TRANSCENDENT: Julien Chang Brings Dynamic Talent to Support TWOCC

Born and raised in Baltimore, Julien Chang is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer whose music holds incredible integrity and exceptional musicality. Gaining recognition from major publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, his debut album, “Jules” (2019), is a certified classic in the burgeoning artist’s evergrowing catalog. In high school, he was known for playing the trombone and making beats for local rap artists, but in … Continue reading TRANSCENDENT: Julien Chang Brings Dynamic Talent to Support TWOCC

TRANSCENDENT: Ryal Joins the Event with Futuristic Aplomb

This synth, electronic duo has led us into the future with their newest sounds. Ryal, made up of singer/ keyboardist Jacque Ryal and producer Aaron Nevezie, is a dynamic collaboration. Their sound is formed around alternative, electronic, music that creates a feeling of peace and self-love. Their newest song, “Summer Resurrection” brings a calming, alternative vibe, filled with sounds that bring an orchestra background mixed … Continue reading TRANSCENDENT: Ryal Joins the Event with Futuristic Aplomb

HXNS: A Dragon/Flying-type Producer (and Pokémon?)

HXNS was only in elementary school when he produced his first hit song. Sure, it was only a mashup on the now-defunct JamGlue, a music editing website, but he was able to rack up significant plays by mashing together the beat from “Vans” by The Pack and the vocals from “Tell me When to Go” by E-40.  While he didn’t stick with music consistently at … Continue reading HXNS: A Dragon/Flying-type Producer (and Pokémon?)

Bassist-Turned-Pilot Patrick Paige II on Pivoting Style, Genre [Exclusive Interview]

Patrick Paige II took his career to the air once again with his second solo album, If I Fail Are We Still Cool? A rhetorical question for many of his fans, the album sees Paige take broad jumps in a series of directions on the road to building an album that’s boundless in genre & style and vulnerable & relatable in lyrics. “I’m so proud … Continue reading Bassist-Turned-Pilot Patrick Paige II on Pivoting Style, Genre [Exclusive Interview]

Where’d All The Time Go: Scott McMicken on Dr. Dog’s Last Tour

[Hummingbird Exclusive Interview] Scott McMicken finishes a cigarette as roadies mull backstage at Lockn’s Fred Festival. The mid-day lull at a sweltering summer festival is nothing new to the Dr. Dog co-founder. After twenty years of touring, the motions of the day are habitual. But there is no doubt in McMicken’s mind that he’s on the precipice of uncharted territory. Not only is the day’s … Continue reading Where’d All The Time Go: Scott McMicken on Dr. Dog’s Last Tour

Discovering Optimism in the Melancholic: A Spotlight on Hovvdy 

Austin, Texas musicians Charlie Martin and Will Taylor first came on my radar with their single Problem, off their 2016 release Taster. The band’s first full-length release is a washed-out and slow crawl of nostalgia’s introspective lens that anyone can poke their head into and relate.  I’ll walk you home / You say you’re tired of talking to people you don’t know / Feet on … Continue reading Discovering Optimism in the Melancholic: A Spotlight on Hovvdy 

John Lisi’s Debut Album a Path of Self-Discovery [Interview]

John Lisi’s 2021 album, I Hope This Feels Good, sees the young artist shine his creative flashlight deeper into the winding cave that is a budding career in music. The album, which I love dearly and wrote about last week, takes cues from a variety of genres and shows Lisi as an young, dynamic talent capable of shifting tempos and intentions with a song’s notice. … Continue reading John Lisi’s Debut Album a Path of Self-Discovery [Interview]

Interview: Knyves Escobar Shares Wisdom, Speaks on Inspiration & Pushing Past Labels

On the precipice of their debut project, Knyves Escobar — who uses the pronouns she and they — is leaning into their dynamic musical talent and intrinsically strong self-belief as pillars of what looks to be a long and successful career in music.  Escobar says the upcoming debut will show listeners that they have plenty more in store than the typical R&B sounds Escobar tends … Continue reading Interview: Knyves Escobar Shares Wisdom, Speaks on Inspiration & Pushing Past Labels

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]

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]