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The Next BIG Thing: Ava and the Hit Men

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Correction: The first version of this article incorrectly listed the concert date as Sunday, March 22. The correct date is Saturday, March 27. When issue #1 hits stands, Ava and the Hit Men will be our first band profile. Normally, we wouldn’t think to feature... More »

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15 Minutes with Thomas Johnson of Futurebirds

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[su_box title=”Who? When? Where? How much?”] Futurebirds with Mick Reiter Friday, February 6 at 9 pm Musica – $10 [/su_box] Thomas Johnson, Futurebirds’ sweet-singing, banjo-playing guitarist (and its best-bearded member), sounds like the folks I know back hom... More »

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Sneak Peek: What’s the Akron Music Directory?

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It’s a work in progress, so keep that in mind, but when this is done–or at least, more done–the Akron Music Directory will house a comprehensive list of local musicians and bands, venues, recording studios and the like. This is just a preview, which includes 2... More »

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Coming soon: Meet Mike Black

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There are a lot of reasons to go to The Vortex this Saturday night. If you like rock or hip-hop or acoustic trios or just getting a lot of bang for your buck. But the best may be to support a name on the bill you don’t recognize, even if you think you know eve... More »

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ShiSho

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[su_box title=”ShiSho”]Described as the feasible love children of They Might Be Giants and Kimya Dawson, Kent’s ShiSho performs with a punk aesthetic that catch audiences off guard. They’re a kid band that’s not for kid audiences. Members: Vivian Ramone (vocal... More »

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The Speedbumps

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[su_box title=”The Speedbumps”]The Speedbumps are an award-winning band whose carefully orchestrated music is described by Americana-UK as “wistful acoustic Folk pop” led by the soulful and rootsy crooner, Erik Urycki. Members: Erik Urycki (vocals/guitar), Sam... More »

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Maid Myriad

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[su_box title=”Maid Myriad”]Boasting a beautiful but potent style of post-progressive/alternative/pop they like to refer to as kaleidoscope rock, Maid Myriad blends dynamically versatile songs, angst-fueled progressive riffs, delicate pin drop moments, and int... More »

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Simeon Soul Charger

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  [su_box title=”Simeon Soul Charger”]Simeon Soul Charger is an American psychedelic rock band from Akron whose music has been described as a cinematic pastiche of folk, blues, progressive, 70’s psychedelic. They’re currently based in Germany. Members: Aaron B... More »

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Johnny and The Apple Stompers

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[su_box title=”Johnny and the Apple Stompers”]Bluegrass-based but with plenty of country, ragtime, jazz and blues with a gritty old time tinge. Members: Johnny Miller (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Mando and Fiddle), Cory Grinder (Fiddle, Harmony Vocals, Mandoli... More »

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8 Best Bets for an Awesome Halloween Night in Akron

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So, folks stopped giving you candy long ago because you’re too old to trick or treat. But you’re the spirit of the season and you still want to get dressed up and have some fun, right? Here are the coolest Halloween night events we found in the Akron area… in ... More »