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Hear Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ at U Street Music Hall listening party

Kanye West's hotly anticipated, dyspeptic new album "Yeezus" may have spilled prematurely onto the web and into everyone's download folders over the weekend, but you might want to reserve judgment about the album's dance-worthiness until you hear it cranking from the speakers at U Street Music Hall on Tuesday night.

The club is attempting to repeat the success of last month's Daft Punk listening party with "Yeezus." In May, the club's Daft Punk bash attracted a line of fans that stretched down the block to hear -- and dance to -- the freshly released  "Random Access Memories" on the city's most revered sound system. (Is it too early to hope for another listening party next month for Jay-Z's mouthful of a new release, "Magna Carta Holy Grail"?)

Kanye West performs during the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London in this July 1, 2007 file photo. Kanye West rarely stays under the radar for long, and he was grabbing headlines again on April 5, 2012 after professing his love for reality TV star Kim Kardashian in a new song leaked online. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Hear Kanye West's "Yeezus" --  which Post pop music critic Chris Richards calls "luscious electronic music sculpted into elegant shapes" --  at U Street Music Hall.   (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

With an appearance from the French DJ duo on the record, and West's declaration that he's a "black new wave artist" in last week's heavily dissected interview with the New York Times, the record might be a perfect fit for electronic-leaning U Hall. The "Yeezus" listening party starts at 10 p.m. and is free for ages 21 and older. If you're between 18 and 21, a $5 ticket is required.

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Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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