What A Mighty, Mighty Good Week DJ Spinderella Had.
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.
Since moving to Dallas a few years back, Spinderella has become an active member of Dallas' local DJ scene, holding a monthly Fresh 45s residency at Crown and Harp, getting involved with Girls Rock Dallas and, for a time, even DJing at the community-owned KNON.
More recently, she's even reunited with Salt-N-Pepa, the '90s hip-hop outfit that helped her become one of the most well-known DJs of all time.
That news was enough to help the Dallas transplant land a coveted spot as one of the cover models for the Dallas Observer's annual “People” issue — not to mention the top spot in our heralded weekly local music power rankings for her very first time.
Not bad, not bad.
Elsewhere, several other locals were getting lots of attention from other media outlets this week, too. School of Seven Bells received national attention far and wide when it released the final song Ben Curtis recorded from his hospital bed before his passing last year. Similarly, Green River Ordinance and This Will Destroy You earned attention for new releases of their own. And a whole bunch of others on this week's list were called out for releasing some of the best albums this year so far — by us, granted, but still.
Oh, and then there's Pentatonix, the Arlington-based vocal group, which has reportedly been cast in the sequel to the massive Hollywood a capella smash, Pitch Perfect. They're going to meet Anna Kendrick!
(Also receiving votes this week: Hagfish, Catamaran, The Azalea Project, Seryn, Dead Flowers, Quaker City Night Hawks, Cleanup, House Harkonnen, George Quartz, Sub Oslo, Bad Mountain, Rigor Mortis, Blackstone Rangers, Frauen, French 75, Collin Herring, Matt Hillyer, Shapes + Faces, A.Dd+, The Angelus, Dustin Cavazos, Rania Khoury, War Party, Merli Spumante, The O's, Bukkake Moms, Cygnus, Wiving, Cruella, Fungi Girls, Mountain of Smoke.)