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“We Are the Alternative to the Alternative”

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The Numbers Band Shows Why Quality Still Counts   11/20/2017 words by Steve Van Auken, photo by Ashley Kouri  Bob Kidney does not suffer fools gladly. So it’s better not to ask him if leading The Numbers Band (15-60-75) is “fun.” “There is no fun in it for me,... More »

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Preserving Hip-Hop culture with Keepers of the Art

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words by Floco Torres, photos by Shane Wynn   11/20/2017 Your grandmother knows who Snoop Dogg is. In 39 years since it’s creation, Hip-Hop’s culture has socially and economically grown into the most influential and shared culture on the planet today. However,... More »

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In The Crowd | The Menzingers Take Musica

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Pennsylvania Natives Bring Night of Punk to the Rubber City by Devon Anderson 11/06/2017 When the chance to go out and see Pennsylvania natives, The Menzingers, came across my social media feed, I clicked “Interested” and then “Going” within seconds of each ot... More »

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On Stage with The Rhodes Street Rude Boys

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Homegrown Reggae by Dave Daly 11/06/2017 Don’t ask Rhodes Street Rude Boys (RSRB) to cover Bob Marley songs. That ain’t their thing. When you see RSRB live, they’ll be performing their own music. And that’s the way it should be because these dudes can play. I’... More »

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Standing Room | November 2017

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Five questions with Akron musician Joshua Weiss by Floco Torres 11/2/2017 Floco Torres: How long have you been creating music? Joshua Weiss: I guess it would’ve been around 2007 or 2008. After a horrible skateboarding accident resulting in a broken leg, disloc... More »

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In The Crowd | Eriq Troi at The Mustard Seed

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words by Floco Torres, photos by Ashley Kouri 10/18/2017   Eriq Troi might be the most interesting musician in Akron, Ohio. Yup, that’s how we’re going to start this off. I don’t mean interesting in a side-eye kind of way. It’s more of an endless intrigue into... More »

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It’s A KLing Thing House Celebrates Ten Years

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by Floco Torres 10/18/2017 The decade is the most significant hallmark celebrating a living and breathing body of work. In August of 2007, Jordan Welker, Kevin Friedman, and David Gottas started It’s a KLing Thing House just like every other DIY house. Jordan,... More »

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In The Crowd: Daikaiju destroys the city of Akron

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  by Floco Torres 10/17/2017 Sunday night shows are usually really awkward, so I try to avoid them. This particular Sunday night at Annabell’s Bar & Lounge grabbed my attention, only because I wasn’t ready for weekend to end and I saw familiar names in See Cre... More »

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In the Crowd: Black Market Brass at Hive Mind

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  by Floco Torres 10/17/2017 In the present day, I seem to blend in with concert goers when it comes to dancing. Provided with the proper alcoholic libation, I fall between a tame two-step and “dance like no one’s watching.” So it would be assumably riveting t... More »

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On the Record | Relaxer Saves the City from Destruction

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by Floco Torres When I was eight years old, I (like most of my friends) wanted to be a superhero. We fantasized about having super powers and saving the city from villains attempting to disrupt our everyday lives. Just fantasizing about this life wasn’t enough... More »