This Week, Sarah Jaffe Put It All Together.
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.
Since we've started this column in which we keep track of which North Texas music acts are quote-unquote buzzing each week, Sarah Jaffe has appeared in the Rankings more than any other artist. And A.Dd+ and Erykah Badu aside, it hasn't even really been that close. Hell, there was a stretch there towards the beginning — around the time Jaffe released her The Body Wins LP — when she topped the list an unprecedented four straight weeks.
But even though her eight prior weeks spent atop the list is far and away the most times that particular feat has happened, Jaffe surprisingly hasn't found herself atop our Buzz Rankings since February 2013.
With Sarah Jaffe's new LP, Don't' Disconnect getting the “First Listen” treatment over at NPR this week, though, that drought is over. And with that album's official release still a couple weeks away, there's a good chance her ninth overall Buzz No. 1 will kick off yet another streak.
Jaffe's label mates — and recent tour mates — The Polyphonic Spree racked up a fair amount of buzz for its self this week as it commemorated the 10th anniversary of that infamous DFW Airport bomb scare incident.
Meanwhile, in other national news, St. Vincent is set to fill in for Fred Armisen as the Late Night bandleader next week, and Vanilla Ice voiced his displeasure for the new “ninja rap” in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
To be fair, the whole movie kind of blows, really. We do still wonder, however, what The Ice Man thinks of the other new TMNT song that hit the web this week courtesy of Arlington acapella group Pentatonix.
Then there's Bukkake Moms, Nicholas Altobelli and Exit 380 released new albums, while Howler Jr., Sudie, Zach Witness and Drug Mountain each released new singles.
And Ben Kweller, Edie Brickell and Rhett Miller all played big “homecoming” shows, with Power Trip and Spooky Folk set to join those ranks this weekend. Elsewhere Toadies will play a live, streaming concert for Yahoo! tonight and Jonathan Tyler will help Trees 2.0 celebrate its fifth anniversary this weekend.
(Also receiving votes this week: DJ Niro, Bummer Vacation, Nite, Pentatonix, Drug Mountain, Yung Nation, Jessie Frye, Katalyst, Nicholas Altobelli, Pageantry, Street Arabs, Zach Witness, Orgullo Primitivo, Leon Bridges, DJ Sober, Simon Phoenix, Bad Beats, Mink Coats, Igneous Grimm, Black Dotz, Dustin Cavazos, Exit 380, The Roomsounds, -topic, Terrance Spectacle, Somebody's Darling, The Phuss, The Dangits, The Me-Thinks, Wiving, Botany, George Quartz.)