Best in Show

Vampire Weekend – This Life

Heading into warmer weather means finding tunes that suit the mood. Our Best In Show this week fits the bill: “This Life,” from the new Vampire Weekend album, Father of the Bride. The album will be available May 3. For more information visit vampireweekend.com.

Jenny Lewis – Red Bull & Hennessy

The new album from Jenny Lewis, On the Line, is garnering mucho attention, and rightly so…it’s great! For this week’s Best In Show we’re going with “Red Bull & Hennessy” which includes an all-star backing band: Ringo Starr & Jim Keltner on drums, Don Was on bass, and Benmont Tench on keys. The album is available now from Warner Brothers Records. For more information visit jennylewis.com.

Stealing Sheep – Joking Me

Straight out of Liverpool comes this week’s Best In Show, “Joking Me,” by Stealing Sheep. The bouncy electro track can be found on their third and latest album, Big Wows, available on April 19 from Heavenly Recordings. For more information visit facebook.com/stealingsheep.

Yola – Faraway Look

Wow! If mid to late 60’s soul pop is your thing (think Dusty Springfield), you’re going to LOVE this week’s Best In Show, “Faraway Look” from the UK’s Yola. The song can be found on her new, Dan Auerbach-produced album, Walk Through Fire, and there’s a lot to like about this big, already classic sounding album. For more information visit iamyola.com.

Claude Fontaine – Pretending He Was You

Our Best In Show this week is by American newcomer, Claude Fontaine, with the Brazilian flavored “Pretending He Was You.” The song comes from the Los Angeles-based singer’s debut album which finds her French-influenced vocals floating over South American and Jamaican rhythms. It’s quite an intoxicating mix! The album will be available April 26 via the Innovative Leisure label. For more information visit facebook.com/Claude-Fontaine.

Lizzo – Juice

Every once in a while a song comes along that makes us think, “If this isn’t a hit, we have no idea what we’re doing.” “Juice” by Lizzo is one those tunes, and its our Best In Show for this week. Damn, this is fun! Her next album, Cuz I Love You, will be released in April by Atlantic Records. For more info visit lizzomusic.com.

Júníus Meyvant – Lay Your Head

This week’s Best In Show comes all the way from Iceland! Júníus Meyvant (aka Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson) brings us the simply beautiful “Lay Your Head” from his latest album, Across the Borders, available now from Glassnote Records. For more information visit juniusmeyvant.com.

Mercury Rev feat. Hope Sandoval – Big Boss Man

Shout out to our Hudson Valley pal’s, Mercury Rev, along with special guest, Hope Sandoval, for this week’s Best In Show: “Big Boss Man“. The tune is from the Rev’s latest long player, Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited, and we highly suggest checking the entire album out. Its available now on Partisan Records & Bella Union Records! For more info visit mercuryrev.com.

Steve Gunn – Vagabond

Our Best In Show this week comes out of New York City. A sort of Americana-style version of something by the Go-Betweens, “Vagabond” is a cut from the prolific Steve Gunn‘s latest album, The Unseen In Between, available now from Matador Records. For more information visit steve-gunn.com.

David Mead – Bedtime Story

Settle in for this week’s Best In Show, “Bedtime Story“, by Nashville-based David Mead. Its been a while since we’ve heard from David, and we’re extremely happy to hear some new music from him. “Bedtime Story” is the first single from his new album, Cobra Pumps, available now! For more information visit davidmead.com.