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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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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 »

Live @ Lock 4: Beer Garden + Food Trucks + Local Music

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 Summer 2017’s LIVE AT LOCK 4 line-up HOW TO GET TO LOCK 4 | WHERE TO PARK | WHAT’S UP WITH THIRD THURSDAYS? Thurs., June 15, 6 pm to 10 pm: HR3, The DREEMERS and The Admirables Thurs., July 20, 6 pm to 10 pm: LuvAbstract, The Waves and Relaxer Thurs., Aug. 17... More »

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Standing Room | May 2017

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Six Akron bands we think you should know by Floco Torres   Maid Myriad It seems that at least once a week I learn about a new genre in Akron and this week, it’s “kaleidoscope rock.” Since it’s new to me, I’m going to assume that Jeff Klemm, Greg Meisenberg, an... More »

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Standing Room | April 2017

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Six bands we think you should know by Floco Torres   Penny Arcade Nick Muffet, Brian Sloan, and Eric Vaught make up the pop-punk trio “Penny Arcade” and their recent EP “Oliver” consists of five songs about a cat. The melancholy vibe of the EP mixed with a cle... More »

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Meet Akron’s musical curator: Phil Anderson

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by Floco Torres When you walk into an art gallery to explore, there’s a collection of works that have been assembled and managed by a curator. One of the curator’s jobs is to best express an array of messages throughout the art you see on the gallery’s walls. ... More »

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Standing Room | February 2017

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Six Akron bands we think you should know by Floco Torres   White Pines (Rock, Folk, Pop) White Pines is Joseph Scott. Constantly in flux, the band lineup changes from year to year and sometimes from show to show. For their upcoming show at the Beachland Ballro... 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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“Rules Are for Breaking”

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Natalie Grace Martin’s Evolutionary Debut by Brittany Nader As any artist knows, evolution is an inevitable and important part of the process of creation. For Natalie Grace Martin, this evolution has become more than just an expected step in her work as a musi... More »

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Standing Room | October 2016

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6 Akron Bands We Think You Should Know by Dawson Steeber   Ghost Slime Tyler Brown, Reid Silva, Josh Jones and Ben Selvey – all of whom disappeared after a toxic waste event on the set of Nickelodeon’s “Slime Time Live” – make up ‘90s guitar rock outfit GHOST ... More »

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Yes. Purple, and yes.

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The Soul of Time Cat by Dawson Steeber In the realm of easy labels, Jeri Sapronetti of Akron’s Time Cat is a singer-songwriter. After all, on the surface, the new self-titled album is lined with heart-bent lyrics and raucous rock riffs while keeping a sliver o... More »