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Soul Jazz Records compilation of 1970s & 80s Akron/Kent bands

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 18, 2015

So wondering what all the graying geezer hipster musicians in Akron & Kent are always yammering about when the "good ol' days" of the 1970s and early 80s come up?
Well, besides the ability for a band to work 3-five nights a week in different venues, there was plenty of good, innovative rock music happening in the basements and on the stages of the Akron/Kent/Cleveland scene.
Well, England's Soul Jazz Records has just released a new compilation called

PUNK 45: Burn Rubber City Burn!

Akron, Ohio : Punk And The Decline Of The Mid West 1975 - 80

that features early singles from Akron/Kent stalwars including Devo, The Waitresses, Tin Huey, Rubber City Rebels, Hammer Dammage, Chi Pig and more!
Yeah, decline!
Check it out at SOUL JAZZ RECORDS!

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Comedian Kevin Hart coming to "The Q" this Summer

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 13, 2015

Ride Along grossed more than $130 domestic? REALLY?



Saturday, June 21st

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Video: Malcolm X Abram with some Valentine's Day activities for you

By Published: February 13, 2015

Gone, but not forgotten, Malcolm has five romantic things to do this week. Want even more Valentine's Day activities to choose from? Click here for more.

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Country superstar Kenny Chesney coming to Quicken Loans Arena in July

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 11, 2015

That's right after a stadium tour Kenny Chesney is "downsizing" back to teeny-tiny arenas. Anybody else notice that male country stars seem to be the only artist not named The Rolling Stones that still regularly tour stadiums?)

Sure, One Direction has a stadium tour coming up this summer, also but given the nature of their boy-band fame and audience, there's a pretty good chance that the upcoming tour will be One Direction's last big shake of the money tree before their audience moves on to the next batch of cute boys.

Anyway, Kenny Chesney rockin' stadiums from the digital desk of "Da Q."


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Grammys 2015 live with pop music writer Malcolm X Abram

By Published: February 8, 2015

Follow along with Beacon Journal pop music writer Malcolm X Abram tonight during the Grammys.


Grammy photo gallery

Grammy preview: Black Keys up for three awards

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The Black Keys lose two out of three Grammy nominations..

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 8, 2015

Hey, ya can't win 'em all.


So Far The Black Keys have lost "best rock song" and "best rock peformance" to Jack White's Lazaretto and Paramore's Ain't it Fun, respectively

They are still in the running for Best Rock Album:

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Black Keys donate "Howlin' For You" To Peta pet adoption campaign

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 5, 2015


Gee whiz, that's nice. The Black Keys are allowing PETA to use their hit tune "Howlin' For You" as part of the organization's latest pet adoption campaign which also features a few pet-loving celebrities including Fred Willard and Ru Paul Drag Race contestant Raven, who is apparently famous now.

The Keys haven't been licensing their songs with quite the financial fervor of a few albums ago, but this is good cause.


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Video: Two Guys Talkin' - #%&@&$#! edition

By Published: January 28, 2015

Our two guys have to choose their words carefully discussing an important topic.

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Black Keys Cancel European Tour Dates due to Pat Carney's bum shoulder

By Malcolm Abram Published: January 23, 2015

Wow, sucks for you Europe!


Due to a serious shoulder injury to Patrick, The Black Keys’ forthcoming European concerts, part of their Turn Blue World Tour, have been cancelled up until March 10.  Regrettably, due to prior scheduled commitments and venue availability, efforts to reschedule the original dates were unsuccessful; therefore all tickets will be refunded in full at their point of purchase.  At this time, it is not expected that any dates after March 10 will be cancelled.

From Dan & Pat: “We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through March 10. Patrick needs time to heal.  We thank all of our fans for their support and we’re looking forward to getting back on the road.”

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Six Song Country Mashup reveals why mainstream country sucked in 2014

By Malcolm Abram Published: January 9, 2015

Wait, Country fans..Don't blame me, blame the Music City formula to which songwriters, performers and producers must strictly adhere.


Same chords, damn near the same guitar solo, there even all in the same key!


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