo-outlaw Eric Church delivers one of the most spirited live shows in country music...

By Chris Richards  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Eric Church

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/15/2010

Lists: The five best songs about U.S. presidents

Young Jeezy: His Lambo's blue. In honor of the Presidents Day holiday, we’ve compiled an incredibly subjective list of the best songs written about the U.S. presidency. We’ve tried to limit ourselves to modern era songs about the presidents themselves,...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Marvin Gaye, Nas, Neil Young, R.E.M., They Might Be Giants, Young Jeezy

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2010

Your Guide to the 2010 Best Original Song Oscar Nominees

Randy Newman: This guy again? Fewer Academy Award categories offer more left-field nominees than those for Best Original Song. Consider the evidence: Where else could you have found Elliott Smith, Three 6 Mafia, Keith Carradine and M.I.A. in the...

By Allison Stewart  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Randy Newman, Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 01/11/2010

Lists: The ten most interesting influences on Ke$ha's MySpace page

Ke$ha: Actually a recovering '90s college radio DJ? Early projections show that pop newcomer Ke$ha might dethrone the mighty Susan Boyle from the top slot on this week's Billboard albums chart, leaving many to wonder: "Really?" The singer's gutter-pop aesthetic...

By Chris Richards  |  02:46 PM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Ke$ha

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 12/31/2009

Lists: David Malitz's top 237 shows of 2009

Jay-Z's Inauguration Eve show at the Warner Theatre was historic. This is my favorite year-end list to make because I feel it's the most definitive. I made sure to wait until the very end so I could have a full...

By David Malitz  |  03:44 PM ET, 12/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bob Mould, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Destroyer, Future of the Left, Jay-Z, Juana Molina, Kurt Vile, Lambchop, Paul McCartney, Primal Scream, Spoon, TV Ghost, TV on the Radio, Times New Viking, Waco Brothers

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/31/2009

Lists: Music editor Joe Heim's top albums of 2009

The "superpop" of Mika's "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" was a highlight of 2009. Washington Post music editor Joe Heim is a man of few words, thoughtful and succinct. Here he offers up his favorite albums of 2009 and...

By David Malitz  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Brad Paisley, Darlings, Double Dagger, Girls, John Fogerty, K'naan, Mika, Mos Def, Swell Season, Them Crooked Vultures, Visqueen

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/21/2009

Lists: Chris Richards leaks his ballots for Pazz & Jop and Nashville Scene

Does Solange have this photo of Dirty Projectors hanging in her locker? (Courtesy of Windish Agency) Lists. Lists. Lists. At this time of the year, we can't seem to stop making them -- or leaking them on our blog. Last...

By Chris Richards  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Lists | Tags:  Animal Collective, Brad Paisley, Dirty Projectors, Maxwell, R.Kelly, Solange Knowles, Wale