Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Live Action Radio! Live Action Radio airs every Wednesday from 12AM-2AM and is hosted by DJ SuckaFree Kee ft. Tevvlive. Describe your show and tell us how you came up with the concept for it! […]

Director: Zack Snyder Studio(s): DC Films, RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher Release Date: Nov. 17, 2017 Rating:     I have a love/hate relationship with the DC Comics Extended Universe. Of the first four films in the franchise, I […]

Wavey Pack Productions is a modern hip-hop performance group who came together in Kent, Ohio for their love of edgy beats and meaningful lyrics. The group is comprised of Carter Liston (Carter), Taylor Liston (SpiriT), Donovan Womack (Donny Wo), Kam Stringer (Kam2gnarly), Darian Diggs (AyeD) and producer Trey Bryarly (T.C. Trillz). I got the chance to sit down […]

Kent State student media is in full swing with fundraising. So the BSR staff collaborated to create a playlist of some ‘inspirational’ music. We hope our money playlist will encourage you to donate, allow you to celebrate your recent donation, or at the very least let you rock out to some great music. Check out theburr.com […]

A line wrapped all the way around the buildings of East 4th in downtown Cleveland the brisk night of November 12. Passersby looked in wonder of who was capable of drawing in so many young souls dressed in overalls and flat rim hats. It was none other than Tyler the Creator. After releasing his highly […]

If you’re a fan of classic rock, blues, punk, alternative, etc., it’s time to tune into Frank Iero’s solo project, “Frank Iero And The Patience.” Frank Iero is a phenomenal vocalist and guitarist who has performed with acts such as Death Spells, My Chemical Romance and Pencey Prep. Iero teamed up with Evan Nestor (Guitar/Vocals) […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Wombmates! Wombmates airs every Wednesday from 12PM-2PM and is hosted by Erin & Holly Keller. Describe your show and tell us how you came up with the concept for it! Wombmates: Our show is good […]

On Saturday, November 11th the 3081 Cub Scout troop came to visit Black Squirrel Radio. The group toured the station and hosted their own radio show. All photos by Cameron Croston  

This past week was jam-packed with new K-pop releases, even more so than usual. From highly anticipated comebacks to surprising debuts, K-pop fans were definitely in for a treat as we dive into one of the biggest comebacks seasons this year. Here’s how I would rank these top eight songs, based on how well I […]

Often times, rare opportunities come into your life that are too good to be true. Recently, I was rewarded with tickets to see The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon live in New York City. I traveled to New York late Wednesday night to arrive in the city early Thursday morning. There was not much time […]

Artist: Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts Album: MILANO Label: Columbia Records Release Date: October 27, 2017 Rating:       On MILANO, Italian composer Daniele Luppi collaborates with Parquet Courts and on a post-punk album featuring Karen O. of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. MILANO is an impressive follow-up to Rome, Luppi’s 2011 collaboration with Danger […]

After 4 years of waiting to hear more of MGMT’s proto-electro punk art noise, they have finally released a new single called “Little Dark Age,” that is rumored to be on an upcoming album which was originally promised last year. The single sounds a bit different than the band’s original music, but still consists of […]

As we finally enter into some fall weather the BSR staff decided to celebrate with a weather themed playlist. Since it is Northeast Ohio the weather could still change at any moment so this week’s BSR Beats will prepare you for any possible forecast.     Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for […]

Photos by: Sophie Minello The Front Bottoms consist of a unique sound that sets them apart from other bands. The band recently released more groundbreaking music on their album entitled “Going Grey.” This album created a different sound unlike The Front Bottoms’ past albums. In the past, The Front Bottoms created music with an edgy […]

The documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) delves into the backstories of the members of the band Eagles of Death Metal (who are not, in fact, death metal). Their eclectic mesh of garage rock, blues and hard rock hold a deep connection with fans. The documentary shows how they are still dealing with […]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend David Crosby sold out the Kent Stage on the blistering, rainy night of Sunday, November 5th to over 600 baby-boomers and classic rock lovers. Accompanying him on tour are some of his most beloved musical friends: his son James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is We’re All Gonna Die! We’re All Gonna Die airs every Tuesday from 10PM-12AM and is hosted by Jacob Dickey, David Clark, and Natalie Meek Describe your show and tell us how you came up with […]

Photos by: Kassi Jackson American singer-songwriter and guitarist David Crosby stopped by the Kent State May 4th Visitor’s Center on November 5th to film scenes for an upcoming documentary. David Crosby was a founding member of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash and also maintained a solo career. Crosby has been making music […]

Election day is coming so BSR decided to ‘get political’ and create a playlist of political and protest songs! Music has long been a way to reflect on politics and current events, celebrate that history and get in the election day mood with this week’s BSR Beats.     Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine […]

The Oakland California based soul-funk band Trace Repeat has recently dropped their first album. After premiering Oaktown Sound at a large release show the group is now planning on following it up with a tour in L.A.   I had to chance to recently talk with co-band leads Wesley Woo and Zach Hing about their […]

Photos by: Gerald Biggerstaff The Cleveland House of Blues saw a Canadian invasion on Monday, October 30. The Canadian post-grunge band, Our Lady Peace rocked the HOB as a part of their 20 Years of Clumsy tour. Released on January 23, 1997, Clumsy was Our Lady Peace’s second studio album. “Superman’s Dead” and “Automatic Flowers” […]

Rating:       The long-awaited season 2 of Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things” released this weekend on October 27. This comes more than a year after the first season, which originally released July 15, 2016. The first season received a very solid 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, which gave Netflix and creators The Duffer Brothers, […]

Artist: Dirty Heads Album: “SWIM TEAM” Label: Five Seven Music Release Date: October 13, 2017 Rating:       Reggae hip-hop quintet Dirty Heads are at it again with the release of their new album “SWIM TEAM.” The reinvigorated album presents a unique face to Dirty Heads that hasn’t been heard that often. They still […]

Album: First Things First Artist: Hodera Label: Take This to the Heart Records Release Date: October 20th, 2017 Rating:     Header photo by Brian L. Tice Jr. Successfully transforming elements of post-country into emo-power anthems is the specialty of up-and-coming band Hodera. Hodera is spearheaded by Mathew Smith from New Brunswick, New Jersey and […]

By: Brandon Lewis The Cleveland Browns could not pull out a victory despite a strong first half on Sunday, losing to the Minnesota Vikings 33-16 in London, England. The offense, for the most part, looked better than last week. Quarterback DeShone Kizer looked more comfortable in the pocket, completing 52.9 percent of his passes against […]

If you’re someone like me who loves Halloween but hates scary movies, getting in the Halloween spirit is hard. So I took one for the team and compiled a pretty strong list of Halloween movies that won’t keep you up all night. Now of course there are the cult classics such as “The Addams Family” […]

K-Pop has become very well known for its well-produced music videos that accentuate an artist’s concept and style. In light of the Halloween weekend approaching, I thought I’d put together a list of 13 K-pop videos that are inspired by the spooky holiday. Whether it’s quirky and fun, or downright dark and sinister, these videos […]

Recent Kent State graduate, Eric Wexler, is a multi-talented singer and songwriter that has worked to make a name for himself in the music industry over the last few years. Wexler is the man behind the Alternative/Indie band, The 12th Human, and writes and produces all of the music created for the band on his […]

We like to creep it real here at BSR! So the staff and DJ’s at Black Squirrel Radio decided to make a holiday playlist full of spooky songs and Halloween favorites! Enjoy and Happy Halloween from BSR and The Burr!     Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on […]

Album: Move Artist: Taemin Lee Label: SM Entertainment Release Date: October 16,2017 Rating:    SHINee’s Taemin Lee has released his second full length album, “Move” with nine total tracks. The day before the release of the album and music video, Taemin had previewed his songs from the album the day before during his first Korean […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Politically Scientific! Politically Scientific airs every Wednesday from 4PM-6PM and is hosted by Will McClory Describe your show and tell us how you came up with the concept for it! Will: The show itself is […]

By: Alissa Reyes and Chyenne Tatum Album: 7 for 7 Artist: GOT7 Label: JYP Entertainment Release Date: October 10, 2017 Rating:       GOT7 released their seventh mini-album, “7 for 7” seven months after their last comeback, “Flight Log: Arrival.” This new album marks the group’s first release since their Flight Log trilogy which […]

Last week, history was made; the world witnessed it’s first giant robot duel in history. And it was as janky and as you think it would be. Let’s get some context. Two years ago, American robotics company MegaBots challenged the Japanese company Suidobashi to a formal duel between their two machines; MegaBots’ Mk. II versus […]

“I wish my ears would stop ringing”, my brother says to me two hours post-Death Grips concert.  Last night I had the pleasure of seeing industrial hip-hop trio Death Grips at the Agora in Cleveland. They are on tour with metal band Ministry, as the openers. Everyone lined up outside was dressed for the occasion […]

Image courtesy of Steemit When the Indians were in the MLB Playoffs, I shut down all my social media, my brand becoming nonexistent to the world for 9 days. I originally got the idea from Lebron James when in 2016, I found out he shuts down all his social media for the postseason, so I […]

By: Chad Flannery Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo Bills The Bills have been a surprising team so far this year. After trading away wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby, many thought that Buffalo was readying themselves for a high draft pick in 2018; it has been the exact opposite. The defense of the […]

Title: Pizazz Artist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Record Label: Independent Release Date: October 20th, 2017 Rating:     Since the announcement in February of a fourth studio album, The Flock has been anticipating the release of Pizazz to fluff their feathers with some fresh tunes. Nationally-rising, psychedelic-funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have brought their […]

  By: Miles Purdy Photo By: Kendra Taylor Before the show got going at  Cleveland’s Now That’s Class, Miles Purdy met up with PEARS frontman Zach Quinn in venue’s basement. A New Orleans hardcore  punk outfit with a serious live presence, PEARS has gotten a rep for touring hard and playing harder.   Miles Purdy: […]

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders (+4) Week 7 in the NFL kicks off with a huge Thursday Night Football showdown between two of the top teams in the AFC West. Both teams are coming off huge home losses last week as favorites. The Chiefs fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers who shut down MVP candidate […]

Local indie punk band, McCafferty, has been gaining great popularity within the past year. McCafferty brings a new sound to music while presenting strong meaning behind their lyrics. The band consists of Nick Hartkop leading with vocals and rhythm, Evan Graham shredding the lead guitar, Chris Joecken electrifying the bass and Wes Easterly smashing the […]

It was just homecoming here at Kent State so the Black Squirrel Radio staff created a playlist full of a different kind of ‘house’ music. This week’s BSR Beats will make you feel right at home.     Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR Burr Beats!

By:  Miles Purdy Photos by: Kendra Taylor Late last Saturday night, me and Kendra Taylor made the trek up to Now That’s Class in Cleveland. Having discovered PEARS early this year, I was looking forward to what I was hoping to be an excellent show. The show started up with a couple local acts, and Speedfreak […]

By: Chad Flannery 1. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers breaks his collarbone Rodgers, who is widely considered the best quarterback in the NFL, will be out indefinitely with a broken collarbone. After rolling out of the pocket to throw a pass to tight end Martellus Bennett, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr came rushing in like […]

The first career start for Cleveland Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan did not go as planned. Hogan finished with a 38.1 QBR rating and three interceptions, as the Browns were blown out by the Houston Texans 33-17. The score was not indicative of the performance, either. Cleveland had an interception returned for a touchdown when the […]

There’s a song that you likely haven’t heard of before, but which has irrefutably left a legacy in the world of music in a way few songs ever do: It’s a classical piece by the name of Pavane pour une infante defunte. It was written by 18th century French composer Maurice Ravel and is by […]

By: Chad Flannery 1. Green Bay Packers v. Minnesota Vikings Just when Cowboys fans believed they had finally gotten the best of the man who has ripped their hearts out time and time again, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did it again. With 11 seconds left, Rodgers threw a perfectly-placed ball to Davante Adams to seal […]

By: Brandon Lewis Detroit Lions (+5) @ New Orleans Saints The Detroit Lions have lost two home games this year against NFC South opponents by a combined six points. In Week 6, Detroit gets another NFC South team – the Saints in New Orleans – who is coming off a bye. The Lions are just […]

In an effort to help celebrate College Radio Day, Black Squirrel Radio put together a playlist of ‘radio’ songs. Some are quite literally odes to the radio while others are a bit closer to just being radio jams. Either way, it’s a perfect playlist to celebrate the unique and important medium that is radio.   […]

Title: The Magic School Bus Rides Again Network: Netflix Air Date: September 29, 2017 Rating:     Anyone growing up in the 90s knows of Ms. Valerie Frizzle and those “highly unusual” field trips she takes her class on. For a half hour, you would watch Ms. Frizzle’s class (and sometimes Arnold’s cousin Janet) escape […]

Indie fans may now rejoice! The Social Animals just began their first big headlining tour this past Saturday in Indianapolis. If the name rings a bell, you may recall this band as the opening act for this past summer’s Dashboard Confessional tour featuring The All-American Rejects and The Maine. The band made a notable debut […]

Photos by: Jenn Noga Kent State University students have a wide range of interests, which include an array of music and pop culture. We went out to find what freshman consider to be their favorite merch item is and why it’s so special to them.   Jasmine Powell Jasmine is a big Spider-Man fan, and […]

In honor of College Radio Day, and the fact that Black Squirrel Radio has just started another semester of student-run programming, it felt like the perfect time to honor our college radio roots with a college rock playlist.   College rock isn’t just rock music played on a college station, it is a specific era, […]

The Cleveland Browns were haunted by turnovers and missed field goals against the New York Jets on Sunday, falling to 0-5 on the season. For Cleveland, the running game started to come alive and the defense played well throughout most of the game. The defense was a couple seconds away from forcing a first-half shutout […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Link Up! The Link Up airs every Friday from 12PM-2PM and is co-hosted by Quaylyn Hairston and Myles Taylor. Describe your show in a few words! Quay and Myles: It’s a radio show showcasing […]

Title: “The Cult of Chucky” Director/Creator: Don Mancini Release date: October 3, 2017 Rating:   Just in time for Halloween, the 80’s mass murderer is back! Chucky, the killer doll, is ready to wreak havoc. Don Mancini has brought back his good guy doll into a more thrilling and gruesome movie with a hint of […]

All semester long, BSR will be giving away free tickets to concerts on various Black Squirrel Radio Shows! Check the calendar of ticket giveaways and tune in when they’re up for grabs! October Shows 10/5 – Judah & the Lion at Newport Music Hall Giveaway on 10/3 on The Benchwarmers 10/10 – Gojira at Newport Music […]

There are games that we grow up with, games that occupy a very special, very nostalgic place in our hearts. These are games that we can return to at any time and feel that sad and kind of happy twinge in the pit of our stomachs. Amidst new consoles, new tech and all of the […]

It’s been a stressful few weeks. We are nearing midterms plus it’s just been an all-around crazy time lately. So the BSR staff created a playlist to help you relax and de-stress. Full of soothing music and music to freak out to you’ll feel a bit more at peace after a listen.   Check out theburr.com […]

With his banging beats and heartfelt soul, Post Malone brought a glorious night to his sold out show at the Agora Theater and Ballroom in Cleveland on September 20th. Fans were given the opportunity of a classic general admission, or a VIP Meet and Greet. It was a no-brainer for me to do the latter. […]

Jacksonville Jaguars (+8.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers In my upset special of the week, I have the Jaguars going into Heinz Field and beating the Steelers 26-19. The Steelers may be 3-1, but they have not played like a 3-1 football team over the first four weeks. They barely beat the 0-4 Browns, beat up an […]

By: Chyenne Tatum & Alissa Reyes Artist: BTS Album: Love Yourself: HER Label: Big Hit Entertainment Release Date: September 18, 2017 Rating:    Debuting in 2013, BTS started out with a hip-hop sound and image, but have since changed and explored their sound over the years. The seven members in the group include Rap Monster, […]

By: Reid Smith Legendary rockstar Tom Petty, who was best known for fronting Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers has died at the age off 66. After being found in his Malibu home unconscious due to an apparent heart attack on Sunday night, Petty was taken to a nearby hospital and put on life support. He […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Benchwarmers! The Benchwarmers airs every Tuesday from 6-8 PM and is co-hosted by Eric Pitcher and Reed Myers. The show is nonstop sports talk for two hours. From football to tennis and everything in-between, […]

By: Mikala Lugen Photo from Primus Facebook Page It was an exciting week for several bands in the progressive rock, electronic, reggae and jam scene. With summer tour ending for most bands, September 29 was deemed a day that bands could focus their energies on releasing new music and prepare their fans as they hit […]

By: Chad Flannery 1. Carolina Panthers @ New England Patriots Tom Brady is a first ballot Hall of Famer.  He has proven time and time again he has what it takes to win. This Patriots offense is arguably the best he has had in a long time. Brady seems to be on the same page with […]

For this week’s BSR Beats for The Burr Magazine, the BSR staff created a playlist of local music. In this list of locals, we highlight current music from all over Ohio as well as a few local legends.     Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR Burr […]

By: Conor Battles Artist: Ariel Pink Album: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson Label: Mexican Summer Release Date: September 15, 2017 Rating:     From the first ten seconds of gated vocals and drum machine blasts on Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, it’s immediately clear what Ariel Pink is going for. Pink’s ability to perfectly encapsulate a period […]

How does a band release an EP with all old songs and base a tour on that EP? Ask The Wonder Years, because they are doing just that, and executing it beautifully. I had the pleasure of seeing the band on Tuesday, September 26th on only the second day of their acoustic Burst and Decay […]

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings (Spread TBA) The spread in this NFC North rivalry game has yet to be announced, as the injury status of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is unknown. Either way, this is essentially an even matchup in the National Football League. The visiting Lions are coming off a controversial loss last week […]

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September 27, 2017

Black Squirrel Radio’s Fall programming is now underway! Check out this short video to get a glimpse of some of the motivation our staffers have for working with BSR. We are still seeking coordinators and volunteers in all departments! Music Multimedia/Podcasting (Photographers, Videographers, Sound People) Web Staff Graphic Design Sports Production Marketing / Promotions Mobile […]

The Cleveland Browns had another sloppy performance Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, resulting in a 31-28 road defeat to fall to 0-3. There were nine penalties against the Browns, which gave the Colts over 100 yards, and quarterback DeShone Kizer threw three interceptions. Cleveland’s running game struggled, with Isaiah Crowell totaling just 44 yards on […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Peanut Butter & Jams! Peanut Butter & Jams airs every Monday from 6-8 PM and is co-hosted by Danielle Miracle & Court Proctor. The show is an eclectic mix of sweet jams and whatever Dani […]

By: Brooke Forrest I recently had the chance to talk with X band member D.J. Bonebrake about  X’s 40th Anniversary Tour and their upcoming show at The Kent Stage. Here is an excerpt of that conversation…   Tell me a little bit about your current tour DJ: We’re about a week into the tour, this […]

By: Chad Flannery Browns v. Colts This will be an ugly matchup between two of the NFL’s lower-tier teams. Each team has an underrated, young defense, looking to prove something. However, both teams also have a lack of experience at the quarterback position. Andrew Luck is out for the next few weeks, while still trying […]

In this week’s BSR Beats for The Burr Magazine, this semester’s Black Squirrel Radio DJ’s compiled a playlist of some of their personal favorite songs. Check it out to get a taste of this Fall’s set of DJs styles.      Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR Burr […]

In this week’s BSR Beats for The Burr Magazine, the Black Squirrel Radio staff created a playlist of ‘September Sounds’ from songs that literally say September to those that just make us think of this time of year here is a playlist to get you into that September mood.   Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine […]

By: Mikala Lugen You’ll want to be around on Saturday, September 23 as the city of Kent will feature a day of highlighting local music at the Hometown Bank Plaza. Maderra Records is hosting its second annual Summer Send Off, a day of local bands and artists performing great sets of music to the community […]

By: Mikala Lugen Photos by: Jocelyn Grimaldi Nelson Ledges Quarry Park opened its gates to 5000 festival goers for the long Labor Day weekend for the 10th annual Summerdance, consisting of three nights of jams in the woods from September 1 to September 4. The weekend was chillier than we had all hoped but nevertheless […]

It’s about that time again folks! Auditions for Fall Semester DJ’s will be happening next week and we want you! We’re looking to fill 56 show slots this semester! Shows are 2 hours a piece and run from 10 AM to 12 AM, seven days a week.   Auditions will be held in Franklin Hall […]

In our first BSR Beats collaboration with The Burr Magazine, Black Squirrel Radio staffers created a playlist to help you get back into the school spirit!   With a mix of oldies and newer releases, these songs should get you over those summer break blues and ready for a new year of class!     Check […]

We are officially in the back to school season. This means that it is once again time for learning and responsibility – plus tons of excellent good times, right? Well, in case you need help to prepare for a new school year, here are ten films to get you back in the school spirit.   […]

Title: American Dream Artist: LCD Soundsystem Label: DFA Records/Columbia Records Release Date: September 1, 2017 Rating:     James Murphy has been losing his edge for nigh on two decades, and throughout that time, he has managed to make every twist and turn of that downward spiral of street cred and old DJ gear look effortlessly […]

Black Squirrel Radio is LIVE from Clemson University for today’s matchup between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Clemson Tigers. Tune in for pregame coverage beginning after 11am EST and for kickoff at 12pm EST. Sports Department members Ryan Landolph, Rob DiFranco, Eric Pitcher and Dylan Bowers will be on the call. LISTEN HERE: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bsr-sports

New Semester, new Web Staff! Black Squirrel Radio is excited for another semester of amazing music, television and film articles from our our Web Staff. The one problem is we need you to help us! No formal experience is required – just an interest in pop culture, a desire to create written or multimedia work […]

By: Mikala Lugen Photos Courtesy of Bypass Circuit Bypass Circuit is an original electronic music project mixed and recorded by Keith Fiorino. From Madison, Ohio, Fiorino can get a crowd dancing to his spacey, upbeat mixes that can be played at any hour of the day. Influenced by some of today’s greatest instrumental and electronic […]

By: Mikala Lugen Photos Courtesy of: Jones for Revival Youngstown band, Jones for Revival has been making grooves in the jam scene for over a decade now. The band regularly tours in the Midwest and across the country and have continued to stretch the limits of blending multiple genres of jam, funk, blues, progressive and […]

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 parents are thrilled to see siblings getting along so well. But then again, what parent wouldn’t be excited seeing their kids play music with each other instead of plotting […]

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 29, 2017 Rating: There are two ways to look at this new Arcade Fire album, Everything Now. It can be seen as a total departure from the grand indie […]

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 me start off by saying that I won these tickets in a random dance contest, so everything about this show was spontaneous and so much fun. I invited one […]

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 trade players such as Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia. However, there were times when the front office refused to deal prospects or could not get ownership to commit to […]

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 to meet some of the bands that you never thought you’d ever get to meet and for the veterans, well, it’s an opportunity to catch up with friends and […]

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 when they first get high. The process of chasing the dragon begins with the first, glorious high. Everything feels fine. The person who induces the drug is floating through […]

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 those shows that I didn’t see as a fruitful use of my time. The plot seemed so convoluted that it almost seemed counterproductive for me to get myself involved […]

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 best and most influential rock bands in history, The Who. The English rock band performed a sold-out show to 15,000 people at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in […]

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 death. Simply titled “Aaliyah,” the album was her most experimental effort blending together genres such as R&B, Neo- Soul, Pop, dance-pop and even adding in elements of rock and […]

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 talk all about her latest single, upcoming album and what inspires her music. Currently rooted in Westlake, Ohio, Marina is performing around three shows a week locally. I was […]

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 by two other local artists perform live at Kafe Kerouac. The eight-piece jazz/hip-hop band drew a large crowd to the quaint venue to celebrate the release of their EP, […]

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 a lot, recognizing black entertainers for their work, fun and energetic performances, and as a huge family reunion for black twitter. This year’s award show was full of some […]

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 Works. The band announced in April that it would be taking an indefinite hiatus after this summer. Lead singer, Joey Harkum will still be writing music and touring under […]

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 more intimate, making it the perfect place to hangout with friends and your favorite bands. Everyone inside of The Grog Shop was extremely kind from the staff to the […]

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 some time to browse through the week’s new music releases. This past Friday, Spotify’s New Releases page was abound with albums and singles from many of today’s top artists. […]

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 worked in- soft rock, synth pop, disco- they have done so with a high degree of coolness. It’s effortless coolness too, the kind that charms the listener into forgiving […]

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 at Kent State University, I’ve seen countless bands and performers at different venues throughout the area and they all have one thing in common: Passion. No matter how small […]

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 Nelsonville. These four days of music, art, camping and other entertainment were truly something special.   Admittedly I’ve never actually been to a ‘real’ music festival. I tend to […]

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. On Thursday night, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke and DInah Jane, released their lead single from their forthcoming third album. The song “Down,” is the group’s first release […]

Taking place each year, E3 is a gaming convention/conference wherein the major gaming companies are encouraged to hold presentations for fans where they can show off new games and new tech. With E3 2017 happening in a week, I thought it would be best to take a look at some of the things that are […]

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 safe to say that pop music has been struggling this year. Katy has yet to release another song that is as good as Chained To Rhythm, and it seems […]

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 Rogers performs “New Killer” in the BSR lobby Stay tuned to Black Squirrel Radio for future BSR Live Sessions! If you are interested in being featured in BSR Live […]

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 one of indie rock’s most rewarding and fascinating threads to follow in the last few years. Following the unfortunate setback of a legally-required stage name change – from the […]

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 list of numerous key bands and musicians from Ohio. This list of locals has newer bands you should check out and legendary artists. Show Ohio some love by listening […]

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 that the music we have been getting lately is very lackluster. Don’t get me wrong, I know we had all of our big releases last year but, I still […]

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 Here/I’m Queer” for their first song.   “Anxiety Song” by Human Petting Zoo   In their finale, Human Petting Zoo performs “No Fun Zone”   Stay tuned to Black […]

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 away. The Black Squirrel Radio staff collaborated to bring you their favorite podcasts. Check out their suggestions for things you should be listening to this summer.   King Falls […]

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 best performer and entertainer of our generation, and for those same reasons and others, the artist of my life. Despite worldwide popularity, a fiercely loyal fandom and sold-out stadium […]

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 Eskimeaux at Mahall’s. Right before Eskimeaux took the stage, they caught up with Elizabeth Kelly and Karah Vance of The Village Bicycle in Mahall’s the bowling ball nook.   […]

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 show Thirteen Reasons Why. For those who haven’t, it’s based on a book about a teenage girl who kills herself, leaving thirteen tapes behind to thirteen people who have […]

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 more and more bizarre talents I’ve learned about him having. I only say bizarre because I’m slightly envious. He’s a definite jack of all trades and master of them […]

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 26 (that’s a lot!) new songs on their fifth studio album Humanz.  Among those 26 tracks are several of the year’s best pop tunes and a ton of excellent […]

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 4pm-6pm. Hosts Aaron Thomas and Stacee Starr aka DJ AT Swag and DJ Locc have been with BSR for a year bringing good vibes and conscious conversation. For an “everyday […]

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 for himself in hip-hop. The torchbearing figurehead of New York’s boom-bap revival has emerged as one of the genre’s eminent traditionalists, extolling the virtues of “real rap” in the face […]

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, Alice and Miles headed over to Cleveland to check out Eskimeaux at Mahall’s Main Stage. To their surprise, the show started right when it said it did on the […]

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 the walls, amidst rows and rows of books that people pick through to the erratic whirring of the espresso machine. Acoustic Night drew a quiet crowd, but people slowly […]

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 me wrong; these qualities are incredibly important when it comes to silly things like listening to songs or going to concerts. Sometimes I’ll catch myself watching something — be […]

By: Reid Smith Title: Young and Menace Artist: Fall Out Boy Record Label: Island Records Release Date: April 27th, 2017 Rating:     In a tweet sent out Friday afternoon, Fall Out Boy told followers to “get lost in the chaos w/ “Young and Menace””, their first single for their upcoming album Mania, that’s set […]

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 studio album Ghost in the Bottle. This is the band’s first studio release since their self-titled album produced four years ago. The bluegrass fellas celebrated their 11-track album debut […]

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 that my band plays and practices there, and a third that it’s my home away from home. I’m thoroughly conflicted and entangled, but the website was sorely lacking Workshoppe […]

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 passing up on a freakish athlete like Garrett would be the wrong move. Garrett will be a Day One starter and fill the pass rush need for the Browns. […]

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 Listen airs every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm. Host Emelia Sherin has been with BSR for two semesters discussing what’s happening at Kent state and the world with the […]

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 good thing. The odyssey of DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s fourth LP and the followup to 2015’s lauded To Pimp a Butterfly, began with the surprise drop of “The Heart Pt. […]

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 enter here. It’s another “Cheap Tracks,” wherein BSR web staff writes about music found for a dollar or less. BSR writer Evan Harms once said “ignorance is the basis […]

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 each year to celebrate the resurgence in popularity of vinyl, and those that help distribute it.  Today, there are over 1400 record stores participating in Record Store Day, located […]

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 tribute bands. Located in Lakewood, Ohio, this bar was an hour trek from Kent but was worth the drive for the musical atmosphere that enveloped us as we walked […]

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 and revived with the release of his album, The Search For Everything. Whether an avid fan or just that person who cries to “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” […]

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:        The Chainsmokers’ debut album is finally out! The iconic duo has had some big summer hits, including “Roses” and “Closer.” This time, they brought their fans a full-length […]

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 15219 Price: $1.00 Worth the purchace: Yes “When over 10,000 pounds of beef comes roaring atcha, it can mean only one thing,” roars the promo. I wake up in […]

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 Sunday from 8pm to 10pm. Hosts Bella Bowman and Alyse Nelson have been providing rad tunes to Black Squirrel Radio for three semesters! Their show has been very popular even […]

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 to Cleveland, to see Vibe & Direct and Dopapod play at my one of my favorite venues, the Beachland Ballroom. Photo by: Alicia Falorio Although halfway through the night I […]

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 Indiana Pacers on Saturday. After Paul George hit a clutch three-point-shot in the final minute to bring Indiana within one, the Pacers got the defensive stop they needed to […]

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 team. Paid Positions include: Production Director Program Director Mobile DJ Director Marketing Director Music Director Design Director Sports Director Web Director Technology Director Unpaid Positions include: Music  Coordinator  Production Coordinator  Technology […]

By Scott McMaster [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/317716848″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] The first time I met Derek Zanetti was at a show at the Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh. He performed as The Homeless Gospel Choir, a project that a couple friends of mine had told me about already, but who I had never seen first […]

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 the Indiana Pacers. However, the team is scuffling into the playoffs, and they need to make some changes quickly in order to have a legitimate chance of repeating as […]

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 staple of our creative force since the beginnings of human history It should be no surprise that video games fall under this phenomenon, even taxi-style delivery games, or as […]

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 ATLUS to refrain from streaming or playing the game for their viewers. Streamers can play up until a certain date in the game and are advised not to show […]

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 dynamic female characters. Too often female characters aren’t given the range to be strong, vulnerable, intelligent, imperfect and insecure, especially not simultaneously. It’s important to represent the complexities of […]

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, Apr. 28 at 5 o’clock p.m. for pizza, chips, soda and a chance to win a one-hundred dollar Visa card for finishing first in the tournament! The buy-in to […]

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 themselves in the genre of jam bands. This psychedelic, high-energy rock band has toured across the country selling out shows and being the headliners for several music festivals. I […]

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 the evolution of Father John Misty since 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear. The first words out of Josh Tillman’s mouth on Honeybear is the musical equivalent of sweet nothings; the titular […]

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 Dead Redemption. A few days later, Rockstar released a teaser trailer for the game which got fans speculating on what the games content would include. This list is just […]

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 from 8pm to 10pm. Hosts Layne and Gracen Gerbig are sisters and their sibling show is in its first semester at BSR. Layne is is the General Manager at […]

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 drink specials and the organization’s donations from the concert went to UNICEF’s immunization efforts and campaigning. UNICEF KSU is a student organization dedicated to educate, advocate and fundraise for […]

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 War Kids has been around for thirteen years now.  That time has seen the group release six albums, undergo a few lineup changes, and fluctuate in hype and popularity. […]

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 his look, which was much different than his peers, to his anger issues, trouble seemed to follow him everywhere. Music was his outlet for this. It seemed as if […]

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 Bronx during the summer of 1977; a highly inspirational time of heatwaves, blackouts and crime, as well as a time of great creativity in New York City. This was […]

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 Shell is, by all accounts, a painfully mediocre movie. Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime version from 1995 is beloved for not only its cool action and graphic imagery, but also […]

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 early for an early awards prediction. These awards will consist of the AL/NL MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year. AL Manager of the […]

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 the Decades airs every Thursday from Midnight to 2am. Hosts Lindsay Pizzurro, Alexa DeBord, and Erin McNamara are new to BSR with their show in it’s first semester. With […]

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 although it is the best time of the year, it is also a very stressful time of year. Choosing what festivals to attend can be a shot at the […]

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 airs every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. Hosts Matt Cutler and Kaitllyn Sullivan have been with BSR for over a year, taking part in other shows like Defend Good […]

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 successful shows at the station and through BSR Zach and Beau hope to solidify their legacy with a short film. 55 pages. 20+ experienced cast/crew members. 2 DJs. 1 wild […]

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 semester is more than halfway finished. With that being said, there have also been summer early contenders for song of the summer, and while we aren’t on summer break […]

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 three-day long shindig with an always excellent lineup of rock-and-roll bands. I was able to make the trek with some friends for day two to see Molly Burch, The […]

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 Scandinavia, hence the whole church-burning thing and pagan imagery (goats, pentacles, etc.) becoming inseparable from black metal in popular culture. It’s important to recognize that these pagan and folk […]

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, My Brother and Me. My Brother, My Brother and Me is a comedy podcast that operates on the premise that its hosts – the three McElroy brothers – take […]

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 and fill your soul with delicious hype. It began with a subtle tease on Kendrick Lamar’s Instagram Thursday morning. An image of a velvet black cover with the number […]

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 God.

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 underbelly, to the seemingly out-of-place folk paintings near the main stage.  When I heard that the Allah-Las, a Los Angeles-based band with an insanely cool vibe and sound, was […]

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 More Life, the project he has been teasing since October. While I usually skim over the track-list and jump to the ones that sound most interesting or have the […]

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 airs Monday from 6pm to 8pm . Host Amanda Beck has been with BSR as a DJ since 2014 and has also been a BSR coordinator and is currently […]

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 Cam Boucher began writing for his side project Sorority Noise, he did not know that he would be simultaneously creating a strong platform for the open discussion of mental […]

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 people had come to check out Kentchella, the first music and arts festival to be held in the rec. I hung out at the Main Stage, sponsored by Black […]

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, 2017 Rating: Kong: Skull Island is the second entry into Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s “MonsterVerse,” with 2014’s Godzilla reboot being the first. Warner Bros. is using these famous […]

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 so unaware of it, the U.K. band released a cover of Sade’s “By Your Side”. However odd the combination would seem, The 1975 covered Sade’s 2000 hit in a […]

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 some motivation after fake Paddy’s. This mix contains some Irish greats and drinking jams to really help you get into that St. Paddy’s spirit!  

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 as ringtones for their first phones. To make a call down memory lane, the Black Squirrel Radio web staff reminisced about their first musical ringtone and why they chose […]

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 goodness I’m not the only one. As a kid, there were quite a few shows that were pretty mediocre. The only thing that saved them from total boredom was […]

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 heart twinge with childhood nostalgia. Sonic, Spyro and Starfox all lie in wait, desperately searching for the developer that will catapult them back into the hearts of players. But […]

By: Miles Purdy Image via: Getty Images March 11th, 2017 Rating:        After the parking attendant made me to move my car the third time, me and my less than willing sister stood outside of the Wolstein Stadium doors in Cleveland. It’s Lumineers today, and apparently the show sold out months ago. I pop […]

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 and rhythm guitar, Connor Peterson on bass, Pat Boland on percussion and Bobby Daggett on lead guitar. This past Saturday, I talked with Mathieu about his band, his past […]

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 Wednesday from Noon-2pm. Host Eric Arnst is in his first semester of Black Squirrel Radio. With his show, Eric brings all things metal from conversation to music! Describe your show: […]

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 of many things as we know it. Graduation is imminent, and the real world is looming. Our classmates will soon be jumpstarting their careers, moving in with their significant […]

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 month of 2017, alt-J teased a new tune on their YouTube page. Three days later, they released that song, “3WW,” and announced that their forthcoming third album Relaxer would […]

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 to a nationally known alternative trio. Holli and I got the chance to sit down with Chris Duggan, Mark LeRose and Jared Sawaya in the Chipotle next door before […]

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

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 and grabbing some grub before the big gig. Boasting perhaps one of the biggest lineups in crossover thrash right now, Now That’s Class was jam packed even as we […]

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 the street. I’m a bit skeptical of any show that happens on a Tuesday, but there’s a line of people outside the venue which promises a decent sized crowd. […]

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 long hiatus with third album, Divide. It seems there are two worlds that hold Ed Sheeran’s music: One captures the masses with pop and upbeat hits; the other swoons our […]

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 recognize rapper Jidenna by his uniquely extravagant day-to-day style, and his 2015 Double Platinum single “Classic Man.” After releasing the songs “Long Live the Chief” and “Chief Don’t Run” in […]

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 set out to Cleveland to interview a new and upcoming band, Plaid Brixx. Little did we know that we would be attending a 10 year anniversary tour for We […]

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 Friday from 8pm to 10pm. Host Sydney Cohen has been with Black Squirrel Radio since Spring 2014. Sydney is not only a DJ but is also BSR’s resident Mobile […]

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 the best comic book movie Marvel has ever created. At times, I forgot that I was even watching a comic book movie, because it’s just so unlike anything we’ve […]

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 for herself. In 2015, she was featured on G-Eazy’s “Me Myself and I,” and that same year her vocals could be heard on David Guetta’s “Hey Mama.” In 2016, Rexha […]

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, Temples sends a message that they’re more than a 60’s nostalgia act. The neo-psychedelic group from Kettering, England went from uploading their songs on YouTube to playing Coachella and […]

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 the legal tampering window beginning on March 7. There are plenty of stars who are going to be searching for new teams come Tuesday. Here are some potential landing […]

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the time is almost here. Logan comes out today, March 3, 2017, in what appears to be Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart’s last film portraying superheroes Wolverine and Professor X, respectively. It has been a long ride for both of these characters, filled with lots of ups and downs along the […]

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 that will have listeners buzzed with audible ecstasy. The bassist-virtuoso percolates his grooviest and funkadelic sound to boot while also tackling immensely personal assessments of life itself. He invites […]

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 packed crowd at the MAC Center on Senior Night. Jimmy Hall led the way for the Flashes recording 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in his final game at […]

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 first taste of Lorde’s much-anticipated second album yesterday with the release of “Green Light.” The New Zealand singer-songwriter was met with huge success on her first record, and fans […]

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. The band is releasing an album about goth – because of course, The Mountain Goats would – and it’s fitting theme for the band. The Mountain Goats have flexed their goth muscles […]

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 series’ other console titles and how I think they rank from great to the greatest. The Legend of Zelda began in the late 80s with a self-titled, top-down, pixelated […]

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:   I chose to review this record not because of my extensive familiarity with DIY power-pop (or regular power-pop for that matter), but because of my absolute love for Heart […]

Photo courtesy of indiewire.com Director: Jordan Peele Studio: Blumhouse Productions Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford Release Date: February 24, 2017 Rating: I don’t think anyone expected this from Jordan Peele. Made famous by his comedy sketch show, Key & Peele, a psychological horror film seemed like an odd choice for the comedian to […]

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 track I had heard- fast, aggressive, repetitive and decidedly British. Curious about the prospect of a UK hip-hop scene, I googled “UK hip-hop” and was introduced to an exciting […]

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 Abroad with Subi airs every Friday from Midnight to 2am. Host Aierken Subinuer a.k.a. “Subi” is an international student and Uyghur from China. She is in her first semester […]

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. Following the recent backlash and the constant challenge of award shows often honoring work that wasn’t actually the year’s greatest, there will be many tight races tonight. Here are […]

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 K and Switchfoot took advantage their time and brought everyone off their feet. Relient K’s shining moment was of course “Sadie Hawkins Dance,” and Switchfoot nailed their ‘fake’ ending […]

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 in when they’re up for grabs!   March Shows 3/1 – The Menzingers at The House of Blues Giveaway on 2/26 on Out of Step Radio 3/6 – Circa Surviva […]

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 the Chicago Bulls trading their young superstar to the Celtics have been floating around since last year’s deadline. While the Celtics currently hold the second-best record in the east, […]

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 airs every Friday from 6pm to 8pm. Host Maxwell Nobis has been with Black Squirrel Radio for three years and is currently the BSR Music Director.  But with Cruisin’ with […]

Photo courtesy of slashfilm.com Director: Gore Verbinski Studio: Regency Enterprises Cast: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth Release Date: February 17, 2017 Rating:      I’m really not entirely sure what I just watched, but I think I liked it. In a cinematic landscape of reboots, franchises, reimaginings, and adaptations, director Gore Verbinski gives us something […]

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: Teasing fans for over a month, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong released their first live album, The Great Outdoors Jam on Friday, February 17. The funk-rock band’s new album features […]

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 Golden Flashes looked determined in their 70-67 victory over their rival Akron Zips at the James Rhodes Arena on Friday night. The Flashes dominated the 2nd half, outscoring Akron […]

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   Love was in the air at this special Valentine’s day celebration at the gritty punk bar Now That’s Class. Arriving “late” to the show from Kent, after waiting for […]

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 a result, Michel Therrien came under a lot of fire. On Tuesday afternoon, he lost his job, and the Canadiens hired Claude Julien. Yes, the same Claude Julien who […]

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 great deal of xenophobia and misunderstanding. In the inaugural article of “Cheap Tracks”, we will dissect my own ignorance and misunderstanding about hair metal – specifically the band Night […]

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 She Said airs every Tuesday from 10pm to Midnight. Host Ashley Markle has been with Black Squirrel Radio for three years and is currently the BSR Programing Director. Her […]

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 the long cycle of hype and disappointment that preceded its release. The Grammys have effectively closed the book on 2016 in music, and the fact that ‘Ye didn’t even […]

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 time since I’ve been to a concert and this particular tour, featuring headliner Lacey Sturm, was interesting, both good and, well medicore. I don’t say bad because there was […]

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 airs every Monday from 10pm to Midnight. Host Craig Zombar has been with Black Squirrel Radio for 6 semesters, he and his co-hosts Matt(y Cuts) Cutler and Jake Gambatese […]

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 to live broadcast Kent State baseball’s four-game away series against Florida International University from Feb. 24 – Feb. 26. Unfortunately, due to various specifications in possible funding options, groups […]

Title: Universal Harvester Author: John Darnielle Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication Date: February 7, 2017 Rating:      “A few rows of corn will muffle the human voice so effectively that, even a few insignificant rows away, all is silence,” writes John Darnielle in his second novel Universal Harvester, a follow up to his debut, […]

“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 most long-running and successful shows, “The Zach & Beau Show.” It follows the two DJs as they embark on a journey to deliver a pair of tickets for BSR’s […]

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 Sisay (Sampha, for short) is no musical newcomer. Since hitting the scene in 2010, he has released a couple of EPs, collaborated extensively with SBTRKT and lent his voice […]

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 Falcons will take place on Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. The members of the Black Squirrel Radio sports department provided their picks and analysis on what is likely […]

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.  Their newest and first full length album Stadium Cake was released in June of 2016, and they’re headed on tour with Valerie June this month – Check them out at the […]

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 playoffs We all need to face this new reality together, guys. The Toronto Maple Leafs are good. And not only good, but fun. They are only a single point […]

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 experimental music seems to be structuring the best breakdowns, gnarliest riffs and coax the most venomous growls and howls and clangs out of their musical weapons. Music as a […]

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 is we need you to help us! No formal experience is required – just an interest in pop culture, a desire to create written or multimedia work and a willingness […]

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 the People’s Choice Awards, since Camila Cabello’s departure was announced and it was everything and more. For weeks the girls have been teasing their fans about the performance and […]

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 fill our schedule. No experience is required – just a willingness to learn! Download the application below, and take a peek at our audition schedule. Pick a date with […]

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 fools who dream,” Emma Stone sings on “Audition,” one of the standout numbers from Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. It’s an endearingly doe-eyed, overly saccharine moment; one that captures […]

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. Though she had a short career of only seven years, Aaliyah was able to leave an impact on the industry and a void that no one has been able […]

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, The xx have finally expanded the unique sound that has carried them to critical and commercial success since their debut in 2009. That sound- whether you call it “atmospheric […]

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 Cleveland, Ohio. This was their 13th annual Holiday show, and as usual, the show was completely sold out. Native to Cleveland, Wish You Were Here is internationally known as […]

By: Conor Battles Album: RTJ3 Artist: Run the Jewels Label: Run the Jewels, Inc. Rating:        In the weeks leading up to his legendary bout with George Foreman in Zaire in 1974; the Rumble in the Jungle; Muhammad Ali endeared himself to the Congolese locals. As he jogged through the streets, the native children […]

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 the Hill.” After taking a year-long hiatus on social media, Sheeran returned on New Year’s Day to spill the beans about the release of his new music on Friday. […]

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 vocals, Ben Whelan on bass, Joey Lewis on guitar and vocals, Ryan James Acanfora on drums and Matthew Lester on keyboard, vocals and saxophone. Since their establishment in 2010, […]

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 year. With no limits on topic, several web writers acknowledge the media and pop culture figures that made 2016 a little more bearable.     AJ Styles Conor Battles: […]

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 and underappreciated albums of 2016. This mix of lesser discussed pop music and undiscovered indie darlings will hopefully clue you into artists you should know in 2017.   ‘Lean […]

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 it has been a pretty impressive one in terms of music. The competition was tough but our final 10 contains a mix of some new voices and beloved legends. […]

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 emerge as hitmakers. With that being said, we are one week away from 2017 and another year of great music. You may be a bit skeptical and doubtful over […]

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 check the news immediately, and CNN has only this to say, “ Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars,’ has died at […]

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 played movies it can be difficult to decide what to watch. Check out these 10 unexpected and unusual Christmas movies for a more interesting watch than the yule log. […]

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 best songs of the season! This massive mix of staff picks has contemporary and classic holiday music from numerous genres. Enjoy and Happy Holidays from the Black Squirrel Radio […]

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 dive into solo projects. Unlike her bandmates, Normani Kordei is taking a different route. Instead of releasing original music like Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui, she’s been releasing covers […]

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 to let everyone in on how we came up with our choices, the deliberations were recorded and turned into the first ever BSR Web Staff podcast!   [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/298314132″ […]

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 projects. There has also been major hits throughout the year as well such as Rihanna’s “Work”, which topped the Hot 100 for nine weeks. Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” […]

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 the albums I believe to be of the most popular influence over this past year. I’ll provide you with a link to a spotify playlist where all these albums […]

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. Kelly released a Christmas album. It’s called 12 Nights of Christmas. Here it is: ITunes: R Kelly, ’12 Nights of Christmas’ Everything about this is real. There’s R. Kelly […]

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 Zach and Beau Show airs every Tuesday from 10pm to Midnight. Hosts Zach Eckert and Beau Kuhn have been with BSR for seven semesters bringing what they describe as […]

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 album from Toronto’s eminent alt-R&B lothario The Weeknd, is that Abél Tesfaye has no interest in dwelling on the past. The brooding, tenebrous dirges of Trilogy have been replaced […]

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 rock band, has never confined themselves to a single genre. From a stint as Slick Rick’s backing band to a spot the Van’s Warped Tour, these chameleons have found a […]

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, The Machine. It’s an album written around the concept of a couple attempting to escape a United States controlled by a fascist government pretending to protect Christianity in order […]

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 talk house shows, the end of Expire, and next steps for the band. Read some excerpts from the interview below and listen to the full audio. Evan Harms: What […]

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 Study Break airs every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm. Hosts Jordan Savren-Streem and Jenna Ricker have been bringing you everything you need to know about the alternative music scene including new music, […]

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 that lasted from about 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Both jam bands, native to Ohio, drew quite a large crowd full of broccoli and dosio groupies. The concert started off with […]

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 literal “bedroom pop” that takes the time to eschew modern pop conventions. Coming only somewhat as a surprise from indie artist Sadie Dupuis, Slugger is a party worthy pop […]

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 movement. Queercore’s poster girls, G.L.O.S.S., recently disbanded, arguably leaving that community without a potent representative in the world of music, especially in hardcore punk subgenres. PWR BTTM, while fabulous, […]

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 1970’s, Fayrewether has been a staple in the Cleveland rock scene; drawing crowds with his covers of progressive rock standards as well as original pieces. Inside the crowded concert […]

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 Monday from 6pm-8pm. Host Makoto Ikeyama is an international student from Japan, he is in his first semester at Kent and at BSR with his rock based radio show. […]

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 the war against Internet piracy; akin to Napster’s Lars Ulrich-fueled final stand or Limewire’s unceremonious takedown in 2010. The reality of What’s shutdown last week is something far more […]

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 to Sleep airs every Tuesday from Midnight to 2AM. Host Alice Leach is new to BSR with her show in it’s first semester. On Alice’s show she plays sad […]

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 to mix can be an art, or, in some cases, a science experiment gone terribly wrong. In an effort to take out some of the guesswork, the Black Squirrel […]

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 Recommended. A new favorite.   “It’s not TV, it’s HBO.” The trademark mantra of the premium channel giant; stating they exist as their own entity in broadcast television. The […]

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 bit of a mix up. Instead of having the same old established artists perform, most of the slots were given to the newbies on the rise. With 16 performances, […]

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 team. Paid positions included: Production Director Promotions/Street Team Director Program Director Mobile DJ Director Marketing Director Music Director Design Director Sports Director Web Content Director Technology Director Unpaid  positions include: Music  Coordinator  Production […]

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 airs every Saturday from 6pm to 8pm. Host Evan Harms is in his first semester at Kent and at Black Squirrel Radio.  He describes his program as an attempt to […]

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, fans vote for their favorite artist in hopes that they will win their category. This years nominations were announced on Good Morning America by platinum selling recording artists, Rachel […]

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 of facebook.com By: Mikala Lugen Kent on Climate teamed up with Kent State’s Native American Student Association (NASA) on Thursday, Nov. 17 to raise money for the Water Protectors […]

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 Cloud Nothings are back, with their first release in two years, with the single “Modern Act”, heralding their full length return this coming January. The creation of Dylan Baldi, […]

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 group of millions of music-listeners who despise the Canadian rock band. Nickelback is arguably the most hated band in America, and its detractors are very vocal about their distaste. […]

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, Sarah Tamilio and Devon Sherepita have been with BSR for a year. They describe their show as the Buzzfeed of radio, covering a wide range of interesting topics from […]

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, in comparison to their prior releases which focused mostly on girls, drinks and awkward situations. This year’s release saw songwriters Brennan Lukens and Jake Ewald focusing more on their […]

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 The last time A Tribe Called Quest appeared on television was on an episode of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show last year. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed […]

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 to escape from the autumn chill with a hot drink and a night of intimate (mostly) acoustic performances. Black Squirrel Radio’s Acoustic Night brought in three area groups, Northern […]

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 against Michigan State (2-7) is a dreadful matchup. Both teams are awful. Both teams are 0-6 in the Big Ten. But, the Spartans did test #3 Michigan (9-0) a […]

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 news was broken late Thursday night via post on Cohen’s official Facebook page. No further details have been given. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific […]

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 support the creative, motivated students who run BSR! As you may have noticed, Black Squirrel Radio recently was rebranded. We’re making changes to improve not only the station, but […]

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 power-pop trio recorded “Oliver” as a duo, but has since gone through member changes, now featuring Nick Muffet on guitar and vocals, Brian Sloan (of Bare Walls) playing bass, […]

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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 their political opinions- 30days30songs.com. The 30 Days, 30 Songs project was created by writer Dave Eggers as a showcase for musicians’ best anti-Donald-Trump protest songs. The website functions as […]

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 national tour at Buffalo Iron Works. Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Pigeon Playing Ping Pong band members Greg Ormont, Jeremy Schon, Ben Carrey and Alex Petropulos played some psychedelic […]

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 Monday from 10pm-Midnight. Host Maggie Flynn has been with BSR since she started at Kent State, making this the seventh semester of her nostalgia filled classic rock program. Describe […]

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 go out and vote! On November 4th, the people of Cleveland gathered outside the Wolstein Center in hopes of seeing JAY-Z and his so called, “special guests.” As part […]

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 Massenburg-Smith that you know how happy he is. The 28-year-old rapper and singer, better known as D.R.A.M. (Does Real Ass Music) has a knack for finding the positive in […]

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 the front of the room are what filled Hive Mind on Thursday Night. The Akron venue hosted a screening of “Torrey Pines,” a film by Clyde Petersen of Your […]

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 a tough loss against South Florida (52-45). Notre Dame (3-5) narrowly escaped defeat against Miami (FL), with a 30-27 victory. On the surface one may think the Fighting Irish […]

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 time Marvel pulled a deep cut from their more peculiar set of characters, and they’ve found a winner here; Doctor Strange is one of the best films Marvel Studios […]

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 who Rocky Balboa is or why there are six films about him, let me show you the light. The Rocky series tells the story of a middle-aged boxer who […]

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. 30 in the Kent State M.A.C. Center. Students started pitching tents and lining up in front of the venue the Saturday afternoon before the show. The day of the […]

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 goodbye, Cohen takes the opportunity to send a message about life and death “I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die.” When […]

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 many great (and not-so-great but oh-so-fun) horror films? To help you narrow things down, here is a list of films you should watch this Halloween.   It Follows (2015) […]

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 jams. Enjoy and Happy Halloween from BSR! Main image courtesy of avclub.com

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 always been good at writing songs that feel true to listeners, but on Ruminations he writes about more personal subjects rather than stories of characters. Wildly contrasting his 2014 […]

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 really weird place to try to explore, rather to have grown up with. It’s tough to pick a place to start; some may want to start back in the […]

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 Cosmos in March of this year, when I heard their hit song “Young”. A friend dropped their name while talking about a show they’d seen at a little venue […]

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, Northern Whale and the Ohio Weather Band! This is a free event, but donations are accepted! Grab a cup off coffee, hang out, and relax to some smooth acoustic […]

Cubs Claw Their Way Back into Series Written by: Ian Kreider   The Chicago Cubs came into Game Two of the World Series looking to put the embarrassing Game One loss behind them, where the Cleveland Indians held the Cubs usually-potent offense scoreless. The tables were turned Wednesday, as the Cubs pitching staff baffled Indians […]

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 of Leon is back again with their seventh studio album, “WALLS,” an album that finds the Southern rockers straying far from their roots, leaving only faint echoes of their […]

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 positive remarks about Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Modern Baseball, and some very negative remarks about the crowd. With this being said, I want to make it VERY […]

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, a local Cleveland band,performed live, in studio with Black Squirrel Radio’s own Ashley Markle. The session took place in the Fall of 2015.

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 of the singer’s newest album since 2013’s Artpop, an album that was a bit disappointing to millennials who bumped The Fame Monster on middle school bus rides. Gaga then […]

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 it’s not anything we haven’t heard a million times before from Green Day. Since their impetus in the early days of West Coast pop-punk, Green Day have done what […]

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 Monday from Midnight to 2AM. Host Spencer Gelle is new to BSR with his show in it’s first semester. Gelle describes his show as a late night romp through […]

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 team in the NFL. With that being said, giving the Browns 10.5 points against a struggling Bengals (2-4) team is intriguing. The Browns’ rushing attack has been abysmal over […]

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 watched too many live performances on YouTube, have almost seen them several times (I’m a broke college student with no car and a couple of odds and ends jobs) […]

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 off a thrilling 30-23 overtime victory at Wisconsin. Penn State has racked up back-to-back Big Ten conference wins over Minnesota and Maryland, which may be the sole reason their […]

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: Tyler Thompson Directed by: A$AP Rocky, Dexter Navy Featuring: A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, Saïd Taghmaoui, Skepta Tracks: “Money Man” // “Put That on My Set” Rating: Last weekend, A$AP […]

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. The widely-revered record combines layers of suspended guitar with jazz-tinted trumpet melodies against a backdrop of forlorn wistfulness and  post-adolescent emotivity.   After the band’s brief and relatively small […]

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 and shut out the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night, winning the American League Championship Series three-games-to-one and advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1997. Indians […]

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 Records Release Date: September 27, 2016 Rating:   A three year hiatus has passed since Danny Brown’s last project Old, an album I latched to and it was the […]

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, 2016 Rating: Written By: Akii Butler It’s been nearly 10 years since R&B/Pop, singer-songwriter Jojo has released an album. After debuting in 2004, at the young age of 13, […]

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 opportunity to see the Mhms, Pizza Ghost and Extra Spooky perform at local Akron venue, Hive Mind. Hive Mind, located on 373 West Exchange St. is a space for […]

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 Kidd, just hours before their album release show at The Scarlet & Grey Café. Tyler Butts (Booty) and Nick Reinmann (The Kidd) are childhood friends as well as marketing […]

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 to soundtracking the future Visions of a neon-soaked urban sprawl, ripped straight out of Blade Runner, Neuromancer or Shadowrun, dominate the imagination. But for all the futuristic wonder of […]

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Can’t Wait for the Next Pangea Can’t Wait for the Next Pangea airs every Wednesday from Midnight to 2 AM. Hosts freshman studio arts major Kate Rossello and freshman earth science major Rachel Matonis are […]

Scribed by: Miles Purdy Album: ‘A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings’ Artist: Beach Slang Record Label: Polyvinyl Record co. Release Date: September 23, 2016 Rating: Image courtesy of beachslang.bandcamp.com Last year, Beach Slang rose to out of the void on their first full-length album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us on […]

A look at the five most poetic songs from recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan Scribed by: Dylan Reynolds Image courtesy of xpn.org For the first time ever, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to a songwriter. On October 13, the Swedish Academy granted the prestigious award to folk-rock legend Bob Dylan. This decision […]

Photo courtesy of play.wimpmusic.com Fall is a season with many facets to it, and there’s music to match it all. We see the death of nature around us as trees as flowers turn from green to brown and end up bare. Contrasting this is the beauty in the reds and oranges of the season. Just […]

By: Reid Smith Photo courtesy of metalinjection.net Song: ‘Moth Into Flame’ Record Label: Blackened Recordings Release Date: September 26, 2016 Rating: The behemoths of metal are back with the second single from their upcoming album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. It’s been over eight years since Metallica has put out any new music, with their last album […]

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 in when they’re up for grabs! October Shows 10/15 – Touche Amore at the Grog Shop Giveaway on 10/12 on Defend Good Music 10/15 – Simple Plan at The House […]

By Layne Gerbig, General Manager There’s a certain point at a show where I begin to regret my footwear choice. Standing in a pair of cheap, but cute flats for three hours always leaves me ready to skedaddle as soon as the encore is over. But this past weekend at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, […]

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Dr. B’s Crib: Almost Live Dr. B’s Crib: Almost Live airs Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm. Host Braylon Lee (aka Dr.B) and his co-hosts Aja Labrador (aka Aja Lee Marie), Assata Amani and Larry Lee […]

photo courtesy of Brandon Wu Photography Puddle Of Mudd’s show was unlike any other Scribed by: Erin Keller and Chelsea Panin Puddle of Mudd’s performance at The Outpost was, well, interesting. The headliners had multiple opening acts before leaving fans waiting around a half hour between each set to take the stage. Vendever Vendever started […]

Scribed by: Conor Battles Album: ‘22, A Million’ Record Label: Jagjaguwar Release Date: September 30, 2016 Rating:  From the first muted, pitch-shifted notes of 22, A Million, Bon Iver’s principle auteur Justin Vernon makes it apparent that the band’s third LP – their first in five years – is unlike anything else they’ve ever put […]

Sure Man House, 503 Sherman Street, Akron. Scribed by Evan Harms   “The whole point of Sure Man is I promise to never say no, unless there’s really a reason, not because I don’t want to.”   That’s Charlie Johnson, resident and promoter at the Sure Man House in Southern Akron. He lives in the […]

Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Funkhaus Berlin Funkhaus Berlin airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 2 AM. Hosts Eric Jacoby and Chad Weaver describe their program as a weekly discussion about the top political stories of the week, trying […]

Local bands celebrate Who Hit Me album release Scribed by: Miles Purdy It was Saturday night in Cleveland, and I walked into the Grog Shop for the first time; the entryway was covered in flyers and stickers from local acts and big names from over the years. The grungy aesthetic of the venue sets the […]

Three days of peace, love and music Written by: Mikala Lugen photo courtesy of: http://www.greenergroundsmusic.com This past weekend my friends and I decided on one of the most spontaneous decisions I’ve made so far in my life. We missed two days of classes to drive across the state to rage. The first weekend of September, […]

Top-Ranked Alabama Crushes Kent State 48-0 Writer: Remy Johnson When Kent State freshman running back Justin Rankin took off for a 47-yard rush on the Flashes’s first offensive possession, a Kent State student, who was watching the game on his phone, screamed with excitement: “Are we going to make history?” While it was a nice […]

BSR is back this Fall 2016 semester with another killer programming schedule! Everyday from 10am – 2am, our DJs are playing their favorite songs – from rock to indie to hip hop to world music, they’re covering all the genres. They’re talking about important stuff too. Browse our schedule, and you’ll find shows covering LGBTQ […]

Still looking into Gaga’s “Illusion.” Scribed by: Erin Keller Release Date: September 9, 2016 Record Label: Interscope Records Rating: 2/5 I’ve been waiting for Lady Gaga’s return to mainstream pop since “Applause.” Gaga’s newest release is unlike anything on the radio, but not what I had in mind for her. Let’s just say, at first, […]

Every first Wednesday of the month is BSR’s Vinyl Club! Come hang out with us in room 224 of Franklin Hall – we’ll be doing homework, eating snacks, and listening to some rad tunes. Party starts at 8pm, and goes until midnight, or whenever you want to peace out.

Black Squirrel Radio Sports will be broadcasting the Kent State at Penn State football game live on Sat. Sept. 3 starting with pre-game coverage at 2:45pm and game coverage at 3:30pm. Tune in here on BSR Sports USTREAM

Like our new look? We do too! And we’re having a party to celebrate! Join us on Friday Sept. 2nd at 425 Gallery at 8pm to hear some great local bands like Chil, The Blind Owls, Colorblind, and Northern Whale! 425 Gallery is located 425 Gougler Ave in Kent, Ohio! See you there!

The semester has started and we’re gearing up for Fall 2016 programming! Think you’d be a great addition to the BSR team? Audition to be a DJ! We’re looking for music enthusiasts to fill our programming schedule. No experience is required – just a willingness to learn! Download the application below, and take a peek at […]

photo courtesy of blackfilm.com Scribed by: Brandon Bounds DC and Warner Bros. are at it again. Since their announcement of expanding their cinematic universe, the two companies have been cranking out movies left and right. Back in February, DC and Warner Bros. released Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film they hoped would give […]

Photos and Scribed by: Alex Seibt While out on their SPF 80s tour, Canadian rock band Marianas Trench rocked the House of Blues Sunday night in Cleveland. The band was formed in 2001 and consists of four members: Josh Ramsey (lead vocals), Matt Webb (lead guitar), Ian Casselman (drums) and Mike Ayley (bass guitar). I […]

Review by Katherine Wilkes Photos by Mark Tabar and Mark Fleming  Promowest Fest was held in Columbus, Ohio, on July 15th through July 17th. It included bands such as X Ambassadors, AlunaGeorge, All Time Low, LL Cool J, and even Snoop Dogg! Promowest Fest was much more than I expected—and better! Summer night sparklers Pepsi […]

Single Review: Dang! Artists: Mac Miller & Anderson .Paak Producer: Pomo Record Label: Warner Bros. Records Inc. Release Date: July 29, 2016 As the eve of summer is upon us, Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak deliver on dance charged single, “Dang!”. For those who are unaware, .Paak is a west-coast hip-hop sensation whose stardom has […]

by Layne Gerbig, General Manager Photos by Emily Brodke When I read “Great Caesar” on the marquee of the Kent Stage, I knew I wanted to interview to this band. Listen to my conversation with them where we discuss the Indigo Girls, Invisibilia, and the power of music. Concert photographer, BSR DJ, and my roommate […]

What to Watch: Stranger Things Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Sci-Fi Creators: Matt and Ross Duffer Producers: Matt and Ross Duffer, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen Stranger Things is the latest of the Netflix originals to be released amongst its sprawling library of TV shows. Stranger Things immediately caught my eye when I spotted the Star Wars inspired poster; […]

photo courtesy of gossipcop.com Artist: Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, MØ Song: Cold Water Release Date: July 22, 2016 Record Label: Def Jam Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. Rating: I can guarantee that this song will be the new hit song of the last days of summer. Justin Bieber is back and this time, he’s […]

Scribed by: Adrian Leuthauser Darien Lake’s Vans Warped Tour was on July 14 and as I’m writing this, it has been a week and a day since it has happened. I’ve been transcribing four different interviews and editing over 3,000 photos, so with that said, this article will be split up into two parts. Part […]

  A collection of summer classics and hidden gems. By: Brooke Forrest Summer is here, which means sun, heat, and vacations – but for some of us it means staying indoors and watching those things on television. So here is a list of films to watch during summer break for all the fun of summer […]

photo courtesy of stereogum.com This review contains three of my favorite things: Fall Out Boy, Missy Elliott and Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, these did not make for a good combination. Scribed by: Brandon Bounds Song: Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid) Artist: Fall Out Boy (feat. Missy Elliott) Record Label: Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Release Date: June 24th 2016 […]

Scribed by: Reid Smith Artist: Blink-182 Album: ‘California’ Record Label: BMG Release Date: July 1st 2016 Rating: No, you didn’t fall into a time warp and end up in 2001; you’re just listening to Blink 182’s newest album. It’s about that time, boys and girls. Pop Punk prophets, Blink-182 are back in the new release […]

Scribed by: Brandon Bounds Single: Fake My Own Death Artist: Sum 41 Record Label: Hopeless Records Rating: 3.8/5 Sum 41 is back on the music scene after their last album in 2011, Screaming Bloody Murder. The five year hiatus gave the band time to recollect their originality and announce the biggest comeback ever. With the band […]

Scribed by: Tyler Thompson On a sweltering Sunday night, right in the dawn of summer, Bad Company and Joe Walsh’s tour One Hell of a Night paid a visit to Northeast Ohio, or as the state adopted son Walsh would call it, “Home.” Generations of rockers from Baby Boomers to Millennials gathered inside the pavilion […]

Scribed by: Erin Keller I’ve realized I listen to music anywhere from 4 to 9 hours every day due to my desk job at KSU. That’s a lot of time to listen to the same songs over and over again, so I’m always looking for new music. I’ve deemed Tuesday to be “New Music Tuesday” […]

photos courtesy of: ofmiceandmenofficial.com and twitter.com Scribed by: Adrian Leuthauser Single: Pain Artist: Of Mice & Men Record Label: Rise Records Release Date: June 28 Rating: 3.5/5 After two years of no new content, (we’re not counting Live at Brixton because live albums are nothing new) Of Mice & Men hit us with a heavy […]

Alternative rock icons the Violent Femmes return to music with a unique new album By: Brooke Forrest Album: We Can Do Anything Artist: Violent Femmes Label: [PIAS] Rating:      The Violent Femmes are back with their first album in over 15 years. We Can Do Anything is an unexpected combination of odd and deceptively simple […]

Black Squirrel Radio is proud to be working with PromoWest this summer, and we’ve got 2 passes to give away to Promowest Fest on July 15-17th in Columbus, Ohio! Headlining this music festival are The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, and Brand New. How can you score these passes for you and a friend? […]

by Layne Gerbig, General Manager. Photo courtesy of honeybucketohio.com It’s halfway through their first set when Honeybucket mandolinist Brendan O’Malley dedicates the next song “to all you whiskey drinkers out there.” The newgrass trio from Cleveland launches into an upbeat folk tune and the floor of GAR Hall in Peninsula shakes with the stomps of […]

A look at the new album from the obscure rapper Death Grips Scribed by: Tyler Thompson Album Bottomless Pitt Artist: Death Grips Label: Third Worlds and Harvest Records Rating: 5/5 photo courtesy of hiphopstoners.com Friday tends to be my favorite day of the week, as it is for most spelling the end of the school/work […]

Review of ScHoolboy Q’s video of Groovy Tony Scribed by: Tyler Thompson Artist: ScHoolboy Q Director of Video: Jack Begert and The Little Homies Record Label: Top Dawg Entertainment Rating: 5/5 photo courtsey of i.ytimg.com/ In case you missed it, at the beginning of the April, TDE artist ScHoolboy Q blessed us with a single […]

By: Reid Smith Artist: Blink-182 Song: Bored to Death Label: BMG Release Date: April 28 Rating: Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you’ve probably heard that everyone’s favorite pop punk band; Blink-182, is moving in a new direction with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba and without the band’s former […]

Scribed by: Brandon Bounds Album: Views From The 6 Artist: Drake Record Label: Cash Money Record Rating: 4/5 *Editor’s note: not every song on the album was reviewed. I am honestly not a big fan of rap music. It has never really caught my attention and I am not too sure why.  For the past […]

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By: Reid Smith photo courtesy of blogqpot.com Like all musical instruments, the guitar is multifaceted and there’s no one set way to play it. This article contains songs that prove just that. Whether it’s detuning your guitar in the middle of a song and playing it with a screwdriver or picking clean jangly melodies when […]

Photo courtesy of: 3OH!3 twitter @3OH3 and http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/3oh3-night-sports/ ‘Night Sports’ is set to release on May 13 Alternative Study Break sit down with 3OH!3 during Flash Fest Filmed and edited by: Beau Kuhn

Both Photos Courtesy of decktrendses2016 A look into Prince and his past Born: July 7, 1958 Died: April 21, 2016 By: Ashley Moor When David Bowie passed away at the beginning of this year, the entire world mourned the loss of a truly great musician and superstar. When we lose someone like that in the […]

Photo courtesy of noampikelny.com For the past 10 years, Noam Pikelny has managed to eat a whole bag of Doritos on stage at every concert he’s played. The banjo virtuoso admitted that it’s easy to get away with things when he’s sharing the spotlight with his fellow Punch Brothers. But in February 2016, there were […]

Snow Aalegra bringing back soul and jazz Scribed by: Tyler Thompson Album: Don’t Explain Record Label: ARTrium and Def Jam Records Female soul and jazz vocalists are truly one of a kind; a special kind of beauty is sung painting canvases of love, loss and self discovery. Legendary jazz vocalist Amy Winehouse poured herself into […]

by: Reid Smith Recapping House of Cards seasons 1-3 Season four of Netflix’s hit award-winning political drama House of Cards is now available for streaming. In case you forgot the political atrocities committed in Seasons 1-3 or you haven’t even watched one episode, have no fear. We here at Black Squirrel Radio are ready to […]

A look at some of the best films from some incredible women By: Brooke Forrest Women’s History Month, March, has recently come to a close, but it’s always a great time to celebrate the achievements of women — and one great way to do so is by watching and supporting female-made films. So, in an […]

Skizzy Mars’ New Album: A Game Changer By: Madeline Sugg Album: ‘Alone Together’ by Skizzy Mars Record Label: Atlantic Records *editor’s note, not all tracks are reviewed In 2014 rapper Skizzy Mars released his first ever single called “Make Sense.” While many people could say the song had the subject content of most rap songs, […]

Alternative Study Break sat down with Never Shout Never supporting act, Jule Vera

Interview by: Chelsea Panin Chelsea sat down with Authentic Language to find out more about them and just who they are. If you’re looking for a new creative spin on rap music, you have to check out Authentic Language. Members include: vocalist, Sav, with Sleep and Hauzzy on instrumentals and vocals. Sav and Sleep are […]

By: Erin Keller Our own Erin Keller and her friend, Ohio University student, Megan Pixler, sat down with Mike Ayley and (bass) and Ian Casselman (drums and percussion) of Marianas Trench hours before the Canadian band’s show at the House of Blues in Cleveland on November 20, 2015. Watch the guys about their new album […]

Scribed by: Mikala Lugen The Stone Tavern was lit up with its usual psychedelic decorations and original crowd-pleasing performances last Thursday night. Born and raised in Erie, Penn. Tommy Link opened up the night with his folk, indie acoustics in the little downtown bar. His humor and personal stories charmed the crowd throughout his performance. […]

Artist: letlive. Single: Good Mourning, America Album: “If I’m The Devil” Release Date: June 10 Scribed by: Adrian Leuthauser Three years since The Blackest Beautiful was released, letlive. announce their newest album If I’m The Devil as well as a single ‘Good Mourning, America.’ As always, frontman, Jason Butler, submerges himself into societal issues that […]

Artist: Domo Genesis Album: Genesis Scribed by: Tyler Thompson Domo Genesis, like many other former members of Odd Future, has seemingly found his lane. Genesis’ early years are highlighted by his solo mixtapes Rolling Paper’s (2010) and Under the Influence 1&2 (2011/2014). While the raw potential Genesis possesses is flexed in this work, it was […]

Interview by: The Alternative Study Break

By: Mikala Lugen and Reid Smith Dark Side of the Moon is a Pink Floyd tribute band that plays shows throughout the Midwest. The band currently consists of 8 members, Jeff Tucker, Trevor Mallernee, Joey Amato, Jon Klusti, Ray Beeble, Tommy “Tornado” Abersold, Rick Arrendale and Alexa Pokorny, who recreate the iconic sound of Pink […]

Artist: Foo Fighters Album: Concrete and Gold Label: Roswell Records Released: September 15th, 2017 Rating:       The long-running band Foo Fighters has returned to the world of rock for the ninth time, and in the process, they seemed to have returned rock to the world. The September 15 release of the album Concrete […]

By: Brandon Lewis The cold, snowy weather did the Cleveland Browns no favors on Sunday, as they turned the ball over five times in a 19-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. After playing arguably his best game of the season last week against the Lions, rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer struggled to throw the football all […]

We celebrated our month of fundraising with a Thankful4BSR concert featuring great local artists at the Euro Gyro in Kent on Friday night! Photos by Alicia Falorio, Kendra Taylor, Kam Bolati, Gerald Biggerstaff and Cameron Croston.  

By: Brandon Lewis Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Miami Dolphins (-3) In the battle of Florida, the Buccaneers head to Miami to take on the Dolphins. This was supposed to be the bye week for both teams, but since Hurricane Irma cancelled the Week 1 showdown, this game is taking place with both teams in a […]

Cleveland / Kent-based rappers YG Racks and YG Cooly stop by the BSR Lobby for an exclusive performance of “Cop Car” The pair sit down for an interview:


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