This Week, Erykah Badu Stole Our Attention.
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.
There's a lot of big-name national talent in our accounting of DFW's most buzzing acts in town this week, to be sure. But there's no denying that Ms. Erykah Badu completely deserved to walk away on top.
After calling out the Black Eyed Peas for completely ripping off her “Honey” music video on social media, every publication in the country was quick to jump on the story. And quite rightfully so: Her video did win a couple of VMAs. Plus, BEP mastermind Will.i.am is kind of known to be a habitual biter.
For those keeping track, this makes the ninth time Badu has topped our weekly, local music power rankings. That total puts her ahead of A.Dd+'s eight wins, while just behind Leon Bridges' 10 and Sarah Jaffe's unprecedented 12.
Just behind Badu this week, Pale DÄ«an makes its first entry into the rankings. Sort of, anyway. Formerly called Blackstone Rangers, the band will play its first show under the new name this weekend — its last before relocating to Austin.
In the No. 3 hole, Radioactivity premiered one of the coolest music videos we've seen all year via Noisey. Likewise, War Party and Post Malone each released new videos this week, too.
Speaking of which, we premiered a new clip for Son of Stan's “The Lady That's Around Me” earlier today as well. In celebration of that fact, as well as summer in general, that band's throwing a big pool party over at Shipping & Receiving, where acts like War Party, Blue the Misfit, Bummer Vacation and several others will perform.
Elsewhere, Don Henley
went country with the help of Chris Holt, Power Trip and Somebody's Darling played shows in their old hometown, Vincent Neil Emerson will finally make good on his album release show this weekend and Dallas' 86th most famous resident, Stephen Stills, performs at The Majestic.
(Also receiving votes this week: Larry g(EE), Vergil, The Foxymorons, The Hundred Inevitables, Blessin', Sarah Jaffe, Vandoliers, Toadies, Shy Guy, No Touching, -topic, Catamaran, Brandon Marcel, Leon Bridges, Jack Kerowax, Lou Charles, Jones Family Singers, Black Dotz, Andy Pickett, Unconscious Collective, Chucho, Torsha Lynn, Crit Life, G.U.N., Lily Taylor, Fungi Girls, Pearl Earl, Dead Flowers, Jake Paleschic, Pearl Earl, Squanto.)