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Shuffle is WKSU's weekly spin through Northeast Ohio's music scene.

Shuffle is WKSU's weekly spin through Northeast Ohio's music scene.
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Shuffle is WKSU's weekly spin through Northeast Ohio's music scene.








Shuffle: Record Store Day Compilation Album Showcases the ‘New’ Akron Sound

An Akron record label is celebrating Record Store Day this weekend by releasing a compilation album inspired by the Akron Sound. The 'new' Akron Sound Ben Patrick and his garage rock band The Dreemers started Akron Recording Company last year as a way to unify the music scene. He, along with friend and producer Nate Bucher of See Creatures , are big fans of the Akron Sound made popular by 1970s bands like Devo and the Rubber City Rebels . They got 16 Northeast Ohio artists to contribute...


Shuffle: Piano Tuner Makes His Debut as a Composer With "Songs of Ascents"

For more than 25 years students and faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music have known Mark Graham as the man in charge of tuning the school’s 108 pianos. But this weekend, he’ll be wearing a different hat: that of a composer. Graham has been tuning and maintaining pianos at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music for 26 years. During that time he’s kept a little-known secret: For decades, Graham has led a quiet side career of sorts as a composer. “I might well be the...


Shuffle: Punch Drunk Tagalongs' Big Sound Breaks Through

A Cleveland indie rock band is building momentum after recording its first album with a multi-platinum producer. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to Alisha Stahnke of Punch Drunk Tagalongs about their big sound and big break. In 2015, singer-songwriter Alisha Stahnke was coping with a breakup by playing gigs at open mic nights in Akron's Highland Square and hanging out with other musicians. “And that’s kind of what eventually led me into Punch Drunk Tagalongs .”...


Shuffle: Musicians Lead Akron's Kenmore Neighborhood Revival

A few city blocks in east Akron are coming back to life with the help of musicians. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz walked Kenmore Boulevard to hear how the community is rebuilding a music district. When you make the turn off the I-76 exit ramp and onto Akron’s Kenmore Boulevard, it’s hard to tell at first glance that this is the site of a renaissance. The busy street is riddled with potholes. The brick buildings are old, and many are vacant. But if you look closer -- or...


Shuffle: Rolling Stone Magazine's 50 Years On Display At The Rock Hall

[Editor's note: This previously aired on WKSU on May 4, 2017] The iconic music and pop culture magazine Rolling Stone turns 50 this year. On Friday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens an exhibit that takes music fans through the vast archives of photos and interviews. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks with Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel about Rolling Stone Magazine at 50. Rolling Stone Magazine was founded in San Francisco 1967. It was a big year...


Shuffle: Cleveland Celtic Band Ballinloch Pays Homage To Their Homeland

It’s easy to hear live Irish music during the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. But local Irish musicians say their scene is thriving year-round. For this week’s Shuffle, Maureen Conway-Reich and Marcus Dirk of the band Ballinloch talk about their roots. 'Ballinloch' means 'our town on the lake' in Irish, and the band says it's a tribute to their homeland of Ireland and their hometown of Cleveland. Generations keep the culture alive Reich says Northeast Ohio has a rich Irish music...


Shuffle: Minerva Rockers White Buffalo Woman Take Their 'Foolish Hearts' On The Road

A rock band from rural Stark County is touring the Midwest after releasing its latest album. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU contributor Brittany Nader talked with White Buffalo Woman ’s lead singer Evan Rutledge about the small-town band from Minerva that’s building a following. Dead audience Most bands make their debuts in front of a live audience. White Buffalo Woman’s first chords fell on dead ears. “We wrote the majority of our first album in the basement of a funeral home,” Rutledge...


Shuffle: An Online Platform to Unify Cleveland's Hip-Hop Sound

A teenager’s hobby has turned into the go-to website for showcasing Cleveland’s hip-hop scene. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to John Stursa about how his site, , is helping the city's hip-hop community find its identity. From hobby to career Twenty-three-year-old John Stursa of Lorain, grew up listening to artists like Chip the Ripper and Lil Wayne with his brother. At the age of 13, Stursa began posting videos of his favorite local hip-hop...


Shuffle: Matt Hectorne Explores the Struggles of the Touring Musician

Singer-songwriter Matt Hectorne was raised in the South but now calls Northeast Ohio home. His latest album, “Work,” explores the challenges of living as a married musician often on the road. The album’s direct, one-word title refers to Hectorne’s own efforts to build a career and improve himself. Hectorne was born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi, but he grew weary of small-town life and eventually ended up in the Cleveland area. “There wasn’t too much modern stuff going on,” Hectorne...


Shuffle: Going From Solo to Duo to Encourage Female Leads

Two northeast Ohio songwriters who spent years on their own are a starting a new band, as a couple. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU contributor Brittany Nader talked with Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda about finding a new role for men and women in musical spaces. Harmonizing old tunes Making beautiful music isn’t just a well-worn euphemism for romance. Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda are both musicians who, until recently, worked separately. They started bumping into each other at open mic...


Shuffle: Metal Rockers Help Local Bands Get Fans Beyond Their Hometowns

An Akron heavy metal band that broke onto the national scene in the early 2000's is trying to help other local bands get out of their parents’ basements and into other cities.


Shuffle: Project D.R.E.W. Helps Veterans Heal Through Song

Music is being used as a healing tool for some Northeast Ohio veterans. For this week’s Shuffle, we hear about a new project that pairs songwriters with soldiers. On a recent Sunday afternoon in Avon Lake, a handful of veterans and their families gathered for a concert -- just for them. The performance was the culmination of a weekend workshop called Project D.R.E.W., Delivering Restorative Energy to our Warriors . A veteran shares his or her journey with a musician, who writes a song...


Shuffle: Schubert's Last Written Words, Set to Music

Composer Evan Fein studied piano with Gerardo Teissonnière at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Fein now lives in New York and teaches at the Juilliard School. But he and his former teacher share a lifelong love of Schubert’s music that recently brought them back together as collaborators. A shared love of Schubert Teissonnière’s relationship with Schubert’s music goes back to his student days. Even though Schubert wrote plenty of music for solo piano, Teissonnière especially fell in love...


Shuffle: A DIY Venue in Akron Brings Musicians And The Homeless 'Out of the Shadows'

A group of DIY musicians is coming together to help Akron’s homeless tent community. In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to organizers of the Out of the Shadows concert series. Longtime Akron music fan James Yu is bringing together musicians to benefit Second Chance Village , a local tent community for homeless people. In the shadows “When I first went to visit, I could see using this great space to put on live music that is really personal,” Yu said. Yu says homeless...


Shuffle: What Do You Get When You Blend Ukulele With Rock? The Sonder Bombs' Uke-Punk

A young band is introducing a new sound to Northeast Ohio. The Sonder Bombs’ ukulele-infused rock songs are attracting a growing fan base in the Cleveland area. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked to lead singer and ukulele player, Willow Hawks. The Sonder Bombs formed in 2015 when 21-year-old Hawks met guitarist Jimmy Wilkens at a concert. And for a while, it was just the two of them. "We jammed a few times and just clicked. It was a connection that we never really...


Shuffle: Why Do Musicians Like Going To Their Rooms?

Musicians have certain nightclubs and concert halls where they love to play. Sometimes it’s the look, the feel and the history. But what’s even more essential is the sound. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia finds out more in this week’s “Shuffle.” Groups like Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band , The Cars and Badfinger loved Cleveland’s old Agora . The dark, crowded, low-ceilinged club was once one of the most famous music venues in Northeast Ohio. But the Agora burned down in 1984. Twenty years...


Shuffle: The Best Local Albums of 2017

This year was full of new local music, from Akron’s underground DIY scene to bands that specialize in performance art and heavy guitars. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked with contributor Brittany Nader about the year’s best albums. Brittany Nader's Top 5 Local Albums of 2017: 1. Half An Animal - How Can You Love What Is Perfect "This Cleveland band mixes performance art with pop and Riot Grrrl sensibilities. So when you go one of their shows, you're going to expect...


Shuffle: Funk/Hip-Hop Group Tropidelic Rides Momentum of Festival, Album into 2018

A Cleveland band that mixes funk, reggae and hip hop is hoping to grow its loyal following this coming year. In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talked with Tropidelic lead singer Matt Rhodes about their sound, their fans and their big goals. Matt Rhodes started Tropidelic in 2008 while he was a student at Kent State University. He famously gave away 10,000 free copies of the six-piece band’s self-produced EP, Rebirth of the Dope . Devoted fans Tropidelic plays about 150 shows...


Shuffle: Cleveland Band Seafair's Big Comeback

A popular orchestral rock band from Cleveland is back together and gearing up for a big 2018. For this week's Shuffle, Seafair talks about working out their differences and getting back to the joy of making music. Creativity versus business Seafair is an eclectic blend of pop, rock and classical influences, combining drums, guitar and bass with violin and cello. They formed in 2012 but split up early last year. Vocalist Chayla Hope said the band got caught up trying to make it big. “It...


Shuffle: The Whiskey Hollow's Madeline Finn Embraces A New Sound And Outlook On Life With New EP

A Cleveland singer-songwriter whose burgeoning career was sidelined by health issues is back with her rock band The Whiskey Hollow. For this week’s Shuffle, Madeline Finn talks about her comeback and the band’s new album. Highs and lows Madeline Finn turns 24 on Saturday – the same day her band The Whiskey Hollow releases its second EP, Greenhouse. And her musical career has already hit its highs and lows. Three years ago, her former pop-punk band Envoi started getting a huge following,...


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