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On Stage with… | Akron’s Women Who Rock

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[su_box title=”CORRECTION”]Editor’s Note: This is one part corrections and one part mea culpa. Weighing in at nearly 2,500 words, what follows is the full, uncut version of the profile Maria Varonis wrote for us about an eclectic group of female musicians she ... More »

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Rock for a Good Cause: On Stage with Ava and the Hitmen

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Meet some youngsters with soul who are ready to rock for a good cause. story & photos by Maria Varonis They may not have witnessed the birth of rock in the forties and fifties—or experienced its plaid phase in the nineties—but Ava and the Hitmen have soul stem... More »

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8 Questions with Jeff Klemm

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  Fresh off a touring stint with D.C.’s Wings Denied, Jeff Klemm returned to Akron with a head full of steam and a yen for a new band. Just like The Devil Strip and Musica’s new bar, Jeff Klemm and the Letters will debut on Tuesday, March 17 during the St. Pat... More »

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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 »