SXSW 2011 Buzz Power Rankings: Kanye West Stays On Top, But His Lead Is Shrinking...
Thursday at SXSW 2011 has come and gone -- but Kanye remains solidly in his spot atop our buzz power rankings, as determined by chatter we're hearing on the street.
His lead is shrinking, though -- Odd Future is hot on his tail, proving once again that this is an extremely strong year for hip-hop.
But not all hip-hop is staying strong: XXL freshman Mac Miller and Big K.R.I.T. have fallen off of our chart, now that they're no longer sharing a bill, as they did on Wednesday night. Also no longer on our list? Queens of the Stone Age, Curren$y, Cyhi da Prynce, Gold Panda, Brother, Dom, Tennis, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and MNDR.
Replacing those goners: Lady Gaga (gotta love rumors), Janelle Monae, Fitz and the Tantrums, Phantogram, Tune-yards, Wild Flag, J. Mascis, The Black Lips, Big Freedia, Small Black and a certain SMU alum.
See how these acts all rank this morning after, after the jump.
1. Kanye West
Rumor has it Kanye played some secret show last night at a jewelry store. Regardless of whether of not this is true, it safely secures his top slot once more.
2. Odd Future
Believe. The Hype.
3. The Strokes
4. TV On The Radio
Their headlining slot at Stubb's last night and a today's top billing at Spin's day party move these venerable rockers up a few notches.
5. James Blake
Blake continues to be the talk to the town, although Lord knows why. The allure of seeing him last night in a church, where his offerings were bound to be that much more "special," kept him high on the buzz-o-meter.
Still no confirmed sightings in town, far as we're concerned, but we heard no less than six people talking up how they'd seen Thom Yorke dancing away in the crowd at James Blake's Thursday-night Stubb's performance.
7. Wu-Tang Clan
Even with only five members in tow, the legendary hip-hop crew managed to get the Austin Music Hall to reach its 3,600-person capacity by 11 p.m., a full two hours before their performance.
8. Toro y Moi
As if Toro y Moi needed more hype, it's now a well-known fact that he's Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future's favorite SXSW performer outside of his own collective.
Ain't too many groups that are asked to fill an entire night of showcases at a venue, as this 23-piece supergroup was asked to do last night with some friends.
The most fiery live hip-hop performance we've yet seen at this festival, this side of Odd Future.
11. Lil B
Please, Based God, fuck my bitch?
12. Lady Gaga
The latest in a long line of rumored secret performers...
13. Smith Westerns
Could "Weekend" be the song of the year?
14. Janelle Monae
Cee-Lo Green and Lupe Fiasco dropped off their performances tonight at La Zona Rosa, and were replaced with an even bigger crowd-pleaser.
15. Wiz Khalifa
You know what it is...
The awkwardly bantering British rock act is drawing bigger crowds to smaller venues by the day.
17. Surfer Blood
Last year's Smith Westerns are still swimming to reach the end.
18. Fitz and The Tantrums
Retro-soul meets retro-R&B is about as close as you get to an all-encompassing crowd-pleaser at this festival. (See: Raphael Saadiq at any festival in 2010.)
You know that terrible MTV reimagining of the BBC show Skins? Well, it wouldn't sound the same without these dudes.
Jonsi meets St. Vincent?
21. Wild Flag
Seriously, Carrie Brownstein can do no wrong.
You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore...
23. J. Mascis
...unless, of course, people adore you no matter what you do, in which case a solo acoustic record is totally cool, never mind your loud Dinosaur Jr. roots.
24. Okkervil River
No big show from Okkervil yesterday, but frontman Will Sheff performed on his own at a day party...which is good enough in this Okkervil-adoring town.
Go outside and recall Phil Spector.
26. The Black Lips
Who doesn't like these guys? Not people who brag while waiting in lines for other shows about the time they saw this band spit into their own mouths, that's for sure.
27. Big Freedia
Looks like all that freestyling has paid off for the SMU alum: His freestyle homage to Nate Dogg last night, during a performance with his new collaboration with P.O.S., called Four Fists, was the talk of the Twittersphere.
29. Small Black
People are raving about their live set -- and not just the photojournalists who have a new favorite song.
30. Jack White
I don't know if you guys heard, but he was totally in town the other day.
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