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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 is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about David Bowie's legacy of reinvention, Beyoncé's Super Bowl victory, viral go-go covers and rock star death waves.

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