Country stars rally for Alabama; Springsteen comments on Clemons; NPR picks top albums of 2011


Alabama the band rallied for Alabama the state on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager)

- Bruce Springsteen took to his Web site, Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday to comment on saxophonist Clarence Clemons who suffered a stroke over the weekend. “Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again,” Springsteen said.

- 2011 is almost halfway over, meaning that music journos far and wide are about to start rolling out their best-albums-of-2011-so-far lists. NPR Music has done its part and we’re glad to see that they like Wye Oak and E-40 as much as we do.

-  Time to dig your picnic blanket out of the closet and stock up on mosquito repellant. The Fort Reno concert series was announced earlier this week.

- Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Wednesday morning:

Sade, “Like a Tattoo”

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the joys of heavy metal drumming, the perils of "poptimism" and six months in the life of D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy.
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