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On the Record | G.S. Schray’s “Gabriel”

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by Dawson Steeber   G.S. Schray has been making music for decades. In his own words, he’s been in “about a zillion bands,” most notably Houseguest and Beaten Awake. He’s also played on the last two Strand of Oaks albums and worked with Six Parts Seven. He... More »

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One Night Only: The Buzz Clic Adventure

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Rubber City Rebels Guitarist and Punk-Rock Legend Returns to Akron on Sept. 22 by Brittany Nader 09/14/2017 In the 1970s, Akron experienced a shift as its status as Rubber Capital of the World began declining and its music scene unexpectedly started gaining in... More »

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In the Crowd | Never Coming Down 2 at Hive Mind

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by Floco Torres 9/11/17 It used to be that our relationship with things that are considered “cool” would grow as we experienced more. But as social media continues to buy our attention, I’m starting to feel like we wouldn’t know what cool is if it literally re... More »

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Standing Room | September 2017

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Six Akron Bands We Think You Should Know by Floco Torres Flames OhGod At the surface, Hip-Hop seems to be non-existent in Akron, but when you dig deeper you may find some artists holding it down for the Rubber City. Enter Flames OhGod who has been on the scene... More »

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Pursuing Happiness with a Vengeance

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Local singer and activist Natalie Grace Martin to release “third debut album” words by Devon Anderson; photos by Ashley Kouri Natalie Grace Martin’s eyes light up and her voice lifts when she tells stories about her children. “She says things like, ‘May I?’ no... More »

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On the Record | CityCop Finally Gets To Tell Their Story

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by Floco Torres I’ve always admired and been a bit confused by bands that take years to release their new record, especially when fans are waiting on it. We should never question how long it takes to create art, but we live in a climate now where an album can ... More »

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The Cue: Making a Scene

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Will Blake, Bringing Audiences and Artists Together by Claude Christensen “The average Akronite is pretty amazing,” says Will Blake. Yet that talent is going elsewhere. What if those same amazing Akronites could kick start the kind of artistic revolution that ... More »

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Harmonious Hymns and Soulful Sounds

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Akron’s Second Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival by Sierra Allen Once upon a time, Akron’s Howard Street was a popular spot for music. The area was filled with clubs and soirees and attracted musicians like Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and... More »

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Standing Room | August 2017

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6 PorchRokr Bands We Think You Should See Words by Brittany Nader and photos by Shane Wynn Gov Naim (Experimental) Gov Naim is a multimedia brand and pseudonym for Akron-based performance artist Kay DePew. After finding a small VHS/camcorder mixer designed for... More »

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In the Crowd | Red Rose Panic at The Vortex

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words by Floco Torres; photos by Ashley Kouri In my ten years of playing and attending shows, I’ve learned that you rarely EVER arrive at the venue based on the ‘show starts at this time’ hour that’s posted. You usually never know if the time posted is when th... More »