Shuffle

Your local backstage pass to Northeast Ohio’s music scene. Get to know the talented musicians and community influencers in our backyard. Hear the stories that inspired them, the music that they play, and how they impact our world. Join us, and celebrate the local talent that lifts us all.

Common Fruit Sound Lab
Common Fruit Sound Lab

A group of hip hop producers and artists has opened a recording studio in Elyria that doubles as a residency for up-and-coming musicians.

For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz talks with Oakland, California producer Lanard McClindon and Cleveland rapper Eliy Orcko, who have launched Common Fruit Sound Lab.

McClindon, a self-described bedroom music producer, says Common Fruit Sound Lab had been his dream for years.  

Floco Torres
Prince Lang

Akron is slowly building a hip-hop music scene with the help of an artist who’s new to town. Last year, Floco Torres relocated to Akron at the advice of his friends – who moved here from Macon, Ga., and started The Devil Strip magazine.

For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks with Floco Torres about his new album and life in Akron: 

Torres has been performing shows around the area since moving to Akron -- officially since January.

DEVO Obsesso
Michael Pilmer / DEVO Obsesso

You can expect to see red dome hats and yellow jumpsuits in Northeast Ohio this weekend. Fans of the iconic Akron new wave band DEVO have their annual convention at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom.

For this week’s Shuffle, DEVO superfan Michael Pilmer talks about the 'DEVOtional' fan convention that he co-founded 17 years ago.  

AEG takes over the Agora
Agora

Northeast Ohio’s music scene is likely to change dramatically with the arrival of AEG. The world’s second-largest concert promoter is taking over the storied Agora venue, in a building in Cleveland's midtown that began life over a century ago as an opera house.

For this week’s Shuffle, Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel explains why the takeover is good for Cleveland and music fans.

The Speedbumps
THE SPEEDBUMPS

Kent-based indie-folk band The Speedbumps is ready to hit the road with a new album out Friday. “When The Darkness Comes” marks a different sound for the five-piece band.

For this week’s Shuffle, The Speedbumps’ Erik Urycki, Bethany Svoboda and Danny Jenkins talk about the recording process.

The Speedbumps has been Erik Urycki’s long-running project. The current lineup of musicians joining him has been together for the last three albums, including Friday’s release of “When The Darkness Comes.”

APMAs
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After a one-year absence, Cleveland is again rolling out the red carpet for the Alternative Press Music Awards. The fourth annual ceremony is the brain child of Cleveland’s Alternative Press magazine to recognize the so-called “misfits” of pop-punk, hard rock, rap and metal.

For this week’s Shuffle, Alternative Press CEO Mike Shea talks about the awards show and the evolution and future of the magazine he started 32 years ago.

Natalie Grace Martin
Natalie Grace Martin

A Wadsworth pop singer/songwriter says she’s ready to release her first album as her true self. Natalie Grace Martin’s forthcoming record, She/Her/Hers, is about coming out as transgender. Moreover, she says, it’s about coming back from heartbreak. For this week’s Shuffle, Natalie Grace Martin talks about her journey: 

Martin says a lot has changed since The Devil Strip Magazine's cover story about her in February, 2016.

Montage
House Of Blues

One of the local bands playing at this weekend’s Tri-C Jazz Fest is having a big year -- all while finishing their sophomore year of high school. For this week’s Shuffle, we meet Cleveland School of The Arts students Alana Amore, Jasmine Sims and Kevin Pace of the band Montage.  

Bass player Jasmine Sims' family dining room in East Cleveland has been transformed into a practice space. There's a drum set, amps and a microphone facing the living room for a small audience. 

A new club in Akron wants music lovers to gather around a turntable and listen to their favorite albums from start to finish. For this week’s Shuffle, The Devil Strip Magazine’s music editor Brittany Nader says the group wants to make listening to music a social activity again:

"It's like a book club for vinyl," Nader says. 

Chicago has Lollapalooza. The California desert has Coachella. And dozens of other U.S. cities, including Columbus and Cincinnati, have signature festivals with the biggest names in music. But not the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A fledgling music festival this weekend is attempting to fill that void.

In this week’s shuffle, Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel talks about LaureLive:

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YOUTUBE

Beginning this summer, a new monthly dance party gets underway in Northeast Ohio.  It combines elements of Electronic Dance Music, Dub and Reggae.  In this week’s “Shuffle,” Cleveland Scene Managing Editor Eric Sandy tells WKSU's Kabir Bhatia about what could be the new "Cleveland Sound."

NRML GRL
NRML GRL

A performance tonight at one of Akron’s underground venues blends experimental music and visual art.

For this week’s Shuffle, The Devil Strip magazine’s music editor Brittany Nader says the show is organized by Hive Mind, which is one of Akron’s do-it-yourself spaces that showcases independent artists.

The Himalayan Music Academy

A music school founded by Bhutanese refugees in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood is introducing its sound to the greater community.

In this week’s Shuffle, Akron Beacon Journal music writer Malcolm Abram introduces us to The Himalayan Music Academy:

Stems
Stems

An Akron indie rock band is branching out on its upcoming album with a new sound. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks with The Devil Strip Magazine Music Editor Brittany Nader about ‘Stems.’

Stems is a four-piece founded by vocalist and guitarist Justin Seeker, bassist Mike Voris on bass , drummer Josh Weiss and guitarist Joel McAdams.

photo of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Rolling Stone
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

A new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looks back at five decades of pop culture as covered by “Rolling Stone” magazine.

“The Supremes’ Greatest Hits” was the No. 1 album in the country the day “Rolling Stone” first hit newsstands on Nov. 9, 1967.

The exhibit features covers from hundreds of issues, including the first one – a promotional still of John Lennon from the film “How I Won the War.” Curator Karen Herman says it was a major task deciding what to include.

Pelléas and Mélisande
The Cleveland Orchestra

Opera has been going more high tech in recent years to create an immersive experience and bring in new audiences. The Cleveland Orchestra next week stages an intricate production of "Pelléas and Mélisande."

For this week’s Shuffle, Plain Dealer classical music critic Zach Lewis says the orchestra is taking a much different approach to opera: 

Relaxer
Chris Tran

An Akron band that mixes business with its psychadelic prog rock is getting ready to release a new album next month.

In this week’s Shuffle, Devil Strip Magazine music editor Brittany Nader introduces us to Relaxer.

MIchael Stanley
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Next week, Northeast Ohio rocker Michael Stanley returns to The Akron Civic Theater for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The Rocky River native has become a Cleveland icon during his decades-long career. And he's still going, despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

In this week’s Shuffle, Akron Beacon Journal music writer Malcolm Abram talks about Stanley's career --still going strong in his hometown. 

Square Records in Akron
Joe Wallace

The region’s record stores are stocking their shelves for one big day this month. April 22 is Record Store Day, an annual event that gives a boost to independent vinyl shops across the country.

In this week’s Shuffle, Cleveland Scene Magazine music writer Jeff Niesel  talks about the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day: 

Vinyl sales increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2016. And Niesel says Record Store Day has helped fuel the surge.

Angie Haze
Angie Haze

An Akron singer-songwriter is gaining worldwide attention. In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks to The Devil Strip Magazine’s Brittany Nader about blues-folk singer Angie Haze, who’s made it to the top of an international songwriting competition:

Angie Cevasco performs as The Angie Haze Project, and she's been performing with her band throughout Northeast Ohio for years. You'll see her on stage with a kazoo. Or an accordion. Or a tambourine.

photo of Franz Welser-Most conducting the Cleveland Orchestra
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season will be busy and challenging. In this week's Shuffle, Cleveland.com classical music critic Zach Lewis says there's a lot to like, but there are also many uncertainties:

The Ohio Weather Band
The Ohio Weather Band

The classic rock band Bon Jovi is back in Northeast Ohio this week. They’ll be at Quicken Loans Arena this weekend.

The gig is also giving a smaller local band a chance to reach a bigger audience. In this week's Shuffle, Akron Beacon Journal pop music writer Malcolm Abram talks about The Ohio Weather Band's big break. 

U2 to play Cleveland
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Last March, Cleveland Scene Magazine set out to answer a question that was frustrating many Northeast Ohio music fans: Why are so many big acts skipping Cleveland on their tours?

In this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz checked in with Scene writer Jeff Niesel to see how Cleveland’s rock reputation is faring now: 

Hive Mind
Hive Mind

This week, WKSU is kicking off Shuffle – A weekly look at Northeast Ohio’s music scene -- from rock and rap to folk and classical. For the first installment, Amanda Rabinowitz stopped by Akron’s Devil Strip Magazine to talk with Music Editor Brittany Nader about Akron’s growing DIY underground music scene.

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