Hummingbird Spotlight: Yung Slee

Yung Slee, more closely known by fans as “Slee,” is a rising rapper/singer who broadcasts his consistent releases exclusively to a SoundCloud audience that has pushed many of his singles above one thousand listens. While 1,000 streams aren’t much compared to what’s coming up on your average “What’s Hot” Spotify playlist, it is a solid base for a solo talent who self-advertises through his personal … Continue reading Hummingbird Spotlight: Yung Slee

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]

Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Focusing on a strong yet gentle sense of self-assuredness, Muwosi’s recent EP, Of Compassion sees the young artist beautifully cultivate personal and airy lyrics and aesthetics.  Produced by LA jazz pianist-composer-producer Lionmilk, Of Compassion displays Muwosi at her core; an empathetic artist seeking to curate gentle and holistic music.  She says it’s relieving to finally release the EP, which was inspired by and started in … Continue reading Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Livestreams, Memes, and Improvisation: How a Band Called Goose Became the Next Big Act for Jam Music During a Pandemic.

[Hummingbird Exclusive Interview] Due to the past year of lockdowns, quarantines, and an audible absence of live music, the spring of 2021 has become a great hope, a life-preserver that bands and fans have been doggy-paddling towards throughout the uncharted waters of pandemia. Connecticut-based jam band, Goose, recently announced their May run of drive-in shows that will be the group’s first performances of the new … Continue reading Livestreams, Memes, and Improvisation: How a Band Called Goose Became the Next Big Act for Jam Music During a Pandemic.

“Salt on My Tongue,” an Invigorating Introduction to Hyde [Exclusive Interview]

Hyde and Gonzo are here to expel all bad energy this cold season with an energetic, soaring track, the first off Hyde’s upcoming project. The pair link up smoothly for a romantic yet somber single, “Salt on My Tongue,” a release that’ll have you waiting to hear more from the pair.  And while Gonzo’s signature heartbreak lyrics are in full effect on the song, Hyde’s … Continue reading “Salt on My Tongue,” an Invigorating Introduction to Hyde [Exclusive Interview]

O-Slice: A Creative Spark for the DMV Region [Interview]

Bucking global trends and staying true to her DMV and Nigerian roots, O-Slice made waves in 2020 and is well-positioned to make 2021 a breakout year for herself and her team. She’s an uber-talented rapper with an All Star work ethic and clear vision for her future. There’s no telling how high she can reach.  She sees herself in the same lane as Aminé and … Continue reading O-Slice: A Creative Spark for the DMV Region [Interview]

The 19th Street Band: Unrelenting Positivity and Cheer [Exclusive Interview]

Music is in a unique position to drag people out of 2020’s many traumas, and the 19th Street Band is a wonderful example of a band focused on positivity and forward movement. In the face of massive difficulty, the band has managed to both stay afloat and add to their fanbase through a series of at-home livestreams, where the band’s leading membres, Meghan and Caolaidhe … Continue reading The 19th Street Band: Unrelenting Positivity and Cheer [Exclusive Interview]

Billie Essco: An Inspirational, Creative Force for Buffalo [Exclusive Interview]

One of the first impressions you’ll get from Billie Essco’s music is his desire to think critically about the world around him. That willingness to challenge norms and think outside the box, all while keeping up a massive creative output, makes Essco one of the most exciting names in both fashion and hip-hop. He specifically mentions attending Fashion Week 2020 in Paris with this rap’s … Continue reading Billie Essco: An Inspirational, Creative Force for Buffalo [Exclusive Interview]

Waffle Mishap Shares Origin Story, Incredible Talent, Message [Interview]

Finale In Gold is an apt title for Long Island Jazz septet Waffle Mishap’s latest release. As a glorious explosion of funk-laden jazz improvisation, soft rock style, and showtune theatricality, the album (released last month) feels like a ride on the roller coaster tracks that adorned the album’s lead single “Lost Without You.”  Danceable highs like “Back On Track” with its screaming sax and punchy … Continue reading Waffle Mishap Shares Origin Story, Incredible Talent, Message [Interview]

Slug Shares Astral Visions, Genre-Fusion Process [Band Interview]

Originally just a passion project amongst three college friends, Slug has evolved into an exciting young group with plenty to offer, providing genre-breaking psych rock/trip-hop/lo-fi for a steadily growing audience. The group may have started with casual intentions, but after their success in producing an ear-catching and innovative sound, it’s getting more serious — you’ll want to stay tuned to see what they’ll do next. Self-characterized … Continue reading Slug Shares Astral Visions, Genre-Fusion Process [Band Interview]