ALBUM REVIEW: Forty Feet Tall – ‘A Good Distraction’

The best distraction can convince a person to leave their worries behind for a while and get caught up elsewhere. By Katie Powers Forty Feet Tall’s A Good Distraction is a gripping and fast-paced sonic journey that offers compelling storytelling and high-energy psychedelic rock with a pop-punk flare. The album explores a range of sounds and stylistic choices, but the Portland-based alternative rockers hold a steady command over every track. Perhaps most importantly, each track effectively permits its listeners to get lost in the overwhelming and sometimes defeating world detailed on the album. Forty Feet Tall, which features Cole Gann … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Forty Feet Tall – ‘A Good Distraction’

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Where Tradition Meets Vision: The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo

Photo courtesy of the Colored Musicians Club The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, NY was the portal to the rest of the world for working-class musicians in the early 1920s. A renewed interest in the club is paving the way for jazz redux. By Jessica Brant  Buffalo, NY is a city that rumbles with age-old tradition, and because of this, progress sometimes comes at a cost. Even so, there exist enclaves of younger, ungrudging supporters, those who honor the older traditions in art Buffalo is famous for. This ecosystem of young rubbing off on old, old rubbing off on young, … Continue reading Where Tradition Meets Vision: The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo

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SINGLE STREAM REVIEW: Benjamin Elias and Soul Special – ‘Reflections’

By Jake Sabers Foreign hip hop fans are in luck: Benjamin Elias and Soul Special released their first official collaboration titled Reflections off their record label, Mad Talk, out of Tel Aviv, Israel. Benjamin Elias, born in Denver Colorado but relocating to Israel at the age of 13, and  Soul Special, an Israeli artist and producer who left high school and went on to graduate from the Rimon school of music, add multiple layers of unique perspective and experience to their latest undertaking. The track was mixed by Brendan Ferry, a grammy-nominated mix engineer who has worked with YBN Cordae, … Continue reading SINGLE STREAM REVIEW: Benjamin Elias and Soul Special – ‘Reflections’

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tha Capital G – ‘I Wouldn’t Trade Being Black For Anything’

By Debesh Suvat As an ally in the struggle for equality and against discrimination and bigotry in all forms, perhaps the most beneficial thing I can do is listen and learn from the struggles of others. I Wouldn’t Trade Being Black For Anything (produced by UrBan Nerd Beats) from Tha Capital G (out of Boston, see also Giddy) is a great piece of listening for other non-black allies who could do well to sit down and pay attention to someone with lived experience. “If The Police Kill Me” handles the disturbing truth of the precarious nature of survival unique to … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Tha Capital G – ‘I Wouldn’t Trade Being Black For Anything’

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INTERVIEW: Sleeplessinflatland on music, art, and his Precious Cargo

By Katiee McKinstry  Forrest, also known as sleeplessinflatland, is an abstract visual artist and beatmaker from Norman, Oklahoma. In their latest project, Precious Cargo, they pay homage to their family and friends who they once referred to as precious cargo. In this exclusive interview with Eloquent Mag, Forrest delves into their past, present, and future; talking all about their music and career.  From releasing music during the COVID-19 pandemic, to giving advice for aspiring artists, Forrest truly believes in the power of artistry. Having a somewhat conventional upbringing, Forrest finds solace in their art and is able to use it … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Sleeplessinflatland on music, art, and his Precious Cargo

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SINGLE STREAM REVIEW: Anna Burch – ‘Your Heart May Be Heavy’

By JD Brant Detroit crooner Anna Burch has released a spectacular holiday single for us all, “Your Heart May Be Heavy,” a delicate and glowing seasonal tiding that belongs in the scene of an old-timey romantic movie (or a modern-day Netflix version, maybe Dash & Lily), one where the couple takes a walk through Central Park and indulges in an innocent kiss under shimmering orbs. The single is the pause some of us are in need of, especially to ward off the ghosts of 2020’s past and remember simpler times. 2020 has been quite the year, but what many can … Continue reading SINGLE STREAM REVIEW: Anna Burch – ‘Your Heart May Be Heavy’

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Womxn and Romance

There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Single at 30. Here’s Why.  By JD Brant  The first time I was aware that my status as a single woman made people uncomfortable was on a business trip to Boston a year and a half ago. We were nearing the end of our trip and waiting for our return flight home. The gaggle of girls I was traveling with sped up in front of the new hires (there were three of us), and headed for the gift shop at the other end of the airport. One of the lead sales people turned around, and … Continue reading Womxn and Romance

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Music Reviews

ALBUM REVIEW: MELD – Words of the Water By JD Brant Nashville’s got soul, and a helluva lot of it. I previously wrote about a handful of womxn-identifying musicians taking New Nashville by storm, and I’m continuing the love with an album drop from a soul singer whose pipes are the source of much envy. MELD (government name, Melanie Dewey) recently performed songs off of her August debut, Words of the Water, live from the iconic Music Marathon Works in Nashville.  During her live set, the ocean spilled from the movement of interpretive dancers and poetry from soul strummers Katie … Continue reading Music Reviews