Sarah Jaffe Connected The Dots This Week.
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.
Even before we began the arduous number-crunching process that helps determine what local band or musician is going to top the Buzz Rankings each week, it was painfully obvious that Sarah Jaffe was going to come out on top for her unprecedented 10th time.
Was it any wonder at all? No, not really. Because, aside from releasing her third LP this week, Jaffe is also set to make her Majestic Theatre debut this Saturday. As such, she was either interviewed or profiled in every single publication in North Texas this week. (Speaking of: Keep an eye out for our coverage coming tomorrow! It's totally different, we swear!)
Also celebrating the release of its third LP with a show this Saturday will be local alt-country heroes Somebody's Darling, and — just like Jaffe's disc — SD's Adult Roommates has received high praise from the multiple outlets in town that have reviewed it thus far.
Making this an even crazier weekend is the fact that, just the night before, A.Dd+ will also hold a release show for its new EP as well.
Meanwhile, Unconscious Collective and Cozy Hawks earned press for their latest albums, as did Bethan and Bludded Heat for their upcoming efforts. Moving on, TEAM* will open tonight's Red Bull Sound Select show, and Blue, the Misfit, The Outfit, TX and Buffalo Black will do the same for next month's Isaiah Rashad-headlined affair. Then there's The Fabulous Freebirds, the iconic '80s wrestlers whose entrance theme is the subject of a new documentary.
Elsewhere: Lord Byron debuted a trippy, new video; St. Vincent, Parquet Courts and Erykah Badu were called out in Pitchfork's best songs of the decade so far list; and The Unlikely Candidates, Valise and The Orbans rocked last weekend's Summer Cut festival.
(Also receiving votes this week: Josh T. Pearson, Dead Flowers, Track Meet, Spinderella, DJ Sober, Terrence Spectacle, Tidals, Howler Jr., Drug Mountain, HEX CULT, Brave Young Lion, Toadies, Crit Life, Trey Johnson, Ronnie Heart, Cozy Hawks, Mountain of Smoke, Ishi, Wesley Geiger, Zhora, Low Dark Hills, Baring Teeth, Natural Anthem, Pleasure Principle, Jenny Robinson, TXConnect, The Longshots, Pinkish Black, Leon Bridges, Son of Stan.)