This Week, Neon Indian Grows At Home.
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.
We're not sure how it's taken 222 weeks for this to happen, but somehow, prior to today, Neon Indian had never topped our weekly, local music power rankings. Go figure! Alas, after all the big shows Alan Palomo and the squad have played in town in the past few years, it's his turn as main support at this weekend's 7th annual Homegrown that finally put him over the hump. Go figure, again! Joining Neon Indian on that bill are fellow list-makers The Misteries, Kirk Thurmond, Ishi, Charley Crockett, Bobby Sessions, Pageantry and Will Johnson.
Still, thanks to a couple other big shows going on, Palomo only narrowly edged out the acts in the No.'s 2 and 3 slots. Without boring you too much on the algorithms and laborious number-crunching that goes into calculating these rankings, we can just say it was as close as it gets among these three.
Those other bands? Lift to Experience, who announced that its first local show in 15-ish years would also be the last-ever show at Rubber Gloves, and Post Malone, who'll be a special guest at this weekend's Fair Park-set JMBLYA festival. In any other week, either of these could have easily taken that top spot.
But they weren't the only ones with big weeks. Leon Bridges and Blue, the Misfit both got the documentary treatment. The release of the trailer for Nas' skateboard movie saw its star Erykah Badu on screens as well. And LeCrae's turn sitting in with The Roots on Fallon saw him on quite a few screens, too.
Elsewhere: St. Vincent made playlists for science; Go Yayo's new mixtape may get Soulja Boy arrested; and Edie Brickell might have convinced Paul Simon to move to Oak Cliff.
(Also receiving votes this week: Nervous Curtains, Quaker City Night Hawks, Dezi 5, G.U.N., Connner Youngblood, Lord Byron, Jonas Martin, Sealion, The Gritz, EATQS, Vincent Neil Emerson, Charley Crockett, Duell, Complete, RTB2, Vanessa Peters, Lou Charle$, Slim Gravy, Jonny Boy, Brave Combo, Claire Morales, Neptune Locals, War Party, Virgin Wolves, Krum, Mikey Rodge, Matthew J & Dray, Party Static, Holler Time.)