I love bands from Akron, OH, partly I call Akron my childhood home, partly because I can only name two and I like them both (Devo, The Pretenders). This year’s Northern Ohio nomination is The Black Key’s deftly titled “Rubber factory.” The band is really Ohio’s answer to Detroit’s White Stripes: a two-piece blues-rock powerhouse, with a raw buzz saw guitar sound that could easily be mistaken for outtakes from an unrecorded Hendrix album. Although singer Dan Auerbach is just a young kid in his twenties his voice sounds more like one hastily recorded somewhere in the Miss. Delta. Long live rock and roll!