The Chart Show: If you give a fan a coupon

by Mark Wheat

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.

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 1 8 Arcade Fire Normal Person
2 2 4 Jeremy Messersmith Ghost
3 3 8 Arctic Monkeys Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
4 6 8 Phantogram Fall In Love
5 5 5 Vampire Weekend Step
6 10 12 J. Roddy Walston Heavy Bells
7 11 8 Caroline Smith Half About Being A Woman
8 9 3 Beck Blue Moon
9 7 8 HAIM Don't Save Me
10 12 5 Pharrell Happy
11 17 3 Queens Of The Stone Age The Vampyre of Time and Memory
12 13 11 Sharon Jones Stranger To My Happiness
13 15 6 Courtney Barnett Avant Gardener
14 16 4 Jake Bugg Slumville Sunrise
15 18 3 Actual Wolf Victims and Things
16 X 1 Mason Jennings Wilderness
17 X 1 Temples Shelter Song
18 8 6 Franz Ferdinand Bullet
19 14 8 Cage The Elephant Spiderhead
20 X 1 The Hold Steady Spinners

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  • The Chart Show Ballot Mark Wheat hosts this weekly countdown of your favorite songs currently in rotation on 89.3 The Current. Vote every week for your top 5 songs (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), and then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. to see if your favorites make the chart!
  • The Chart Show Hall of Fame When a song stays on The Chart Show's chart for more than 12 weeks, we retire it from the poll and it enters the very prestigious Chart Show Hall of Fame.