<p>Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards.</p>

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

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Mark your calendars: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' music video debuts Feb. 28

Lady Gaga co-directed the video

Mark your calendars, Little Monsters. Lady Gaga announced early Wednesday  morning (Feb. 23) that the music video for first single “Born This Way” will debut online on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. EST. It was not specified which site will premiere the clip, but we'd put money on Lady Gaga's website and Vevo.

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<p>Billie Joe Armstrong of &quot;Green Day&quot;</p>

Billie Joe Armstrong of "Green Day"

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Watch: Green Day's new live video clip for 'Cigarettes and Valentines'

Audio clip is on March 22's 'Awesome as F***" CD/DVD

Green Day’s “Awesome as Fuck” comes out March 22. The live album comes with a bonus DVD from the band’s 2009-2010 world tour and with each new video release, we get more excited.

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<p>Phish's Trey Anastasio</p>

Phish's Trey Anastasio

Phish sets up summer tour before taking the rest of the year off

Catch them while you can in 2011

Is it just me or does it seem like Phish has toured constantly since they reunited in 2009?  Not that I’m complaining, mind you. It doesn’t feel right now to have Trey and the boys out during the summer jam season.

Here are the newly announced dates for the 2011 Phish tour. It’s only 13 cities, so we’re sure there are many more to come. But, according to the band, they will take off the rest of the year, so grab tickets while you can. Phish fans know the drill. You can request tix through Phish’s website before they go on sale to the general public on March 11.

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<p>The Low Anthem</p>

The Low Anthem

Album Review: The Low Anthem's 'Smart Flesh'

Death has never sounded so lovely on folk/Americana's quartet's latest

The Low Anthem had death on its collective mind. Its fine new album, “Smart Flesh,” out today (Feb. 22) opens with a visitation from lonely ghost and closes 10 songs later with a seven-minute meditation about slipping off this earth.

In between, there are many other references to loss, including a  nod to 9/11 (“I was in the air when the towers came down in a bar on the 84th floor” in the musically rowdy “Boeing 737”) and a man laments not taking out a loved one’s remains following his/her cremation on “I’ll Take Out Your Ashes,” cloaked in the sense of guilt that can linger long after someone has passed.

The latter is not a topic you hear about in a song every day and that’s half of The Low Anthem’s charm. The Rhode Island quartet,  who originally came together at Brown University, are all multi-instrumentalists, switching off on more than 30 instruments on “Smart Flesh,” most of them acoustic. Anything can be called into a service, from a saw to a transistor radio playing in the background to add ambience. All four members harmonize, but Ben Knox Miller carries the lead vocals with his haunting, spare, lovely voice. He can sound as country as the day is long on “Apothecary Love”  or otherworldly on “Love and Altar.” As with 2008’s “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin,” The Low Anthem make no concessions to pop radio or current trends. They are delightfully unburdened by trying to fit into anyone’s preconceived notion of how they should sound. To that end, they recorded the album primarily in an abandoned pasta sauce factory in Rhode Island, with additional recording conducted in a small, garage-like facility to counterbalance the hollow hugeness of the empty factory.

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<p>Adele returns with &quot;21.&quot;</p>

Adele returns with "21."

Album Review: Adele's '21' soars above '19'

How's working with Rick Rubin turn out for her?

Fans of Adele knew from her debut album, “19,” that the two-time Grammy winner has pipes that belie her young years. On “21,” out Feb. 22, she digs deeper as her lyrics start to match the emotional heft of her  full-throated, wondrous voice.

“21” mines the depths of one relationship from its start to finish. Too often, the path is laden with land mines that are impossible to see until you’re smack dab on top of them and you’re trapped, unable to move in any direction. Like Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief, Adele seems able to run through all the stages of a torrid love affair from exhilaration to devastation.

The album opens with regret and recriminations on first single “Rollin’ in The Deep,”  Adele’s  voice swooping and swelling with emotion, till she builds to a fevered wail on “We could have had it all.”

On the finger-poppin’ “Rumor Has It,”  the big kick drum and girl group-backing vocals anchor her spunky delivery as she takes to task her boyfriend stepping out with someone “half his age.”  It’s one of two songs  OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who’s also crafted songs for Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce, co-wrote with Adele. Tedder also co-produced “Rumor,” while he left the production work for their other co-write, the piano/string ballad “Turning Tables” to Jim Abbiss. Her feistiness has deserted her and she’s left only with the shutting down, after making herself vulnerable.

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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Adele leads Feb. 22 slate of album releases

Jeff Beck, Bayside and the Low Anthem also return with new sets

We’re half-way through the first quarter of 2011 and we finally have a release that’s guaranteed to surpass the 100,000 mark and could be the first blockbuster of the year, Adele's "21," out Feb. 22. The album has already released in much of the rest of the world and debuted at No. 1 in more than a dozen countries. Expect the same here.

Adele, “21” (XL/Columbia):
British thrush and previous Grammy winner for best new artist returns with her second album, produced by Rick Rubin and prefaced by the galloping “Rollin’ In the Deep.”

Bayside, “Killing Time” (Wind-Up):
Gil Norton (The Pixies, Foo Fighters) helped this New York rock band’s first set for Wind-Up following its departure from longtime home, Victory Records.

Jeff Beck, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul” (Atco/Rhino):
Guitar icon pays tribute to his mentor, Les Paul, with this rollicking salute to not only Paul’s music, but other early rock and rockabilly standards. Guests include Brian Setzer.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Billboard 200 chart preview: Does Bieber have what it takes to come in at No. 1?

Gramm gains for Mumford & Sons, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and more

Grammy performers  and winners will see a continued big bounce on the Billboard 200 next week.  Though the charts close at midnight on Sunday, this week’s chart showed immediate upticks for Mumford & Sons, Justin Bieber and Eminem, among others.

Though he went home with no Grammys, Bieber see even more of a surge this week: the one-two punch of “Never Say Never’s” strong showing in theaters as well as his Grammy performance will likely mean at No. 1 debut for the soundtrack to  “Never Say Never,” according to Hits Daily Double.The title, which may sell up to 140,000, is one of three sets that will surpass 100,000 units, marking the first time this year that a trio of titles in the top 10 have sold into six figures.  Additionally, “My World 2.0,” which got a boost from the awards and the movie, will drop in chart position, but will increase in sales over last week.  “Never Say Never” is the only new title that will debut in the top 15; last week’s No. 1 , “Now 37,” remains strong at No. 2 with very little drop-off in sales.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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Watch: Kanye West's 'All of the Lights' video featuring a nearly topless Rihanna

Someone's been watching Gasper Noe's 'Enter the Void'

Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” video opens to beautiful black and white footage of an urban snowscape with a little girl trying to find her way, as a piano and string interlude gently lull us into thinking all is okay in the world.

What were we thinking?  Before you can say “Im’ma gonna let you finish,” the peaceful image explodes into a kaleidoscope of color and controversy.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Music Power Rankings: Ladies Antebellum and Gaga rise to the top

'Glee,' Justin Bieber and Arcade Fire and, of course, Esperanza Spalding

The Grammys deserve a place on this week's music power rankings as the annual music awards drew its largest audience in 11 years at 26.7 million. However, we decided to look, instead, at some of the artists who got the biggest tailwind from broadcast, as well as the week's other top movers.

1) Lady Antebellum (not ranked last week): Five Grammys and a return to the No. 1 album on iTunes. Looks like we definitely Need Them Now.

2) Lady Gaga (No. 2): “Born This Way” is the fastest selling single ever for iTunes worldwide, arriving at No. 1 in 23 countries and surpassing sales of 1 million tracks in five days. It is also the 1,000 No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100.

3) “Glee” (not ranked):
The ultimate high school musical has now charted more Hot 100 singles than any other entity, surpassing Elvis Presley’s former record of 108. We understand how the charts work, but we feel there should be an asterisk by “Glee’s” name. Presley will always be the King to us.

4) Esperanza Spalding (are you kidding?): Sure, she went from 99% of the world having a clue she exists to everyone going, “Who?,” after snagging the Best New Artist Grammy, but that’s a step in the right direction. Plus, she’s ABC World News’ “Person of the Week.” That has to count for something.

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Watch: Reggie Watts tosses around Eagle and Talon in 'For the Bond' video

Watch: Reggie Watts tosses around Eagle and Talon in 'For the Bond' video

Comedian/musician joins Los Angeles duo for new EP and live dates

Comedian/musician Reggie Watts adds a new job description to his resume: puppet master.  In the new video for Los Angeles female duo Eagle and Talon’s “For the Bond,” he bodily manipulates the twosome like rag dolls.

Watts doesn’t sing a lick in the clip, which looks like it cost about $5 to shoot, although he pretends to provide the voice for the bass. Our favorite part is when he seemingly plays the tambourine part, although he doesn’t have a tambourine, and when the duo tries to run a comb through his Afro and gets nowhere.

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