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Ari Up of the Slits is dead; Gwenyth Paltrow to sing at CMAs; Mark E. Smith throws bottles

By Chris Richards

- Ari Up, post-punk icon and founder of the Slits, has died at the age of 48. The Slits' 1979 debut album "Cut," released when Up was only a teenager, stands as one of the most jittery, jolting rock albums ever made.

- This year's CMA Awards just got blonder: Gweneth Paltrow is scheduled to perform at the annual country music awards show. She'll be dueting the title track of her new film "Country Song" with Vince Gill.

- When legendary crank Mark E. Smith of the Fall doesn't like your music, he will throw his drink at you. The 53-year-old singer says he recently expressed his distaste for British folk band Mumford & Sons by chucking a bottle at them.

- Has there ever been a performance at Madison Square Garden where the headliner didn't bring out a surprise guest? French rock band Phoenix did its part to keep this tradition alive on Wednesday, sharing the stage with fellow countrymen (countrybots?) Daft Punk.

By Chris Richards  | October 21, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Ari Up, CMAs, Daft Punk, Gwenyth Paltrow, Mark E. Smith, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, The Fall, Vince Gill, the Slits  
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RIP Ari, "Cut" is still one of my favorite records

Posted by: LisaL1 | October 21, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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