This Week, Kirk Franklin Rode An Ultralight Beam.
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.
Oh snap! It's a shake-up at the top of the Buzz Rankings!
After coming out on top nearly every other week for the past year, the Grammy-nominated Leon Bridges finally takes a backseat this week, making room for some others atop our weekly, local music power rankings.
Fortunately, Kirk Franklin was there to take advantage of the opportunity. And what a week it was for NTX's most well-known gospel singer. On Friday, he popped up on the new Kanye West album, and then he joined Ye during a pair of SNL performances the next night. Then, on Monday, he added to his collection of Grammy's.
It marks his first-ever Buzz No. 1 in our four years of keeping track.
Just behind Franklin were a handful of performers with similar accomplishments. For instance? Post Malone also earned his own feature on the new Kanye album. And The World Famous Tony Williams earned himself a writing credit (but not a free laptop).
As for the Grammys: Snarky Puppy and Pentatonix each won trophies of their own, and the latter performed with Stevie Wonder at the ceremony. Demi Lovato also performed at the ceremony, killing with her Lionel Richie tribute.
Then there was Erykah Badu, who announced that Dave Chappelle will host a birthday party for her at The Bomb Factory. Other big upcoming shows include our own fourth anniversary party, where Quaker City Night Hawks, Sam Lao, Picnictyme and War Party will perform. Not to be forgotten, Jessie Frye played at Denton's official Bernie Sanders rally, Ishi played a free show at RBC, and Pat Green headlines this weekend's Ticketstock concert.
(Also receiving votes this week: Christy Ray, The Unlikely Candidates, Jake Paleschic, -topic, Kelly Clarkson, Don Henley, Mike Ryan Band, DJ Sober, Cool Jacket, Bummer Vacation, The Cush, Go Yayo, Mountain Kid, Kaela Sinclair, Dorrough, Curtis Mayz, Vinnie Paul, Power Trip, Lometa, Dalton Rapattoni, Pleasant Grove, Quentin Moore, Nervous Curtains, Parallel Play, Toadies, Wiving.)