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The 4th Annual Hummingbird Awards – 2013 Best New Bands

13 Dec
The 4th Annual Hummingbirds - Best New Band of 2013

The 4th Annual Hummingbirds – Best New Band of 2013

It’s been 12 months since we last spoke. Since the Hummingbird graced our presence and honored our 12 2012 BEST NEW BANDS. What are the Hummingbird Awards you ask? Well they are the DEFINITIVE AWARDS for the BEST NEW BAND OF THE YEAR. We’re on year four and we’re loving. Who are we? We are two passionate dudes who love their music, kids, wives and lives. We do this for fun, but we still buy vinyl, CDs and magazines. Why? Because we care about the music and the bands that create. Music is the subtext to life and when I think back on my life’s greatest moments I have visions of happiness, sadness and whatever, but it’a all accompanied with a soundtrack. We know you have it too or you wouldn’t be here to read our blog.

So who have launched? In 2010 it was Best Coast and Tennis, In 2011 it was Other Lives and I Heart Sharks, In 2012 it was Haim and Alt-J. We might be way toooo early on a band like in 2010 Phantogram or way too late on Lana Del Rey or just in time for Foals. All in all it doesn’t matter. If you’ve kept up with us then you’ve been blessed with great music.

Here we go for the 4th Annual Hummingbird Awards!

*******UPDATED 12.31.13*************
Hummingbird Awards 2013 RECAP – The Definitive Best New Artist List
#13 MS MR
#12 Swim Deep
#11 Holy Milk
#10 Mutual Benefit
#9 Diane Coffee
#8 Haerts
#7 Holograms
#6 Autre Ne Veult
#5 Hookworms
#4 Blood Orange
#3 Dustin Tebbutt
#2 London Grammar
#1 Bill Ryder-Jones

RECAPS FROM YEARS PAST 2012, 2011 and 2010:
The final 12!!!!! 
Hummingbird Awards 2012
#12 Rose Elinor Dougall
#11 Fear of Men
#10 The Weeknd
#9 Nude Beach
#8 Class Actress
#7 Johnathon Boulet
#5 Hey Sholay
>#4 Alt-J (∆)
#3 Jessie Ware
#2 Grimes
#1 Toy

Editor Picks Best of 2012: RE’s 2012 Picks
Staff Picks Best of 2012: Arizona Turk’s Incredible List for 2012

Read the 2011 Hummingbirds
Did you know we predicted James Vincent McMorrow, Other Lives, La Sera and Widowspeak!

No Better Bands Then The One's Who Wear the Hummingbird
No Better Bands Then The One’s Who Wear the Hummingbird


Read the 2010 Hummingbirds 
Did you know we predicted Best Coast, Sleigh Bells, Perfume Genius, Lord Huron & Tennis!

No Better Bands Then The Ones That Wear The Hummingbird
No Better Bands Then The Ones That Wear The Hummingbird


Where will she land? Tell us your favorite 2012 New Band and we will add them to our list!

THE SMALL PRINT Must See Bands @ Coachella 2012

10 Jan

We're like the AAA for Coachella, they might be in small print, but they're great bands none the less.

I got a comment from someone that said all the music we feature sounds like “Underwater Radiohead Drivel” I wrote him back and had him listen to the 132 bands that we featured, that weren’t of that ilk. I do agree that most of today’s band can be categorized into three camps “URD”, “Spectorian Female dream sounds” and “Folk Americana”. Seriously, rock has been long buried because most of America has accepted that Nickelback is rock music. So we’re stuck in this weird moment in music….it doesn’t upset us, it just drives us to find something special. We really did pour through the bands of 2011 to find the bands that will make a difference. If the Coachella line-up is any indication, we weren’t the only ones to notice how great they were. Here is the list of our best of 2011 bands playing in Indio this year:

Other Lives – #1 2011 Hummingbird Award Winners
EMA – #4 2011 Hummingbird Award Winners
The Vaccines – #3 2011 Hummingbird Award Winners
Girls – 2011 Best of Tracks and Album Winners and one of our favorites in 2010.
Yuck – 2011 Best of Tracks and Album Winners and one of our favorites in 2010.
Keep Shelly in Athens – BOD in 2010
Real Estate – 2010 mid-year Best of and BOD 2.5.10
Gardens & Villas
– Featured BOD 11.11.11
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Featured back BOD 4.27.10
The Big Pink – They played last year and we featured back in early 2010

Personal Loves but not necessarily featured on NBD for various reasons:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Laura Marling