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Week Ahead: Mariah hits D.C., divas to dominate Grammy performances

Mariah CareyMimi plays at DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday.

In concert: An enduring diva and a top indie rock act come to town this week and it's no stretch to think that the latter will actually be the bigger spectacle. Mariah Carey brings a downsized tour to Constitution Hall on Wednesday, her starpower not mighty enough to fill the Verizon Center these days. On the bright side, the smaller the venue, the bigger her voice should sound. Kevin Barnes and Of Montreal stop by 9:30 club Thursday. Last time around Barnes brought with him "interpretive dancers moving around the stage while dressed as Easter Island statues, animals, 'Deadwood' extras, beachgoers and golden pharaoh puppets." How do you follow that?

In stores: You read about Beach House in Sunday's paper, you heard how the Baltimore duo built its sound through thrift shop keyboards. The band's third album, "Teen Dream," is available Tuesday. Country trio Lady Antebellum looks to make the leap to superstar status with "Need You Now." "There Is Love in You," the new one from U.K. electronic act Four Tet is one to seek out. Look for reviews on the blog tomorrow of the Magnetic Fields, Corinne Bailey Rae and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

On TV: This week's marquee event is obviously Sunday night's Grammy Awards, which will feature live performances by the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Click Track sentimental fave Maxwell. There will also be a tribute to Michael Jackson which for some reason will include Celine Dion and Carrie Underwood. (Also Smokey Robinson and consensus Hope for Haiti show-stealer Jennifer Hudson.) Most of the late night talk shows will be in reruns, but Jimmy Kimmel is new and he has a monopoly on Mayers of the world -- newbie throwback soul singer Mayer Hawthorne will visit on Wednesday while the never dull John Mayer does his thing on Friday.

By David Malitz  |  January 25, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Beach House, Mariah Carey, Of Montreal  
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