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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 »

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Standing Room | October 2017

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5 questions with Akron Drummer, DJ and Producer Brad Thorla by Floco Torres Floco Torres: How long have you been creating music & why do you continue to do so? Brad Thorla: I’ve been putting out music for about twenty years now. I used to be really obsessed wi... More »

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Wynton Marsalis at EJ Thomas

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Photos by Ashley Kouri 10/03/2017 The legendary music of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis came to EJ Thomas Hall at The University of Akronon Thursday, September 28 Heralded by The Daily Telegraph as “the finest big band in the world t... 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 Wes... 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 »