This Week, Norah Jones Came Away With The Top Spot.

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.

In the pantheon of acts to break out of Dallas and make it onto that most elite of national stages, Norah Jones and The Dixie Chicks have are each right up there towards the top. Coincidentally, on a somewhat smaller scale, both acts find themselves atop another kind of list this week.

Thanks to some big upcoming performances, the acts take the top two spots this time around in our weekly, local music power rankings.

This weekend, DCX headlines the wide open space that is Gexa Energy Pavilion. And, announced just today, Jones will headline this September's Oaktopia festival in Denton.

Speaking of big shows: Michael Stein & Kyle Dixon continue to fare well in our rankings thanks to their hand in crafting the Stranger Things soundtrack. And Dark Rooms frontman Daniel Hart will pad his resume in a couple weeks when his own Pete's Dragon soundtrack hits the big screen nationwide.

On the other hand, some smaller shows made noise this week, too. Like that time when NEONNOAH got the whole art world talking when its set at Kirk Hopper got shut down. Then there's 88 Killa, who will host a listening party for his new record this weekend at Spinster. Oh, and Conor Wallace will play a release show for his new record this weekend at Dan's up in Denton, too

Not to be outdone, VVOES, Troy Cartwright, Kevin Aldridge and a few others from the list released new tunes of their own this week.

Elsewhere: War Party released a new video; Sam Lao and her hubs are hosting a joint art show this weekend; and The Texas Gentlemen are still coming down from their Kris Kristofferson high.

(Also receiving votes this week: Dead Flowers, The Rich Girls, Rat Rios, Signals and Alibis, They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, Amber Farris, Curtis Mayz, Vandoliers, AFK, Charley Crockett, The Cush, Christy Ray, Justin Mason, CLIFFFS, Collab, Vegan Shark, Northern National, Summer Dean, Panic Volcanic, Repel The Robot, Toadies, Friday's Foolery, Richard Haskins, Ignatius.)

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