Ravenna’s Sikh Roots

Raveena Aurora’s music video for her new single, “Tweety,” mixes ‘90s nostalgia, psychedelic visuals, and South Asian aesthetics with an intoxicating pop sound that lives up to her past album. Her music video weaves together seemingly disparate parts to show –– once again –– the love, fun, and beauty of embracing her diasporic identity. Raveena is a powerful presence as she speaks up for her … Continue reading Ravenna’s Sikh Roots

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]

Billie Essco: Buffalo’s Dynamic Talent in Music, Fashion [Profile]

Buffalo has been slapped right on the map of rap’s biggest cities this year, with critically-acclaimed releases from Griselda rappers Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher, Armani Caesar, and Conway the Machine. But an engine of hype and energy powers the city: Billie Essco.  And he’s doing it all on his own terms, opting to buck the industry norm of joining a major record label. While … Continue reading Billie Essco: Buffalo’s Dynamic Talent in Music, Fashion [Profile]

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]

Comparing the Greatness of Kendrick and Lupe [Video]

Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar have each been talked about plenty on hip-hop Twitter as of late after claims from Lupe Fiasco that he’s the better lyricist between the two. Check in with XLNS Media on his latest video, comparing the greatness of each artist! Let us know what you think in his comments section. Continue reading Comparing the Greatness of Kendrick and Lupe [Video]