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Lady Gaga to cancel concert in Indonesia — and more from the world of pop music

Each Tuesday on the Style blog, we round up the latest pop music headlines along with all of Style’s pop music coverage from the previous week.

● We sure have been hearing a lot of Maroon 5 and Gotye on WPGC 95.5 lately. The local radio station has focused on hip-hop and R&B for years, but with all of these new pop songs on the playlist, has the station changed its format? WPGC Program Director Jason Kidd says no, but adds that the station is open to playing “various songs when they get really big.”

Lady Gaga will have to call off a concert date in Jakarta, Indonesia after protests from conservative lawmakers and vocal members of the Muslim community who think her music and image are too scandalous. National police say the permit for Gaga’s June 3 concert has been denied.

View Photo Gallery: Lady Gaga has made a pop culture splash with her extravagant stage costumes and outlandish street clothes. But a wardrobe of oddball outfits isn't enough to turn a performer into an icon.

● Local rapper Tabi Bonney has a new single out with Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def. It’s called “Chop Chop.” Check it out.

● In today’s Post: I review “Bloom,” the stunning new album from Baltimore “dream pop” duo Beach House. Meantime, Allison Stewart has mixed feelings about Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing,” Sarah Godfrey gets us reacquainted with gone-then-back rapper Rye Rye, and after listening to Best Coast’s sophomore album “The Only Place,” David Malitz thinks frontwoman Bethany Cosentino needs a hug.

● Catch up on our concert reviews: M. Ward at the 9:30 Club; The Hirshhorn’s “Song1” happening with No Age, High Places, Oneohtrix Point Never and others; Josh Gracin at Cancun Cantina; Red Hot Chili Peppers at Verizon Center; Spiritualized at the 9:30; Feist at Strathmore; and last week’s two-night tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David at the Library of Congress and the White House.

View Photo Gallery: Songwriting partners Burt Bacharach and Hal David received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Obama.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the bliss of summer songs, the woe of festival fatigue and a guide on how to KonMari your record collection.


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