I wanted to share some love to these artists who have been on repeat for me this past month. I encourage you to keep these artists on your radar, if they aren’t already on there.
I saw Ruby Ibarra perform live in January. Her performance was just as powerful as her music. This song in particular, off of her latest album that discusses colorism, micro-aggressions and more, recognizes womxn within political movements. I wasn’t able to make it to the live recording of this music video, but Ruby Ibarra invited Pinays from all over the Bay Area, where she was raised, to be a part of this album.
Hobo Johnson, who grew up in Sacramento, CA, is making new waves on the internet. They submitted to NPR’s Tiny Desk, and their music does not fail to please the ears and your emotions.
I found Mr Jukes recently, and I have not stopped dancing to this song alone in my room since. The instrument breakdowns are something to hear if you’re having a bad day.
Rejjie Snow, a rapper from Ireland, and Dana Williams, a singer from Los Angeles who I found through YouTube, do an amazing job together on this song.
I found Ricky Montgomery and the Honeysticks on Vine a few years ago, and have kept a close watch on their music ever since. Listening to their music gives me the same joy as their funny vines and videos. Just let the music video speak for itself.