New Music To You: Skegss, Dan Auerbach, and Weezer

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 Skegss, Dan Auerbach, and Weezer. Up in the Clouds // Skegss If you haven’t dipped your toes into the world of Aussie Rock, you’re missing out. The sound is varied and loose, giving you a taste of that … Continue reading New Music To You: Skegss, Dan Auerbach, and Weezer

Album Appreciation: Young M.A.’s “Off The Yak” Stakes Royal Claim

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! This is your yearly reminder that Young M.A. is making some of the best drill and trap music these days. Off the Yak is a noisy collection of heavy hitting beats and undeniable braggadocio. “Hello Baby” sees the Queen of New York body Fivio Foreign, showing that … Continue reading Album Appreciation: Young M.A.’s “Off The Yak” Stakes Royal Claim

Levi’s 501s and 80s’ Post-Rock: Pedophilia in Mass Media

In August of 2020 Levi’s Vintage Clothing imprint announced their Fall/Winter 2020 capsule would be based on the aesthetics of indie bands from 1980s Louisville. The advertising rhetoric declares Louisville was an important site for proto-grunge, a musical movement which helped pave the way for the grunge revolution which would occur in Washington during the 90s. The advertising hinges on Levi’s products being the chosen … Continue reading Levi’s 501s and 80s’ Post-Rock: Pedophilia in Mass Media

Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Focusing on a strong yet gentle sense of self-assuredness, Muwosi’s recent EP, Of Compassion sees the young artist beautifully cultivate personal and airy lyrics and aesthetics.  Produced by LA jazz pianist-composer-producer Lionmilk, Of Compassion displays Muwosi at her core; an empathetic artist seeking to curate gentle and holistic music.  She says it’s relieving to finally release the EP, which was inspired by and started in … Continue reading Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Review: Olivia Rodrigo Shines Bright on “SOUR”

Woah. As if “drivers license” wasn’t enough to make us gasp for air as she stunned us with her astonishing voice and sad but romantic and highly relatable lyrics, Olivia Rodrigo has now released her debut album, adding another ten tracks to prove that her breakthrough single was no fluke. While she may lack the raw intimacy of someone like Fiona Apple, cited as one … Continue reading Review: Olivia Rodrigo Shines Bright on “SOUR”

Pressure, Dirt, and The Decaying Diamond: How What The Beatles Became Ended What The Beatles Began As

The Beatles were subjected to a level of fame that had seldom, if ever, been seen in the world of mass culture before them. Not only did they sell out stadiums and arenas and perform for thousands upon thousands of screaming fans (some conscious, some blacked out with excitement and fervor), but their private life in public spaces was essentially non-existent. This hyper-popularity, as well … Continue reading Pressure, Dirt, and The Decaying Diamond: How What The Beatles Became Ended What The Beatles Began As

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 4: But You Caint Use My Phone Keeps Badu Boundary-less

This is part four of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, two and three. Badu’s most recent project, But You Caint Use My Phone, is a fascinating case study and provides plenty to discuss from black feminist and afrofuturist perspectives. The cover art is comparable to The New Amerykah, Pt. … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 4: But You Caint Use My Phone Keeps Badu Boundary-less

Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Fire in Little Africa ~ Fire in Little Africa In the goal of memory and re-education about the Tulsa Massacre, a group of local artists created this album along with a multimedia education project you can find on their website. Mndsgn ~ Rare Pleasure A gentle, easy-on-the-ears listen, Mndsgn’s romantic musings will keep you repeating this album over and over. THE 6TH LETTER ~ Coneman … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 3: The “New Amerykah” Series Promotes Afro-Futurist Thought

This is part three of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism and Afro-futurism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, two, and four. At this point in her career, Erykah Badu had cemented herself as one of the all-time greats in music. Not only had she released three timeless albums, her work collaborating with members of the … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 3: The “New Amerykah” Series Promotes Afro-Futurist Thought

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 2: “Mama’s Gun” & “Worldwide Underground” Cement Legacy

This is part two of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism and Afro-futurism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, three, and four. Erykah Badu set a strong foundation in 1997 with Baduizm and “Tyrone.” Each track introduced listeners to her afro-centric ideology and penchant for empathetic and intellectual lyricism, a rare mix in pop culture. She … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 2: “Mama’s Gun” & “Worldwide Underground” Cement Legacy