Astronautalis Triple-Dipped This Week.

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.

After rocking Three Links last weekend and Lola's last night, Astronautalis winds down his three-date North Texas mini-tour tonight at Rubber Gloves. Forget that Mugen Hoso did pretty much that same thing this week, and just go with it when we say something about how it's not everybody that can fill out three area venues in one week.

Pretty, pretty, pretty impressive stuff.

On top of all that, he'll be dropping the video for “Running Away From God,” a single from the forthcoming Cut the Body Loose LP, tomorrow. 'Twas a busy week, indeed. Enough to fight his way to the top of our weekly, local music power rankings for the first-ever time.

A couple spots down, area young 'un Dalton Rapattoni continued his impressive run on American Idol. In fact, he finds out if he'll land in the Top 4 of that competition on tonight's episode. Also on TV was Selena Gomez, who was caught enjoying herself in Fort Worth by TMZ. Then there was Reverend Horton Heat, which made the nightly news when its bus caught fire on the highway.

Also, there was Pat Green, Kirk Thurmond, Vandoliers and Jessie Frye, which earned their spots due to big St. Patrick's Day shows. Likewise, True Widow, Power Trip and Sealion stole the show at last weekend's Spillover Fest.

Elsewhere: DJ Blake Ward celebrates five years of Glamorama this Saturday; Richard Haskins is in jail again; Josh T. Pearson's coming back to town; and Riverboat Gamblers frontman Mike Wiebe is laid up in the hospital after a trust fall gone wrong at SXSW.

(Also receiving votes: Mike Ryan, Mind Spiders, The O's, The Outfit, TX, Quaker City Night Hawks, Trapboy Freddy, Tiger + Man, Burning Hotels, Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, Prophets & Outlaws, Old 97's, Party Static, Relick, Mary Walker, Charley Crockett, Green River Ordinance, Blue, the Misfit, Eleven Hundred Springs, Kelli Hauser, Teen Slut, Dead Flowers, Oil Boom, Color TV, Kevin Aldridge & the Appraisers, Darth Vato, Rat Rios, Unlikely Candidates, War Party, Telegraph Canyon, Brave Combo, Reagan James, Birds of Night, Sudie, Buffalo Black, The Baptist Generals, Claire Morales .)

Cover photo by Pete Freedman.

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