This Week, Sarah Jaffe Was Majestic.
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.
Following her well-received album release show at the Majestic this past Saturday, Sarah Jaffe once again finds herself atop our Buzz Rankings.
Indeed, Jaffe's been on a pretty remarkable streak of late. To wit: Her eleventh overall No. 1 in these rankings also marks the third time she's topped them in the last four weeks. It's a winning stretch rivaled only by that time back in 2012 when — you guessed it — Jaffe topped the Rankings in four consecutive weeks following the release of her The Body Wins album. At that time, we halfheartedly threw out the idea of issuing Jaffe a TRL-style temporary ban.
Come to think of it, maybe that's not a bad idea.
Also aided by that release show was singer-songwriter Josh T. Pearson, who opened that show with his first solo acoustic set in Dallas in 10 years. And, like Jaffe, acts like Somebody's Darling and A.Dd+ were helped out, as far as this list is concerned anyway, by album release shows of their own this past weekend.
As such, the top three spots in this rankings remain unchanged — a first-ever occurrence in this here experiment.
It's doubtful those three remain in the same spots this coming week, however, as AV the Great will hold an album release show of his own at Hailey's that'll double as a 35 Denton presale party and also see a dozen area acts sharing that bill. Likewise, this weekend's Clearfork Festival at Panther Island Pavilion and King Camelversary at Dada are each responsible for a handful of acts in this week's Rankings as well.
Speaking of big shows: Shaun Martin and his Go-Go Band packed The Prophet Bar's big room to the gills last weekend; DJ Sober and The Outfit, TX are set to open this weekend's Hood Internet show at the Granada; TEAM* performed at last week's Red Bull Sound Select show; and Eli Young announced its second annual “house party” at Globe Life Park.
(Also receiving votes this week: Unconscious Collective, Ronnie Heart, Rigor Mortis, Midlake, Hares on the Mountain, We're Wolves, ThatKidCam, Wayne “the Train” Hancock, Chambers, Un Chien, The Phuss, Cozy Hawks, Bobby Patterson, Mike Ryan, Holy Moly, Northern National, Brutal Juice, Spinderella, Jesse Rya, Mannequins with Kill Appeal, Kirk Thurmond, Drug Mountain, Crit Life, Daniel Markham, Panic Volcanic, Botany, Lance Lopez, Cygnus, Cutter, Howler Jr., War Party, NITE, Fishboy, Blood of the Sun.)