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THE A LIST (5.10.24)

Updated: May 17

Blondshell and Vampire Weekend continue their streak of A List appearances this week! New chart entries from several artists - Kings of Leon, Spiritual Cramp, Jamie xx, and Khruangbin - are welcomed.

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10. "Whatever You Say Man" - Spiritual Cramp (feat. White Reaper)

Spiritual Cramp's latest single enters the charts this week with a feature from White Reaper, released on April 18. This is the newest release after their self-titled album came out in November 2023. The band also has an "upcoming split" with White Reaper, which will be available May 16. Spiritual Cramp has many upcoming shows taking place in the US and Europe later this year, with the closest show being in Cleveland on June 12.

9. "Gen-X Cops" - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend has returned to The A List this week, winning our hearts once again with "Gen-X Cops". Their newest album Only God Was Above Us was released on April 5, nearly 5 years since their previous album, Father of the Bride, came out in May 2019. Vampire Weekend will be in Cincinnati on September 20 at the ICON Festival Stage with special guest Cults.

8. "Baddy On The Floor (feat. Honey Dijon)" - Jamie xx

Jamie xx's latest beat-heavy track from April 15 has us dancing this week. Baddy On The Floor is the newest release after Jamie xx (James Thomas Smith) released "It's So Good" on January 9 (see what Stereogum has to say about it here). Jamie xx told BBC Radio 1 that he is finishing an album and hopes to release it later this year. We cannot wait to hear more!

The London native will be making his way across the pond to play the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, which is taking place July 19-21.

7. "May Ninth" - Khruangbin

"Oh what it could be,

Oh what a dream to me"

Khruangbin's hopeful, yet reminiscent track entered the list this week. "May Ninth" is the second track off of the bands' new album A LA SALA, which released on April 5.

Khruangbin starts their tour later this month, with the closest show being in Columbus on June 5 at KEMBA! Live.

6. "Revelator" - Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent's "Revelator" is the first track on the artist's newest album Revelator, released April 5. This track stays true to the melancholy, persevering theme of the rest of the album and it has us in our feels. (Pitchfork shares their thoughts here.)

Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) starts his upcoming tour on May 15, with his closest stop being in Nashville on June 15 at Musicians Corner.

5. "Nothing To Do" - Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon has joined the A List this week with "Nothing To Do", the first track off of their latest single from April 19. Two other partnering tracks include "Mustang" and "Split Screen". The single is the newest introduction to their strong discography, following their eighth studio album from 2021, When You See Yourself.

Can We Please Have Fun comes out May 10, a few short months before the band makes their way to Cincinnati on September 14 for a sold out show at The Andrew J Brady Music Center.

4. "Light On" - Dehd

Dehd rises once again to the top 10 with their track "Light On", which last appeared on the A List on April 19. This song is off their latest album, Poetry, which is scheduled to release on May 10.

Dehd has both US and Europe dates scheduled for later this year, including shows in their native city of Chicago on November 12 and 13 at Thalia Hall.

3. "Broken Man" - St. Vincent

St. Vincent enters the charts this week with a track off the new album, All Born Screaming, which released on April 26. This album has a much anticipated fresh, new sound after her last album, Daddy's Home, was released in 2021.

St. Vincent, or Annie Clark, starts her summer tour near the end of May. Multiple shows are already sold out, including Napa, CA; Bristol, UK; Ann Arbor, MI; and St. Paul, MN.

2. "Docket" - Blondshell (feat. Bully)

Blondshell rises from #9 on the charts last week with her latest single, which released on March 26. This is the newest release after their self-titled album came out in April 2023. Blondshell, or Sabrina Teitelbaum, has many upcoming shows across the US and Europe later this year, including Lollapalooza on August 1 in Chicago.

1. "Starburster" - Fontaines D.C.

Showing up at #1 on the A List, Fontaines D.C. impresses us with their new single "Starburster", which was released on April 17. It is the latest release after albums, Skinty Fia and secondary release Skinty Fia go deo, came out in 2022 and 2023.

"Starburster" is a look into what's to come with Fontaines D.C.'s new album, Romance, which is scheduled to release on August 23. We cannot wait to see what's next!

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