Best in Show

Toro y Moi – Freelance

Our Best In Show this week is from native South Carolinian, Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bear). The subtle funk of “Freelance” promises great things to come, and can be found on his most recent album, Outer Peace, available now on Carpark Records. For more information visit toroymoi.com.

Bodega – How Did This Happen

Following last week’s Best In Show from the Specials, we’re keeping the pressure on with “How Did This Happen” from Brooklyn’s Bodega. This indie punk-inspired rocker can be found on their debut album, Endless Scroll, available now from What’s Your Rupture? Records. For more information visit bodegabk.bandcamp.com.

The Specials – Vote For Me

Our first Best In Show selection of 2019 features some old favorites who are back in a big way! “Vote For Me” is by The Specials, and its their first new release with lead singer Terry Hall since the 1981 release of their smash hit, “Ghost Town.” “Vote For Me” picks up where they left off, and is a strong commentary on today’s political landscape. The tune will feature on the band’s upcoming album, Encore, to be released in February. For more information visit thespecials.com.

radio UNLEASHED – 2018 Best In Show Playlist!

All 51 of our 2018 Best In Show selections in one handy playlist! Happy holidays everyone…see you in 2019. xo

Omni – Southbound Station
Big Thief – Mythological Beauty
Catholic Action – New Year
Bahamas – Way With Words
Hiss Golden Messenger – Domino (Time Will Tell)
Lane 8 – No Captain (feat. POLIÇA)
Tracey Thorn – Queen
U.S. Girls – Rosebud
This Is The Kit – Hotter Colder
lovelytheband – Broken
Eels – Today Is the Day
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo
Ride – Catch You Dreaming
Gwenno – Tir Ha Mor
Neko Case – Hell-On
Vacationer – Magnetism
Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love
Whyte Horses – Empty Words
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talking Straight
Jono McCleery – Know Who You Are At Every Age
Flasher – Pressure
Eels – Bone Dry
Yukon Blonde – Love The Way You Are
Cut Worms – Don’t Want To Say Goodbye
The Coral – Sweet Release
The Regrettes – Helpless
Archie & The Bunkers – Looking
Christine and The Queens – Damn, dis-moi (feat. Dâm-Funk)
Lump – Curse of the Contemporary
White Denim – It Might Get Dark
Roosevelt – Under the Sun
Jade Bird – Uh Huh
Phosphorescent – New Birth In New England
The Nude Party – Chevrolet Van
Chaka Khan – Like Sugar
BC Camplight – I’m Desperate
Natalie Prass – Lost
Rayland Baxter – Casanova
Night Shop – My Love
Caroline Rose – More of the Same
Whiskey Autumn – Let’s Go Sailing Instead
Miya Folick – Stop Talking
The Goon Sax – Make Time 4 Love
Steve Mason – Stars Around My Heart
Becky Warren – Carmen
Snail Mail – Pristine
Marianne Faithfull – The Gypsy Faerie Queen (feat. Nick Cave)
She Drew the Gun – Something For the Pain
Amen Dunes – Miki Dora
Moscow Apartment – Orange

Moscow Apartment – Orange

Our Best In Show this week goes to new Canadian duo, Moscow Apartment, with “Orange“. Working off a classic indie-pop sound solidified in the past by the likes of Camera Obscura, Belle & Sebastian, and others, this is a gem of a tune! It’s available now as a single from HandsomeBoy Records. For more information visit moscowapartment.ca.

Amen Dunes – Miki Dora

Named after a surfing pioneer and early superstar of the sport, our Best In Show this week is “Miki Dora” by Amon Dunes. The song can be found on the band’s fifth album, Freedom, available now from Sacred Bones Records. For more information visit amendunes.com.

She Drew the Gun – Something For the Pain

This week’s Best In Show comes courtesy of Liverpudlian newcomers, She Drew the Gun. “Something For the Pain” is a slow burning groover to heat you up this winter. The song can be found on the band’s sophomore album, Revolution of Mind, available now from Skeleton Key Records. For more information visit shedrewthegun.com.

Marianne Faithfull – The Gypsy Faerie Queen (feat. Nick Cave)

Our Best In Show this week suits the January-weather-in-November we’ve been experiencing recently. From two legends, Marianne Faithfull & Nick Cave, comes the gorgeous “The Gypsy Faerie Queen” from Marianne’s recent album, Negative Capability. The album is available now. For more information visit mariannefaithfull.org.uk.

Snail Mail – Pristine

We have a delightful indie rock Best In Show for you this week from Lindsey Jordan and her band, Snail Mail. “Pristine” can be found on their debut album, Lush, available now from Matador Records. For more information please visit snailmail.band.

Becky Warren – Carmen

Our Best In Show this week takes us to Nashville for the quirky new wave/country hybrid sounds of Becky Warren. “Carmen” can be found on the singer/songwriter’s sophomore album, Undesirable, available now. For more information visit beckywarren.com.