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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: Out of Painful Childhood Memories, Angie Haze Finds Magic in Music

Akron singer-songwriter Angie Haze is telling her life story through music. She’s recording an album and video series documenting how she overcame years of domestic violence and abuse. This week, she's releasing Volumes 3 and 4.


Shuffle: Cleveland's Mourning [A] BLKstar Creates a Grassroots Movement Through Music

An eclectic Cleveland band uses music to confront issues of racism, oppression and police violence. Mourning [A] BLKstar hopes its sophomore album sparks a movement. Mourning [A] BLKstar was formed in 2015 as an experiment that arose after a tragedy. Beatmaker RA Washington fell into a “creative crisis” and became disillusioned with his path as a musician.


Shuffle: The Choir Will Sing Again at the Beachland Ballroom This Weekend

One of Cleveland’s most successful local bands of the 1960s is reuniting this weekend. This week’s Shuffle examines The Choir, their lost album, and their upcoming shows at The Beachland Ballroom. Jim Bonfanti spent the 1960s providing the foundation for The Choir, both on the drums and by being the only constant member of the band’s ever-changing lineup. “I was in a band from Euclid called The Caverns. The Mods were from Mentor – they all went to Mentor High School. All I knew is that The...


Shuffle: By Light We Loom Delivers Folk Storytelling in 'Indie-Pop Wrapping'

Husband-and-wife indie-pop duo By Light We Loom has made a name for itself with creative electronic beats, lively performances and a sound that serves as a stark contrast from the members’ previous music project. Transitioning from indie-folk to indie-pop Shanna Delaney and Eric Ling led the six-piece folk band Bethesda for seven years before it dissolved in 2014. Unsure of where to take their music career next, the couple reinvented themselves and developed a new style. By Light We Loom...


Shuffle: Bringing Home Movies to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first “Home Movie Day” is coming this weekend. It's an opportunity for the Rock Hall to show off the materials they’ve gotten in an ambitious project to document Northeast Ohio’s music scene. Ron Bierut grew up loving concerts and photography. He owned a Super 8 film camera which could capture vivid images, but no sound. Still, the Strongsville native would bring the camera with him to shows to film what he was seeing and enjoying at the time. But it wasn’t...


Shuffle: Musician-Turned-Audiologist is Changing the Tune About Hearing Wellness

Musician-turned-audiologist Heather Malyuk is a trained fiddle and guitar player based in Streetsboro, who owns and operates a mobile hearing wellness business. She's one of only a handful of audiologists in the country who specializes in this type of wellness for the professional music industry.


Shuffle: Music and Art Come Together in a Silver Ribbon Dream

A new music and art collaboration brings to life the history of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Laurie Caner of folk band Hey Mavis and Akron artist Leandra Drumm have just finished their CD and book project, Silver Ribbon Dream. Caner became inspired to learn about the canal while Hey Mavis were artists-in-residence at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park about a decade ago. The band includes her husband, Ed. They lived in the park with their children. Two years ago, she was awarded funding through...


Shuffle: Akron Indie Band Rewinds for Cassette Release

Indie rockers Stems has described its sound as “future past,” or what one would hear on an oldies station decades from now. Or , perhaps , if they hopped in a DeLorean back in the 19 80s and imagined what they perceived music of the 2000s to sound like. It’s fitting, then, that members Justin Seeker, Joshua Weiss, Michael Voris and Joel McAdams decided to debut their new release, "Your Sullen Ways are Getting Boring", on cassette tape.


Shuffle: Cleveland Band Seafair's Big Comeback

Popular orchestral rock band Seafair is back together and releasing new music. The Cleveland band that formed in 2012 split up in 2016. Late last year, they announced they were reuniting. Seafair vocalist Chayla Hope said the band got caught up trying to make it big. “It just got really business-y,” Hope said. “That was a really big struggle for all of us because almost every single person in the band has wanted to make it since they were pretty young.” Drummer Ryan Kelly described the band...


Shuffle: Cleveland Indie Rockers Ottawa Debut Six New Summer Singles

Four-piece rock outfit Ottawa has kept busy the last five years making memorable tunes with an appeal far beyond its Cleveland home. Over the summer, the band released a string of singles that blend gritty garage rock with pop melodies. They've been making the rounds across Northeast Ohio venues to debut the new material.


Shuffle: Putting 8-bit Music on 88 Keys

A classically trained Cleveland pianist is creating masterpieces out of classic video game music. Rob Kovacs is a composer and piano teacher who grew up a gamer in the 1980s. In addition to starting piano lessons when he was around 6 years old, his family had about 10 classic arcade games throughout their home. He evenutally got Atari and Nintendo consoles.


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: Red Rose Panic Brings Dynamic Hip-Hop to PorchRokr’s Main Stage

Akron’s five-piece hip-hop band, Red Rose Panic , will headline this year’s Highland Square PorchRokr Music and Art Festival Saturday. Self-described as “dynamic hip-hop,” the group’s sound is an eclectic blend of rap, funk, pop and jazz highlighted by improvised live performances where no two shows are quite alike.


Shuffle: The Cory Grinder Band Captures the Spirit of Classic Honky-Tonk

The Cory Grinder Band will drop its debut album, “Cahoots and Other Favorites,” Aug. 17. The release contains 13 original tracks, which frontman Cory Grinder describes as “hillbilly music that’s easy to play, fun to dance to and goofy.”


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 later,...


Shuffle: 'LoHio' Brings Solo Bassists to Akron for Music Showcase

A music showcase in Akron next month is all about the bass. This is the fifth year Akron solo bassist Jared Lees has organized LoHio . The concert brings together solo bassists from around the country. Lees has been playing electric bass for more than 20 years. He started out playing in several bands throughout Northeast Ohio and with musicians, including Ryan Humbert . Then he decided he wanted to make his own music. He’s released a handful of albums over the last decade, including "...


Shuffle: Tuscomusic Creates a Vibrant Jazz Scene in Rural Tuscarawas County

A new concert series is working to bring big-name jazz artists to rural Tuscarawas County. Tuscomusic 's director of operations, David Ryder, said before the series began earlier this year, residents had to go elsewhere to see popular jazz musicians.


Shuffle: Spirit of the Bear's Fiction Forest Festival Spotlights Youngstown's Music Scene

Young indie rock band Spirit of the Bear is working to put Youngstown’s music scene on the map – by curating its own music festival. The second annual Fiction Forest takes place this Saturday.


Shuffle: The Ohio Weather Band Channels Bukowski on New EP, 'Don't Try'

Akron rockers The Ohio Weather Band have a new EP out this week called Don't Try . It's the third release for the trio that's been friends long before they were bandmates.


Shuffle: Cleveland Musician Holden Laurence Takes Center Stage in Center Field

Holden Laurence released his first full-length album, Wild Empty Promises , last year. Now, he's releasing a new summer anthem the same week he plays a concert that draws on another of his great loves – Cleveland professional sports. Laurence grew up in Willoughby and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He returned home after graduating in 2013 and rejoined his friends in the popular Cleveland indie rock band, The Modern Electric . Last year, when the band was on a break, he went...