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Talented musicians such The Weeknd, Drake and Justin Bieber have poured out of Canada and completely changed the music game in their respective genres. Otherwise known as the “bad boys from heaven”, Toronto band Cherry Pools is making great strides to enhance the world of indie-pop. Lead singer Martin Broda along with his friends Matt […]

Album: Love Yourself: Tear Artist: BTS Label: BigHit Entertainment Release Date: May 18, 2018 Rating:     Shattering records and taking names –that has become the motto for powerhouse group, BTS over the past year. The dedicated ARMY knew what they were in for when BigHit dropped “Euphoria” back in April, but the rest of […]

It was 2015 when I rediscovered my love for Korean music and realized that some Korean artists actually tour the U.S pretty often. It was also 2015 when I realized that none of them ever step foot in Ohio, only visiting the most well-known and populated cities such as LA, New York and Chicago. Given […]

Photos by Jenn Noga Cleveland’s House of Blues was blue on Friday night, but not for the reason you may think. Kingston, Ontario’s The Glorious Sons took the stage as direct support for The Struts on their 2018 U.S. tour to showcase their sophomore album Young Beauties and Fools and spread their unique musical blend […]

On May 10, 2018, John Mayer graced us with the release of his new, breezy single “New Light.” This is the artist’s first release since his 2017 album The Search For Everything. The single is full of uplifting, funky beats that seem to be heavily influenced by 80s top hits. It really just makes you […]

Although the number of female-owned companies has grown significantly in the last 30 years, many women in business are still facing challenges. Others feel empowered in today’s economy. Anna Huntsman shares the stories of two women who own small businesses in downtown Kent. While scrolling through Instagram in March, I found a post from the […]

For better or for worse, everyone remembers their first concert. It’s a rite of passage for music lovers and one we can look back on for years to come. The BSR Web Staff have compiled their first concert experiences together and are ready to share them with you, our valued reader. Within, you’ll find tales […]

Watch some of BSR’s soon to be graduates talk about their favorite memories with the station!

Kingston, Ontario’s very own rock connoisseurs, The Glorious Sons will be supporting Britain’s celebrated The Struts on their 2018 U.S. tour. The tour will hit Cleveland’s House of Blues on May 11. The Glorious Sons, comprised of Brett Emmons [Vocals], Jay Emmons [Guitar], Chris Koster [Guitar], Chris Huot [Bass] and Adam Paquette [Drums] were signed […]

Artist: Post Malone Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys Label: Republic Rating:         All photos of courtesy of Republic Records 5 stars, will make you want to chug a Bud Light. With the release of Beerbongs and Bentleys, Post Malone has smashed Spotify’s U.S. and international first-day streaming record. After the release and success […]

The 2018 NFL Draft concluded Saturday in Dallas with the Browns drafting a total of nine new players, including five offensive players and four on defense. These rookies are looking to make an immediate impact for the Browns in their quest to win back their loyal fans. With many different NFL insiders and analysis all […]

As a girl coming to the end of her freshman year, I wanted to create a playlist that covers everything you may feel during that first year. Within these 30 songs, you’ll find heartfelt lyrics with an upbeat tempo. These are for those times you want to sing out frustrations of homesickness, growing up, or […]

Title: When My Heart Felt Volcanic Artist: The Aces Record Label: Red Bull Records Release Date: April 6, 2018 Rating:       You know that point at the end of any teen rom-com where the two main characters realize they’re meant to be together? Maybe it’s prom with the lights turned low, where they […]

After a hard fought battle with the Indiana Pacers, the Cavaliers will march into the Air Canada Center tomorrow night to begin a semi-final matchup with the Toronto Raptors. The Cavs and Raptors have met the last two postseasons, the Cavaliers winning eight out of those 10 games. However, this series feels different. The Raptors […]

Imagine a girl who is a doctor. She is also an investigator. What if I told you she is a musician, too? She is no “domesticated animal”, but rather an “independent variable” who does not know what is “this of being a woman”, and is looking for the “recipe of herself.” Today, we are at […]

Youngstown band, Eath 9th, just released their latest single ‘Theodora’ Saturday, April 21st. The single is packed with some killer vocals and impressive guitar riffs. This single comes as the first release from the band’s upcoming album, which is going to be released sometime soon (we can’t tell you when, but it’s soon and you […]

Title: Avengers Infinity War Director(s): Anthony & Joe Russo Release Date: April 27, 2018 Rating: 4/5 All photos courtesy of Marvel What do you do when there’s just too much? Well, according to Marvel, you put it all into one big pile and squish it together. What follows is largely up to the future to […]

It’s time to apply to join the Black Squirrel Radio staff!   Applications are now open for the Fall 2018 semester. We have lots of coordinator and director positions available. No prior experience is required you just need to have an interest in college radio and be a current Kent State student! BSR directors are […]

Today is not only Record Store Day but also Vinylthon 2018! So in honor of this groovy holiday BSR decided to put together a playlist of record breakers. This week’s BSR Beats is full of songs and artists that broke records like longest #1 and most Billboard Hot 100 songs. Enjoy!     Check out theburr.com and The […]

In an effort for our listeners to get to know the staff at BSR (and to provide excellent music), we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. This week we have Music Coordinator Sam Salkin and her playlist “BSR Staff Playlist: Sam’s Currently Devouring a Bag of Chips and This May Be What She’s […]

The queen herself is back, people. Ariana Grande released her first single in two years today, “No Tears Left to Cry.” This is Ariana’s first single release since her 2016 Dangerous Woman album. This release also marks the first new music from Ariana since her Dangerous Woman Tour was put on a halt due to […]

The radio recording room is occupied by five mythical figures. Benjamin Cymbra, the singer, fills the silence with the sound of a breeze he simulates with his mouth and hands. Augustus Search, on the keyboard, is focused on mixing sounds that transmit a transcendental ambiance. “And in a strange way undefined/ Lose in the one […]

Artist: The Wonder Years Album: Sister Cities Label: Hopeless Records Rating:       Photo courtesy of Hopeless Records I once read a joke online that, in their 2010 album The Upsides, The Wonder Years said “I’m not sad anymore,” but continue to sound sadder with every album they release.  Sister Cities, The Wonder Years’ newest […]

You’ve heard of long distance friendships, relationships and phone calls, but have you heard of a long distance band? Welcome to the world of Vertical 48! Despite being separated by state lines, this trio of old friends uses technology to keep in touch and crank out content. Mario Tierno, Vinny Tierno and Chris Ferree all […]

His yodels echoed from the aisles of walmart, to the hearts of the world. Mason Ramsey is an 11-year-old yodeler from Illinois, who has claimed he’s performed in Walmart at least 50,000 times. However, this one time got recognition from more than just a few Walmart shoppers. After weeks of countless memes, videos, and viral […]

The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their quest for their second championship in four seasons when they open up their first round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Sunday afternoon. In a rematch of last year’s first round playoff matchup, Victor Oladipo and the Pacers will look to slow down Lebron James and the Cavs. The […]

The cast of Stranger Things aren’t limited to just acting; some of the actors also dabble in music. Probably the most well-known is Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeling in the show. He is the front man of the band Calpurnia. They have been covering music from artists like the Pixies, Weezer, Twin Peaks and […]

Breakups are hard. Especially if it’s the break up of your favorite band. For this week’s BSR Beats we put together a collection of songs by bands that have famously broken up or disbanded. Sometimes they split amicably and other times things didn’t end on a happy note. Either way, let’s be thankful for the time (and […]

Album: I Need To Start A Garden Artist: Haley Heynderickx Label: Mama Bird Recording Co. Release Date: March 2, 2018 Rating:        Walking to my car on Wednesday, I put in my headphones and put on an album I had never heard by an artist I didn’t know. By the time I fell […]

      Netflix, oh Netflix. I love you, you know that I do, but why do you not promote some of your best content? You know, shows that inevitably get threatened with cancelation or canceled like The Get Down, Sense8, One Day at a Time, Between, Godless (okay this is a limited series run […]

In an effort for our listeners to get to know the staff at BSR (and to provide excellent music), we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week.   This week we have Music Coordinator and DJ Nathaniel McMullen! Nathaniel hosts the B-Sides and for his staff member playlist created an ode to his show. […]

Now that we are officially in April it’s the perfect time to show some April Fools love and have a silly playlist. This week’s BSR Beats is full of humorous songs and funny little ditties. Want some laughs with your music? This one’s for you.   Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest […]

All photos courtesy of WWE The biggest sports entertainment event of the year, WrestleMania is almost upon us. This Sunday, Superstars from both Raw and Smackdown will compete for gold, glory or both on the grandest stage of them all and BSR has previews and predictions for the five biggest contests of the night. Whether […]

Looking for something new to binge on Netlfix? No worries! The BSR Web Staff has some recommendations on what the next show that keeps you away from your real world responsibilities should be. The Paradise October 6, 2013 2 seasons Christina Godfrey Hello. My name is Christina, and I am addicted to BBC programming. From […]

Photos by Bridget Craig From Dallas,Texas Quiet, Please is an up and coming band that is sure to take the world by storm. The band consists of four members: Brice Griffith tearing it up on piano, ukulele, guitar and vocals, Kevin McMinimy smashing on the drums and vocals, Dominik Montes ripping bass and Josh Yates […]

In an effort for our listeners to get to know the staff at BSR (and to provide excellent music), we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. Do you love ladies? Do you love music? Well I’ve got just the thing for you–my personally crafted playlist featuring female & feminine vocalists. These 25 […]

Album: NCT 2018: Empathy Artist: NCT Label: SM Entertainment Release Date: March 14, 2018 Rating:     When the concept of NCT was first introduced back in 2016, K-pop fans were lost, confused and just plain dumbfounded at the thought of having a group with a limitless amount of members spanning from across the globe. […]

All photos courtesy of Jenna Kuczkowski Opening Acts   Senses Fail

Spring is here! Enjoy the break and the warming weather with this playlist made by BSR staffers and DJs.   Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR Burr Beats! Cover image from Chesnut Burr 1982

Image Courtesy of Billboard It’s been five years since Chloe x Halle uploaded their cover of “Pretty Hurts.” Five years since that cover caught the attention of the artist that song belonged to, and it’s been five years since that artist, Beyonce, has signed them to her label, Parkwood Ent. Since then, the sister duo […]

In honor of March, Women’s History Month, BSR staff and DJ’s collaborated with The Burr Magazine to create a playlist honoring some of the greatest women in music. From fundamental female artists to feminist anthems this playlist is sure to help you celebrate the essential role of women in music.   Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on […]

The Indians started the 2017 MLB season on a mission — right the wrong of blowing a 3-1 lead in the World Series. Their mission started out strong, winning the AL Central title for the second consecutive season and heading to the playoffs as the number one seed in the American League after a 22-game […]

The musicians enter the stage. The lights are low. At last he appears. In the back center of the stage, André Rosinha initiates the release concert for his first album Pórtico, back in January. Before each song, André indicates the tempo to the other musicians of the quintet by patting his chest, wearing a smile […]

Actor, writer and most importantly stand-comedian John Mulaney finally graced the stage of Key Bank State Theatre at Playhouse Square Mar. 16 for two nearly sold-out shows of his Kid Gorgeous comedy tour. His show was originally scheduled for Jan. 12, but was rescheduled due to Cleveland’s naturally beautiful weather and Delta’s naturally beautiful service. […]

Sitting in a dentist office waiting room, I sift through the piles of month-old magazines. Amid the sexy golf fashion magazines (who knew those existed?) and a soap opera playing at an inaudible decibel on the flat screen, I settle on People. It is here where I find an announcement for Absentia, a 10-episode drama […]

Early this morning, it was reported by NBA Insider Shams Charania that Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue will be taking a leave of absence due to health issues. Lue put out the following statement after the announcement was made: “After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is […]

In an effort for our listeners to get to know the staff at BSR (and to provide excellent music), we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. Conor Battles, m.d., Article Coordinator and Sleep Specialist   In these fast-paced times, the ability to multitask is an extremely valuable skill. For example: what if […]

Photos courtesy of ABC I walk into my dorm after work to find my roommate and our friend huddled around my roommate’s laptop. I scoff when I see what they’re watching: The Bachelor. I’ve had friends who have watched the show religiously for years and I always thought it was ridiculous. Over 20 women competing […]

President Trump’s administration has taken a harsh stance on reusable energy. This however isn’t stopping a Kent State researcher from finding a cleaner, more efficient method of producing energy. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address highlighted America’s stance on energy. “We have ended the war on energy and we have ended the war […]

Kent State University has a new head football coach. With National Signing Day in the past, Sean Lewis must begin preparing his team for the start of the season, both on and off the field. Sean Lewis spent the last two seasons as Syracuse University’s co-offensive coordinator. Now, he is the youngest Division I football […]

  This week, we talk Mazzy Star, Johnny Cash and Jack White before diving deep on the letdown that is David Byrne’s American Utopia.

This week! Sound effects! Energy drink reviews! Best Actor brackets! George Romero! Exclamation points!

Trust no one. Don’t pick with your heart. Stick to your gut. These are three things that will help you in filling out your bracket. What makes March Madness unique, is its consistency in making sports “experts” look foolish. No one knows exactly what’s going to happen but I will attempt to dissect the field […]

To get you in the spirit of the real St. Patricks Day and in honor of our next BSR concert ShamROCK: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Clover the BSR staff collaborated to create a true St.Paddy’s playlist! Give it a listen to feel a little more Irish or to at least get you in the […]

In an effort for our listeners to get to know the staff at BSR (and to provide excellent music), we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week.   Hello (insert name here)! Have you ever wanted to super kick someone in the jaw but just didn’t know what music to play? Well don’t […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Loser’s Corner! Movements in Music airs every Friday from 6PM-8PM and is hosted by Alex Thornhill & Ceyanne Henderson What goes on during a normal week of Loser’s Corner? LC: Talking about movies according to […]

Song: Want You Back Artist: 5 Seconds Of Summer Label: Capitol Rating:       Once upon a time – 2014 to be exact – I listened to 5 Seconds of Summer’s first single “She Looks So Perfect.” 5SOS release their first self titled album later that year, and in 2015 released a second album, […]

Following last weekend’s Academy Awards BSR decided to celebrate the magical combination of celluloid and song. The station staff and DJ’s collaborated to create a playlist full of some of the best songs from soundtracks, film scores, and songs well featured in movies.     Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all […]

In this jam-packed episode, we run down the complete non-surprise that was this year’s Oscars, before beginning our greatest undertaking yet: stealing a popular entertainment magazine’s Oscar brackets and using it to talk about Rocky.

Album: Entertainment Artist: Waterparks Label: Equal Vision Records Released Jan. 26, 2018 Rating:       I first discovered the band Waterparks at Warped Tour last summer when they played a set on a split stage. I was originally there to see the next band that was performing, but once Waterparks started, I loved their […]

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. Hello! I’m Brooke, the general manager of Black Squirrel Radio! I help keep things running at the greatest college radio station of all. In addition to […]

In this installment of Web staff Picks, the BSR writers select their favorite video game soundtracks. Everything from classic BGM to Panic at the Disco! made the list, so check out our picks below. Reid Smith Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 In a time when most video games featured composed music, the guys at Neversoft decided […]

Indie rock band The High Divers made their debut appearance at The Kent Stage on Thursday, March 1. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, these guys are making a memorable imprint across the country on their Sibling Rivalry Tour with frontman Luke Mitchell’s sister’s band, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones. I got the chance to sit down […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Movements in Music! Movements in Music airs every Wednesday from 4PM-6PM and is hosted by Taylor Pierce & Hana Barkowitz What goes on during a normal week of Movements in Music? MiM: We jam and […]

As the 2018 Winter Olympics came to a close in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Closing Ceremony was full of exciting performances, colorful light shows, and the honoring of all the athletes who participated in the Olympics and represented their respective country. But, of course you couldn’t have the ultimate ceremony in Korea without some of […]

Phish just announced on Monday, February 26 that they will be continuing their festival tradition this summer, Curveball to reel us phish in for three days of nonstop tunes. Curveball will be the band’s 11th music festival and will take place August 17-19, 2018 at Watkins Glen, New York. Curveball is estimated to bring around 40,000 […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Final Countdown! The Final Countdown airs every Thursday from 4PM-6PM and is hosted by Ryan Landolph & Ryan Jones What Seperates The Final Countdown from other sports shows? TFC: Not only are we always consuming […]

Black Squirrel Radio is headed to New York City for the annual College Broadcasters Conference! In celebration and as a reminder that we are still fundraising for our trip the BSR staff and DJ’s collaborated to create an NYC themed playlist! Give it a listen to get in that empire state of mind and don’t forget […]

All photos courtesy of Jenna Kuczkowski Cherry Pools   Flint Eastwood   PVRIS  

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. Eric Jacoby is our podcast extraordinaire, sometimes referred to as “the podfather”, Eric hopes to make everyone’s podcasting dreams come true. In addition to his valent […]

On this week’s jam-packed episode, Cameron, Conor, Brooke and Dan sound off on rock and roll ninjas, horny Andy Warhol Frankensteins and the comfy discomfort of David Lynch before giving our completely correct and irrefutable Oscar predictions.   For this week’s thrilling bonus episode, wherein we review Annihilation at closing time in a Chick-fil-A, look below: https://soundcloud.com/blacksquirrelradio/all-cinema-podcast-extra-chick-fil-annihilation

Album: Little Dark Age Artist – MGMT Label: Columbia Records Release Date: February 9, 2018 Rating:       The teasing of psychedelic pop band MGMT’s new album had been going on all 2017. Fans were waiting for the release of this LP, hoping it would be better than the 2013 self-titled album. After almost […]

  It’s the return of BSR’s premiere music podcast, wherein Erik, Conor and Miles, joined by special guest Brooke Forrest, talk new music from MGMT, round up the most promising albums of spring 2018, and explore the tragic tale of unrequited love and creepy dude obsession that is “Jessie’s Girl.”

Photos by Ashlan Grey Starting a band with a mix of your closest friends and some strangers from a Kanye West forum seems like some sort of dream. But for Brockhampton, it was merely reality. The self-proclaimed boy band consists of 14 members, ranging from rappers to art directors. With a group so big and […]

As you should hopefully know by now February is Black History Month. So in an effort to honor and celebrate the integral role black artists played in the history of music BSR staffers and DJ’s put together a Black History Month playlist.  Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR […]

Shows are so much more enjoyable when both the opening and main the acts are talented. New Politics just began their tour with Dreamers and The Wrecks, kicking off at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Friday. Each performance was full of energy and dancing. The Wrecks opened with a lively set, getting the […]

An Interview with FloorVVeed for Black Squirrel Radio By Taylor Pierce Check out my latest interview with Cleveland-based band, FloorVVeed. They self identify as “Cleveland Ninny Rock” and consider their genre to be “sort of alternative, sort of punk and all terrible.” FloorVVeed released their first EP Songs From The Basement in April of 2017, […]

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. Erik Svensson has been part of BSR for several years. He’s been a DJ with several different shows including “This is For the Outcasts” and his […]

On this week’s show, Cameron, Conor and Brooke dive deep on Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie where Daniel Day-Lewis makes dresses and yells at his wife or whatever, while also talking Gus Van Sant’s sadness fetish, comparing the sex appeal of Zac Efron and Ted Bundy and listing documentary cinema’s greatest weirdos.

Title: Black Panther Director: Ryan Coogler Release Date: February 16, 2018 Rating:   All photos courtesy of Marvel There is no better time or place than here and now for Black Panther–on many levels. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Panther has created a moment of change for Marvel movies, and with hope, all […]

All photos by Nate Manley Shelby Olive is a singer/songwriter and a Kent State University ‘17 Music Education major alumna. Feb. 9 she held an release party for her debut solo album, “Make Sound” at Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center in downtown Kent. Olive’s music is infused with folk, pop and jazz influences, and her […]

What if meeting one person could change your life forever? Would it be for the better or for the worse? What if everyone around was carrying a life-changing secret that you knew nothing about? For Kishikawa Naoko, this was her reality, but somehow, she managed to be the glue that held her and her loved […]

The NBA played its first “Captains” All-Star Game last night in Los Angeles, and it did not disappoint, with Team Lebron beating Team Stephen 148-145. It was the first All-Star Game ever since its creation in 1951 to not feature the East vs the West. After high amounts of scrutiny from fans over the last […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is Dunk & Donut! Dunk & Donut airs every Monday from 6PM-8PM and is hosted by Clover Queen and Autumn Barney. Describe your show and tell us how you came up with the concept for it! […]

“Hey these guys are pretty good,” a security guard next to the stage yells to me over the roar of the crowd as New Politics finishes their song “Girl Crush” at The House of Blues in Cleveland February 16. New Politics lead vocalist and frontman David Boyd had the packed floor on their toes all […]

2017 was a particularly crazy year and 2018 is shaping up to be pretty similar. In an effort to find some humor in the insanity around us, and to relax amidst the stress of a new year and new semester, here are some of the highlights in comedy over the last year.   The Lucas […]

Image courtesy of 25.pluspremieres.us Title: To Imagine Artist: The Neighbourhood Record Label: Columbia Records Release Date: January 12, 2018 Rating:     Ever since the release of “Sweater Weather” in 2013, The Neighbourhood has caught people’s attention. Their music has evolved greatly since, but their sound always has a psychedelic, I don’t care vibe that draws […]

Black Squirrel Radio is planning to attend the 78th annual IBS Radio Conference in New York City this March and needs your help to make it happen! The Intercollegiate Broadcast System has been holding a radio conference since 1940 and this year will feature over 150 speakers, sessions and tours. As one of the country’s […]

Black Squirrel Radio and The Burr Magazine would like to wish you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day! In an effort to help you celebrate BSR staff and DJ’s put together a playlist some seriously romantic songs. Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day!   Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on […]

On this week’s episode, Brooke, Cameron, Conor and Dan talk new movies from Netflix, list the best things to watch on Valentine’s Day and discuss Ingmar Bergman’s first good movie.

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. Mikala Lugen has been a dedicated part of BSR for several years. She was not only a web staffer but also an article coordinator and is […]

The streetlights do little to illuminate the night as the snow crunches under the boots of a lone policeman. In the dark, he remains alert at his post. On his patrol, the officer stops at the construction of a bridge where a severed hand lays on the icy ground and blood drips from above, bespeckling […]

An Interview with Alteras for Black Squirrel Radio By: Taylor Pierce Alteras is a Metal / Hard Rock band from Youngstown, Ohio. Band Members: Jake Clasen – Vocals Mike Dulay – Guitar Zack Orr – Bass Tony Costarella – Drums First of all, I love the meaning behind your band name. Can you explain why […]

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week. Akii Butler is a music and mobile DJ coordinator as well as a web staffer and DJ with his show “Poppin Awf”. Akii has been a […]

In celebration of the recent super bowl, the BSR staff put together a playlist full of sports songs and jock jams perfect to get you in the mood for the big game.   Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR Burr Beats! Image of Kent football from 1985 Chestnut […]

Minnesota family band Tiny Moving Parts came barreling through the new year with not only a new album, Swell, but also a 32-stop headline tour across the country. TMP is joined on tour by Long Beach, NY natives Oso Oso and Berkely, California’s Mom Jeans. For the first eight shows, Jetty Bones also joined the […]

This week’s episode is down a Dan, but that doesn’t stop Cameron, Conor and Brooke from talking Hitchcock, ranking the silent film acting canon, and mulling over beloved Austrian sadboi Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher. Conor also says something unfortunate about the Superbowl two hours before kickoff.

For the last few years, the NBA has been dominated by two teams; the Cavs in the East, and the Warriors in the West. Last season, both teams cruised through their respected conferences all the way to the NBA Finals, where they met for the third straight year — the first time in NBA history […]

Image courtesy of Blizzard If you would have asked me five years ago if I’d be watching grown men play video games on a livestream, I probably would have laughed. Professional, competitive video games have always seemed like a far-off concept to me. Just the mention of the games CS:GO & Call of Duty had […]

Photo Courtesy of Cortney Armitage American alternative rock band, The Mowgli’s will be starting their 2018 tour with Mainland at a sold-out show at Beachland Tavern on Feburary 20th. The band has been working on their single “Real Good Life” set to release on Feburary 2nd.  The Mowgli’s create powerful, upbeat songs that give their […]

When reflecting on the history of science fiction cinema, it is tempting to look at the effects-driven bombast of 1980s sci-fi action as nothing but vapid genre pictures; braindead macho posturing more similar to Cobra and Commando than the heady, experimental 1970s works of trailblazers like George Lucas and Andrei Tarkovsky. And while it’s true […]

An Interview with Northern Whale for Black Squirrel Radio By Taylor Pierce Alternative-Indie-Pop Youngstown band Northern Whale has big plans for 2018, with upcoming shows and a full album in the works. Singer Jake Capezzuto talked with us all about the music scene in Youngstown, the band’s evolution since 2013, and what fans can expect […]

We are currently in the process of BSR DJ auditions, so we figured it was the perfect time to show some love to the DJ! On ‘Go DJ!’ we celebrate disc jockeys and radio with a playlist full of songs honoring those wonderful people that play the best songs at the perfect time. Check out theburr.com […]

Image courtesy of cavaliersnation.com On Monday, the Los Angeles Clippers shipped Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for role players Avery Bradley, Bogan Marjanovic, Tobias Harris, and a first and second round pick, signaling the Clippers are going into rebuild mode. Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN senior NBA insider, has reported the Clippers are also […]

If you haven’t heard of the new game show “HQ” then you probably should. The game has so far rounded up a whopping 1.6 million people playing live every day on their phones at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to win a cash prize between $2,500 and $20,000. The app game launched last year and […]

In this thrilling debut episode of BSR’s premiere movie podcast, hosts Brooke, Cameron, Conor and Dan recap what they watched over winter break, run down the Oscar nominations field, take listener calls and introduce a fun new segment for the show that won’t go poorly at all.

East 9th is an Alternative / Indie Rock band from Youngstown, Ohio. Ryan Racketa – Guitar, Keys, Vocals Tyler Adams – Drums Stephen Spencer – Guitar, Vocals Jarrett “20” Walters – Bass, Vocals Tell me a little bit about the your band dynamic. How long have you been a band, when did you start releasing […]

Men in corsets, virgin sacrifices, and audience members screaming and throwing everything from rice to toilet paper. These things may sound frightening and strange, but to anyone who has ever seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show on stage, they sound like a grand old time. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 science-fiction cult […]

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week.   For our next BSR Staff Playlist, we have our new Program Director Ryan Landolph. Ryan has been with the station for several years as a […]

Words by Jenna Langan & Madison Brattoli. Image courtesy of Grammy.com 2017 was undoubtedly a vibrant year for all artists alike. The 2018 Grammy awards air this Sunday, January 28th to honor the best of the best in today’s music. Since we love music, we thought it would be fun to predict who will take […]

Artist: Niall Horan Title: Flicker Record Label: Capitol Records Release date: October 20, 2017 Rating:     Image courtesy of stereoboard.com The miracle of One Direction’s members is that they can go so many different directions with their musical style. When Zayn left the band in 2015, he went on to be a very prominent […]

Artist: Justine Skye Album: ULTRAVIOLET Label: Roc Nation Date Released: 1/19/18 Rating:     Photo Courtesy of Twitter Over the past few years there has been an upswing of new R&B female artists, many who have started making their mark and solidifying a solid fan base. To say Justine Skye is no different would be […]

For the first BSR Beats of 2018 we decided to not only celebrate the new year but also create a playlist full of songs to motivate you to complete those resolutions and to have an all-around excellent year.     Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR Burr […]

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week.   For the first week, we have new Music Director Miles Purdy! Miles has been a DJ, web staff member and coordinator and is just starting […]

It’s that time of year again! BSR Spring 2018 DJ Auditions are here! If you are a current Kent State student who is interested in a show then we want you! We have 56 slots to fill and have programming every day from 10 AM to 2 AM. So if you want your own 2hr […]

Artist: BeBe Rexha Album: All Your Fault Pt.1 Label: Warner Bros. Rating:      Photo courtesy of: idolator.com Bebe Rexha has made quite a name for herself. In 2015 she was featured on the top 10 hit “Me Myself and I” and that same year her vocals could be heard on the top 10 hit […]

Album: Universe Artist: EXO Label: SM Entertainment Release Date: December 26, 2017 Rating:     Winter is never complete without EXO releasing another highly anticipated winter album to curl up and enjoy. Universe is their fourth winter album since they released Miracles in December in 2013 and shows the group’s maturity and growth in their […]

Written by: Chyenne Tatum & Alissa Reyes Photo Courtey of hellokpop.com On December 18, 2017, the world lost one of the most influential Korean artists to depression and suicide. Kim Jonghyun, main vocalist of the group SHINee, spent 10+ years perfecting his craft as a singer, songwriter, and composer, and fans and non-fans alike believe […]

After roasting their tail feathers for the holidays in Baltimore, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took the chilly adventure up to Cleveland for their sold-out, two-night run at the Beachland Ballroom on Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30. Good friends of the Pigeons boys, Youngstown band Jones for Revival got things off to a hip […]

By: Chyenne Tatum & Alissa Reyes After countless comebacks and a plethora of solid album releases, the era of 2017 K-Pop is slowly winding down. We’ve witnessed record-breaking returns to the music scene, wildly successful debuts, and unfortunately, more disbandments from some of our favorites. As K-Pop DJs, Chyenne and Alissa share their top 10 […]

Tell me a little bit about Keepsake. When did you form? Who is currently in the band. We formed in July of 2017. Our band members are myself, Scott Drazdik (Guitar/Drums), Scottie Hunt (Vocals), and Dave McJunkins (Bass). Dave and I were previously in a band together called Up To Nothing so although Keepsake is […]

Director: Rian Johnson Studio: Lucasfilm, Disney Release Date: December 15, 2017 Rating:       “You must unlearn what you have learned.” In “The Empire Strikes Back,” this lesson from the wise, mysterious Jedi Master Yoda became a central tenet of Luke Skywalker’s struggle against the ruthless Galactic Empire. Like Luke wrestling with himself to […]

Photos courtesy of Annie Noelker Tell me about your journey with music. My music journey goes beyond releasing music as Joey Aich. When I was a child, I was in the choir at church and grew a strong interest in entertaining. In middle school I quit the band (clarinet) and joined the choir at Brady […]

Artist: The 1975 Title: DH00278 Label: Dirty Hit Released: December 14, 2017 Rating:     Since the release of their second album in February 2016, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, The 1975 have been touring relentlessly across the world to show their love to […]

It’s that time of year again, so instead of playing the same old tired holiday songs, the Black Squirrel Radio staff collaborated to bring you a playlist full of excellent seasonal songs that are perfect for any party or just to get you in a holly jolly mood. Happy Holidays from Black Squirrel Radio!   […]

It’s a fun thing to watch a song go from topping the charts one year to becoming meme fodder the next. No one can say why the internet chose to turn these songs into jokes, but we’re glad they did. Here’s a list of some once beloved songs that have become memes, courtesy of the […]

All Photos courtesy of Adrian Leuthauser

Sufjan Stevens writes that Tonya Harding is a “strange and magnificent America hero” in an essay accompanying his newest released song, pulling emotion from an unexpected subject. Wednesday morning, Stevens released two new songs. Technically, two different versions of the same song, about American figure skater Tonya Harding. The lyrics are the same, but the […]

Title: Currents B-Sides & Remixes Artist: Tame Impala Record Label: Interscope Records Release Date: November 17, 2017 Rating:       Australian psychedelic rock group, Tame Impala, recently released an EP titled Currents B-Sides & Remixes that is an extension from their 2015 LP, Currents. It consists of three new songs, ‘List of People (To […]

Take a walk down memory lane with this week’s BSR Beats for The Burr Magazine. The BSR staff created a playlist full of songs that will certainly give you that nostalgic feeling. Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on BSR Burr Beats!   Image of WKSR (BSR’s former station […]

Artist: Queens of the Stone Age Album Title: Villains Label: Matador Labels Limited Released: August 25, 2017 Rating:       Queens of the Stone Age recently made a comeback with Villains, their first full album since 2013–and with it, they’ve attempted to bring a new kind of sound to the forefront of rock and […]

Artist: WALK THE MOON Album: What if Nothing Label: RCA Records Released: November 10, 2017 Rating:     Nearly 2 years after the release of their highly successful album Talking is Hard, Ohio band Walk the Moon returns to the scene with What if Nothing. The new wave indie-pop group brings a few stand outs, […]

Thanksgiving is a strange holiday. It has a history many would rather not celebrate, and for some at this point its a holiday mostly dedicated to letting people know you love them and eating an ungodly amount of food – immediately followed by a nap on the shoulder of your nearest relative. It is a […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Blasian Station! The Blasian Station airs every Friday from 4PM-6PM and is hosted by Nakiyah Fears, Mint Coursen, and Namu Nanka. Describe your show and tell us how you came up with the concept […]

With Thanksgiving and our Fall Fundrive behind us the BSR staff decided it’s the perfect time to give some thanks. So many of you supported our station through donations and to show our appreciation the BSR staff created a playlist showing our THANKS!   Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Purdy Good Show! The Purdy Good show airs every Saturday from 2PM-4PM and is hosted by Miles Purdy Describe your show and tell us how you came up with the concept for it! Miles: […]

All photos courtesy of Netflix Created by Steve Lightfoot Cast: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ebon Moss-Bachrach Rating:     Jumping off of Marvel’s Netflix success with “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” and, to a lesser extent “Luke Cage,” comes “The Punisher.” Marvel veered off a bit with “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders,” both being considered […]

It’s the holiday season and to put you in the mood for all that turkey the Black Squirrel Radio staff created a ‘food’ playlist. It’s the perfect playlist to put on while cooking or eating. Happy Thanksgiving from BSR and The Burr! Check out theburr.com and The Burr Magazine on Spotify for all the latest on […]

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. The album 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 […]

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 […]

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 in music and […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

By Scott McMaster The first time I met Derek Zanetti was at a show at the Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh. He performed as The Homeless Gospel Choir, a project that a couple friends of mine had told me about already, but who I had never seen first hand. At first I was surprised that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 arrive […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 performing on The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!   The podcast […]

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 […]