This Week, Maren Morris Got A Late Pass.
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.
Kicking off this week's musical performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was Maren Morris, who has been getting all kinds of attention since releasing her full-length debut via Sony last Friday. Already, Rolling Stone, The New York Times and loads of other heavy-hitters have heaped raves her way.
They were just a few of the outlets calling her the quote-unquote Next Big Thing. Unlike so many other “next big things,” though, Morris seems poised to make good on the claim — so much so, in fact, that she currently finds herself atop our weekly, local music power rankings for the second week in a row, and her fourth time overall.
Pretty big stuff, indeed.
Not too far behind was Post Malone, who followed suit, performing his new “Go Flex” single on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. And here locally, Go Yayo also appeared on the small screen when he popped up on the local news after showing up uninvited to give pep talks to middle schoolers.
Like Morris, acts like Leoncarlo, Cozy Hawks, CLIFFFS, Charley Crockett and Quaker City Night Hawks saw some votes thrown their way thanks to newly released albums.
On the live front, Lift to Experience and Record Hop were but a couple of the acts helping bid Rubber Gloves adieu over the weekend, the latter which announced a more long-term reunion in the process. Also on the stage was -topic, who threw his annual Cake Jam at Dada. Spinderellla, meanwhile, hits the Verizon stage with headliners Salt-N-Pepa at this weekend's I Love the '90s concert. Oh, and Miranda Lambert managed to make it through her entire AT&T Stadium performance without crying over her divorce! Imagine that!
Elsewhere: Maceo Plex starred at Detroit's Movement Festival; Drowning Pool went viral; and Bummer Vacation hits the Untapped stage this weekend out in Fort Worth.
(Also receiving votes: Lil Ronny MothaF, Toadies, Selena Gomez, Dixie Chicks, Vincent Neil Emerson, Charley Pride, Cozy Hawks, $kaduf, Herrick & Hooley, The Outfit, Vegan Shark, Blue The Misfit, Son of Stan, Rat Rios, Tony Ferraro, Burning Hotels, Pale Dian, Claire Morales, FXXXXY, Picnictyme, Buffalo Black, AV the Great, Rikki Blu, TraÌi BÆ¡, Joe Savage, Romp Almighty, Sealion, Fogg, Loafers, Cantina, The Relatives, Xes, The O's, Cobell Damu.)