Click Track: News


Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Chris Brown and Rihanna rumors swirl over song collaboration

Brown has recorded two verses for a remix of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake.”

By Click Track  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Chris Brown, Rihanna

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Bonnaroo 2012: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Beach Boys headline

The massive annual music festival in Tennessee announces its lineup.

By David Malitz  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Beach Boys, Skrillex, Bon Iver

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 02/09/2012

President Obama shares campaign playlist on Spotify

The tracks include James Taylor, Jennifer Hudson, Al Green and more.

By Chris Richards  |  11:26 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Impressions, Jennifer Hudson, Wilco, Darius Rucker: James Taylor, Dierks Bentley, Al Green, Ages and Ages

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Madonna halftime show: 10 lingering questions

It was great, but it also left us wondering...

By Allison Stewart  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Madonna, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Don Cornelius, “Soul Train,” creator dead at age 75

The creator and long-time host of the seminal black music show was 75.

By David Malitz  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Don Cornelius

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Wammie nominations announced, getting better

Nominations for D.C. local music awards headed in right direction

By David Malitz  |  04:14 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Fat Trel, Bluebrain, Tittsworth, Oddisee

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Bruce Springsteen announces U.S. tour, plays D.C.’s Verizon Center on April 1

The Boss and E Street Band will tour in support of new album “Wrecking Ball.”

By David Malitz  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bruce Springsteen

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Etta James: A playlist and reviews from the Post archives

The best way to experience one of the greatest singers ever is to simple listen to her sing.

By Click Track  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Etta James

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Bruce Springsteen releases new single; new album due in March

The Boss is back with his 17th album, “Wrecking Ball.”

By David Malitz  |  09:37 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Bruce Springsteen

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Bluebrain’s last boombox walk is Saturday at Botanic Garden

Experimental local duo leads an interactive musical march.

By David Malitz  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bluebrain

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Local venue news: Some thriving, others closing, others still making great seitan sandwiches

An update on Washington’s music venues.

By Chris Richards  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  9:30 Club, Rams Head Live, Rams Head On Stage, Birchmere, Jammin' Java, Black Cat

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Rick Ross releases “Rich Forever” mixtape

By David Malitz  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Rick Ross

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Beauty Pill gives studio art new meaning

The local band’s Immersive Ideal project continues this weekend at Artisphere.

By David Malitz  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  In today's Post, Local news | Tags:  Beauty Pill

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Best D.C. music of 2011

By David Malitz  |  03:49 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 03:05 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The (Small) Faces to be inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Among the inductees: the Beastie Boys, Guns N’Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

By Chris Richards  |  03:05 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laura Nyro, the Small Faces, Donovan

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011

And the nominees are... Acts with local ties nominated for Grammys

OK Go, Eric Brace and Carpark Records grab Grammy nominations.

By Chris Richards  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  OK Go, Memory Tapes, Eric Brace

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Grammy nominations preview: Expect lots of Adele, Taylor Swift and Kanye West

Will Adele be nominated for every award ever? And, how do you solve a problem like Nicki Minaj?

By Allison Stewart  |  11:19 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Adele, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Bon Iver, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 11/23/2011

Elliott Smith lost song from 1996, not 1997 ... or was it? — plus more updates

More reports from those who were there.

By David Malitz  |  11:48 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Elliott Smith

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/22/2011

The Roots serenade Michele Bachmann with Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass B----”

You’re crazy for this one, Questlove.

By Chris Richards  |  11:46 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Fishbone, The Roots

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Lyle Lovett, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley talk country music and national politics at the White House

Michelle Obama celebrates country music in her “In Performance at the White House” concert series.

By Chris Richards  |  02:49 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Lyle Lovett, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Elliott Smith: “New” song from 1997 WMUC session unearthed

How selling a MiniDisc player on eBay led to the discovery of a new Elliott Smith song.

By David Malitz  |  12:17 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Elliott Smith

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 11/21/2011

American Music Awards: Surprise, surprise, Taylor Swift wins again

Things we learned from last night’s awards show.

By Allison Stewart  |  10:14 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Adele, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Tour and new album in 2012

The Boss and E Street Band are back.

By David Malitz  |  09:44 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Bruce Springsteen

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson set for “Christmas In Washington”

Jennifer Hudson, the Band Perry and host Conan O’Brien also tabbed for annual special.

By David Malitz  |  03:13 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, The Band Perry

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Black Sabbath announces reunion

Heavy metals get the original lineup back together for a 2012 album and tour.

By David Malitz  |  02:37 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Black Sabbath

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Calle 13 dominates Latin Grammy awards

Puerto Rican hip-hop duo takes home nine awards and now has a Latin Grammys record of 19 in total.

By David Malitz  |  09:57 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Calle 13

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 11/10/2011

CMA Awards: most memorable moments

Highlights from last night’s award show include a sentimental tribute to Glen Campbell and an awkward kiss between Shayna and Keifer Thompson.

By Allison Stewart  |  10:03 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Taylor Swift, Grace Potter, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Glen Campbell

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Heavy D passes away

The rapper who called himself “the overweight lover” died at the age of 44.

By Click Track  |  05:50 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Heavy D

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 11/07/2011

Drake’s “Take Care” leaks; “Enjoy it,” he says

Highly-anticipated “Take Care” hits the Internet eight days before official release.

By Click Track  |  10:11 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Drake

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Jay-Z shouts out Georgetown — but should the Hoyas be studying Hova?

The internet responds to news of Michael Eric Dyson’s Jay-Z course at Georgetown University.

By Chris Richards  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Jay-Z

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 10/21/2011

A peek inside “Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks”

A quick glimpse of what’s inside the upcoming Prince biography.

By Chris Richards  |  09:55 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Prince

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Report: Rick Ross suffers seizure; Wale says he is “100 pct OK”

The rapper was wheeled off the aircraft and administered CPR after his flight made an emergency landing.

By David Malitz  |  01:49 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Rick Ross

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/12/2011

“Listen to the Light” with Bluebrain in Central Park this weekend

The local experimental duo leads a bus trip to the Big Apple to experience its second location-aware album of 2011.

By David Malitz  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bluebrain

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 10/05/2011

R.I.P. folk great Bert Jansch

The legendary folk guitarist died in London Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer.

By Click Track  |  10:28 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Bert Jansch

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Will Madonna perform at this year’s Super Bowl?

A report says Madonna will be the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XLVI in February.

By Click Track  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Madonna

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 09:54 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Guns ‘N Roses, Joan Jett, the Cure, Eric B. and Rakim lead 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations

Heart, the Spinners, the Small Faces/Faces, Freddy King and Rufus with Chaka Khan are other first-time nominees.

By David Malitz  |  09:54 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click, News | Tags:  Guns 'N Roses, Joan Jett, The Cure, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Pepeprs

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 09/21/2011

R.E.M. breaks up

One of the great American rock bands calls it a day after more than three decades together.

By David Malitz  |  01:40 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  R.E.M.

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Local concert news: Mary Chapin Carpenter plays Irene make-up shows; Peter Bjorn and John cancel at 9:30 Club

Some good news and some bad news for local concertgoers.

By Chris Richards  |  03:03 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peter Bjorn and John

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Virgin Mobile FreeFest set times announced

By David Malitz  |  10:19 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/29/2011

The most awkward moments at the VMAs

CLICK TRACK | Nobody tunes into awards shows to watch things go well. The best-worst scenes.

By Allison Stewart  |  10:30 AM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Local news: Wale releases new mixtape, Chuck Brown to perform with NSO

By Click Track  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale, Chuck Brown

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 08/12/2011

“Watch the Throne” watch: Kanye West and Jay-Z drop “Otis” video

The Spike Jonze-directed clip finds the dynamic duo having plenty of fun.

By Chris Richards  |  11:42 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Kanye West, Jay-Z

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Foo Fighters to headline Verizon Center on Nov. 11

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

By Chris Richards  |  02:27 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 08/02/2011

Randy Travis to perform at Michele Bachmann event

The country star will perform at an Aug. 13 straw poll event in Iowa.

By Chris Richards  |  03:04 PM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Randy Travis

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Amy Winehouse funeral set for Tuesday, cause of death still unknown

Results to toxicology tests are expected to take two to four weeks.

By Click Track  |  05:09 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Amy Winehouse

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 07/23/2011

Amy Winehouse, dead at 27 — Profiles and reviews from the Post archives

Read a 2007 profile of the singer and reviews of her work from the Washington Post archives

By Chris Richards  |  01:14 PM ET, 07/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Amy Winehouse

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Fillmore Silver Spring set to open Sept. 15 with Mary J. Blige

The new 2,000-seat venue will welcome the queen of hip-hop soul for its inaugural concert.

By Chris Richards  |  12:01 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, In today's Post | Tags:  Mary J. Blige

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in YouTube jeopardy, America freaks out

Beliebers respond to an online rumor that the video for the singer’s most beloved song will be removed from YouTube with their usual hysteria.

By Allison Stewart  |  05:29 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Justin Bieber

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 07/11/2011

Black Keys, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio to perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 10

Tickets are, once again, totally free and will be given away on Friday July, 15 at 10 a.m.

By Chris Richards  |  12:01 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Updated: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011 NOT confirmed for Sept. 10

Texas band Okkervil River announced that they’re playing this year’s festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion.

By Chris Richards  |  05:51 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Okkervil River

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/23/2011

Local news: Beauty Pill to record new album at Artisphere

The local rock band will be recording its new album at the cultural center in Arlington — and fans can watch.

By Chris Richards  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chad Clark, Beauty Pill

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 06/02/2011

How Bernie Walden helped the Mothership land at the Smithsonian — and other reactions from the funk community

The Smithsonian recently announced that it had acquired a Mothership replica used by Parliament-Funkadelic. These are the folks that had a hand in helping it land there.

By Chris Richards  |  03:28 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Smithsonian acquires Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership

By Chris Richards  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  George Clinton

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Local news: It’s Raheem DeVaughn day

The hometown R&B hero is being honored by mayor Vincent Gray.

By Chris Richards  |  01:31 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Local news | Tags:  Raheem DeVaughn

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Beyonce drops new video for first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign

Superstar releases “Move Your Body” to help combat childhood obesity.

By Chris Richards  |  10:29 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News, News | Tags:  Beyonce

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 04/20/2011

R.I.P. TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith

The bassist for the popular art rock band passed away after battling lung cancer.

By David Malitz  |  04:43 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  TV on the Radio

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/18/2011

It’s finally happening: Animal Collective to play at Merriweather Post Pavilion

The indie rock favorites will perform on July 9 at the venue that provided the title for the band’s 2009 breakthrough album.

By David Malitz  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Animal Collective

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Record Store Day is on Saturday — and here’s a map!

A local graphic designer has created a map of Washington record stores.

By Chris Richards  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Local news

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/29/2011

At Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, the beat goes on

Some of the festival’s most exciting acts are headed to Washington in the coming months.

By Megan Buerger  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Pleasurekraft, Rusko, Cut Copy, Tiesto, Skrillex, 12th Planet

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/18/2011

A year of U Street Music Hall

A look back at some highlights from the first year of D.C.’s best new nightclub.

By David Malitz  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles and more join headliners the Strokes on Sweetlife Festival lineup

The May 1 concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion features the Strokes, Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles, Ra Ra Riot, U.S. Royalty, Walk the Moon and Modern Man.

By David Malitz  |  10:40 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Morning click | Tags:  Girl Talk, The Strokes, Crystal Castles, U.S. Royalty, Lupe Fiasco

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2011

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  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Taking sides | Tags:  Carolyn Malachi, Fat Trel, Raheem DeVaughn

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/28/2011

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  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Sweetflife Festival, The Strokes

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 02/02/2011

The White Stripes break up

The White Stripes perform at the Smith Center in 2003. (Emilie Sommer/FTWP) One of America's biggest and best rock bands is no more. The White Stripes have broken up, according to a statement on the band's Web site. There will...

By David Malitz  |  01:27 PM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  The White Stripes

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Coachella lineup announced

Robyn isn't the biggest name, but expect her to give one of the most memorable performances at this year's Coachella. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, the Strokes and Animal Collective are the biggest names on the...

By David Malitz  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Coachella, Kanye West, Robyn, The Strokes

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Local news: Sockets Records showcase at Black Cat on Saturday

Hume is one of bands that has helped Sockets become a top label. (Wilson Kemp) Sockets Records has successfully made the transition from "excellent local record label" to simply "excellent record label." The qualifier isn't necessary - and, honestly, it...

By David Malitz  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Buildings, Hume, Laughing Man, Skeletons, Sockets Records

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Kanye West + Jay-Z, "H.A.M." -- pros + cons

There's good and bad with "H.A.M." 2011 is brimming with big popland promises, including "Watch the Throne", a collaboration album that hip-hop royals Kanye West and Jay-Z claimed would see the light of day this week. Instead, we've been presented...

By Chris Richards  |  11:56 AM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Jay-Z, Kanye West

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Eleven minutes at the Red Door Loft -- and other off-the-beaten-path spaces to see shows in 2011

(Correction: An earlier version of this blog post referred to the venue as the D.C. Jazz Loft. The venue's correct name is the Red Door Loft.) Last night, I tromped out into the January chill to see keyboardist David Ornette...

By Chris Richards  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news, Local news

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Avant-garde icon Captain Beefheart passes away

Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, passed away on Friday. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records) Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, one of the most fiercely avant-garde musicians of the 20th century, passed away Friday at the age of 69...

By Click Track  |  06:00 PM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Captain Beefheart

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Darlene Love to be inducted into Rock Hall

Alice Cooper will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (The Washington Post archive) The New York Times reports that the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will include pop stalwart Neil Diamond, shock rocker...

By David Malitz  |  05:44 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 12/03/2010

Merle Haggard was pardoned for the second time by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2009

He fought the law, and he won. (Dave Eisnel/FTWP) In Sunday's Washington Post feature story about Kennedy Center honoree Merle Haggard, the country legend said that his 1972 pardon from then-California Governor Ronald Reagan was the greatest award he'd ever...

By Chris Richards  |  03:20 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Merle Haggard

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Local news: Chuck Brown up for his first Grammy; other area artists also nominated

The godfather is up for his first Grammy. (John Shore) Raheem DeVaughn isn't the only hometowner up for a Grammy on Feb. 13. A handful of other area artists are hoping to win trophies, too. MoCo native BT was nominated...

By Chris Richards  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  BT, Chuck Brown, Raheem DeVaughn

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/20/2010

A Kanye West Twitter sampler

He's the King of Twitter, too. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Kanye West has more than 1,600,000 followers on Twitter. But he doesn't use the social network only to promote his appearances and music. A Yeezy sampler, after the jump....

By Click Track  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Kanye West

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Get Girl Talk's new album for free

This blog post is just a mashup of other blog posts. If your Twitter feed is anything like mine, you've surely read plenty today about "All Day," the new album by mashup master Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis. (Also about...

By David Malitz  |  01:39 PM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Girl Talk

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 11/11/2010

News: 2010 CMAs roundup

Miranda Lambert poses with her trophies after the CMAs. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) The new country music power couple of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton made their presence felt at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards. Lambert won three awards, including...

By Click Track  |  10:47 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 11/03/2010

Bill Clinton offers encouraging words to Lil Wayne

But will Wayne give him a shout-out on weezythanxyou.com? By Chris Richards It's been a week of former presidents sending messages to superstar rappers. Earlier today, Click Track had news that in his forthcoming autobiography, George W. Bush cites criticisms...

By Chris Richards  |  02:37 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Kanye West, Lil Wayne

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 11/03/2010

George W. Bush says Kanye West provided the lowlight of his presidency

The ultimate rap beef? (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) By Chris Richards In his forthcoming autobiography, George W. Bush says the lowest low of his presidency came when Kanye West criticized him for his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Entertainment Weekly reports....

By Chris Richards  |  10:36 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Kanye West

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Local news: Little Big Town to visit Library of Congress for CMA Songwriters Series

Little Big Town will perform at the next installment of the CMA Songwriters Series. (Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Chris Richards The Library of Congress and the Country Music Association are getting pretty chummy. On Dec. 4, the two organizations will bring...

By Chris Richards  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Little Big Town

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Colbert-Stewart rally line-up leaked; The Roots, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and Sheryl Crow scheduled to perform

Saturday offers yet ANOTHER chance to see the Roots on the Mall. Easter Egg roll, next up. (Bill O'Leary/TWP) By Chris Richards The Christian Science Monitor has obtained a copy of the park permit for Jon Stewart and Steven Stephen...

By Chris Richards  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, The Roots

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/25/2010

Reggae icon Gregory Isaacs passes away

"Gregory Isaacs, 59, the Jamaican-born reggae singer who was known as the "cool ruler" for his smooth, romantic singing style and who popularized the reggae subgenre known as lover's rock, died of lung cancer Oct. 25 at his home...

By Click Track  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Gregory Isaacs

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 10/15/2010

T.I. headed back to prison

We won't be seeing much of T.I. until 2011. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) By Chris Richards T.I. appeared in an Atlanta courtroom this afternoon where he was sentenced to serve 11 months in prison for violating his probation. The Atlanta rap...

By Chris Richards  |  04:48 PM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  T.I.

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Update: Death outside DC9; club will close temporarily

DC9 will be shuttered, at least temporarily. (Nick Kirkpatrick/FTWP) A man was beaten to death outside of DC9 nightclub in the early hours of Friday morning. A man died outside of DC9 nightclub in the early hours of Friday...

By Click Track  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  DC9

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/14/2010

The Pixies pay tribute to Chilean miners at Santiago concert

By David Malitz Last night, the Pixies neverending reunion tour found them playing their first headlining show in Chile, on the same day of the dramatic rescue of the 33 miners who had been trapped underground for 69 days....

By David Malitz  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  The Pixies

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Justin Timberlake, the Roots and Jimmy Fallon give a rap history lesson

By David Malitz Justin Timberlake visited "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last night and we know he's not one to ever pass on a funny-musical skit sort of thing. So he and Fallon, backed by house band the Roots,...

By David Malitz  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Justin Timberlake, The Roots

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 09/29/2010

Chuck Brown performs at NPR, on "Late Night"

By David Malitz Chuck Brown sure has been keeping busy lately. The Godfather of Go-Go has played countless venues over his storied career but as he promotes his new three-disc set, "We Got This," he is adding a few...

By David Malitz  |  10:22 AM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chuck Brown

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 09/22/2010

FreeFest schedule released; T.I. absent

By David Malitz We just got the schedule for Saturday's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which you can see above and below. A couple of interesting things to note: 1) The absence of T.I., which shouldn't come as too much of...

By David Malitz  |  02:02 PM ET, 09/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 09/20/2010

The Dismemberment Plan to add second 9:30 Club show

It takes two to make a thing go right. (Photo by Dave Holloway) By Chris Richards Last week, Click Track was pleased to announce that D.C. post-punk heroes the Dismemberment Plan were planning a short reunion tour. Tickets to the...

By Chris Richards  |  10:20 AM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  The Dismemberment Plan

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 09/14/2010

Merle Haggard cancels tour

Merle Haggard's September tour is called off. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) By David Malitz Country legend Merle Haggard, who will receive Kennedy Center Honors in December, has canceled his September tour due to illness. This includes his scheduled performance on Sept....

By David Malitz  |  12:28 PM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Merle Haggard

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/13/2010

The Dismemberment Plan to embark on reunion tour

The Dismemberment Plan Is Reunited. (Dave Holloway) By Chris Richards Breaking news from the greater Washington indie-rockosphere! Local post-punk heroes the Dismemberment Plan will reunite in January to support the vinyl reissue of its beloved 1999 album "Emergency & I."...

By Chris Richards  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Dismemberment Plan

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 09/13/2010

Drama lacking at MTV's Video Music Awards

Lady Gaga, Cher and lots of sheer material. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) (Full photo gallery from Sunday night's VMAs.) By Chris Richards At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, it was time to let bygones be bygones, and let insipid awards shows...

By Chris Richards  |  09:45 AM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News, News | Tags:  Drake, Eminem, Florence and the Machine, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, VMAs

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/07/2010

Lady Gaga and all of her awesome outfits come to Verizon Center tonight

Will Lady Gaga's fashion choices or songs be more memorable Tuesday at Verizon Center? Hours before Lady Gaga descends upon Washington for her concert at Verizon Center, we find ourselves wondering what her gaggle of Little Monsters will be wearing...

By Click Track  |  12:25 PM ET, 09/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Lady Gaga

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

Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard to receive Kennedy Center Honors

"Another award? You're too kind." (Tracy Woodward/TWP) By David Malitz Pop royalty Paul McCartney and country icon Merle Haggard are among the artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors. McCartney, of course, was recently honored at the White House with...

By David Malitz  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Kennedy Center Honors, Merle Haggard, Paul McCartney

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 09/02/2010

FreeFest updates: No Die Antwoord, no word on T.I.

No South African hip-hop at this year's FreeFest -- Die Antwoord has bailed (Photo courtesy of the artist.) By Chris Richards We're fixated on Virgin Mobile FreeFest today and have two new updates about the line-up for the Sept. 25...

By Chris Richards  |  02:15 PM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Die Antwoord, T.I.

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 09/02/2010

News: T.I. arrested on drug charges

T.I. is in trouble with the law. Again. By Chris Richards Just moments ago, Click Track asked who's missing from this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest line-up. Now, an act currently booked for the mega-fest may or may not be showing...

By Chris Richards  |  12:20 PM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  T.I.

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010

Farewell, Paste Magazine -- Founder and editor Josh Jackson suspends print publication

By Aaron Leitko Paste has called it quits, at least as far as the print product goes. In a meeting held Tuesday afternoon the Georgia-based magazine--which covered music, film, and the softer side of indie-rock--made an announcement to its...

By Aaron Leitko  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Paste Magazine

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 08/31/2010

Local news: New mixtapes from RAtheMC, Kingpen Slim, Black Cobain and Fat Trel

RAtheMC and Fat Trel were two of four local rappers to release new mixtapes today. By David Malitz Clear out some room on your iPod because local rappers have decided that Aug. 31 is the day to inundate you with...

By David Malitz  |  04:00 PM ET, 08/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Black Cobain, Fat Trel, Kingpen Slim, RAtheMC

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/27/2010

Underwater Peoples showcase hits Baltimore; Tennis, Andrew Cedermark and more to perform

Tennis is the latest breakout band from the Underwater Peoples stable. By David Malitz One of our favorite labels to emerge in the last year is Underwater Peoples, which has quickly grown from its humble beginnings in a D.C. living...

By David Malitz  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Air Waves, Andrew Cedermark, Family Portrait, Tennis, Underwater Peoples

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 08/26/2010

GW Lisner Auditorium reveals 2010-11 concert schedule

Mavis Staples is one of the early highlights of the upcoming Lisner schedule. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko And what a lineup it is. This October D.C. will get R&B singer Mavis Staples, who will be touring "You Are Not...

By Aaron Leitko  |  10:13 AM ET, 08/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Angèle Dubeau, Bettye LaVette, Cinematic Titanic, David Sedaris, La Pietà, Mavis Staples, Omara Portuondo, Post-Classical Ensemble, Sarah Vowell

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 08/23/2010

Local news: Library of Congress announces 2010-2011 concert season

By David Malitz The Library of Congress today announced details for its 85th anniversary concert season, which is the usual diverse collection of free shows ranging from classical to jazz to folk with some welcome nods to experimental music thrown...

By David Malitz  |  01:28 PM ET, 08/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Greil Marcus, Library of Congress, Tyondai Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Local news: Cloud Nothings sign to Carpark Records

By David Malitz Here’s a pairing that we can easily get behind. Rambunctious indie upstars Cloud Nothings have signed with local label Carpark Records. The D.C.-based label that serves as home to acts such as Dan Deacon and Toro...

By David Malitz  |  01:30 PM ET, 08/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Cloud Nothings

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 08/04/2010

Why is Wale mad at the Washington Post?

Wale won't read this photo caption. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.) By Chris Richards No surprise that Wale's new mixtape "More About Nothing" is full of clever couplets and punchy punchlines. But here at Click Track, a rhyme from a...

By Chris Richards  |  01:15 PM ET, 08/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 08/04/2010

When WaPo typos go meta: Giovanni Ribisi jams with the Roots on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

By Chris Richards It's a flub that has haunted us since April: A photo caption on washingtonpost.com that misidentified Roots bassist Owen Biddle for actor Giovanni Ribisi when the two appeared at an Earth Day concert on the National...

By Chris Richards  |  11:55 AM ET, 08/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  The Roots

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 08/03/2010

Local news: Wale releases new mixtape, "More About Nothing"

Kramer, George, Elaine, Jerry and, uh, that's not Newman, is it? By David Malitz “Attention: Deficit” wasn’t the gigantic hit that DMV rapper Wale hoped it would be and on the first song of his new mixtape he offers multiple...

By David Malitz  |  02:30 PM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 07/28/2010

Kanye West unveils awesome new rhymes at... Facebook headquarters?

By Chris Richards Remember back in the aughts when Kanye West's rap skills were still sorta questionable? In 2010, the guy can stand up on a table at Facebook headquarters and make geeks lose their minds. Check out the...

By Chris Richards  |  10:45 AM ET, 07/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Kanye West

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/24/2010

Ticketfail: Did you get shut out of FreeFest this morning?

Fans are hating on Ticketfly.com with the same ire that M.I.A. hates on truffle fries. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) By Chris Richards We've been pumping up Virgin Mobile FreeFest all week on Click Track -- to peruse our giddy keystrokes, just...

By Chris Richards  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  FreeFest

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 07/21/2010

Godfather of go-go Chuck Brown busts loose with Chips Ahoy! commercial

By Chris Richards Finally! Two things we've always loved in one place: cookies and go-go. If you've seen the new television ad for Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies (linked above), your ears are not deceiving you. The ad features...

By Chris Richards  |  01:50 PM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chuck Brown, cookies

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/20/2010

M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, T.I., Pavement to perform Virgin Mobile FreeFest

M.I.A. will perform the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (By Jaime Martinez) By Chris Richards Virgin Mobile FreeFest has announced a line-up that’s sure to delight both pop-omnivores and text message enthusiasts. M.I.A.! LCD! T.I.!...

By Chris Richards  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chromeo, Die Antwoord, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett, LCD Soundsystem, Ludacris, M.I.A., Matt & Kim, Pavement, Sleigh Bells, T.I., The Temper Trap, Thievery Corporation, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Yeasayer

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/19/2010

Vampire Weekend's record label addresses "Contra" model lawsuit

By Chris Richards Last week, we noted that Kirsten Kennis, the model whose 1983-face adorns the cover of Vampire Weekend's "Contra" album, is suing the band. Today, the band and its label, XL Recordings, issued an official statement on...

By Chris Richards  |  12:27 PM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Vampire Weekend

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 07/15/2010

Who's that girl? She's suing Vampire Weekend!

By Chris Richards How TMZ beat Pitchfork to this one is anyone's guess. (Maybe the indie site is busy this week?) According to the gossip site, model Kirsten Kennis, the woman who appears on the cover of Vampire Weekend's...

By Chris Richards  |  04:22 PM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Vampire Weekend

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 07/02/2010

Summer Concerts: Canceled shows, tours have industry in a sweat

Weak ticket sales forced the Eagles to scrap a local concert date this summer. (Tracy A. Woodward/TWP) By Chris Richards Hear that? It's the sound of widespread fretting over the summer concert season. Billboard magazine recently predicted that summer 2010...

By Chris Richards  |  02:45 PM ET, 07/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Lilith Fair, Limp Bizkit, Maxwell, Rihanna, The Eagles

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/01/2010

Catching Wavves: Band drops excellent new album on iTunes, drummer really needs to shut up

By David Malitz In 2009, there was no bigger lightning rod for controversy in the indie rock world than Nathan Williams of Wavves. (Sorry for partly contributing to that.) But thankfully, Williams took a deep breath (if you know...

By David Malitz  |  12:00 PM ET, 07/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Wavves

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 06/30/2010

Remembering rap pioneer Rammellzee

By Chris Richards Various sources are reporting that artist and hip-hop visionary Rammellzee has died. Known for his widely influential, sinus-clogged delivery, the rap superhero famously collaborated with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and producer Bill Laswell, and was cast in...

By Chris Richards  |  04:20 PM ET, 06/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Rammellzee

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/25/2010

Prepare to hear Michael Jackson songs like you've never heard them before

The King of Pop will rule the dancefloor at U Street Music Hall tonight. You know the songs but you can't imagine the bass. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy) By Chris Richards If you follow Click Track's David Malitz and I on...

By Chris Richards  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Michael Jackson

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/24/2010

The Roots, Branford Marsalis, John Mayer, Smokey Robinson and Mambo Sauce to perform "An American Playlist" at Kennedy Center

?uestlove will perform alongside D.C. go-go troupe Mambo Sauce at the Kennedy Center. (Jennifer S. Altman/TWP) By Chris Richards Free performances are a daily affair at the Kennedy Center, but rarely come this star-studded. Today, the K.C. announced "An American...

By Chris Richards  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Branford Marsalis, John Mayer, Smokey Robinson, The Roots

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/22/2010

Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Gladys Knight and David Archuleta to perform on National Mall for July 4th

By Chris Richards Never mind that popstars Drake and Kelis both have fab new tunes about fireworks ("Fireworks," and "4th of July (Fireworks)," respectively). Instead, Washingtonians will be serenaded under the stars on July 4 by the likes of Reba...

By Chris Richards  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Darius Rucker, David Archulta, Gladys Knight, Reba McEntire

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 06/21/2010

Do you think concert tickets cost too much? Has your favorite artist recently bailed on you? Need to talk about it?

Did you cry a fistful of tears when you learned Maxwell's June 17 gig was postponed -- and then moved to Baltimore? (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By Chris Richards I've been itching to try this crazy new "crowdsourcing" thing and the wacky...

By Chris Richards  |  03:38 PM ET, 06/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/18/2010

Brooks & Dunn postpone Saturday concert Jiffy Lube Live

Brooks & Dunn aren't feeling so good and will see you in August. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images) By Chris Richards Country duo Brooks & Dunn have nixed their Saturday concert with Gary Allan at Jiffy Lube Live due to an illness....

By Chris Richards  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 06/18/2010

9:30 club owner sues over Maryland subsidies for Fillmore Silver Spring

By Chris Richards And in rock-n-roll litigation news... 9:30 club owner Seth Hurwitz is suing the state of Maryland in an effort to block promoter Live Nation from receiving state subsidies to open its long-planned Fillmore Silver Spring nightclub on...

By Chris Richards  |  10:11 AM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  9:30 club, Live Nation

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 06/17/2010

Goodbyes: We blog to keep from crying

Sad, sad news from the land of Click Track: Our beloved contributors Ally Schweitzer and Sarah Godfrey will be leaving us to join the new gang assembling across the Potomac at TBD.com. Sarah Godfrey has been writing for the...

By Chris Richards  |  04:05 PM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Major bummer

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 06/17/2010

Garry Shider, legendary Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist, dies

Funk icon Gary Shider has passed away. (Courtesy of the artist) By Chris Richards Garry Shider, the legendary guitarist of Parliament-Funkadelic and Upper Marlboro resident has died after being diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in March. Known by...

By Chris Richards  |  10:20 AM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Garry Shider, Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/16/2010

Jay-Z cites Gilbert Arenas on new Dr. Dre track

Don't expect to hear this Dre-Jay collaboration at the Verizon Center next season. (Getty Images) By Chris Richards A new song from Dr. Dre's looooong awaited "Detox" album has leaked and it features a Jay-Z couplet about Washington's most troubled...

By Chris Richards  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Dr. Dre, Jay-Z

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/09/2010

Local news: Little Benny funeral on Friday

The funeral for local go-go great Little Benny will be on Friday. (Thomas Sayers Ellis) By Sarah Godfrey Funeral services for Anthony "Little Benny" Harley will take place this Friday, June 11, at the Washington Convention Center. Harley, a...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Anthony Harley, Chuck Brown, Dj Gemini, Little Benny, Sugar Bear

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/02/2010

Local news: Little Benny vigil tonight

There will be a tribute to go-go pioneer Little Benny tonight at Ballou High School. (Thomas Sayers Ellis) By Sarah Godfrey Family members, friends and fans of Anthony "Little Benny" Harley, who passed away Sunday, will gather at Ballou Senior...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Kato Hammond, Little Benny

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 06/01/2010

Jonas Brothers to perform Warner Theatre really, really early Wednesday morning

Rise and shine and scream real loud: the JoBros are playing bright and early on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Temchine/FWTP) By Chris Richards Are the folks at the Warner Theater building the world's loudest alarm clock? It's going to be...

By Chris Richards  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jonas Brothers

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 05/28/2010

Wale to play D.C. Black Pride event after all

Wale has announced plans to perform at D.C. Black Pride this weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Chris Richards Local rap hero Wale came under fire last week for bagging an appearance at D.C. Black Pride's 20th Anniversary event at...

By Chris Richards  |  10:50 AM ET, 05/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wale

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Timeline: M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg of the New York Times

By Chris Richards It's been a tweeting frenzy ever since reporter Lynn Hirschberg's less-than-flattering New York Times Magazine profile of Brit-rapper-provacateur M.I.A. landed online yesterday. For a moment, it seemed like the whole thing might blow over, but today,...

By Chris Richards  |  02:20 PM ET, 05/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  M.I.A.

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Local news: Marshall Keys, W. Ellington Felton in "Swingtime"

By Sarah Godfrey Two well-known D.C. musicans will appear in the new In Series production, “Swingtime: The Fabulous Forties,” which premieres at H Street’s Atlas Theater this weekend: Famed saxophonist Marshall Keys and MC/singer/poet/actor W. Ellington Felton. The musical,...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Burnett Thompson, Marshall Keys, Tom Mallon, W. Ellington Felton

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Ellen DeGeneres launches record label

By Chris Richards After her first season as a judge on American Idol, Ellen DeGeneres has decided to try her hand in a thriving, robust industry: the record business. The daytime TV personality announced plans to launch her own...

By Chris Richards  |  02:35 PM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Ellen DeGeneres, Greyson Chance

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/25/2010

Bono back injury forces U2 to postpone tour; Perfectly healthy Christina Aguilera also postpones tour

Bono's back is out and U2's tour is delayed. (Ricky Carioti/TWP) By Chris Richards U2 frontman Bono underwent emergency back surgery Friday in Munich, forcing the band to cancel its headlining slot at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival next month. The...

By Chris Richards  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Christina Aguilera, U2

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 05/24/2010

Paul McCartney to be honored at White House; Stevie Wonder, Jonas Brothers and others scheduled to perform in tribute

Macca is coming to Pennsylvania Avenue. (Tracy Woodward/TWP). By Chris Richards The White House is throwing another epic bash, this time honoring Paul McCartney, winner of this year's Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Macca is the third...

By Chris Richards  |  02:07 PM ET, 05/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Jack White, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Local news: Wale and Mya cancel performances at local LGBT festivals

Wale will not perform at D.C. Black Pride this weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) By Chris Richards Two hometown pop-heroes have canceled upcoming gigs at festivals celebrating Washington's LGBT community. Yesterday, Metro Weekly reported that local rap star Wale has...

By Chris Richards  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  J. Holiday, Mya, Wale

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/20/2010

P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider fighting cancer

Gary Shider has been performing with P-Funk even as he battles cancer. (Courtesy of the artist) By Chris Richards While reporting a recent story about Parliament-Funkadelic's legendary Mothership, I learned that the band's longtime guitarist (and Upper Marlboro resident),...

By Chris Richards  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Garry Shider, Parliament-Funkadelic

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/20/2010

Lady Gaga announces second Washington Monster Ball show... in 2011

Gaga will return to D.C. in 2011 -- and she already has her outfit picked out. (Photo: Reuters/Interscope Records) By Chris Richards Here's a great pick-up line if you find yourself dancing to "Bad Romance" at a local nightclub this...

By Chris Richards  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Lady Gaga

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Local news: Second Maxwell show at Verizon "rescheduled"

Washington fans will have to trek to Baltimore for a second night with Maxwell. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) By Chris Richards Promoters at Live Nation announced this morning that Maxwell's Verizon Center concert on Thursday, June 17 has been "rescheduled" for Baltimore's...

By Chris Richards  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jill Scott, Maxwell

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 04/23/2010

Local news: "The Hip-Hop Project" screening

"The Hip-Hop Project" screens in D.C. on Saturday. (Courtesy of Pressure Point Films) By Sarah Godfrey “The Hip-Hop Project,” a film from executive producers Bruce Willis(Huh?) and Queen Latifah (OK, that makes sense) follows a group of New York City...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  03:10 PM ET, 04/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chris "Kazi" Rolle, Hip-Hop Cinema Cafe, Historical Society of D.C., The Hip-Hop Project

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/20/2010

Remembering Guru of Gang Starr; alleged letter to fans causes controversy

Guru, right, was one half of hugely influential hip-hop group Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. Guru died from cancer on Monday. (Daniel Hastings) By Sarah Godfrey Guru, one half of seminal hip-hop group Gang Starr, passed away after a...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  DJ Premier, Guru, Solar

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/19/2010

Wolf Trap announces 2010-11 season

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: A lesser-known treat among a season of heavy hitters at Wolf Trap. By Chris Richards Big stars under the stars. For years, that's been the reliable -- and often predictable -- approach that Wolf...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News

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

Iceland volcano puts damper on Coachella, Culture Shock festivals

Iceland volcano: Best Sunn O))) visual effects ever. Also, bad news for U.K. bands trying to get flights to California. (AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson) By Ally Schweitzer Numerous European bands are canceling upcoming shows in the United States due to a...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  04:15 PM ET, 04/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Coachella, Frightened Rabbit, Los Campesinos, The Cribs

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 04/15/2010

Video: Congressmen sing, Garth Brooks listens

By David Malitz As our buddies over at the Reliable Source report, Garth Brooks was in town Wednesday and enjoyed a special serenade from members of Congress. With some help from O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge (local kid done good, Wootton...

By David Malitz  |  11:27 AM ET, 04/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Garth Brooks

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/14/2010

Local News: Prayer vigil for TCB talker Polo

By Sarah Godfrey Go-go band TCB announced this morning, via its blog, that a prayer vigil for the group's lead talker, Reggie "Polo" Burwell will take place this evening at Northeast Washington's Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church. Burwell has...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Polo, TCB

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2010

Local news: Producer Judah on "Bridging the Gap"

Local producer Judah documents the history of DMV hip-hop in his new documentary. (Photo courtesy of the artist) Back in November, in-demand D.C. beatmaker Judah organized a “DMV Day” photo shoot, a huge group portrait of DMV rappers inspired by...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bridging the Gap, DMV, Judah

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/05/2010

Local news: Sting, John Legend, Roots to play Earth Day concert on National Mall

Questlove and the Roots will be performing on the National Mall. By Chris Richards Got green? Organizers have announced the line-up for this year's annual Earth Day Climate Rally on the National Mall. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April...

By Chris Richards  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Earth Day, John Legend, Sting, The Roots

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/02/2010

DNA Test Fest: A starting lineup of noise-rock and baseball

[Expletive] Jeans = Ryan Howard? Read on - it will make sense. If you're familiar with Fan Death Records it's probably for one of two reasons: 1) you are a connoisseur of the finest in aggressive, demented noise-rock, or 2)...

By David Malitz  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  DNA Test Fest, Fan Death Records, Home Blitz, Neon Blud, Psychedelic Horse[expletive], Sightings, [Expletive] Jeans

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/26/2010

Beach House vs. Wye Oak: Baltimore duo battle

Beach House plays a sold-out show at Black Cat tonight. (Benjamin C. Tankersley For The Washington Post) Tonight D.C. is a battle ground for Baltimore bands. OK, we doubt there's any ill will between fellow dreamy Charm City duos Beach...

By David Malitz  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Beach House, Wye Oak

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/16/2010

Local news: Eagles headline mega-country tour; Two nights of Phish; Virgin Mobile FreeFest returns

Don Henley and Glen Frey will bring their laidback country-rock to Nationals Park on July 15. (Tracy A. Woodward/TWP) - First, in sure-to-be expensive concert news: A country super-triple-bill checks into Nationals Park on Tuesday, June 15 as the The...

By David Malitz  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Phish, The Eagles, Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/10/2010

Country comes to town at Library of Congress

Kix Brooks performs at the Library of Congress. (Ricky Carioti/the Washington Post) By Chris Richards When Nashville's troubadours come to Washington to croon for the powers that be, you occasionally hear nerves fluttering through the drawl. That wasn't the case...

By David Malitz  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Kix Brooks, Lorrie Morgan

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 03/04/2010

News: Jay-Z visited the White House

Jay-Z quickly met with the POTUS on Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) During the final moments of his performance at Verizon Center Wednesday night, Jay-Z casually dropped a gigantic boast: "I just came from the White House." White House...

By Chris Richards  |  10:03 AM ET, 03/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Jay-Z

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 03/03/2010

Local news: D.C. rappers drop new singles

Lola Monroe, always trending. (Photo courtesy the artist.) By Chris Richards The internet flared up this week with a few new tracks from some of Washington's most exciting rappers. Here's a quick round-up: Tabi Bonney, "Get Me" Bonney might...

By Chris Richards  |  02:44 PM ET, 03/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Gordo Brega, Lola Monroe, Tabi Bonney

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

Local news: Results from the 24th Annual Wammies

The Washington Area Music Association doled out a spate of awards at the 24th Annual Wammies, Sunday night. The ceremony was held at the State Theater in Falls Church and blueswoman Patty Reese was the evenings big winner, nabbing...

By Chris Richards  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Wammies

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/26/2010

Local news: Local go-go troupe Mambo Sauce hits the road

Mambo Sauce are hitting the road. (Photo by Rox Cox) It's not all that often that go-go bands take to America's highways and byways, but local hitmakers Mambo Sauce are hitting the road this spring. The band announced a...

By Chris Richards  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Mambo Sauce

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2010

Local news: Chuck D speaks at Duke Ellington School; Stevie Wonder performs benefit concert

Fighting the Power 101: Public Enemy's Chuck D spoke at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Thursday. (Nick Kirkpatrick/FTWP) Ever notice that Stevie Wonder prefers la-la-la-ing to ooh-ooh-ooh-ing? Here's a theory: As one of the most joy-inducing musicians on...

By Chris Richards  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Chrisette Michele, Chuck D, Stevie Wonder

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 02/22/2010

In concert: Miguel Zenon

Miguel Zenon combined modern jazz and native Puerto Rican music Saturday at Sixth and I Synagogue. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Sarah Godfrey Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has a resume that is beyond impressive: He was one of the...

By David Malitz  |  08:10 AM ET, 02/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Miguel Zenón

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/19/2010

News: John Mellencamp for Senate?

"Who's country is this? This is our country!" (AP Photo/John Heller) He dropped the "Cougar." Will he add a "Senator?" Fans on Facebook and Twitter are prodding Indiana rock hero John Mellencamp to run for the U.S. Senate seat being...

By Chris Richards  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  John Mellencamp

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Local news: Merriweather partners with Ticketfly

Jim James and My Morning Jacket play at Merriweather on May 16. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) Merriweather Post Pavilion will kick off its 2010 season with a new partnership that promises save local concert-goers some cash. The venue has teamed up...

By Chris Richards  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

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

Riffs: Decoding John Mayer's YouTube apology

Richard Nixon had his “Checkers” speech. Hugh Grant had his “Tonight Show” Divine Brown apologia. And now, John Mayer has his Sommet Center speech, given onstage in Nashville on Wednesday night in an attempt to short circuit the “John...

By Allison Stewart  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  John Mayer

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 02/12/2010

Local news: Bluegrass and jazz festivals come to Washington

Festival season is almost upon us. With Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Coachella, and SXSW all right around the corner, two upstart festivals are launching in the Washington area that should help you save money on airfare...

By Chris Richards  |  01:45 PM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/12/2010

Local news: Record Fair DJs share their dream finds

The winter edition of the semi-annual D.C. Record Fair is this Sunday, giving vinyl obsessives - and non-obsessives as well - a chance to dig through the crates of 30 East Coast dealers in an effort to find rarities, new...

By David Malitz  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Animal Collective, Bluebrain, Casper Bangs, Fugazi, Kid Congo Powers, Thievery Corporation

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 02/02/2010

Stars gather to cover 'We Are the World' for Haiti

From left, producer Quincy Jones, singer Lionel Richie and producer Rickey Minor are seen at the "We Are The World " recording session. (AP Photo/Kevin Mazur/WATW) (Kevin Mazur - AP) By Chris Richards LOS ANGELES -- The sun had...

By David Malitz  |  01:52 PM ET, 02/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/28/2010

Local news: HR documentary preview at DC9

Even a few minutes of HR footage should be plenty compelling. A preview of "HR: The Documentary,” an upcoming portrait of the legendary Bad Brains singer, screens at DC9 tonight. And by "preview," we mean short trailer. Still, those...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Bad Brains, DJ Eurok, DJ Neville C, HR, McRad

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/27/2010

News: Sen.-elect Scott Brown's daughter Ayla drops a new CD

"It ain't me, I ain't no senator's daughter. Wait, yes I am." Ayla Brown -- pop singer, former "American Idol" semifinalist and daughter of newbie Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R - Mass.) -- announced today that she's moved the release of...

By Chris Richards  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Ayla Brown

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

Local news: Haitian stars Tabou Combo to perform benefit concert at Kennedy Center

Haitian group Tabou Combo is coming Washington. (Photo courtesy the Kennedy Center). Haitian stars Tabou Combo and Tatiana Pierre & John Pierremont will join members of the NSO and Georgetown’s Let Freedom Ring Choir for a free benefit concert on...

By Chris Richards  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Tabou Combo

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/20/2010

News: Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z sign on to perform "Hope for Haiti" telethon

The Boss is one of many big names that will perform to raise money for Haiti. (Photo By Michael Williamson) A constellation of pop stars have signed on to perform at Friday's "Hope For Haiti" telethon, including Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z,...

By Chris Richards  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Wyclef Jean

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/19/2010

Local news: Winners of the 2010 DMV Music Awards

Baltimore upstart Rye Rye won Best Club/Dance Artist at Sunday's DMV Music Awards. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) R&B's A-list congregated in Washington on Saturday night for the annual BET Honors, but on Sunday, local musicians were staging an...

By Chris Richards  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  DJ Class, Rye Rye

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 01/15/2010

Wale to Headline Haiti Benefit Show

Wale to play benefit show on Monday (Photo by Jonathan Newton/TWP) IMP has announced that Wale will headline a benefit show at the 9:30 club on Monday, January 18th, with all proceeds going toward organizations conducting disaster relief in Haiti....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  11:54 AM ET, 01/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Kingpen Slim, Phil Ade, Tabi Bonney, Wale, X.O.

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 01/13/2010

News: R.I.P. Jay Reatard

They didn't come much more punk rock than Jay Reatard. Smashmouth punk rocker Jay Reatard died Tuesday night, according to his one-time label Goner Records. The news was confirmed by his hometown paper the Memphis Commercial Appeal and his current...

By David Malitz  |  04:35 PM ET, 01/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Jay Reatard

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Local News: It's official! Nissan Pavilion is now Jiffy Lube Live

The venue formerly known as Nissan Pavilion: Jiffy Lube Live. Over the weekend, we had a little fun with the advance buzz that Nissan Pavilion in Bristow would be changing its name to Jiffy Lube Live. We hope you...

By Chris Richards  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jiffy Lube Live, Nissan Pavilion

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 01/09/2010

Naming rights and wrongs: Nissan Pavilion becomes Jiffy Lube Live

Can you imagine Radiohead playing at Jiffy Lube Live? Concert promoter Live Nation has apparently re-branded Nissan Pavilion, its 25,000 seat mega-venue in Bristow with a new name: Jiffy Lube Live. Yes, really. A spokesperson for Live Nation would...

By Chris Richards  |  06:45 AM ET, 01/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jiffy Lube Live

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/08/2010

Local News: Nissan Pavilion changes its name to Jiffy Lube Live

So long, Nissan Pavilion. Hello Jiffy Lube Live! DCist is reporting that the Live Nation-operated mega-venue in Bristow, Virginia has changed its name. A representative at Live Nation tells Click Track that a formal announcement is forthcoming. Check back later...

By Chris Richards  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Jiffy Lube Live

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Local news: Julian Koster's Christmas carol tour comes to town

Julian Koster puts a new spin on Christmas caroling. (Courtesy of Merge Records) Christmas caroling seems like a relic from a bygone era, something you only see in old movies or TV shows. So leave it to an indie rock...

By David Malitz  |  12:18 PM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  Christmas, Julian Koster, The Music Tapes

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 12/17/2009

Local news: 9:30 club and D.C. Central Kitchen team up to kick hunger in the, um...

This holiday season, the 9:30 club has partnered up with D.C. Central Kitchen to battle hunger in Washington. The kitchen provides meals to those in need and 9:30 club patrons can help support that goal by purchasing a t-shirt emblazoned...

By Chris Richards  |  03:51 PM ET, 12/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local news | Tags:  9:30 club