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By Andy Argyrakis
Radiohead Weekend Report: It's all about the 51st annual Grammy Awards
Friday, February 6, 2009

With 51 years under its belt, the Grammy Awards have literally recognized every major musical icon, while also putting the spotlight on fresh faces who've since graduated to superstardom. Even with the music industry's obvious slump, the evening is still worth getting excited over, if only for a telecast sure to be stacked with performances, handing out top trophies and probably a blooper or controversial moment to talk about at the water cooler the next morning.

When it comes to mini-concerts, expect single song sets from U2, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kid Rock, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Radiohead and Carrie Underwood. Also be on the lookout Plant & Kraussfor several once in a lifetime collaborations, including Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West performing their smash single "Swagga Like Us," a tag team between T.I. and Justin Timberlake, plus Paul McCartney with guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.

As for the awards, the top slot of the night for "Album of the Year" is a fairly tough call between Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Capitol), Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III (Universal Motown/Cash Money), Ne-Yo's Year of the Gentleman (Def Jam/ Compound), Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' Raising Sand (Rounder) and Radiohead's self-released In Rainbows. Plant & Krauss are by far the critical favorites, but Radiohead's "pay what you want" method was revolutionary, while the Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo and Coldplay collections sold tons of copies. (Bet your life - Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT- CBS TV: www.grammy.com)
The Fray Street Week: The Fray's new day, Hannigan's solo start
Monday, February 2, 2009

By now, samples of The Fray's second CD have been peppered all over the internet with the single "You Found Me" scoring mounds of radio airplay. And thus far, all samples of these piano poppers' self-titled Epic Records release point a group that's grown considerably from its generally infectious though occasionally bland beginnings. The project boasts increasingly ethereal instrumentation, red hot harmonies and sophisticated songwriting from front man Isaac Slade.

If the name Lisa Hannigan sounds vaguely familiar, it's because she's sang on various projects with The Frames and even dueted with Damien Rice on Herbie Hancock's Grammy-Award winning blockbuster Possibilities. On this solo CD Sea Saw, expect ten tracksLisa Hannigan comprised of material that's just as earthy as it is introspective, tipped off by a CD cover featuring patchwork personally sewn by this singer/songwriter. The disc drops on ATO Records, joining the lauded ranks of indie rockers like Ben Kweller and David Gray.

British rocker Joe Jackson has switched styles on numerous occasions throughout an illustrious career, but his ability to weave pub and punk rock with new wave will always leave fond memories with fans. Old school appreciators will have a chance to relive his glory years across the double disc At the BBC, tracing various sessions spanning 1979 and 1983. It's a sing-a-long from start to finish thanks to "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," "Steppin' Out," "Look Sharp" and "I'm the Man."

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