The Early Bird

The Early Bird: Top New Album Releases 8-18-23 – 8-24-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 18, 2023

There is no reason for it and yet there is an excuse

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 8-18-23 – 8-24-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 18, 2023

Macca at his lachrymose worse

The Early Bird: Top Albums 8-11-23 – 8-17-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2023

embraces a form of nihilism and a dead end

The Early Bird: Top New albums 8-4-23 – 8-10-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 4, 2023

better Ray Price than the Eagles

Brief Encounters: New Albums 7-28-23 – 8-3-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 31, 2023

you might be overwhelmed by how it sounds like nothing you’ve heard

The Early Bird: New Albums 7-28-23 – 8-3-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 28, 2023

the equal of Astroworld

The Early Bird: New Singles 7-28-23 – 8-3-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 28, 2023

Grimes isn’t in it for the money

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Albums 7-21-23 – 7-27-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 21, 2023

can rap and has a nasty mouth

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Singles 7-21-23 – 7-27-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 21, 2023

an evolving dream hook

The Early Bird: Top New Albums 7-14-23 – 7-20-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 14, 2023

dancefloor swerves

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 7-6-23 – 7-13-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 7, 2023

why isn’t it a hidden pop masterstroke

The Early Bird: Top New Album Releases 6-30-23 – 7-6-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 30, 2023

It feels fresh but never wanders too far from our love of anthems with energy

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 6-30-23 – 7-6-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 30, 2023

Bloodsucker, famefucker, bleeding me dry like a goddamn vampire…

The Early Bird: Top new Albums 6-23-23 – 6-29-30 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 23, 2023

the wittiness of Lily Allen mixed with the sweetness of Taylor Swift

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 6-23-23 – 6-29-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 23, 2023

Corinne goes punk

The Early Bird: Top New Singles 6-16-23 – 6-22-23

By Iman Lababedi | June 16, 2023

encapsules every reason he is the greatest rocker unknown to English speakers

The Early Bird: Five Top New Album Releases 6-16-23 – 6-22-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 16, 2023

emotion sickness, I wanna die

The Early Bird: Five New Single Releases 6-9-23 – 6-15-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 9, 2023

If Suga quit would anybody care?

The Early Bird: Five New Album Releases 6-9-23 – 6-15-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 9, 2023

even a break up is a reason to play

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 6-2-23 – 6-8-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2023

a beat that captivates

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 26, 2023

a major slice of bad news

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-19-23 – 5-25-23

By Iman Lababedi | May 19, 2023

a raw, blues riff piece

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-12-23 – 5-18-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 12, 2023

all of them should’ve been on the album

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-5-23 – 5-11-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 5, 2023

a very good self-portrait of the evolved singer

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-28-23 – 5-4-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 28, 2023

I might not pay $500 for Bruce but I will for Arca

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-21-23- 4-27-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 21, 2023

a quasi-psychedelic brilliance

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 4-14-23 – 4-20-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 14, 2023

a grieving song

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-31-23 – 4-6-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 31, 2023

Where are the songs?

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 3-24-22 – 3-30-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 24, 2023

A slow, smooth heartbreaker

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-3-23 – 3-9-23

By Iman Lababedi | March 3, 2023

I would put both “Toledo” and “The Long Division” among Costello’s top 100

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 2-24-23 – 3-2-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 24, 2023

lo fi classic rock and Americana

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 2-17-23 – 2-23-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 17, 2023

Sinatra miasma

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 2-10-23 – 2-16-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 10, 2023

the tough gal as attack Pekinese

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 1-27-23 – 3-2-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 27, 2023

the mixes his producer Daniel Lanois didn’t like

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 1-20-23 – 1-26-23

By Iman Lababedi | January 20, 2023

tasteless as Oatmeal milk

The Early Bird And Sneak Peaks Return Next Week!

By Iman Lababedi | January 13, 2023

why review five in a hurry?

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Release 12-9-22 – 12-15-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2022

it sounds better than ever

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-11-22 – 11-17-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2022

the arriviste at 32 years of age

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 11-4-22 – 11-10-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 5, 2022

the standard zeitgeist bearer

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-28-22 – 11-3-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2022

never has sex and violence been quite so appealing

The Early Bird: New Recorded Releases 10-14-22 – 10-20-22

By Iman Lababedi | October 14, 2022

great rapping but the beats are missing

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-7-22 – 10-13-22

By Iman Lababedi | October 8, 2022

from black Americana to color blind pop punk

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-30-22 – 10-6-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2022

a perfect, arrogant, guitar smashing masterpiece

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-23-22 – 9-29-22, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 23, 2022

strong set of country standards

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-16-22 – 9-22-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 16, 2022

just fine even if disappointingly not major

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 9-2-22 – 9-8-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 2, 2022

from Japan and Korea to Poland and Hungary, Mexico and beyond

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-26-22 – 9-1-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 26, 2022

a similar trick to his smash hit

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-19-22 – 8-25-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 19, 2022

a close miss

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-12-22 – 8-18-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 12, 2022

lays down his claim to being a giant

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 8-5-22 – 8-11- 22

By Iman Lababedi | August 5, 2022

hard rock classicists