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One Scary Playlist

Songs that go bump in the night, with The Cramps, Hasil Adkins, Laika and the Cosmonauts, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Evan Johns and the H-Bombs, etc.

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Marky Ray: Rock and Roll Mercenary

From a Quaker boarding school to the death-defying Jim Rose Circus Sideshow... It's been a long, strange trip for NE Ohio native Marky Ray.

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A Brief History of American Roots Music

From W.C. Handy to The Black Keys: A quick look at how American roots music evolved in the 20th Century. Footnotes available upon request.

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The Walking Clampetts

With all the great original music coming out of the Rubber City, I’m almost embarrassed to say that one of my favorite local bands plays covers. Not your garden-variety covers, like the kind of [...]

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Rockabilly Playlist (for Bill Allen)

I’ve been listening to a lot of rockabilly since our post on The Johnny Burnette Trio. And my little time away from the usual stuff (you know, mostly whaling songs and sea chanteys) gained some [...]

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One Scary Playlist

I’ve resisted the temptation to use this theme during past Halloweens, but I relented this year for three reasons: a) it’s actually a pretty cool theme; 2) I’m running out of ideas; and iii) what [...]

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The Blimp has Landed

Welcome to Rubber City Review.  It’s not intended to be Akron-centric, but I should probably kick things off by asking the question:  When it comes to roots-rock and other mutant forms of modern [...]