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Preserving Hip-Hop culture with Keepers of the Art

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words by Floco Torres, photos by Shane Wynn   11/20/2017 Your grandmother knows who Snoop Dogg is. In 39 years since it’s creation, Hip-Hop’s culture has socially and economically grown into the most influential and shared culture on the planet today. However,... More »

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Floco’s Modern Life | Akronites Just Want to Dance

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words by Floco Torres, photos by Shane Wynn 11/06/2017    I don’t love dancing, but I’m known to hold down a solid two-step so that I don’t have to stand around awkwardly in a corner. And while we’ve hoisted the Akron music scene up to its proper pedestal, one... More »

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Standing Room | November 2017

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Five questions with Akron musician Joshua Weiss by Floco Torres 11/2/2017 Floco Torres: How long have you been creating music? Joshua Weiss: I guess it would’ve been around 2007 or 2008. After a horrible skateboarding accident resulting in a broken leg, disloc... More »

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Akron Pizza Task Force | November 2017

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Luigi’s Restaurant  by Floco Torres 10/30/17 I absolutely loathe when things are hyped up. Everything now is either a “classic” or “the greatest of all time” with no realistic gauge of comparison to its predecessors. Even the rating system has a rating system ... More »

Floco’s Modern Life | Support The Scene

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by Floco Torres 10/18/2017   There’s a saying that goes, “Think locally; act globally.” Even though the definition is aimed more at environmental issues, its overall intention has spread into other ways we could do our part in our communities. Sub-category say... More »

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It’s A KLing Thing House Celebrates Ten Years

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by Floco Torres 10/18/2017 The decade is the most significant hallmark celebrating a living and breathing body of work. In August of 2007, Jordan Welker, Kevin Friedman, and David Gottas started It’s a KLing Thing House just like every other DIY house. Jordan,... More »

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In The Crowd: Daikaiju destroys the city of Akron

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  by Floco Torres 10/17/2017 Sunday night shows are usually really awkward, so I try to avoid them. This particular Sunday night at Annabell’s Bar & Lounge grabbed my attention, only because I wasn’t ready for weekend to end and I saw familiar names in See Cre... More »

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In the Crowd: Black Market Brass at Hive Mind

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  by Floco Torres 10/17/2017 In the present day, I seem to blend in with concert goers when it comes to dancing. Provided with the proper alcoholic libation, I fall between a tame two-step and “dance like no one’s watching.” So it would be assumably riveting t... 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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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 »