This Week, Goodnight Ned Were The Greatest Show In Town.
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.
Tonight Deep Ellum will see a blowout the likes of which it hasn't seen since, well, at least last night.
In all fairness, though, Goodnight Ned's Unsound Circus promises to be about more than just the release of the band's self-titled sophomore LP. Oh sure, that much-anticipated release is reason enough for excitement, but the list of attractions at the band's circus-themed release show is pretty overwhelming in its own right. To wit: on hand at tonight's shingdig will be a magician, belly dancer, sword juggler, a caricature artist, stilt-walkers, jugglers, clowns, balloon animals, the Photo Wagon, a bearded lady pageant/competition, a dunk tank, ring toss, balloon darts, milk jug toss, a squirt gun challenge, pin the tail on the donkey, food trucks and other yet-to-be-named surprises.
The extra excitement not only helped the Dallas rockers top our weekly local music power rankings for its first-ever time, but helped the show's opener, Sam Lao, crack into the top half of this week's list as well.
It was a big week for album releases and/or album release news for folks other than Goodnight Ned, too. Dallas legend Bobby Patterson released a comeback album; Sealion released its third album during last night's Sound Select show; Bummer Vacation digitally released its debut at a trio of shows this past weekend; Sarah Jaffe, The Phuss, The Longshots and Jonathan Tyler each shared tracks from their upcoming releases, A.Dd+ talked to us about its upcoming EP, and New Fumes revealed he'll be on the next Stardeath & White Dwarfs record.
Elsewhere, the Eli Young Band appeared on The Late Show, Spooky Folk announced a rare Denton show, Chambers and Midlake each did Daytrotter, and a dozen or so others from this week's Rankings were announced as performers on this year's Index Festival.
(Also receiving votes this week: Dead Flowers, War Party, Cygnus, Moonbather, The Polyphonic Spree, The Rich Girls, Red Eye, Erykah Badu, Street Arabs, St. Vincent, Frauen, Old 97's, These Machines are Winning, The Angelus, Crit Life, Daniel Markham, Bethan, Ice Eater, Centro-matic, Home by Hovercraft, Diamond Age, Pageantry, Low Dark Hills, Snow tha Product, Oil Boom, Dove Hunter, Fox & the Bird, Picnictyme, Dripping Wet, Jacob Furr, Deborah Vial, Cleanup, Jeremy Buller, Zach Witness.)