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Don’t Miss This Week: Jocelyn and Chris Arndt (Beachland Ballroom, August 3)

By: Adrian Leuthauser Photo Courtesy of: Glide Magazine Jocelyn and Chris Arndt have been playing music together for as long as they could remember and their […]

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By: Dylan Reynolds Title: Everything Now Artist: Arcade Fire Record Label: Arcade Fire Music under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited Release Date: July […]

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Concert Review: The All-American Rejects at The House of Blues

By:Taylor Pierce Photos By: Adrian Leuthauser Last Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of seeing The All-American Rejects at The House of Blues in Cleveland. Let […]

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Cleveland Indians Could Regret Cautious Approach on Deadline Day

By: Ryan Landolph For years, the Cleveland Indians approached the MLB Trade Deadline conservatively and with the intent to sell. The team was usually struggling, evidenced by the decisions to […]

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Interview: The Plain White Tees at Warped Tour

By: Adrian Leuthauser The 23rd annual Vans Warped Tour is pretty much what you can expect at any Warped Tour. For newbies, it’s the prime opportunity […]

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Castlevania, Anime and the Futility of Video Game Adaptations

By: Cameron Hoover “Chasing the dragon” is an ancient slang phrase of Cantonese origin from Hong Kong, in reference to the feeling a drug addict gets […]

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Dr. Who is a Woman Now, and That’s Great

By: Cameron Hoover Let me preface this article by admitting that I’ve never seen an episode of Dr. Who in my life. It’s just one of […]

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Concert Review: The Who at the CMAC

By: Mikala Lugen The hills of Canandaigua saw a crowd mixed with baby boomers, couples, parents, teens and kids coming together to see one of the […]

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Aaliyah: The Album that Cemented the Late R&B Songstress’ Legacy

Artist: Aaliyah Album: Aaliyah Label: Blackground Records Date: 7/17/2001 Rating: It’s been 16 years since the release of Aaliyah’s third and final studio album before her […]

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An Interview with Marina Strah

By: Taylor Pierce Photos courtesy of: Zac Popik Last week I had the chance to sit down with Marina Strah, a 2014 Kent State graduate, to […]

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Concert Review: Booty&theKidd at Kafe Kerouac

By: Taylor Pierce Photos by: Shawn Caves Last week, I grabbed some good friends and took a road trip to Columbus, Ohio to see Booty&theKidd accompanied […]

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The Absolute Best Moments of the 2017 BET Awards

By: Akii Butler Every year the BET Awards take place and every year we are for the most part, entertained. The BET Awards are known for […]

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Concert Review: Pasadena at Buffalo Iron Works

By: Mikala Lugen Hailing from Maryland, folk, reggae rock band Pasadena played one of their last New York shows on Saturday, June 24 at Buffalo Iron […]

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Concert Review: Tigers Jaw at the Grog Shop

By: Taylor Pierce Last Tuesday night, I ventured to Cleveland Heights to check out Tigers Jaw show at the Grog Shop. The venue couldn’t have been […]

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Album Review: Nickelback, ‘Feed the Machine’

By: Dylan Reynolds Title: Feed the Machine Artist: Nickelback Record Label: Nickelback II Productions, Inc. Release Date: June 16, 2017 Rating: Every Friday afternoon, I reserve […]

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Album Review: Phoenix, “Ti Amo”

By: Dylan Reynolds Title: Ti Amo Artist: Phoenix Record Label: Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC Release Date: June 9, 2017 Rating: No matter what genre Phoenix has […]

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Interview: Soar the Skies with ‘Flight 619’

photos courtesy of Flight 619 The local music scene, especially Ohio, is continuing to thrive and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. In my three years […]

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Nelsonville Music Festival 2017: Four days of music, art and community

By: Brooke Forrest Last weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, was the 13th annual Nelsonville Music Festival, which took place in the small southeast Ohio town of […]

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Single Review: Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane, ‘Down’

By: Akii Butler Title: Down Artist: Fifth Harmony Record Label:Epic Records Release Date:June 2nd Rating: The ladies of Fifth Harmony are back and better than ever. […]

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What to Expect for E3 2017

By: Kellie Nock Taking place each year, E3 is a gaming convention/conference wherein the major gaming companies are encouraged to hold presentations for fans where they […]

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Single Review: Madison Beer, ‘Dead’

By: Akii Butler Title: Dead Artist: Madison Beer Record Label: School Boy Records Release Date: May 19th Rating: June is right around the corner and it’s […]

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BSR Live Sessions: Jon Rogers

For the recent installment of BSR Live Sessions, Jon Rogers (formerly of The Ground Is Lava) performed a song live in the BSR lobby.   Jon […]

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Album Review: (Sandy) Alex G: ‘Rocket’

By: Conor Battles   Title: Rocket Artist: (Sandy) Alex G Label: Domino Records Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating:     Alex Giannascoli’s real-time maturation has been […]

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BSR Staff: Ohio Musicians

Ohio is not only the home of Black Squirrel Radio it’s also the birthplace of numerous excellent musicians. The BSR web staff collaborated to create a […]

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Best R&B Releases So Far This Year

Images courtesy of Nubi Magazine, Vulture, Saint Heron By: Akii Butler We are currently five months into 2017 and I will be the first to say […]

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BSR Live Sessions: Human Petting Zoo

In the first installment of BSR Live Sessions, Rayne Blakeman of Human Petting Zoo performed several songs in the BSR lobby.   Human Petting Zoo performs “I’m […]

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BSR Staff: Podcasts You Should Listen To

Now that summer is here and Black Squirrel Radio has less programming than normal, you’ll need some audio entertainment while you work or play the summer […]

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Hidden Gems: Beyonce

Image courtesy of Billboard   By: Wise Ellis For the first installment of Hidden Gems, I had to start with the Queen Bey. Beyoncé is the […]

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An Interview with The Village Bicycle

By: Miles Purdy and Alice Leach After getting lost in Cleveland heading from Melt Bar & Grilled, Alice Leach and Miles Purdy headed over to see […]

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13 Things Wrong With Thirteen Reasons Why

By: Kellie Nock   If you have Netflix or any form of social media account, you’ve probably seen or heard something having to do with the […]

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An interview with v1984

Interview and photos by: Chuck Ejirika Chris Ramos aka v1984 is certainly a rare gem, if not a complete enigma. The longer I’ve known this guy, the […]

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Album Review: Gorillaz, “Humanz”

By: Dyan Reynolds Title: Humanz Artist: Gorillaz Record Label:Parlophone, Warner Bros. Release Date: April 28, 2017 Rating:        Everyone’s favorite virtual band is back, delivering […]

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Show of the Week: Friiidaze

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is Friiidaze    Friiidaze airs every Friday from […]

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Album Review: Joey Bada$$ – ‘All-Amerikkkan Bada$$’

By: Conor Battles   Album: All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ Artist: Joey Bada$$ Label: Cinematic/Pro Era Release: April 7, 2017 Rating:   Joey Bada$$ has carved out an enviable niche […]

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Concert Review: Eskimeaux at Mahall’s Main Stage

By: Miles Purdy and Alice Leach Concert Review: Eskimeaux, The Village Bicycle, and Sonder Bombs at Mahall’s April 23rd, 2017 Rating:        Last Sunday night, […]

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BSR’s Acoustic Night: Review

By: Emily Brodke Last Exit books is truly a tiny, Kent charm.  The low-lights cast a warm glow on the diverse mediums of artwork scattered on […]

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9 Fictional Bands I Have Real Feelings About

By: Abbey Heslep I consider myself a lover of many bands. Typically, these bands have real members with real albums in the real world. Don’t get […]

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Single Review: Fall Out Boy, ‘Young and Menace’

By: Reid Smith Title: Young and Menace Artist: Fall Out Boy Record Label: Island Records Release Date: April 27th, 2017 Rating:     In a tweet […]

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Album Review: Kitchen Dwellers, ‘Ghost In The Bottle’

By: Mikala Lugen Title: Ghost In The Bottle Artist: Kitchen Dwellers Record Label: Independent Release Date: April 21st, 2017 Rating: Friday, Kitchen Dwellers released their second […]

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Some Propaganda: Half an Animal, Flipcoin and Cold Keys at the Workshoppe

By: Evan Harms I don’t ordinarily review shows that happen at The Workshoppe for a couple reasons. One being that I book shows there, another being […]

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2017 NFL Mock Draft

2017 NFL Mock Draft By: Chad Flannery 1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett DE / Texas A&M The Browns have obvious needs all over the board, but […]

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Show of the Week: Shut Up and Listen

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is Shut Up and Listen Shut Up and […]

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN.’

By: Conor Battles Album: DAMN. Artist: Kendrick Lamar Label: Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Release: April 14, 2017 Score:     There was never any second album, and that’s a […]

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Cheap Tracks: Patty Smyth, ‘Patty Smyth’

By: Erik Svensson Title: Patty Smyth Artist: Patty Smyth Rating: No. Format: Cassette Place of Purchase: Last Exit Books Price: $0.50 Abandon hope, all ye who […]

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Your Guide to Record Store Day 2017

By: Emily Brodke In 2007, a conglomerate of independent record store owners and employees came together to conceive the idea of Record Store Day: one day […]

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4/20 Celebration at Iggy’s Tavern

By: Mikala Lugen Iggy’s Tavern was a 4/20 celebration hotspot and I got the pleasure of celebrating the holiday listening to some Grateful Dead and Phish […]

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The Search For Everything you could ever want and need from John Mayer is over

By: Jenna Langan Artist: John Mayer Title: The Search For Everything Label: Columbia Records Release Date: 4/14/17 Rate:      After four years, John Mayer is back […]

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Album Review, The Chainsmokers, “Memories…Do Not Open”

By: Brandon Bounds Image courtesy of wikipedia.com Artist: The Chainsmokers Album: Memories…Do Not Open Record Label: Disruptor Records/Columbia Records Release Date: April 7, 2017 Rating:      […]

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Cheap Tracks: The Wrestling Album

By: Evan Harms   Title: The Wrestling Album Artist: World Wrestling Federation Rating:  Format: Cassette Place of Purchase: Cruel Noise Records, 3138 Dobson St, Pittsburgh, PA […]

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Show of the Week: Rad Tunage

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is Rad Tunage Rad Tunage airs every […]

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Concert Review: Dopapod at The Beachland Ballroom

By: Holli Phillips I had the absolute time of my life this past Thursday night, April 13. A few of my friends and I set out […]

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Cavaliers Barely Survive Game One Against Pacers

Cavaliers Barely Survive Game One Against Pacers By: Dylan Gonzalez The Cleveland Cavaliers started the 2017 NBA Playoffs with a 109-108 Game 1 victory over the […]

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Join the Team: Black Squirrel Radio Staff Applications Fall 2017

Black Squirrel Radio is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 directors and coordinators! We’re looking for motivated, creative, and passionate Kent State students to join the BSR […]

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ASK A PUNK: Interview with Derek Zanetti of The Homeless Gospel Choir

By Scott McMaster The first time I met Derek Zanetti was at a show at the Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh. He performed as The Homeless […]

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Cavs Need Quick Changes In Order To Repeat

Three Things Cavaliers Must Improve on In Order to Repeat By: Chad Flannery The Cleveland Cavaliers open the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Saturday at home against […]

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Copyright Infringement and Neoliberal Dystopia: The Simpsons: ‘Road Rage’

Image courtesy of Moby Games By: Evan Harms Like Plato from Socrates, like Elvis from Chuck Berry, like Family Guy from The Simpsons, copying has been a […]

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The Art of Alienating a Community (and Why You Shouldn’t)

By: Kellie Nock With the release of the much-anticipated J.R.P.G (Japanese Role Playing Game for the uninitiated) Persona 5, streamers and youtubers have been asked by publisher […]

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7 Powerful Women in Television

By: Wise Ellis As a television connoisseur and feminist, there is nothing I love to see more than strong, ambitious, and intelligent yet, flawed and real […]

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Black Squirrel Radio NBA 2K17 Tournament

Black Squirrel Radio NBA 2K17 Tournament By: Ryan Landolph Black Squirrel Radio is hosting an NBA 2K17 tournament this semester. Join the sports department on Friday, […]

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An interview with Greg Ormont

By: Mikala Lugen Photo Courtesy of Jordan August Soon to be embarking on their spring tour, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been making a name for […]

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Album Review: Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’

By: Conor Battles Title: Pure Comedy Artist: Father John Misty Label: Sub Pop Release Date: April 7, 2017 Rating: There is a very simple way to observe […]

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5 Things We’re Looking Forward to in Red Dead Redemption 2

By: Reid Smith Last October, Rockstar Games announced that they were developing Red Dead Redemption 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the open world western classic, Red […]

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Show of the Week: Last, First

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is Last, First Last, First airs every Wednesday […]

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Shots for Shots Benefit Concert Rocks Kent

By: Mikala Lugen Moneyshot Records hosted “Shots for Shots” Benefit Concert on Saturday, April 8 at Euro Gyro to raise money for UNICEF KSU. Euro Gyro’s […]

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Album Review: ‘LA DIVINE’ by Cold War Kids

By: Dylan Reynolds Title: LA DIVINE Artist: Cold War Kids Record Label: Capitol Records Release Date: April 7, 2017 Rating:        California-based rock band Cold […]

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Artist Spotlight: Khadi Lee

By: Dylan Thacker Khadi Lee is a 24-year-old Cleveland native who has been through the wire. As a young boy he faced tons of adversity. Between […]

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TV Review: The Get Down part 1

By: Brooke Forrest The Get Down is a Netflix series from Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet). It takes place in the […]

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There’s No More Excuses for Whitewashing After Ghost in the Shell

By: Cameron Hoover Director: Rupert Sanders Studio: Paramount Pictures Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk Release Date: March 31st, 2017 Rating: N/A Ghost in the […]

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Major League Baseball Season Predictions

Trout, Harper Winners Amongst MLB Season Predictions By: Eric Pitcher The MLB season may have just started, but that does not mean it is not too […]

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Show of the Week: Jams of the Decades

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is Jams of the Decades Jams of […]

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Summer 2017 Music Festival Guide

By: Mikala Lugen & Holli Phillips Hey all you groovy cats! Summer is approaching, and you know what that means! FESTIVAL SEASON IS ALMOST HERE! And […]

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Show of the Week: He v. She

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is He v. She He v. She […]

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Fundraising: The Zach & Beau Show – A Short Film

Black Squirrel Radio alumni Zach and Beau are creating a short film and need your help! The Zach and Beau Show has been one of the most […]

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The best bops for Spring Break: A BSR playlist

By: Akii Butler Spring Break is upon us all. The sun is out (unless you’re in Ohio), temperature is up (unless you’re in Ohio) and the […]

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Concert Review: Sick Weekend at Ace of Cups

By: Brooke Forrest I had the unique pleasure of recently attending Sick Weekend at Ace of Cups in Columbus while, ironically, sick. Sick Weekend, is a […]

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Dismantling Eurocentrism in Heavy Music

By: Evan Harms The original thesis for the black metal of Darkthrone and Burzum was a revolt against the Christian colonialism that destroyed pagan traditions in […]

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T.V Review: ‘My Brother, My Brother and Me’

Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy are not experts, and their advice should never be followed. That’s the general gist of the opening line of My Brother, […]

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King Kendrick is Back

By: Tyler Thompson Artist: Kendrick Lamar Label: Top Dawg Entertainment Rating:      “The Heart Part 4” will empower your eardrums, motivate you to kick some ass […]

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In the studio with Susto

Indie-Americana band Susto joined us in the studio a few weeks ago.  They talk about their newest release, life on the road, and smoking weed with […]

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Concert Review: Allah-Las and Babe Rainbow at The Beachland Ballroom

By: Emily Brodke The Beachland Ballroom has always been one of my favorite venues in Cleveland, from its disco ball, the cute vintage store in its […]

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Review: Drake ‘More Life’

By: Dylan Thacker Artist: Drake Album aka Playlist: More Life Label: Young Money Entertainment Rating:        On Saturday March 18, Drake finally unveiled the oft-delayed […]

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Show of the Week: The Amanda Show

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is The Amanda Show The Amanda Show […]

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“This Review isn’t As _______ As You Think”: A thorough look at the new Sorority Noise LP.

By: Alex Couts Album: You’re Not As ______ As You Think Artist: Sorority Noise Record Label: Triple Crown Records Release Date: March 17th, 2017 Rating: When […]

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Kentchella Rocks the Rec

By: Emily Brodke and Erin Keller Students were quickly scurrying into the Kent State Rec Center on Friday night, trying to escape the frigid cold.  Most […]

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Film Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’

By: Cameron Hoover Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Studio(s): Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson Release Date: March 10th, […]

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The 1975 releases Sade cover that’s weird enough to work

By: Abbey Heslep Nearly a year after The 1975 released their second studio album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet […]

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Staff Playlist: St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patricks Day is officially here! The Black Squirrel Radio Web Staff put together a playlist for those of you who are still celebrating and need […]

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BSR Web Staff: First Ringtones

Before the time of smartphones and having infinite musical choices at the touch of a button, many people went through the all-important effort of selecting songs […]

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5 TV Shows That Had the Best Theme Songs

By: Brandon Bounds I don’t know about you guys, but have you ever watched a television show just because of the theme song? Yes? Oh, thank […]

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How to Revive a Dying Series

By: Kellie Nock In the deep, dark recesses of the video game graveyard you’ll be stumbling through miles and miles of games that will make your […]

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Concert Review: Lumineers at the Wolstein Center

By: Miles Purdy Image via: Getty Images March 11th, 2017 Rating:        After the parking attendant made me to move my car the third time, […]

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An Interview with M. Moody

By: Reid Smith Photo courtesy of Deaf Sound Production M. Moody is an alternative soul band from Cleveland, OH featuring Mathieu Miller as frontman on vocals […]

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Show of the Week: Metal Overdose

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is Metal Overdose Metal Overdoes airs every […]

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Playlist: Through the Years

By: Emily Brodke Image courtesy of the Kent State College of Nursing Over the next two months, graduating seniors (myself included) will be experiencing the end […]

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Single Review: ‘3WW’ by alt-J

By: Dylan Reynolds Title: 3WW Artist: alt-J Record Label: Infectious Music Release Date: March 6, 2017 Rating:        On the third day of the third […]

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Interview: Plaid Brixx

By: Mikala Lugen and Holli Phillips Founded in 2013 from Columbus, Ohio, Plaid Brixx is an alternative-pop band that has risen from a kids-on-the-block basement group […]

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Watch Kentchella! LIVE

Starting at 9:30pm, tune in to catch all of the performers at the Black Squirrel Main Stage!

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Concert Review: Power Trip, Iron Reagan, Concealed Blade, Protestor at Now That’s Class

By: Evan Harms Last Saturday, the authors made their way to Lakewood from their respective corners of the Greater Cleveland area, hitting a couple record stores […]

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Concert Review: Agent Orange at The Grog Shop

By Scotty McMaster II Rating:        My buddy Brandon and I show up to the Grog Shop after slurping down vegan milkshakes at Tommy’s down […]

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Review: Ed Sheeran – Divide

Artist: Ed Sheeran By: Jenna Langan Title: ÷ Record Label: Asylum/Atlantic Records Release Date: March 3, 2017 Rating:      Ed Sheeran has  finally broken his year […]

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Album Review: Jidenna – ‘The Chief’

Image courtesy of Epic Records By: Wise Ellis Artist: Jidenna Title: The Chief Record Label: Wondaland-Epic Records Release Date: February 17, 2017 Rating: Many of us […]

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Concert Review: We The Kings at the Grog Shop

By: Holli Phillips and Mikala Lugen Image courtesy of: wethekingsmusic.com   Nostalgia was in the air the night of March 3 at the Grog Shop. Mikala and I […]

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Show of the Week: The Cave

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is The Cave The Cave airs every […]

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Film Review: ‘Logan’

By: Cameron Hoover Director: James Mangold Studio: Marvel Entertainment Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Dafne Keen Release Date: March 3, 2017 Rating: Logan is […]

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Review: BeBe Rexha’s ‘All Your Fault Pt.1’ Puts Her in Line for Pop’s Newest Princess

Image courtesy of Warner Brothers Records By: Akii Butler Artist: BeBe Rexha Album:All Your Fault Pt.1 Label:Warner Bros. Rating: Bebe Rexha has made quite a name […]

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Temples Trade in Their Guitars for Synthesizers

By: Reid Smith Photo courtesy of bandcamp.com Album: Volcano Artist: Temples Record Label: Fat Possum Records Release Date: March 3rd, 2017 Rating: With their sophomore album, […]

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Top NFL Free Agents to Find Landing Spots This Week

Where NFL’s Top Free Agents Will Land When Free Agency Begins By: Chad Flannery Photo Credit: ESPN The NFL free agency period begins this week, with […]

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Ranking All 9 Films from the X-Men Universe

By: Cameron Hoover Well, ladies and gentlemen, the time is almost here. Logan comes out today, March 3, 2017, in what appears to be Hugh Jackman […]

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Review: A week spent with Thundercat’s Drunk is truly intoxicating

Photo courtesy of  MTV.com By:Tyler Thompson Review: Drunk Artist: Thundercat Label: Brainfeeder Release: Feb. 24, 2017 Rating:        Thundercat’s 23-track LP Drunk, is his absolute best to date […]

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Zips Defeat Flashes in Final Game of Regular Season

Akron Defeats Kent State in Final Game of Regular Season By: Remy Johnson Photo Credit: USA Today Akron defeated Kent State 66-56 in front of a […]

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Lorde releases single “Green Light,” announces sophomore album ‘Melodrama’

By: Abbey Heslep Photo courtesy of Republic Records Artist: Lorde Record Label: Universal Music Group Release Date: March 2, 2017 Rating:    People finally got their […]

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Mountain Goats Announce New Album, Release Single

By: Erik Svensson Photo courtesy of themountaingoats.bandcamp.com The Mountain Goats announced their latest album on February 22, along with the concept which will be its focus. […]

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Retrospective: Top Five Legend of Zelda Games

By: Kellie Nock With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s arrival, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at the […]

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Album Review: ‘The Manson Family’ by Heart Attack Man

By: Evan Harms Photo courtesy of Triple Crown Records   Artist: Heart Attack Man Album: The Manson Family Label: Triple Crown Records Release: March 3, 2017 Rating:   […]

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Film Review: ‘Get Out’

By: Cameron Hoover Photo courtesy of indiewire.com Director: Jordan Peele Studio: Blumhouse Productions Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford Release Date: February 24, 2017 Rating: […]

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Grime music – The next British invasion?

By: Dylan Reynolds Late last spring, while perusing YouTube, I stumbled upon the music video for “Shutdown” by Skepta. The song was unlike any recent hip-hop […]

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Show of the Week: Studying Abroad with Subi

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week This week’s show is Studying Abroad with Subi   Studying […]

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Oscar Predictions 2017

By: Brooke Forrest The 89th Academy Awards are this Sunday, and, for the first time in awhile, there is an impressive and diverse collection of nominees. […]

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Concert: Switchfoot and Relient K

By: Adrian Leuthauser Thursday, Feb. 16, Relient K and Switchfoot stormed the stage at The House of Blues, Cleveland. With just two bands on the setlist, Relient […]

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BSR Ticket Giveaways: Spring 2017

During this semester BSR will be giving away free tickets to concerts on various Black Squirrel Radio Shows! Check the calendar of ticket giveaways and tune […]

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Trades With Potential to Happen at NBA Trade Deadline

Three Trades that May Happen Before NBA Trade Deadline By: Chad Flannery Photo Credit: CSN Chicago 1. Jimmy Butler is finally traded to Boston Rumors of […]

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Show of the Week: Cruisin’ With Maxwell

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Cruisin’ with Maxwell Cruisin’ with Maxwell […]

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Film Review: ‘A Cure for Wellness’

By: Cameron Hoover Photo courtesy of slashfilm.com Director: Gore Verbinski Studio: Regency Enterprises Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth Release Date: February 17, 2017 Rating: […]

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Album Review: ‘The Great Outdoors Jam’ by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

By: Mikala Lugen photo courtesy of liveforlivemusic.com Title: The Great Outdoors Jam Artist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Record Label: Independent Release Date: Febuary 17th, 2017 Rating: […]

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Kent State Earns Huge Victory Over Rival Akron

Kent State Earns Huge Victory Over Rival Akron 70-67 By: Rob DiFranco Photo Credit: WKSU Akron’s 30 game home win streak is over. The Kent State […]

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Concert Review: Nobunny at Now That’s Class

By: Evan Harms Comics by: Scotty McMaster Concert: Valentine’s Day 2017 with Nobunny, Tonawandas, and Brain Wave Location: Now That’s Class, Cleveland Date: Feb. 14 2017   […]

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Claude Julien is Perfect Fit for Montreal

Hiring Claude Julien Makes Perfect Sense for Canadiens Scribed by: Jacob Majka Photo Credit: NHL.com The Montreal Canadiens have been sputtering for months now, and as […]

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Cheap Tracks: 7 Wishes by Night Ranger

By: Evan Harms It’s human nature to learn as little as possible about the things we hate or dislike. This ignorance is the basis for a […]

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Show of the Week: That’s What She Said

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is That’s What She Said That’s What […]

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A Year in ‘The Life of Pablo’

By: Conor Battles   The Life of Pablo is one year old. The 365 days it’s existed have been as turbulent, weird and flat-out ugly as […]

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Concert Review: Lacey Sturm at The House of Blues

By: Adrian Leuthauser Concert: Lacey Sturm, Letters From the Fire, Stitched Up Heart and Palisades Location: House of Blues Date: Feb. 7 2017 It’s been some […]

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Show of the Week: Defend Good Music

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Defend Good Music Defend Good Music […]

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BSR Sports Department Florida Trip GoFundMe

BSR Sports Department Starts GoFundMe For Florida International Trip By: Ryan Landolph Four members of the Black Squirrel Radio Sports Department were lucky enough receive credentials […]

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Book Review: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

By: Erik Svensson Title: Universal Harvester Author: John Darnielle Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication Date: February 7, 2017 Rating:      “A few rows of corn […]

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“The Zach & Beau Show” – Short Film Casting Call

“THE ZACH & BEAU SHOW” – A SHORT FILM BSR has begun pre-production on its first-ever SHORT FILM! The story is based around one of our […]

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Album Review: Sampha ‘Process’

By: Dylan Reynolds Title: Process Artist: Sampha Record Label: Young Turks Release Date: February 3, 2017 Rating:      Sure, Process is a debut album. But Sampha […]

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BSR Sports Department’s Super Bowl Picks

BSR Sports Department Makes Super Bowl 51 Picks Scribed by: BSR Sports Department Photo Credit: WDTV.com Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and Atlanta […]

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Interview – Oh Pep!

By Layne Gerbig, General Manager Photo courtesy of Oh Pep! I’ve had Oh Pep! on heavy rotation since I first discovered them a few months ago. […]

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Predictions for Second Half of NHL Season

Three Predictions for the Second Half of the NHL Season By: Jacob Majka Photo Credit: The Big Lead 1. Yes, Toronto is going to make the […]

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Album Review: ‘Wake in Fright’ by Uniform

By: Evan Harms Title: Wake in Fright Artist: Uniform Record Label: Sacred Bones Records Release Date: January 20, 2017 Rating:      An apparent trend in heavier […]

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Join The BSR Web Staff in Spring 2017!

New Semester, New Web Staff! Black Squirrel Radio is excited for another semester of amazing music, television and film articles from our web staff. The one problem […]

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2017 will be a Harmonious Year for Fifth Harmony

By: Akii Butler Cover image via: billboard.com 2017 is here and so is Fifth Harmony. The girl group gave their first performance as a foursome at […]

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Spring 2017 DJ Applications!

New semester, new programming schedule! Black Squirrel Radio is excited to be kicking off another semester of rad  radio, and we’re looking for music enthusiasts to […]

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Movie Review: ‘La La Land’

By: Conor Battles Image via Lionsgate Film: La La Land Director: Damien Chazelle Release Date: December 9, 2016 Studio: Summit Entertainment Rating:      “Here’s to the […]

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Remembering ‘Baby Girl’ Aaliayah

By: Akii Butler Today is the birthday of the late singer and actress Aaliyah, who sadly passed away at the young age of 22 in 2001. […]

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Album Review: ‘I See You’ by The xx

By: Dylan Reynolds Title: I See You Artist: The xx Record Label: Young Turks Release Date: January 13, 2017 Rating:      Eight years into their career, […]

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Concert Review: Wish You Were Here – A Pink Floyd tribute

By: Holli Phillips Images via facebook.com Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd Tribute band played an unforgettable performance Jan. 7 at the House of Blues in […]

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Album Review: ‘RTJ3’ by Run the Jewels

By: Conor Battles Album: RTJ3 Artist: Run the Jewels Label: Run the Jewels, Inc. Rating:        In the weeks leading up to his legendary bout […]

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Song Review: Ed Sheeran, ‘Castle on the Hill’, ‘Shape of You’

Photo courtesy of certifiedbootleg.com By: Brandon Bounds Ed Sheeran decided to kick off the new year to two new songs, “Shape of You” and “Castle on […]

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Funktional Flow and Rusted Root helped celebrate the coming of 2017 at Buffalo Iron Works.

By: Mikala Lugen Concert flyer via facebook Originally from Buffalo, New York, Funktional Flow is a funky-jam quintet made up of Jeff Kuebler on guitar and […]

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BSR Web Staff: Favorites of 2016

In our final collaborative piece of the year, the Black Squirrel Radio web staff wanted to highlight some of their favorite pieces of pop culture this […]

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BSR Web Staff: Underrated Albums of 2016

In addition to our list of the top 10 albums of the year, the Black Squirrel Radio web staff collaborated to highlight some of the most underrated […]

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BSR Web Staff: The Top 10 Albums of 2016

Recently the Black Squirrel Radio web staff collaborated to create the official BSR Top 10 Albums of 2016. Though this has been a pretty complicated year […]

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10 Artists to Look out for in 2017

By: Akii Butler 2016 proved to be an incredible year in music. Almost every major artist released their long awaited album and we saw new artists […]

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Remembering Carrie Fisher

By: Miles Purdy Image via: LUCASFILM, LTD After a night of not being able to sleep, I woke up at one o’clock today. From bad habit, I […]

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Unexpected Movies to watch this Christmas

By: Brooke Forrest Christmas is here, which means it is the perfect time to watch some holiday entertainment. But with the flood of cliche or overplayed […]

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BSR Staff: Holiday Playlist

As a gift to all you music fans out there, the BSR web staff collaborated to bring you a holiday playlist full of some of the […]

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Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei proves she has what it takes to shine on her own

By: Akii Butler   With two successful albums behind them and numerous awards, the ladies of Fifth Harmony are living it up and even starting to […]

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BSR Web Staff: Top 10 Albums of 2016 Podcast

Recently members of the Black Squirrel Radio web staff got together and created their official list of the top 10 albums of year. In an effort […]

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The Hits Should’ve Been…

By: Akii Butler 2016 has been the year of major releases with Drake, Beyonce, Rihanna and Gaga and all of their highly anticipated and long awaited […]

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10 Rap/ R&B Albums That Shook 2016

By: Jenna Langan 2016 was quite weird, but there’s no doubt it has been an immaculately powerful year for the Rap/R&B genres. Below, I have reviewed […]

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Explaining Multiverse Theory with R. Kelly’s Christmas Album

By: Conor Battles Photo courtesy of rap-up.com Earlier this year, a phenomenon occurred that threatens to challenge everything we think we know about the universe: R. […]

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Show of the Week: The Zach and Beau Show

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Zach and Beau Show The […]

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Album Review: The Weeknd, ‘Starboy’

Written by: Conor Battles Album: Starboy Artist: The Weeknd Label: XO Rating: Photo courtesy of Heavy.com The most immediately noticeable thing about Starboy, the third studio […]

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Album Review: “American Nightmare” by Bad Rabbits

By: Dylan Reynolds Album: American Nightmare Artist: Bad Rabbits Record Label: Bad Records Release Date: November 21, 2016 Rating:        Bad Rabbits, the Boston-based funk […]

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The Body, The Blood, The Machine: Getting Back Up in a Scarier World

By: Erik Svensson photo Courtesy of last.fm There is some irony in 2016 being the ten year anniversary of The Thermals’ opus, The Body, The Blood, […]

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Interview with Expire’s Zach Dear

Before Expire’s Sunday, Oct. 23 matinee show at Sure Man House in Akron, guitarist Zach Dear sat down with BSR’s Alex Couts and Evan Harms to […]

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Show of the Week: The Alternative Study Break

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Alternative Study Break The Alternative […]

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Concert Review: Broccoli Samurai and Papadosio at House of Blues

By: Holli Phillips A psychedelic, atmospheric rock concert played the House of Blues in Cleveland on November 25.  Broccoli Samurai and Papadosio played an epic upbeat show […]

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Album Review: Sad13, ‘Slugger’

By: Erik Svensson Title: Slugger Artist: Sad13 Label: Carpark Record Release Date: 11/11/2016 Rating:      Photo courtesy of Bandcamp.com Written in a bedroom in Philadelphia, Slugger is […]

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Album Review: “II” by Gay Panic Defence

By: Evan Harms Album: II Artist: Gay Panic Defence Rating:      Gay Panic Defence’s second album, eloquently titled “II” brings a new torchbearer to the queercore […]

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Concert Review: Paul Fayrewether at Brothers Lounge

By: Reid Smith Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/paulfayrewether This past Saturday, Brothers Lounge in Lakewood played host to Cleveland area rock star, Paul Fayrewether. Since the mid […]

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Show of the Week: Voodoo Cast

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Voodoo Cast Voodoo Cast airs every […]

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How to Mourn a Website: What.cd and The Future of Filesharing

Written by: Conor Battles photo courtesy of what.cd It’s easy to treat the demise of What.cd, the legendary invite-only private tracker, as just another casualty in […]

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Show of the Week: Cry Yourself to Sleep

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Cry Yourself to Sleep Cry Yourself […]

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BSR Staff: Song mashups you should check out

Musical mashups are the creative combination of two or more songs (or other media) to create either inspired or horrifying new tracks. Finding the right music […]

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Fall TV Spotlight: Westworld

What-world? Spoiler free thoughts halfway through the first season By: Tyler Thompson Creators: Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan Image courtesy of HBO Canada Rating:      Highly […]

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The Top 5 Performances of the 2016 AMAs

Written By: Akii Butler The 2016 American Music Awards were full of stars, amazing music and performances, some good and bad. Thankfully this year was a […]

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Join the team: Black Squirrel Radio Spring 2017 Applications

Black Squirrel Radio is now accepting applications for Spring 2017 directors and coordinators! We’re looking for motivated, creative, and passionate Kent State students to join the BSR […]

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Show of the Week: In Harms Way

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is In Harms Way In Harms Way […]

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American Music Awards Predictions

Image courtesy of billboard.com By: Akii Butler and Erin Keller The 2016 American Music Awards are this Sunday and everyone is freaking out. Unlike the Grammys, […]

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Concert Review: NoDAPL Benefit Concert

Local bands The Scenic Route, The Bellflowers and Vanishing Apollo play North Water Street Gallery for a benefit concert supporting Dakota Access Pipeline protesters flyer courtesy […]

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Single Review: Cloud Nothings “Modern Act”

Image courtesy of: limitedrun.com By: Miles Purdy Song: Modern Act Artist: Cloud Nothings Record Label: Carpark Records Release Date: October 12th, 2016 Rating:      Cleveland rockers […]

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An in-depth analysis of why people hate Nickelback

Image courtesy of twitter.com By Dylan Reynolds If you think Nickelback is bad, you are not alone. In fact, you are a member of an exclusive […]

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Show of the Week: The New Girls

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The New Girls Hosts Hannah Sheridan, […]

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The Holy Ghost of Slaughter Beach: A Jake Ewald Project.

Scribed by: Alex Couts Photo courtesy of  slaughterbeach.bandcamp.com It was absolutely no mystery that Modern Baseball’s Holy Ghost was a wash of heavy and heartfelt emotions, […]

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Album Review: A Tribe Called Quest, ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

By: Conor Battles Album: We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Artist: A Tribe Called Quest Label: Epic Rating: photo courtesy of Genius.com […]

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Concert Review: BSR Acoustic Night at Last Exit Books and Coffeehouse

Artists: Northern Whale, Colorblind, Ohio Weather Band Scribed by: Conor Battles This past Friday night, Kent’s Last Exit Bookstore and Coffeehouse served as an ideal venue […]

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Week 11 College Football Pick’ems

Week 11 College Football Picks Against the Spread Scribed by: Evan Hablitzel   Rutgers at Michigan State (-14.5), Noon Rutgers (2-7) playing in East Lansing Saturday […]

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Leonard Cohen Dies at 82

photo courtesy of newyorker.com Scribed by: Conor Battles Prolific Canadian singer-songwriter, visual artist and poet Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82. The […]

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BSR’s Give Thanks Fund Drive

Black Squirrel Radio is one of 10 media partners that make up Kent State Student Media, each led and run by students. We’re asking you to […]

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Exclusive Preview of Penny Arcade’s New Album “Oliver”

Scribed by Evan Harms Black Squirrel Radio is happy to release an exclusive preview stream of “Oliver,” the latest EP from Akron’s Penny Arcade! The sprightly […]

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30 Days 30 Songs

Musicians come together for political music project 30 Days, 30 Songs Scribed by: Dylan Reynolds Image courtesy of fugitivesounds.org. Musicians have discovered a new platform to voice […]

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Concert Review: Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

photo courtesy of facebook.com Scribed by: Mikala Lugen Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Dopapod made a stop in Buffalo, New York on Nov. 3 on their […]

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Show of the Week: Rockin’ Oldies

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Rockin’ Oldies Rockin’ Oldies airs every […]

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Jay-Z & Friends

JAY-Z performs a free show in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign Scribed by: Jenna Langan Editors Note: This election is important, so if you can, please […]

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Album Review: D.R.A.M, ‘Big Baby D.R.A.M’

Photo Courtesy of pitchfork.com Scribed by: Conor Battles Album: Big Baby D.R.A.M Artist: D.R.A.M Label: Atlantic Release Date: October 21st Rating: It’s very important to Shelley […]

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Concert Review: Torrey Pines

photo courtesy of seattleweekly.com By: Erik Svensson A few dozen chairs, art lining the wall opposite the entrance and a small projection screen set up at […]

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Week 10 College Football Pick’ems

Week 10 College Football Picks Against the Spread Scribed by: Evan Hablitzel   Navy (+7) vs. Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m. Navy (5-2) is coming off of […]

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Movie Review: ‘Doctor Strange’

Image courtesy of screenrant.com Scribed by: Miles Purdy Title: Doctor Strange Director: Scott Derrickson Release: November 4, 2016 Studio: Marvel Studios Rating:        It’s about […]

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The ‘Rocky’ Series: From Worst to First

Scribed by: Reid Smith Photo courtesy of ined21.com “You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!” – Mick Goldmill In case you’re not hip on […]

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Concert Review: The 1975 at Kent State

Scribed by: Mikala Lugen photo courtesy of songkick.com The 1975 made their only stop in Ohio on their 2016 North American tour this past Sunday, Oct. […]

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Album Review: Leonard Cohen, ‘You Want it Darker’

Scribed by: Conor Battles Album: You Want it Darker Artist: Leonard Cohen Label: Columbia Rating:  Not content to give the people their concise, carefully-wrapped and tied-off […]

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Films to watch this Halloween

By: Brooke Forrest Halloween is here so it’s the perfect time to watch some scary movies. But how do you choose in a world of so […]

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BSR Playlist: Halloween

Black Squirrel Radio’s web staff collaborated to create a holiday playlist for Halloween The playlist of staff picks features holiday favorites, spooky songs and unexpected Halloween […]

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Album Review: Conor Oberst, ‘Ruminations’

Scribed by: Erik Svensson Album: Ruminations Label: Nonesuch Release Date: October 14th Rating: Photo courtesy of NME.com Conor Oberst’s songwriting has never been so personal. He’s […]

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Album Review: Dance Gavin Dance, ‘Mothership’

photo courtesy of altpress.com Scribed by: Alex Couts Album: ‘Mothership’ Artist: Dance Gavin Dance Record Label: Rise Records Rating:  The realm of Post-whatever-you-want-to-call-it-Core has become a […]

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Concert Review: Frankie Cosmos at Mahall’s

Frankie Cosmos, Big Thief and Small Wood House at Mahall’s Oct 25,2016 By Alice Leach, BSR DJ Image courtesy of pitchfork.com I first listened to Frankie […]

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BSR Presents: Acoustic Night!

Mark your calendar – BSR is hosting our very own Acoustic Night at Last Exit Books on November 11th! Starting at 8pm, catch local favorites Colorblind, […]

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Cleveland Indians Lose Game Two of World Series

Cubs Claw Their Way Back into Series Scribed by: Ian Kreider   The Chicago Cubs came into Game Two of the World Series looking to put […]

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Album Review: Kings of Leon, WALLS

Image courtesy of josepvinaixa.com Scribed by: Dylan Reynolds Title: WALLS Artist: Kings of Leon Record Label: RCA Records Release Date: October 14, 2016 Rating:    Kings […]

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Show Review: ‘Brand New, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball’ Concert

Scribed by: Alexander Couts photo courtesy of kroq.com I want to start this off by stating something VERY important: I am about to make some very […]

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Black Squirrel Radio Live Session: Heart Attack Man

Heart Attack Man performed live for an exclusive Black Squirrel Radio Session Produced by: Ashley Markle photo courtesy of: http://67.media.tumblr.com/be0b2e6ffd5fd8450ad42c6de60b8abc/tumblr_inline_nnl9j6ka3L1qingv0_500.jpg Heart Attack Man Heart Attack Man, […]

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‘Joanne’ by Lady Gaga Review

Scribed by Erin Keller #JOANNE   At last, Lady Gaga has returned to the mainstream pop scene. Mother Monster’s middle name Joanne serves as the title […]

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Album Review: Green Day, ‘Revolution Radio’

Scribed by: Conor Battles Album: ‘Revolution Radio’ Record Label: Reprise Release Date: October 7th Rating: Photo Courtesy of warnerbrosrecords.com It’s not punk, it’s not political and […]

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Show of the Week: Analog International

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Analog International Analog International airs every […]

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Week 7 NFL Pick’ems

Week 7 NFL Picks Against the Spread Scribed by: Evan Hablitzel   Cleveland Browns (+10.5) at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. The Browns (0-6) are the worst […]

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The Front Bottoms; The Forgotten Self-Released Albums

A look into The Front Bottoms’ Past Scribed by: Maggie Sugg photo courtesy of: http://img2-ak.lst.fm/i/u/ar0/97b4731cf90f75ead4cfb95870b7d575 I would deem myself a pretty big Front Bottoms fan. I’ve […]

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Week 8 College Football Pick’ems

Week 8 College Football Picks Against the Spread Scribed by: Evan Hablitzel   #2 Ohio State (-19.5) at Penn State, 8 p.m. The Buckeyes are coming […]

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Review: A$AP Rocky short film ‘Money Man’

A$AP Rocky releases short film Money Man, flexing two upcoming tracks off A$AP Mob’s collaborative project, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 Image courtesy of PlayThisHipHop Scribed by: […]

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American Football LP2 Track by Track

Scribed by Evan Harms   American Football’s first album, American Football, has become the epitome of midwestern indie rock over the last 10 to 15 years. […]

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Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

Cleveland Indians Defeat Blue Jays in Game 5, Advance to World Series Scribed by: Ian Kreider photo courtesy of businessinsider.com The Cleveland Indians scored three runs […]

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Album Review: Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown’s explicit style and unbreakable flow shine on his new LP Atrocity Exhibition. Scribed by: Tyler Thompson Album: Atrocity Exhibition Artist: Danny Brown Label: Warp […]

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Album Review: JoJo’s “Mad Love”

Photo courtesy of http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/JoJo-Mad-Love.-2016-2480×2480.jpg JoJo’s Mad Love is everything you hoped it would be and more. Album: MAD LOVE Artist: JoJo Label:Atlantic Release Date: October 14th, […]

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Live! At The Hive Mind

Flyer by: Peter Kratcoski Local bands take the stage at the local Hive Mind in Akron Scribed by: Jenna Langan On October 17th, I had the […]

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An Interview with ‘Booty & The Kidd’

Scribed by: Reid Smith Photo courtesy of Abbie Davies This past Saturday, I got a chance to sit down with Columbus hip-hop duo, Booty & The […]

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Album Review: Blank Banshee, ‘MEGA’

Scribed by: Conor Battles Title: MEGA Artist: Blank Banshee Label: self-released Release Date: October 10, 2016 Rating: 3/5 Photo courtesy of Blankbanshee.bandcamp.com There’s a certain challenge […]

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