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THE A LIST (5.24.24)

Fontaines D.C., Nilüfer Yanya, and, you guessed it, Vampire Weekend are back again on the A List this week! We welcome appearances by Babehoven, Dehd, and Justice.

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10. "Classical" - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend is living rent free in our heads once again this week, capturing us with the catchily buzzy guitar riffs of "Classical". 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 at Smale Park with special guest Cults.

9. "Cosmic Backseat Education" - Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper impresses us with their newest album, 100's of 1000's, Millions of Billions. "Cosmic Backseat Education" was first released as a single on April 16, which includes three other partnering tracks: Planetarium, Hello Hallelujah, and Cheap Fantastical Takedown. This relaxing tune is a returning favorite after making a previous appearance on the A List on May 3.

8. "Birdseye" - Babehoven

"I wish there were something

I could give you

I forgive you"

Babehoven steals our hearts this week with their emotional track "Birdseye". It leads the rock duo's sophomore album "Water's Here In You", released on April 26. "Birdseye" was first released as a single in February, including another song "Chariot", which came out in October 2023.

Babehoven (Maya Bon and Ryan Albert) are on tour this summer and recently paid a visit to Columbus, playing at Ace of Cups with Greg Mendez and Villagerrr. Babehoven has upcoming shows in Phoenix (June 8), Los Angeles (June 9), San Francisco (June 10) and Portland (June 12).

7. "Like I say (I runaway)" - Nilüfer Yanya

Nilüfer Yanya returns with her single "Like I say (I runaway)", which appeared at #4 last week. This track breathes new life into her discography while staying true to her unique sound. "Like I say (I runaway)" is her latest release after her album, "PAINLESS", came out in December 2022.

Yanya will be on tour this fall with shows in U.S. cities including: Chicago (Oct. 7), Nashville (Oct. 9) and Atlanta (Oct. 11).

6. "Alien" - Dehd

Dehd rises once again with "Alien", the fifth song on their latest album, Poetry, released on May 10. "Alien" was first released as a single on April 10, a few months after "Mood Ring" came out on January 31.This track blends with the upbeat, easy-listening theme of the rest of the album and it has us grooving along. (Pitchfork shares their thoughts on the album here.)

5. "Generator" - Justice

Justice earns spot #5 with "Generator", the second track off of their latest album Hyperdrama. "Generator" was first released as a single on January 24, alongside, "One Night/All Night" featuring Tame Impala. (Pitchfork's in-depth album review can be found here).

Justice makes their way to the U.S. in July, with shows scheduled in New York, Washington D.C., Philidephia and Boston.

4. "Light On" - Dehd

Dehd is on a roll! They make the cut once again with their track "Light On", which last appeared on the A List on May 10.

Dehd (Emily Kempf, Jason Balla, and Eric McGrady) has both US and Europe dates scheduled for later this year, including two shows in their native city of Chicago on November 12 and 13 at Thalia Hall. While tickets for the November 12 show are sold out, November 13 tickets are still available.

3. "Starburster" - Fontaines D.C.

Fontaines D.C. returns for the third week in a row with their new single "Starburster". It is the latest release after albums, Skinty Fia and secondary release Skinty Fia go deo, came out in 2022 and 2023.

Fontaines D.C. starts their tour in June, but make their way to the U.S. in September. Their nearest show is in Chicago on October 9 at The Salt Shed. Uniquely, Fontaines D.C. shows can be requested here.

"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.

2. "Crybaby" - Cults

Cults returns this week at #2 with their latest single "Crybaby". This is the newest release after their single "3000 Miles" with The So So Glos came out in June 2023. Cults (Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) have many upcoming shows across the U.S. later this year, including Cincinnati on September 20 at the ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park with Vampire Weekend.

1. "Big Time Nothing" - St. Vincent

Showing up at #1 on the A List, St. Vincent steals the show with "Big Time Nothing" from her new album, All Born Screaming. This album has a much anticipated fresh, new sound after her last album, Daddy's Home, was released in 2021.

St. Vincent (Annie Clark) started her summer tour on May 22. Several shows are already sold out, including San Francisco, CA; Napa, CA; Brooklyn, NY; Ann Arbor, MI; and St. Paul, MN.

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I cannot get enough of the Fontaines D.C. <3 <3


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