This Week, We All Loved Centro-matic Just The Same.
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.
Back on September 21, Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson posted a message on the band's website indicating that, after a run of live dates this December, the band will call it quits. Then on September 22, tickets to both of the band's final two shows at Dan's Silverleaf sold out. Meanwhile, on September 25, that announcement helped Centro-matic earn its first-ever tip atop our weekly, local music power rankings.
Similarly, the band just added a Dallas date at The Kessler to that run of dates earlier today. While there still look to be tickets available to that one at the moment, the announce did help the band earn its second Buzz victory.
Last week's winner, Lecrae, held strong at No. 2 thanks to a live stop at Grand Prairie's Verizon Theatre and an in-depth interview feature in The Atlantic. And speaking of interview features, Dallas producer extraordinaire John Congleton dropped by NPR's All Songs Considered, where he shared some new solo (Nitey Nite?) tracks.
Other bands earning spots on the list this week thanks to newly released albums include Bethan, Son of Stan, Wild Party, Howler Jr., and Jenny Robinson.
Elsewhere, big shows helped earn spots on the list for several others. For instance, Sarah Jaffe, who appeared at the barbecue-tastic Smoked Festival; Riverboat Gamblers, which performed at Double Wide's 11th anniversary bashand The Phuss, which gave a middle finger to the city-wide power outages with its tour kickoff show. And just ahead, Sam Lao will appear alongside Chevy Woods, Fat Tony and Goldyard at the next Red Bull Sound Select show.
Finally, Luke Wade, Reagan James, Taylor Phelan, Kelli Douglas and Craig Wayne Boyd were all helped out this week thanks to NBC's The Voice; Somebody's Darling helped us kickoff our new Live at Malone Pictures video series and Oil Boom and Dustin Cavazos each released new music videos this week.
(Also receiving votes this week: Pinkish Black, iill, Lily Taylor, Goodnight Ned, Reagan James, The Oregon Trailers, Craig Wayne Boyd, Party Static, Kelli Douglas, Wo Fat, Daniel Markham, Cassie Holt & the Lost Souls, Jarvis Hodges, Brandon Ford, The Jones Family Singers, Bobgoblin, Terence Spectacle, Rigor Mortis, Crit Life, Willis Alan Ramsay, Sugarfoote and Company, Bad Mountain, The Van Sanchez, Colly T, Hares on the Mountain, Wanz Dover, Datahowler, Nervous Curtains, DJ Sober, ill76, RTB2, Sur Duda.)
Cover photo of Centro-matic by Melanie Gomez.