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Encounters with Quine

Named by Rolling Stone as one of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," Akron native Robert Quine remains one of rock's most overlooked musicians.

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The Really Rough Guide to the Rubber City

Update: The Browns backed into a less-than-solid 7-9 season. LeBron came back… The Browns are backing into a solid .500 season… Urban hipsters are actually moving to northeast Ohio… We’ve got a [...]

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Hammer Damage: An Interview with Mike Hammer

How does one discuss the Akron music scene without pissing off hordes of people? For long stretches of time, there really wasn’t much of a scene at all (unless you were willing to drive 20 miles [...]

The Numbers Band: Jimmy Bell’s Still in Town

I’d brag about the music scene we grew up with in the Akron area, but the reality of it is a lot more complicated. Let’s just say it was fitful, but usually memorable. Joe Walsh and [...]

Encounters with Quine

My cousin Robert Quine was a bona fide guitar hero (number 80 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” – right after Cliff Gallup of Be Bop a Lula fame and before [...]

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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 [...]