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]

Getting Lost On Cloud Nine: An Interview With STVN

Ever since I first heard STVN’s music at the end of last year, I’ve been listening non-stop. Chill lo-fi with echoes of synth-pop make it feel like taking a musical load off. As you’ll read in this Hummingbird Mag exclusive interview, STVN’s music is all about basking in the glory of right now. It’s about acknowledging that there might unpleasantness ahead, but not letting that … Continue reading Getting Lost On Cloud Nine: An Interview With STVN

My August Tribute to Mac Miller

I hope Mac appreciates every word of what I am about to write. May he rest in peace.  Mac’s two songs “Planet God Damn” and “Soulmate” go together better than any other combination of songs that I have ruthlessly played on repeat. Maybe I’ve been addicted to this combo because I’m far away from someone I truly love, but these tracks have been in my … Continue reading My August Tribute to Mac Miller

Mo Sella Exudes Danceable Positivity & Friendship on Debut [Interview]

Washington D.C. local Mo Sella just dropped his debut album, Stories of a Manhattan Apartment, an ode to the life he lived as a college student in New York City. He was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, before moving to Saudi Arabia for a few years — and he credits living in so many different places for his eclectic taste in music. NYC wasn’t the … Continue reading Mo Sella Exudes Danceable Positivity & Friendship on Debut [Interview]

Interview: Gonzo Talks Producing Mindset, Supporting Fellow Artists

After speaking with Beez and hearing him speak so highly about Gonzo’s musical talent, it was only right that I would get both sides of the story. A few days ago, I had the chance to talk with Gonzo and hear more about his history with music, the many ways Beez has helped his game, and plenty more. Note: Quotes are slightly edited for clarity. … Continue reading Interview: Gonzo Talks Producing Mindset, Supporting Fellow Artists