This Week, St. Vincent Was The Taco The Town.
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.
As you no doubt heard this week, St. Vincent's family opened a taqueria in Dallas over the weekend and, like an decent sibling with a little spare time on her hands, she opted to help them get through the grand opening rush.
Typically, it's not a huge deal to spot a musician waiting tables — we can rattle off several dozen local musicians that have served us drinks and/or food in the past — but when it is somebody of Ms. Clark's ilk refilling drinks and sprinkling peas in the guacamole, that's a different story in that, well, it's a story at all. And it is: It was covered by seemingly every outlet familiar with Clark all over the country this week.
And, for that, St. Vincent took home the top spot in our weekly, local music power rankings for the seventh time in the now 190 weeks that we've been keeping track.
She wasn't the only big name at the top of the list. In the No. 2 hole this week was legendary rapper The D.O.C. Two decades after a car wreck left him sidelined, he'll finally return to live performance, headlining a big blowout this weekend at The Bomb Factory alongside Erykah Badu. Other big “returns” this week are Slow Roosevelt, which performs this weekend at Lola's, and Spooky Folk, which made a rare appearance at Dan's last weekend.
Also faring well was the combo of Neon Indian and Don Henley, both of which performed on late-night talk shows this week to promote their new albums. And for her part, Selena Gomez's new album, late-night appearance on Fallon and just-announced arena tour similarly earned her buzz aplenty.
Then there was Ben Kweller, who joined the Foo Fighers during their ACL set and recorded a new tune with the band as well.
Elsewhere: The Polyphonic Spree celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend, Steve Miller showed up on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot, Koolquise premiered a new tune, and Greg “Kraken” Hardy continued to make an ass of himself.
(Also receiving votes this week: Siamese, Cas Haley, Blank-Men, Colton Carlyle, Jimmie Vaughan, J. Oliver, Leon Bridges, Wizards of Gore, Sealion, AV The Great, A.Dd+, Slim Gravy, VIDEO, Saint Clair, Son of Stan, Bemyfriend, Felix, Jessie Frye, The Warden, Rat Rios.)