The Chart Show: St. Vincent announces new coffee blend, perks up the Chart

by Mark Wheat

St. Vincent performing live at the State Theater. April 3, 2014
St. Vincent performing live at the State Theater. April 3, 2014 (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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Just when you thought she's done it all: soccer tricks, covering Nirvana and her own custom coffee, St. Vincent goes and gets the #1 spot on this week's Chart! Delighted to see St. Vincent delightfully twisted pop at the top.

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Our #2 spot comes from the even more twisted tUnE-yArDs, whose record Nicki Nack came out this week. Merrill Garbus performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week; the Roots improbably added even more percussion to her sound.

The Black Keys are everywhere on the telly, too. They were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last week and participated in a live Late Show with David Letterman webcast. Then Pitchfork officially starts the backlash that the band predicted would occur this time out with a 5.8 review. They play the Target Center Oct. 24 in support of their new album Turn Blue, which is our CD of the Week. The Keys' Auerbach and Carney can't be faulted for their choice of opening acts: on the Twin Cities' bill is Jake Bugg, and St. Vincent and Cage The Elephant join them on a handful of other dates.

Cage the Elephant are headlining their own tour right now with Foals and J. Roddy Walston and the Business including a stop at the Myth on Thursday, May 15. Then the following Friday morning J. Roddy and the guys will join the Morning Show's Jill and Steve at Psycho Suzi's for a live broadcast to celebrate Schell's The Current beer!

Jeremy Messersmith, one of our Rock the Garden guests, is the highest new entry with the third song to chart from his Heart Murmurs. He recently created a nice song list of acoustic versions from his entire catalog on his website.

Damon Albarn, not the TBA artist at Rock the Garden, reasons in a recent interview with the BBC that especially American audiences seem confused by his eclectic career, but our audience appears to have caught on as he's another new entry at #11.

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 2 10 St. Vincent Digital Witness
2 7 5 tUnE-yArDs Water Fountain
3 4 5 The Black Keys Fever
4 3 11 Broken Bells After The Disco
5 10 8 Atmosphere Bitter
6 9 10 Haley Bonar Last War
7 X 1 Jeremy Messersmith It's Only Dancing
8 19 7 The Strypes Blue Collar Jane
9 16 3 First Aid Kit My Silver Lining
10 6 5 Arcade Fire Afterlife
11 X 1 Damon Albarn Mr. Tembo
12 5 4 Phantogram Howling At The Moon
13 15 9 J. Roddy Walston Take It As It Comes
14 1 3 HAIM Forever
15 14 8 Jake Bugg Me And You
16 13 12 Temples Shelter Song
17 8 11 Lucius Tempest
18 20 2 Afghan Whigs Algiers
19 18 3 Sam Smith Stay With Me
20 17 7 Cage The Elephant Take It Or Leave It

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