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On The Record | The “Big, Big EP” by The Outside Voices

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Rock and Roll is too big to define by Floco Torres 02/16/2018 “Hey guys, we’re [insert band name] and we’re going to play you some Rock and Roll.” You’ve heard it 100 times from touring bands at bars, and you’ve possibly been wrong when guessing what kind of R... More »

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On the Record | “Songs You Can’t Dance To” by Portage

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by Floco Torres 11/06/2017 Small Mammal Records has been pretty prolific in its support of Akron-based (and a few Cleveland-based) acts this year. Whether they’re spreading the word on gigs for Penny Arcade and Wax Bodega, or supporting releases by Alamor and ... 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 »

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On The Record | The Conway Brothers tried to tell us

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   by Floco Torres The Conway Brothers have one mission and that’s to “carry the torch of original, NEO-based blues/funk/soul/rock music into the future.” I would personally advise against taking on such a robust task because so many have tried before, but the... More »

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An intimate night of harmonious music: Duchess at BLU Jazz+

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  words and photos by Brett Auerbach   It only took one evening for New York based- vocal trio, Duchess to make their mark in Akron after performing not one, but two seemingly flawless sets at Blu Jazz+ last month. Reputable jazz vocalists, Amy Cervini, Hilary... More »

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On the Record: See Creatures | Two Albums by a Two-piece

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by Dawson Steeber Surface Tension, the debut LP from Akron’s dynamic two-piece, See Creatures (Nate Bucher and Adam Murray), is an album with the freshness and energy of a new band, and the ease and musicianship that only comes with experience. From start to f... More »

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On The Record | Posture stands tall on his new EP “Haunts”

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By Floco Torres There’s something to be said for letting your work speak for itself. There’s a time and place for your braggadocious side to show, but more times than not it isn’t needed. As far as I’ve seen, Posture has every right to demand attention to the ... More »

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On the Record: Some of our favorite Akron albums in 2016

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With a city full of musicians and music lovers alike, it’s no wonder there were so many local new albums for us to review in 2016. Here were some of our favorites. Gretchen Pleuss, “From Birth, to Breath, to Bone” “Even to new audiences, the local musician fee... More »

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On the Record: The Dreemers

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by Gabe Gott If you have seen The Dreemers play around the area over the past year or so, then you, like me, have probably been eagerly anticipating the East Akron group’s first official recording. On Record Store Day this past April 16, the band gave us a tas... More »