This Week, Quaker City Night Hawks Pushed The Limits.

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 several weeks of Top 10 finishes and even a few times coming in at No. 2, the Quaker City Night Hawks boys finally managed to snag the top spot in our weekly, local music power rankings that they’ve so long deserved.

In the weeks since releasing the critically-hailed El Astronauta LP, the band’s released a video via Rolling Stone, toured with the likes of Chris Stapleton, been featured on The Texas Music Scene program and, more recently, been
added to this fall’s Austin City Limits lineup.

So, yeah, you could say this trip to the top of the Buzz Rankings for just the second time has been a long time coming. It’s been even longer coming, too, when you consider it’s a feat Quaker City hasn’t matched since October 2012.

Muy bien!

Like those Night Hawks fellas, several other artists premiered cool new vids with big national publications this week. Francine Thirteen’s was featured in Noisey, Cure for Paranoia earned a big feature in Huffington Post and True Widow’s has been on numerous metal mag sites. Not to be forgotten, Sarah Sellers, Natural Anthem and Blixaboy also released new clips this week.

On the live front, Bad Sports and Jonas Martin each have big album release parties this weekend, at Armoury and Double Wide respectively. The Dividends also announced a free show next month at Twilite. And Norah Jones, Midlake, Jason Lee and several other locals are taking part in Petty Fest to kick off Oaktopia. Also, Post Malone is headlining Monster Energy Drink’s promo tour. And Parallel Play is playing its last show ever this weekend at Granada.

Elsewhere: Selena Gomez is Twitter beefing with the Biebs; Jessie Frye is joining The Posies; David Morgan went viral; and -topic was awarded a grant from the city.

(Also receiving vote: Midlake, The Nervebreakers, The Outfit, TX, The World Famous Tony Williams, These Machines Are Winning, Rikki Blu, Matt Tedder, Lou Charle$, Jake Paleschic, Jason Lee, Sarah Sellers, Lizzie Boredom, Blue, The Misfit, Caterpillars, Party Static, Parquet Courts, Blixaboy, Neonnoah, Luke Wade, LUWUM, Buffalo Black, Mink Coats, Noah LeGrand, Fort Nox, Loafers, Ellen Once Again, The Gritz, Pearl Earl, Creepeth, Vegan Shark, Duell.)

QCNH cover photo by Karlo X. Ramos.
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