Somebody's Darling Shakes Up This Week's Rankings.
Each week, we take a survey of the local music scene and try to determine which bands 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, three of our music writers submit a list to be weighted and compiled into a master list to be revealed in this here space. We like to think it's fairly revealing.
Though statements like the following get thrown around a lot, this weekend is, perhaps, one of the busiest music weekends that Dallas has seen in years.
The two-day Index Festival at Trees and the all-day lineup of bands at Bryan Street Tavern's Big Fucking Anniversary Show would go a long way toward proving that statement true, even if national acts like Big K.R.I.T., Dinosaur Jr., Flobots and Astronautalis weren't performing at various local venues this weekend, too.
Still, even with all that's going on in this ridiculously packed weekend, another show has helped put a favorite local country act atop this week's list of buzzing acts. After a month-long tour — and over a month since their sophomore full-length was released — Somebody's Darling returns to town this Saturday to play its homecoming/album release show at Dada. Aside from our own coverage of the long-time-coming album, the adored country act received feature articles in pretty much every major publication this week. And, not surprisingly, they were revealed as nominees in the “Best Country Act” category in this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards.
Friday and Saturday's two other big festival-style shows find several big local acts playing alongside national acts like Those Darlins, GZA, Portugal the Man, White Mystery, Grimes, and Turbo Fruits, too. For instance? At the aforementioned Index Festival, A.Dd+, Air Review, The Cush, Bethan, Blackstone Rangers, Telegraph Canyon, Datahowler, DJ Sober, The Angelus, Yells at Eels and Low Dark Hills will perform. Meanwhile, Bryan Street Tavern's big to-do boasts Black Dotz, Hormones, Spookeasy and Fungi Girls.
No matter which of these shows locals choose to attend, they'll have the privilege of enjoying a big chunk of bands nominated for DOMAs this year. Furthermore, it was announced earlier this week that Daniel Hart, Blackstone Rangers and Burning Hotels will be performing at this year's Art Conspiracy fundraiser.
Elsewhere, it was revealed this week that The O's, Eleven Hundred Springs and Quaker City Nigh Hawks ar among the bands that will featured in two-minute slots in the North Texas Chevy Music Showcase which will air on WFAA-TV on Tuesday and Thursday nights this fall, just before the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Not surprisingly, these acts are nominated for DOMAs as well.
Meanwhile, Denton electronic duo Vulgar Fashion came to the collective attention of North Texas and beyond this week when they were featured on the Denton-based video series Violitionist Sessions.
(Also receiving votes this week: King Bucks, Black Dotz, Becky Middleton, The Angelus, John Singer Sergeant, Bethan, Nervous Curtains, New Fumes, Low Dark Hills, Pinkish Black, Ronnie Fauss, Tiger Darrow, Telegraph Canyon, War Party, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Hormones, Sarah Sellers, Boys Named Sue, Ryan Thomas Becker, Phil Pritchett, Anthony Hamilton, Brain Gang Blue, Daniel Markham, Jessie Frye.)