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

RYAL Releases “Feathers,” a Haunted Freedom-Finding Song

Marking RYAL’s second song of the year, “Feathers” is a mysterious track dedicated to finding one’s freedom. The song naturally captures the scary feelings that can come about when one is approaching a more boundless version of their identity, as producer Aaron Nevezie gives the song plenty of instrumental decor, none of which comes off as frivolous. Singing about not being able to breathe, Jacque … Continue reading RYAL Releases “Feathers,” a Haunted Freedom-Finding Song

New Music To You: Dawes, Silver, and Our Brother George

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 Dawes, Silver, and Our Brother George. We’re All Gonna Die // Dawes I’m on a bit of a mellow downtempo indie kick right now. “Dusty Eyes” by Bedouine, is a wonderful example of the style I’m talking about. … Continue reading New Music To You: Dawes, Silver, and Our Brother George

Elujay & J.Robb’s “GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE” an Impressive, Timeless Effort [Album Review]

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! With elements of R&B, soul, hip-hop, and lo-fi, GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE might be the most widely likable album we’ve written about in this newsletter thus far. With Elujay’s baby-powder vocals and J.Robb’s funky basslines and futuristic styles, this album is one of 2020’s best and a strong … Continue reading Elujay & J.Robb’s “GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE” an Impressive, Timeless Effort [Album Review]

The Soul Rebels and New Orleans’ Modern Brass Wave [Interview]

The eight-person New Orleans brass band, The Soul Rebels, dropped their first studio album in six years titled “Poetry in Motion” in October of 2019. Through boasting studio collaborations with cultural icons such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Talib Kweli, as well as appearances in world-class concerts and their performance on Tiny Desk with GZA, The Soul Rebels have crafted a gripping discography and collection of remarkable accomplishments that … Continue reading The Soul Rebels and New Orleans’ Modern Brass Wave [Interview]

New Music To You: Iron & Wine, Damian Marley, and Black Thought

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 Iron & Wine, The Marleys & Black Thought, and Salaam Remi. The Desert Babbler // Iron & Wine By now, you all should know I’m a sucker for cryptic, abstract lyricism. Folk music is a great place to … Continue reading New Music To You: Iron & Wine, Damian Marley, and Black Thought

New Music To You: Bart Crow, Manchester Orchestra, and The Japanese House

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 Bart Crow, Manchester Orchestra, and The Japanese House. Wear My Ring // Bart Crow If you’re going through a rough spot and need to be a negative Nancy from time to time, country music can help. Sometimes,  the lyrics … Continue reading New Music To You: Bart Crow, Manchester Orchestra, and The Japanese House

New Music To You: Avriel & the Seqouias, Phony Ppl, and Tyler Lyle

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 Avriel & the Seqouias, Phony Ppl, and Tyler Lyle! Sweet Adeline // Avriel & the Sequoias For those who have read one or two of my articles before, you might know that I’ve recently been turned off from … Continue reading New Music To You: Avriel & the Seqouias, Phony Ppl, and Tyler Lyle