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THE A LIST (4.19.24)

Vampire Weekend continue with their streak of A List appearances this week - they have become quite the regular around here! New chart entries from several artists - Mount Kimble, Ride, The Decemberists, and GOES THE DYNAMITE - are welcomed.

Make sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest songs carefully curated by your fellow music aficionados and delivered to you directly by our very own music director, Nils Illokken. Join Nils every Friday from 3 - 7p EST to hear this list and so much more.

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10. "This is Nowhere" - The Black Keys

The Black Keys have climbed up the A List from spot #3 last week. Following up from their hit new single "Beautiful People," The Black Keys have released their full length album Ohio Players. The first track of the album, "This Is Nowhere," is a catchy, upbeat track that will surely have you bobbing your head. 

9. "Black Ribbon" - The Ophelias

Cincinnati's own rock goddesses The Ophelias continue to claim a spot on the Top 10 this week with this absolutely flawless electric guitar landscape filled track. We're lucky to have them in our neck of the woods.

8. "Mary Boone" - Vampire Weekend

Another Vampire Weekend song has made its way onto the A List this week. With a choir, ringing bells, and piano, "Mary Boone" is a soft and uplifting track. Pitchfork reviewed "Mary Boone," saying it brought back “the choral ambitions” of the band seen in previous releases. Vampire Weekend has consistently been on the A List for the past few weeks, with their new album Only God Was Above Us coming out on April 5th. 

7. "Light On" - Dehd

Dehd is seriously blowing up, and they have been dominating our charts on a weekly basis. You can check out the track listing for their upcoming album, Poetry, as well as upcoming tour dates on Stereogum.

6. "Burial Ground" - The Decemberists ft. James Mercer

The Decemberists and James Mercer come together for their song "Burial Ground," featured on their latest single album Joan in the Garden. Coming all the way from Oregon, the Decemberists are about to embark on a cross-country tour. See the dates here.


Immediately upon hearing this song, thoughts of The Pointer Sisters and their hit track "I’m So Excited" come to mind. Drawing major influences from sounds of the 1980’s, GOES THE DYNAMITE has created a fresh and lively song that just makes us want to dance! This Cincinnati based band with fun-loving vibes already has us looking forward to new releases – they’re gonna be one to watch. Keep track of them here.

4. "Neon Pill" - Cage the Elephant

This track has been a weekly consistent for well over a month now. "Neon Pill" is a groovy and beautifully arranged staple on our regular spins list. Cage The Elephant shows no signs of slowing down.

3. "Monaco" - Ride

“If this is fear / Can you hear it?”

“This pressure / Can you feel it?”

 Loaded up with plenty of 80’s synth and a dramatic beat, "Monaco" is an energy boosting track from Ride featured on their recent release Interplay, their seventh studio album. Check out the new record on their Bandcamp page.

2. "Gen-X Cops" - Vampire Weekend

Back again this week remaining in the #2 spot, Vampire Weekend makes strides with their new material. The longevity in relevance of this band is truly astounding!  

1. "Fishbrain" - Mount Kimble

We are spoiled this week with yet another noteworthy band releasing new music. Showing up at #1 on the A List, Mount Kimble graces us with their new album The Sunset Violent. Their song "Fishbrain" is a slow, talking-bluesy track that seems to be a narration of someone who feels lost in their thoughts. This album comes with an appearance by King Krule on "Empty And Silent." Sure to amaze, catch Mount Kimble at their last US show on May 25th in Detroit before they travel to Europe on tour!

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