This Week, Erykah Badu Saved Our Souls.
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.
It's always thrilling when the Q.U.E.E.N. slaps her name on something — that much was evidenced by the fact that the thing was pretty much immediately embedded on sites all over the country and gushed about endlessly here in town. — but the fact that this was just a collection of soul-minded, life-affirming tracks from other artists shows her real strength.
To update last week's running totals, this 10th time atop our Buzz Rankings for Ms. Badu now ties her with Leon Bridges for second all time, still behind Sarah Jaffe's 12.
Pretty impressive stuff just the same.
Meanwhile, a newly-released Spotify session and bit of Deep Ellum busking helped Bridges do pretty well in this week's rankings, too, following last week's extremely rare absence from the list.
Other new releases, like Demi Lovato's “Cool for the Summer” video, Telegraph Canyon's first LP in six years and a new, Gorilla vs Bear-approved Botany tune helped those acts perform well in this week's rankings as well.
Big shows helped bolster others' positions, too. For instance: Power Trip was announced as part of the next Sound Select show; Lower Dens and DJ Sober will perform at this weekend's fifth annual Gorilla vs Bear showcase, Son of Stan threw a raging pool party at Shipping & Receiving; and Pale DÄ«an played its last show as a Dallas band.
(Also receiving votes this week: Bosque Brown, Jonathan Tyler, OBN IIIs, Repel The Robot, Devan Bernard, Blue, the Misfit, Cody McPhail, Bummer Vacation, JIBE, The Longshots, Sudie, Smoothvega, -topic, Salim Nourallah, Vincent Neil Emerson, Cosmicide, Chucho, Convoy & The Cattlemen, True Widow, Jack Kerowax, Def Rain, Matthew J. Powers, Larry g(EE), Charley Crockett, Oil Boom, Catamaran, Ducado Vega, Bad Mountain, Ghoultown, Toadies, Lily Taylor.)