This Week, The Polyphonic Spree's Strength Held Up.
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 going over a year without topping our weekly local music power rankings. The Polyphonic Spree has now hit the top spot in back-to-back weeks.
Just as it did last week, the band can this week credit its new remix album and addition to the Untapped Festival as big reasons for its extended reign. More than that, though, the band, which celebrated its 14th anniversary this week, can credit its superb showing last weekend underneath the supermoon on Dada's back patio.
That well-attended evening also provided a big boost to the show's openers, Sam Lao and Quaker City Night Hawks. For her part, Lao, who also appears on Picnictyme's recently released single, will look to carry her bout of buzz into the coming weeks when she opens at Goodnight Ned's album release show on July 24 at Trees.
That album release show, we learned this week, will be a circus-themed blowout that'll feature burlesque dancers, painted ladies, stilt walkers, jugglers, caricature artists, a fortune teller, the Photo-Wagon, food trucks and midway fare such as balloon darts, ring toss, funnel cakes, caramel apples and fried Oreos.
Other release shows of note this week include Bummer Vacation's pair of digital releases that it'll hold for its Creative Differences LP over the weekend, Sealion's Heavy Fizz release gig that will come as part of next Wednesday's Red Bull Sound Select show, and and Diamond Age's celebration of its own recently released EP this weekend at Dan's Silverleaf.
Rounding things out this week are the handful of artists that released new videos this week, including the Spree, Jacob Furr, Hellyeah and Dustin Cavazos.
(Also receiving votes this week: Jenny Robinson, Hellyeah, Kirk Franklin, True Widow, The Baptist Generals, -topic, ThatKidCam, Fungi Girls, DJ Redeye, KissedKilled, Datahowler, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Track Meet, Dove Hunter, Cleric, AV the Great, Pinkish Black, Def Rain, Buffalo Black, Richard Haskins, J. Charles & the Trainrobbers, Dead Flowers, Bad Mountain, Mountain of Smoke, Ronnie Heart, Cutter, Nite, Drug Animal, Rocket for Ethiopia, Colly T.)