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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 »

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In the Crowd | Red Rose Panic at The Vortex

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words by Floco Torres; photos by Ashley Kouri In my ten years of playing and attending shows, I’ve learned that you rarely EVER arrive at the venue based on the ‘show starts at this time’ hour that’s posted. You usually never know if the time posted is when th... More »

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Standing Room | July 2017

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Six Akron bands we think you should know by Floco Torres Long Shot Logan, Noah & Nate play the triangle offense in their pop punk band Long Shot. The three-piece band is making textbook pop-punk songs to bring out the inner headbanging angsty teenager still ch... More »

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Akropreneurs Event Spotlight: 2nd Annual Earthquaker Day

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  by Floco Torres If you aren’t a musician or an obsessive fan of music, you may think that an all day event centered around handmade guitar pedals wouldn’t be your thing. I’d agree with you except for the fact that this isn’t just any all day event, it’s the ... More »

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Live at Lock 4: Great Vibes and Great Sounds

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words and photos by Sierra Allen Couldn’t make the first Live at Lock 4 event? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Your case of FOMO (fear of missing out) is coming to an end as we fill you in on past experiences that’ll hopefully inspire new ones at the secon... 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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The Dreemers are in “Beach Mode”

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  by Floco Torres The Dreemers have been building momentum sleekly for a year since their impressive debut EP, “Is Is” dropped last May. Their self-proclaimed “Akron Sound,” which blends garage rock, soul and hints of R&B, will be displayed in full-length form... More »

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8 Questions with Chuck Auerbach

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How to raise a rock star in one easy step… by Liz Tyran NOTE: This Q&A was originally printed in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The Devil Strip. How do you raise a rock star? You don’t.  At least not with the intention to—not if you want them to be natural in their proc... More »

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“We Got the Blimp” | On Stage with Jeff Hardy

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  by T.J. Masterson He’s been a staple on the Akron music scene for as long as I can remember. He’s immediately noticeable, and with his almost cartoonish voice appears to have come out of a Tim Burton film. If you squint slightly, his looks are of one part Ja... More »