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Black Squirrel Radio DJ Deep Cut Dave does a rare, secretive interview about the craft of deep cuts, gems and b-sides. Warning: things get emotional.

Kent State University has given the world some critically acclaimed, pioneering musical acts. These have included the punk rock band Devo and Broadway star Alice Ripley. Now there’s a country artist joining the ranks: Teddy Robb. When Robb’s new single, “Lead Me On,” first joined the Viral Top 50, it was at #11, of ahead […]

Youngstown’s very own alternative quintet East 9th is ready to share the follow-up EP to their well-received Act One, which features four of the band’s experimental rock tracks, including their smashing, riff-ridden single “Theodora.”   For fans of Ryan Racketa [vocals], Jarrett “20” Walters [bass], Reese Maslen [guitar], Tyler Adams [drums] and Stephen Spencer [guitar], […]

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 […]

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, some members of our BSR staff were able to sit with musician and actor Drake Bell to talk about his new music, Drake & Josh and tattoo misadventures. Check out the full interview below and remember to keep it lock and loaded on Black Squirrel Radio.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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