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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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