This Week, Home By Hovercraft Acted Up.
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.
It may or may not come as a surprise to those who've been reading this site this week that raucous, chamber-leaning pop outfit Home by Hovercraft quite easily locked down the top spot in this week's Buzz Rankings.
What exactly does it take to be No. 1 in a week that sees multiple locals appear on national television, get added to the rosters of much-hyped festivals or debut music videos in national magazines?
Being a big, loud, ensemble with a tap-dancing percussionist certainly helps. So too does debuting your own musical. As does throwing all kinds of extra shine on the local scene by promising to play all kinds of local music before, during and after said musical.
For what it's worth, the band's whimsical On the Eve, which the local outfit managed to successfully stage as a workshop production last year, promises to be an even bigger and better deal this time around now that it's being presented as a professional production. It helps, too, that tiis year's run of the musical made its world premiere last night at Theatre Three, where it will run through February 9.
As for those other acts earning the national spotlight? Parquet Courts made its national television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this week, Kelly Clarkson made a guest appearance on last night's episode of Nashville and Midlake debuted its latest music video via Esquire's culture blog.
Elsewhere: The Toadies are getting their own beer; Lil Twist was called the most important rapper in Dallas; and Midlake, Son of Stan, The Unlikely Candidates, SoMo, Ishi, A.Dd+, and Larry g(EE) were all added to the inaugural Suburbia Music Festival lineup.
(Also receiving votes this week: Kaela Sinclair, Blue, The Misfit, New Science Projects, Emily Elbert, Pooca Leroy, New Fumes, Peopleodian, This Will Destroy You, SoMo, Pinkish Black, The Longshots, The West Windows, The Rye Boys, Taylor Effin Cleveland, Missile, Robert Gomez, In Memory of Man, Boys Named Sue , Datahowler, The Birds of Night, Tame… Tame & Quiet, Jaeson Green, Ice Eater, Fat Pimp, Ace Boogie, Lord Byron.)
Home by Hovercraft cover photo by Dylan Hollingsworth.