Musicians

Local musicians, solo and bands, who are from the Akron-Kent area.

Cover of Swell Tides' and Roid Rage's Split

Review of Swell Tides’ and Roid Rage’s new EP Split

by Kyle Cochrun “I love straightforward, nasty records. You know? Don’t think too hard. Make it fast. Do it. NOW.” – Jordan King of Swell Tides This record is an armada of ocean liners combatting a rowdy...

Asbury Allstars play Jersey rock for the ages

by Karla Tipton For a group that officially broke up 32 years ago, the Easy Street Band has never really been away.  This indefatigable rock band with a die-hard fanbase from Barberton and Norton ha...

Six questions with Akron musician Kofi Boakye

If you’ve listened to 19-year-old Kofi Boakye’s music, you already know he’s incredibly talented. At 15, Kofi was the youngest African-American pianist to ever be accepted into a collegiate-level jazz program ...

On Stage with The Rhodes Street Rude Boys

Homegrown Reggae by Dave Daly 11/06/2017 Don’t ask Rhodes Street Rude Boys (RSRB) to cover Bob Marley songs. That ain’t their thing. When you see RSRB live, they’ll be performing their own music. And that...

Wynton Marsalis at EJ Thomas

Photos by Ashley Kouri 10/03/2017 The legendary music of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis came to EJ Thomas Hall at The University of Akronon Thursday, September 28 Heralded ...

8 Questions with Chuck Auerbach

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 in...

Standing Room: 6 Akron Bands We Think You Should Know

by Dawson Steeber Ghost Slime Photo by Andrew Wells with editing by Lexi Lynch Tyler Brown, Reid Silva, Josh Jones and Ben Selvey – all of whom disappeared after a toxic waste event on the set of Nickel...