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Title: Life In The City Artist: Turkuaz Record Label: Electric Habitat Music Release Date: Sept. 28, 2018 Rating: ★★ One of my favorite ways to learn and talk more about music is by branching out a little bit to get out of my synthy-and-whispery-vocal comfort zone. In the BSR lobby, there is a bin of […]

Title: Dreamland Artist: Coin Release Date: February 21, 2020 Rating: ★★★★☆ Standout Tracks: Crash My Car, Valentine, Let It All Out (10:05) If there’s only one feeling Coin managed capture in their third album, Dreamland, it’s romanticism– a theme that was present in both of the band’s previous two albums, but really took the driver’s […]

Title: Fiend Artist: A Sense of Purpose Record Label: Self-released Date Released: January 17th, 2020  ★★★ The Cleveland-based metalcore outfit A Sense of Purpose recently dropped their latest single Fiend.  This was a long awaited single, as their last song, Cougar, was released all the way in early September.  This song features a soft reverb […]

Title: 20/20 Vision Artist: Anti-Flag Record Label: Universal Music Operations Limited, Spinefarm Records Release Date: January 17th, 2020 ★★★ Pittsburgh-based punk trio Anti-Flag dropped their 12th studio album 20/20 Vision on Jan. 17, 2020.  This is a change of pace from their previous release American Fall (2017) as it features different types of songs on […]

Chris Farren recently made a stop at the Mahall’s basement on Jan. 27 to give us another perfect set from the Born Hot Tour, his first solo headlining tour, accompanied by Macseal and Retirement Party. This was my first time in the Mahall’s basement, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere from both the venue and […]

Photo credit: medium.com The new year is upon us, and for the first collab piece of the decade, the BSR Web Staff decided to write about music they are looking forward to in the next 12 months. Brandon Lewis- Anything country Anybody that knows me knows that I can listen to any version of modern […]

Black Squirrel Radio is seeking new applicants for its Web Staff for the Spring 2020 semester. Web Staff is responsible for producing the content seen on blacksquirrelradio.com. All Kent State students are encouraged to apply. Click here to fill out the form. Contact Web Director Brandon Lewis at blewis47@kent.edu with any questions.

Daniel Johnston. Singer-songwriter, artist, member of the rock t-shirt canon. He was a man of many labels and adjectives. It’s difficult to say something about him that hasn’t already been said. Kurt Cobain was a huge fan; he put Austin on the alternative map. He still gets noticed for the instability of his personal life, […]

To say I was hyped for this show would be a serious understatement. The last time Canadian punks PUP came to our local concert city of Cleveland was for the BravoArtist Snowded in Fest at the tail end of 2017. Unfortunately, I was unable to go, which depressed me when thought of for the next […]

Saying Remo Drive is one of my top bands would be a soft understatement. When I saw the “Art School” video on a whim in high school, I was simultaneously blown away and hooked into the bouncy, yet angsty vibe of Remo Drive. Two years later, more weight gain and a college degree started, Remo […]


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