Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]

As if directly inspired by Steve Lacy’s Ted Talk on the creative possibilities brought about by advanced technology, John Lisi created I Hope This Feels Good, a gentle, soft-around-the-edges album. Employing jazz and alternative stylings with his saxophone, guitars, keyboard, and computer, the project keeps its allure over many replays. I Hope This Feels Good’s cover art tells you much of what you need to … Continue reading Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]

New Music To You: Capital Cities, André 3000, the Grateful Dead, and Goldfinger

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Capital Cities, Andre 3000, the Grateful Dead, and Goldfinger. Farrah Fawcett Hair // Capital Cities, André 3000 You might’ve heard of the techno-psychedelic rock group Capital Cities back in 2013 when their first single, “Safe and Sound,” was … Continue reading New Music To You: Capital Cities, André 3000, the Grateful Dead, and Goldfinger

New Music To You: Mt. Joy, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Pharrell Williams

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Mt. Joy, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Pharrell Williams. Astrovan // Mt. Joy “Astrovan,” released just last year, embodies the spirit of feel-good 60’s classic rock. It just makes you wanna throw on a tie-dye tee, pile into a … Continue reading New Music To You: Mt. Joy, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Pharrell Williams

New Music To You: Leon Bridges, A$AP Rocky, and slowthai

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Leon Bridges, A$AP Rocky, and slowthai. Beyond // Leon Bridges Leon Bridges’ voice is phenomenal — we know this (and if you don’t, prepare to learn). There’s not much else to say, really. He deftly glides through high … Continue reading New Music To You: Leon Bridges, A$AP Rocky, and slowthai

Album Appreciation: “VALIS” by Reptaliens

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! Released in spring of 2019, VALIS brings together elements of folk and psych rock to create a lighthearted, dreamy soundscape rife with bubbly effects and expressions of their Portland enthusiasm.  It’s a gaseous album — that is, it can take up as much space in your environment … Continue reading Album Appreciation: “VALIS” by Reptaliens

Hummingbird Spotlight: Yung Slee

Yung Slee, more closely known by fans as “Slee,” is a rising rapper/singer who broadcasts his consistent releases exclusively to a SoundCloud audience that has pushed many of his singles above one thousand listens. While 1,000 streams aren’t much compared to what’s coming up on your average “What’s Hot” Spotify playlist, it is a solid base for a solo talent who self-advertises through his personal … Continue reading Hummingbird Spotlight: Yung Slee

GoldLink Celebrates DMV, Africana Music on “Diaspora”

Technically considered to be GoldLink’s debut album, Diaspora, released mid-summer 2019 may not have broken into the mainstream. But with a fresh take on the concept of a rap and hip-hop album, it has made waves within the hip-hop scene as well as greater music spheres.  Fusing themes from a wide array of sources — primarily that of African influence — Linkie was able to create … Continue reading GoldLink Celebrates DMV, Africana Music on “Diaspora”

New Music To You: Lydia Mendoza, Rayland Baxter, and Mike & the Moonpies

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Lydia Mendoza, Rayland Baxter, and Mike & the Moonpies. Mal Hombre // Lydia Mendoza Want to listen to an amazing ballad? Trying to learn Spanish? ¿Por qué no los dos? Oh boy, do I have the song for … Continue reading New Music To You: Lydia Mendoza, Rayland Baxter, and Mike & the Moonpies

Free Nationals Burst on the Scene with Tail-Wagging Fun

Fresh, young talent defined 2019’s music scene. While the old heads are still relevant, acts like Tyler, the Creator, Anderson .Paak, JID, and DaBaby inserted electric energy into the final year of the decade. And closing the year with a surefire bang is the Free Nationals, a four-piece funk/soul/R&B band with a flair for creativity and experiment. They’ve gained popularity due to constant collaboration with … Continue reading Free Nationals Burst on the Scene with Tail-Wagging Fun

The New-Age Singer-Songwriter: A Creative Jack-of-All-Trades

As expanding artist-driven creative control renders much of modern music genre-less and musicians find the need to distinguish themselves artistically, you may have noticed a trend in the culture of insanely talented solo acts. These dynamos are seldom tethering themselves to a boxed-in sound but rather placing their personality in the absolute center of their work, broadcasting their inner workings through the media of lyrics, … Continue reading The New-Age Singer-Songwriter: A Creative Jack-of-All-Trades