This Week, Edie Brickell Fought Her Way To The Top.
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's been quite a week for one-hit Dallas luminary Edie Brickell and her famous husband, Paul Simon.
The pair have been making national headlines all week long since getting arrested on Saturday after the police were called to the couple's Connecticut home in response to a domestic disturbance.
Since then, the couple has been trying its damndest to brush the whole thing off as a non-event: They released statements to the press about how orderly their conduct actually is; they showed up together at a scheduled court appearance while holding hands; and they made sure that everyone within earshot knew they were going to watch their son's baseball game together.
And just today, lest anyone wasn't yet satisfied or just so completely over the frivolent matter, Brickell and Simon kept up their PR offensive by posting to Brickell's SoundCloud account a new duet called “Like to Get to Know You.” The song is about a couple eager to rekindle its dimming flame.
Maybe the Simon family should learn to quit while it's not so far behind? Maybe.
But this entire kerfuffle was everywhere this week, and that proved enough to earn the “What I Am” singer her first-ever trip to the top of our weekly local music power rankings.
Not far behind Brickell in this week's rankings was five-time buzz champs The Polyphonic Spree, which put on a free show as part of last weekend's Earth Day Texas festivities. And just behind that plus-sized outfit was four-time champs the Old 97's, which released its rather spectacular tenth studio LP this Tuesday.
Also well-represented in this week's list were locals that showed up on festival lineups. Jessie Frye, for instance, opened up last weekend's EdgeFest. Meanwhile, this weekend will see Midlake, Ishi, Larry g(EE), A.Dd+, Yung Nation, SoMo, The O's, Rude King and Reverend Horton Heat each appearing at the first-ever — and Rolling Stone-approved — Suburbia Music Festival.
Elsewhere: The always-interesting George Quartz helped break in Trinity Groves' newest DIY performance space: Sudie and Cozy Hawks each released new jams; and Merli e Spumanti made its live debut.
(Also receiving votes this week: Ronnie Heart, Air Review, Deep Throat, RTB2, County Lines, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Miss Marcy, Zach Witness, Cutter, St. Vincent, Vulgar Fashion, Buffalo Black, Richard Haskins, Bludded Head, -topic, The Black Dotz, iLLaKriss, War Party, Def Rain, Zhora, Mr. Kitty, The Longshots, The Union, Fuera D Servicio, Brandon Smith, Street Arabs, Things of Earth, Dead Flowers, The Orbans, Eyes, Wings & Many Other Things, Honey The Hippie, Calhoun, Wesley Geiger, Lazy Summer.)