Alt-J continues to dissolve their competition - The Chart Show - July 2, 2013

by Mark Wheat

Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio.
Guitarist Gwil Sainsbury of Alt-J in The Current studio. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

Alt-J may never headline a huge festival like last weekend's Glastonbury in the UK, but they held off all-comers again to remain #1 on The Current's chart. Reports from the biggest festival of the year suggested their airy, intricate songs got lost in the field, but then apparently paled in comparison to The Rolling Stones! Rumours swirled that Daft Punk might show up to the festival, but they didn't even join their buddy Nile Rodgers for a cameo appearance.

Good to see the Glastonbury's headliner Mumford and Sons back in action. They'll be joined by our highest new entry this week Vampire Weekend for a massive gig July 6 at the new Olympic Stadium in London.

Other new entries: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros make a debut this week with "Better Days" following their crammed Cabooze show in Minneapolis on June 25. Before their performance, they shared some tracks with Barb Abney for a Theft of the Dial. Phoenix's "Trying To Be Cool" debuts at the #6 spot. The Neighbourhood, who play the big Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee Thursday, just makes the cut this week at #20. They'll be playing at Minneapolis' Varsity Theater on Friday.

Cloud Cult has been inducted into the Chart Hall of Fame. They play Duluth's Twin Ports Bridge Festival this Saturday.

With all the chart debuts, we lost Polica, John Grant (who stopped by last week to perform in The Current studios), Bombino, and Nine Inch Nails.

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 1 11 Alt-J Dissolve Me
2 2 10 Daft Punk Get Lucky
3 X 1 Vampire Weekend Ya Hey
4 4 8 The National Don't Swallow the Cap
5 7 4 CHVRCHES Recover
6 X 1 Phoenix Trying To Be Cool
7 10 2 Dawes Most People
8 8 9 Fitz and The Tantrums Out of My League
9 11 7 Sigur Ros Isjaki
10 3 4 Lissie Shameless
11 5 6 Eels You're My Friend
12 6 5 Savages Husbands
13 15 12 Cloud Cult Good Friend
14 14 3 Iron and Wine Grace For Saints and Ramblers
15 17 4 Janelle Monae Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu
16 13 5 Queens of the Stone Age MY God Is the Sun
17 9 9 Jake Bugg Two Fingers
18 16 10 Dessa Warsaw
19 X 1 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Better Days
20 X 1 The Neighbourhood Sweater Weather

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