Queens of the Stone Age and Spoon tie for #1

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Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age (Andres Neumann / Courtesy the Artist)

Spoon remain at the top this week, they're the only artist to have two different songs at #1 this year, but they were almost overtaken by QOTSA with their very first hit on our chart! QOTSA have been on tour through Japan and Australia recently where Josh had the pre-show DJ play 'Afternoon Delight' 5 times before they came on and had a lot to say when onstage.

Arcade Fire had a big week, going to #1 on the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic and rounding out Loolapalooza with a career spanning set.

St. Vicent is the highest mover, up to 4. Still no news of a full album this year. But you might want to get tickets ahead of time for her Palace Theater show on Nov 18th.

Francis and the Lights make their debut on our chart at #5. It's the brainchild of Francis Farewell Starlite who writes and produces the songs and performs on stage alone, with JUST the lights! But it is a visual display that has won kudos and with his Peter Gabriel like voice and idiosyncratic dance moves he has garnered a solid live reputation. He's toured with Chance The Rapper a lot, hence his involvement on this track and why they played Lollapalooza together.

The New Pornographers are back with the title track to their recent album. They just wrapped up a short Spoon double-header tour and you can catch them for free in Madison, Wis., next weekend.

Cage The Elephant smash back onto our chart the week after their Unpeeled is released. They're also getting rave reviews for their live performances. I watched, dumbfounded, the Lollapalooza live stream on Friday night as Matthew, the lead singer danced through and surfed on the crowd. Then he climbed a soundboard scaffold while singing, dressed in fish net tights and a tiny purple sequined dress! The next day they went to Toronto and blew Muse off the stage.

Hurray For The Riff Raff also make their debut this week, 3 months since The Navigator album came out. Singer Alynda Segarra explained then to our friends at NPR how her 'outsider' background influences her work.

Jeff Tweedy just released a solo album, versions of some of the songs he has already recorded before with Wilco, like this one at #12 which is from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the name of a film made about the band. But as The Atlantic points out, when put into this context it, "...forces the listener to reckon anew with how one of the best songwriters of our day mostly sings in gibberish."

The Shins make a long-awaited return to our chart this week at #13, wowing audiences across the globe with their, "more forceful performances than in the past". They sat down at NPR's Tiny Desk two weeks ago with a little more restraint.

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TWLWWksThe Current Chart Show
ArtistSong
115SpoonCan I Sit Next To You
266Queens Of The Stone AgeThe Way You Used To Do
328Arcade FireEverything Now
4142St. VincentNew York
5X1Francis and the LightsMay I Have This Dance feat... Chance The Rapper
679The War On DrugsHolding On
7129Courtney BarnettHow To Boil An Egg
8157Dan WilsonSomeone Like You feat... Kronos Quartet
9X1The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
10X1Cage The ElephantWhole Wide World
11X1Hurray For The Riff RaffLiving In The City
12X1Jeff TweedyI Am Trying To Break Your Heart
13X1The ShinsHalf A Million
14810Bon Iver29 #Strafford Apts.
15510HAIMWant You Back
1697RadioheadI Promise
17195Fleet FoxesFool's Errand
18185Beth DittoFire
19116Lana Del ReyLove
20175Chastity BrownCarried Away

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