The Chart Show: If you give a fan a coupon

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Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire (Courtesy of the band)

Arcade Fire, retain the top spot but are apparently having trouble selling seats at Target Center for their show March 8. Another new way of doing business is offering special deals up to 50% off on Groupon?!

J. Roddy Walston and the Business are inducted into the Chart Hall of Fame and they're poised for a very busy spring, appearing several times at SXSW in Austin coming up in March and Coachella in April. They are supporting Cage The Elephant and Foals at the Myth May 15.

Submit your Chart Show ballot this week for a chance to see St. Vincent perform at the State Theatre on April 3!

Speaking of Austin, it has done a deal apparently with the New Musical Express in the UK so that the annual awards show that happened tonight in London was billed as the NME Awards with Austin, Texas... A little weird but definitely a big up to city that bills itself as the Live Music Capital of the World! HAIM were up for several awards and released a new video for "If I Could Change Your Mind" to celebrate.

Beck had another strong week on the list and his new album, the first in six years, is our CD of the Week. Steve Seel thought it was a great follow up to Sea Change, Pitchfork not so much, giving it a 6.8 and suggesting that, "It's the sound of a rule-breaker dutifully coloring inside the lines."

Courtney Barnett has just finished a short tour of the East coast getting time to stop in at WNYC's Soundcheck show for a live session. Check the bottom of that page too as Minnesota's own Jeremy Messersmith was just there as well!

Highest new entry is Mason Jennings who I'll get a chance to talk to in a wonderful setting on March 8 as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg.

TWLWWksThe Current Chart Show

ArtistSong
118Arcade FireNormal Person
224Jeremy MessersmithGhost
338Arctic MonkeysWhy'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
468PhantogramFall In Love
555Vampire WeekendStep
61012J. Roddy WalstonHeavy Bells
7118Caroline SmithHalf About Being A Woman
893BeckBlue Moon
978HAIMDon't Save Me
10125PharrellHappy
11173Queens Of The Stone AgeThe Vampyre of Time and Memory
121311Sharon JonesStranger To My Happiness
13156Courtney BarnettAvant Gardener
14164Jake BuggSlumville Sunrise
15183Actual WolfVictims and Things
16X1Mason JenningsWilderness
17X1TemplesShelter Song
1886Franz FerdinandBullet
19148Cage The ElephantSpiderhead
20X1The Hold SteadySpinners

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