Click Track: FreeFest


Posted at 03:15 AM ET, 09/11/2011

TV on the Radio outshines headliners at colorful FreeFest

When TV on the Radio stormed through “Wolf Like Me” at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Saturday night, the New York rock band seemed to summon all the tension, restlessness and unflinching hope of a tumultuous post-9/11 decade.

By Chris Richards and David Malitz  |  03:15 AM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FreeFest, TV on the Radio, Patti Smith, Cee Lo Green, Black Keys, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Deadmau5

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 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 12:57 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 6 quick observations

Lots of electronic music but no locals at the free Sept. 10 concert at Merriweather.

By David Malitz  |  12:57 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Deadmau5, Black Keys

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 10:36 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Speculation: Predicting the Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup, Vol. 2

Cee Lo? The Roots? Black Keys? Queens of the Stone Age? We wouldn’t be surprised to see these bands at Merriweather Post Pavilion for FreeFest 2011.

By David Malitz  |  10:36 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Speculation | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Cee Lo Green, The Roots, Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Eminem

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Speculation: Predicting the Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup

Might we see TV on the Radio, Foo Fighters and Big Boi for free this summer? Who knows? But it’s fun to guess.

By David Malitz  |  01:49 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Speculation | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Foo Fighters, TV on the Radio, Big Boi, Best Coast, Titus Andronicus

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/27/2010

Billie Joe Armstrong hits Broadway; Radiohead unsure on status of new album

Billie Joe Armstrong is going to Broadway. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By David Malitz - Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will join the cast of "American Idiot" -- the Broadway musical based on his band's rock opera -- for eight...

By David Malitz  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Green Day, Radiohead, Slickee Boys, Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 09/26/2010

In concert: Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion

LCD Soundsystem deliver a rousing finale at Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Saturday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards and David Malitz Great-big music festivals should end with great-big bands performing great-big songs for great-big crowds gathered beneath great-big...

By Chris Richards and David Malitz  |  06:40 PM ET, 09/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  In concert | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 11:11 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: LCD Soundsystem delivers the grandest of finales

Frontman James Murphy and the six supporting members of LCD Soundsystem delivered the grandest of finales with their headlining Pavilion Stage set at Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Saturday. For 90 exhilarating minutes, the band melded rock bombast with disco's invincible pulse -- a momentous display that eclipsed the energy of the day's other performances combined.

By Click Track  |  11:11 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: Will the real M.I.A. please show up?

Nevermind that her still-kinda-new and still-really-disappointing third album "MAYA" left so much to be desired. Here's hard proof that Brit pop provocateur M.I.A. has finally arrived as a rapper: She's operating on hip-hop time.

By Click Track  |  10:25 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 10:07 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: Pavement plays for the devotees

"For those of you who don't know, we're an old band," Stephen Malkmus said halfway through Pavement's loose and charming evening set in the FreeFest pavilion. He said it in a deadpan, which is pretty much how he says everything, but it might have been a helpful statement nonetheless.

By Click Track  |  10:07 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: For Ludacris, greatest hits trump latest hits

Where did all the rappers go? It's a question fans at Virgin Mobile FreeFest might have been asking after Atlanta rap star T.I.'s recent troubles with the law forced him to bail on Saturday's festival appearance. That left just one ATL superstar MC on the bill: Ludacris.

By Click Track  |  08:40 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: Thievery Corporation's masterminds hide in plain sight

Sista Pat was one of many vocalists who kept the spotlight off Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. (Kyle Gustafson for The Washington Post) By David Malitz If Thievery Corporation played a show and Rob Garza and Eric Hilton weren't there,...

By Click Track  |  06:00 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: Neon Indian turn up the heat

Chillwave favorites Neon Indian had no problems with the big stage. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz A few seconds into Neon Indian's first song, a large crowd started to pour into the Dance Forest to catch the chillwave upstarts. Festival...

By Click Track  |  05:24 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: Trombone Shorty brings the jazz, the funk, the soul, the kitchen sink

Trombone Shorty blew fire from his trombone, but the crowd blew its chance to really cut loose. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards How good is Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews? Soloing over the burly stomp of a song called "Hurricane Season,"...

By Click Track  |  03:29 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: Catching waves with Jimmy Eat World

Swag surfin': The Arizona emo vets made its old tunes sound fresh. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards The first crowd surfers of the day were spotted tumbling across a sea of outstretched limbs at 1:32 p.m., shortly after Arizona emo...

By Click Track  |  02:10 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 09/25/2010

FreeFest: Drama club with the Temper Trap

The Temper Trap go for big moments but often hit their mark a little too predictably. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz The Temper Trap play montage music -- the kind of sweeping, atmospheric rock that might seem dramatic if you...

By Click Track  |  01:43 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 09/25/2010

Welcome to Click Track's live coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest

This bucolic scene is a fleeting one. The Merriweather Post Pavilion lawn will be swarming with fans once doors open at noon. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Richards After a hot and sticky summer of anticipation, Virgin Mobile FreeFest is finally...

By Click Track  |  12:19 PM ET, 09/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Live blogging | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Coda: FreeFest fever; Zac Brown boredom; Katy Perry too hot for "Sesame Street"

M.I.A. was great in 2007 - can she do it again in 2010? In non-FreeFest news, this week brought us a snoozer of a new album from Zac Brown Band. Meantime, things were more salacious online. First off: Come on,...

By Click Track  |  03:36 PM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Coda | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/24/2010

The Click Track 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest Draft!

FreeFest is tomorrow: Who willl you pick? By Chris Richards and David Malitz One festival. Two reporters. Twenty bands. How to divvy up responsibilities? There's only one way: the Click Track 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest Draft, in which Chris Richards...

By Chris Richards and David Malitz  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Riffs | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 09/23/2010

FreeFest overlap: Who will you see?

You can get with this, or you can get with that. LCD Soundsystem and M.I.A. perform at FreeFest on Saturday. (Jake Walters; AP Photo/Jim Cooper) By Chris Richards When a cornucopia of pop music is dumped on a sprawling festival...

By Chris Richards  |  11:40 AM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Polls | Tags:  LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Neon Indian, Pavement, Sleigh Bells, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Yeasayer

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/23/2010

Katy Perry deemed too hot for "Sesame Street"; Don't judge Jay-Z's forthcoming book by its cover

By Chris Richards - Katy Perry is too hot for "Sesame Street." The pop singer recently joined Elmo to film a spot for the long-running kids television show but producers later deemed the clip un-airable due to Perry's revealing...

By Chris Richards  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Die Antwoord, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, T.I., Virgin Mobile FreeFest

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 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 08:45 AM ET, 09/14/2010

D-Plan tickets on sale Friday; John Mayer, Twitter quitter; Where are those Pavement tickets?

No more @JOHNCMAYER. :-/ (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By David Malitz - Yesterday we broke the news about the January reunion tour by D.C. indie rock faves The Dismemberment Plan. Tickets for all shows - including Jan. 21 at the Black Cat...

By David Malitz  |  08:45 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Dismemberment Plan, John Mayer, Pavement, Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 09/10/2010

Meet Willow Smith, your new pop music overlord; Lou Reed might hate Susan Boyle; Wanda Jackson's Jack White-produced album due in January

By David Malitz - Do you know who Willow Smith is? She's the nine-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. She's also the newest member of Roc Nation. Jay-Z just signed the little tyke to his label....

By David Malitz  |  09:51 AM ET, 09/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Jack White, Lou Reed, Susan Boyle, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Wanda Jackson, Willow Smith

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/02/2010

Taking sides: Who's missing from FreeFest?

Why isn't this woman performing at FreeFest? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) On Wednesday morning, promoters added three more acts to the already sprawling line-up at this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Could this thing possibly get any bigger? Oh, definitely. In this week's...

By Click Track  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Taking sides | Tags:  Beck, Boris, Cee-Lo Green, Darkest Hour, Janelle Monae, Neurosis, Virgin Mobile FreeFest

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 01:30 PM ET, 07/20/2010

Polls: Are you psyched for Virgin Mobile FreeFest?

M.I.A. is coming! M.I.A. is coming! (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) By Chris Richards Considering last year's line-up felt a little "meh," today's Virgin Mobile FreeFest line-up announcement was a super-stoker. So many great acts! And for zero dollars! Whether your favorite...

By Chris Richards  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Polls | 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 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 09:00 AM ET, 07/20/2010

Fugazi live archives almost ready; Juggalos gather next month; Tom Waits and Rihanna judge songwriting competition

By David Malitz - Need proof that Fugazi was basically the greatest live band ever? Soon you will have all you need. Soon the D.C. punk icons' entire live archive will be available online, with the first shows available...

By David Malitz  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Fugazi, Insane Clown Posse, Rihanna, Tom Waits, Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Speculation: Virgin Mobile FreeFest Predictions, Vol. 2

Local boys O.A.R. headlining FreeFest? We can see it. (Courtesy of Everfine Records) By David Malitz It's been a couple of months since we predicted some bands who will play at this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which we now know...

By David Malitz  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Speculation | Tags:  Neon Indian, O.A.R., Pavement, Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 04/27/2010

Speculation: Virgin Mobile FreeFest Predictions, Vol. 1

Will Eugene Hutz and Gogol Bordello make a Virgin Mobile Fest return? We think so. (Sarah L. Voisin/TWP) By David Malitz Here's what we know about the 2010 edition of Virgin Mobile FreeFest - it's on. It will, once again,...

By David Malitz  |  02:25 PM ET, 04/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Speculation | Tags:  Gogol Bordello, Phoenix, Virgin Festival, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Wale

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