This Week, Leon Bridges Sold Out.
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.
The past few weeks have been all about Erykah Badu. And this week was no different, what with her making history with the first Periscope music video and dropping another single from her still-forthcoming mixtape.
But those efforts weren't enough, turns out, for Badu to earn her third consecutive trip to the top of our weekly, local music power rankings. If she had, she would have pulled into a tie with Leon Bridges for all-time No. 1s with 14 overall.
As it were, Bridges not only maintained his lead, but increased it by earning his 15th No. 1 in little over a year. Let's just say it takes tremendous amount of buzz to end up on the radar of uncool and out-of-touch old dudes like The Today Show's Harry Smith, which Bridges finally did via a Sunday morning segment this past weekend. O
n top of that, he headlines a sold-out show at The Majestic this Saturday, too.
In the No. 3 hole this week is Parquet Courts, which played a homecoming show in Denton and sold out Rubber Gloves with ease.
Other big shows helped artists make the list, too — like the Elm Street Music & Tattoo Festival slot for its co-founder Reverend Horton Heat. Others such as Riverboat Gamblers, Vandoliers, Sealion, Mind Spiders and VIDEO will also appear on that festival bill, and VIDEO in particular will use its show to celebrate the release of its new Third Man Records LP.
Likewise: The O's, Clint Niosi, The Warden and Northern National all have album release shows this week to thank for their respective spots on these rankings. Northern National's show is especially interesting, too, as it'll be held up in the Reunion Tower GeO Deck this weekend.
(Also receiving votes this week: Denim Wonder, Classic Cult, The Azealea Project, The Birds of Night, Cliffs of Insanity, Taylor Lewis, The Warden, Wayne Hancock, Howler Jr., Reinventing Jude, Clint Niosi, The Cush, Foxymoron, St. Vincent, Kristy Ray, Squanto, Toadies, Josh Weathers, Jay Luse, Xes, Sam Lao, Salim Nourallah, Larry g(EE), Connor Youngblood.)