Pinkish Black Drowned Everyone Else Out This Week.
Each week, we take a survey of the local music scene and try to determine which acts in town are really putting in work and seeing it pay off. Which bands have the most intriguing shows coming up? Which bands are getting the most press around town? Which bands have accomplished the most notable feats of late? Based off these criteria, our music writers submit a list to be weighted and compiled into a master list revealed each week in this here space. We like to think it's fairly revealing. Check out our previous Buzz Rankings here.
It's a sign of the times.
This week, the covers of the Fort Worth Weekly and the Dallas Observer were each not only dedicated to local bands, but they both went with guitar-free metal acts. Denton trio Terminator 2 found itself on the front of this week's Observer as Pinkish Black, which will headline a Friday night gig at Lola's Saloon and perform as part of Parade of Flesh's Holiday benefit show for the North Texas Food Bank on Saturday, graced the cover of the Weekly.
Only time will tell if this is actually the beginning stages of a larger, guitar-eschewing trend in town. All we know for sure is that this week's win marks the third time that Pinkiish Black has topped our local music Buzz Rankings.
Like Pinkish Black's Dada show this weekend, last week's Buzz Rankings champ, The Reverend Horton Heat, also did his part to help local food banks raise food donations prior to last week's Thanksgiving festivities.
Speaking of holidays: Selena Gomez' much-talked-about performance during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys annual Thanksgiving game was just one of two local stadiums she rocked this week. A few days later, of course, took part in KISS FM's Jingle Ball concert at American Airlines Center. Likewise, SoMo also appeared on that bill.
In keeping with that spirit, The Rocket Summer, Ronnie Fauss and Pentatonix all released Christmas-themed music of their own this week, the last of which has already racked up 12 million plays on YouTube for their effort this week alone.
Elsewhere: Symbolyc One, Parquet Courts and Kacey Musgraves all received their share of shine from some of the national “best albums of the year” lists that have been released thus far; TEAM* released its debut EP during a sold-out show with Third Eye Blind; Radioactivity released a music video; and Dorrough released a new single that features Wiz Khalifa.
(Also receiving votes this week: Nervous Curtains, Paul Harrington, Mga-Czar, Son of Stan, Dead Flowers, Kelly Clarkson, The West Windows, Treal Lee & Prince Rick, Zhora, Old 97's, Casey Donahew, Cutter, Joe Jonas, Blackstone Rangers, Nathan Brown, Fishboy, Billie Gang, Cygnus, The Birds of Night, Brutal Juice, Ronnie Heart, The Black Dotz, The Polyphonic Spree, Red Like Heat, Kites and Boomerangs, The Angelus, Dark Rooms, Chambers, Brain Gang JT, Robert Gomez, Doug Burr, Holy Moly, Kristy Kruger.)