This Week, The Internet Loved Josh Weathers.
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, three of 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 hard to argue with YouTube's power to make and/or break stars these days. Given his massive superstardom, it's sometimes easy these days to forget that a prepubescent Justin Bieber was introduced to Usher by a talent scout who had happened upon one of the videos the singer had posted on that site.
So it is no small thing that, earlier this week, Fort Worth's Josh Weathers found himself in the beginning stages of becoming a full-on viral sensation. The video in question, a two-year-old clip of Weathers performing a cover of Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You” at Kessler Theater, may have been uploaded to the site many months ago, but it wasn't until earlier this week that it found its way to sites like Reddit, The Chive and The Huffington Post, among others.
Like first-time Buzz champ Josh Weathers, Black Milk's No. 2 finish also represents the rapper's highest ever finish in the Buzz Rankings. Earlier this week, the recent Dallas import released the first single from his upcoming No Poison/No Paradise LP to much critical acclaim from influential sites such as Pitchfork.
Meanwhile, five-time Buzz champs The Polyphonic Spree locked down the No. 3 slot with an album release show the Dallas Observer's DC9 at Night blog called the band's “best Dallas show ever.” That's quite the compliment for an outfit that's performed more than its fair share of local shows in the past decade-plus to be sure.
Further down the list, all three local openers at tonight's Red Bull Sound Select show at Three Links (read: These Machines Are Winning, Ice Eater, and Son of Stan) did rather well in this week's Rankings, too.
Then there's Reverend Horton Heat, whose inclusion in this week's rankings is partially based the recent announcement of the bands scheduled to perform as part the Elm Street Tattoo Convention, which, you may recall, Jim Heath and Co. are co-sponsoring. But that wasn't all the press the band received this week: The Rev and his “gimmicks” were also mentioned in a Spin magazine article called, “The Worst Moments of the '90s.” Also appearing in that list were North Texas stalwarts Bowling For Soup, who the magazine purported to boast the worst band name of the decade (see also: Butt Trumpet, Bongzilla, Alien Ant Farm).
Elsewhere this week: That Old 97s/Waylon Jennings collabo will finally earn a wide release, Spooky Folk released a new single, New Fumes and Def Rain each collaborated with The Flaming Lips, and True Widow continued riding high from their recent release.
(Also receiving votes this week: The Red 100's, Bowling For Soup, The Diabolical Machines, Erykah Badu, Maren Morris, Sarah Jaffe, A.Dd+, Oil Boom, Party Police, DJ Sober, The Birds of Night, Yung Nation, Larry g(EE), Selena Gomez, J. Charles & The Trainrobbers, Somebody's Darling, Maleveller, Slobberbone, Sam Lao, Peter Black, Whiskey Folk, The King Bucks, The Phuss, Deep Blue Something, Wanz Dover, Tony Schwa, Gammacide, Fungi Girls, Rania Khoury, Fishboy, The Royal Savages.)