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12 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
From open mics to home recordings: how the pandemic changed Ray Flanagan’s approach to music
The COVID-19 pandemic has limited the ability of many artists to make music. But Cleveland singer-songwriter Ray Flanagan says the isolation freed his creativity and challenged him to develop new skills. He released two songs every month in 2021, and plans to continue this year.
15 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Shuffle's favorite local music of 2021
Shuffle's Amanda Rabinowitz and Brittany Nader share their favorite local music of the year, plus a Spotify playlist with over five hours of music released in 2021.
15 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Cleveland composer creates Sonata #6 Project to connect music and visual art
On this week's Shuffle, we hear about The Sonata #6 Project, an exhibit in Cleveland that explores the relationship between music and visual art. A group of artists created sculptures, mixed media, textiles and other pieces based on their interpretation of a piano sonata composed to evoke emotions and images.
16 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
'Guitar found me': Teenage virtuoso Damian Goggans' journey to Oberlin
Damian Goggans, 18, went from picking up an instrument at an after-school program to Oberlin Conservatory of Music in just five years.
15 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Checking in on Akron’s DIY music scene with contributor Kenny Averiett
We catch up with contributor Kenny Averiett, an Akron-based writer, booker for the Highland Square PorchRokr Music & Arts festival and co-manager of the Oakdale House. He discusses the return of local house shows and how the pandemic has affected the area's DIY community.
20 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Akron hip-hop duo Free Black! explores socioeconomic themes on 'Black Tuesday!'
Free Black!, the hip-hop collective developed by Floco Torres and Holbrook Riles III (HR3), released its third album, Black Tuesday! in October. The album explores themes around the economy and working class and includes an assortment of features from Akron-based musicians.
23 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Alec Wightman reflects on the 'Music in My Life' from concert promotion to the Rock Hall board
Alec Wightman is a corporate lawyer, board member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and author of the memoir, "Music in My Life: Notes from a Longtime Fan." Wightman started his own concert production company, Zeppelin Productions, in 1995. He has spent decades promoting concerts for national singer-songwriter acts in Columbus, Ohio.
17 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Hometown Rock Hall Inductee Dave Grohl Is a Catalyst for Warren’s Revival
Musician and Warren, Ohio native Dave Grohl will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the second time with his band, Foo Fighters. Warren residents dedicated Dave Grohl Alley in 2009, and they hope to restore it to its original glory as the rocker puts a new spotlight on the region.
16 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Cleveland Scene's Jeff Niesel on the 2021 Rock Hall Class and Chatting with the Go-Go's
We talk with Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel ahead of this month’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions. He shares his views on the class, Devo’s snub and what he learned from his recent interview with inductees, the Go-Gos.
13 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Turns the Spotlight on Cleveland's Music Scene
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct its newest class this month. And while the spotlight will shine on icons from Tina Turner to The Go-Gos, the Rock Hall is sharing the stage with the musicians right outside its doors. We look at the evolving relationship between music’s past and present in Cleveland. Music featured in this episode: Sarah Bailey, Uptight Sugar.
30 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Holden Laurence Releases 'Cathartic' New EP
On Oct. 1, Cleveland indie artist Holden Laurence releases his new EP, 'Floating, Drifting.' The six songs were written and recorded during the pandemic when Laurence was struggling with panic attacks and anxiety. He says finishing the album felt like "a cathartic breakthrough."
15 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
How Cleveland Trumpeter Theresa May is Working to Break Down Barriers for Black Women in the Classical World
Cleveland trumpeter Theresa May talks about the challenges of navigating a classical music career for Black women, and a new nonprofit she helped create to break down those barriers. The Chromatic Brass Collective (CBC) is a national group of brass musicians that celebrates, performs, mentors and educates to increase the visibility of racially and ethnically underrepresented women and gender non-conforming people throughout the brass world.CBC recently launched $25,000 fundraising campaign to fund a mentor program, provide concerts, commission underrepresented composers and provide educational presentations. Contributions are being accepted through Oct. 4.
19 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Shuffle's Most Anticipated New Releases of Fall 2021
Amanda Rabinowitz and Brittany Nader each share the new albums and music they're most looking forward to this fall. Featured in this episode: Free Black! Marc Lee Shannon, Jeff Klemm, JD Eicher, Samantha Grace/Big Pop.
13 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Eclectic Musical Duo Sunflurry Flee New Orleans and Grow New Roots in Akron
When musicians Ruby Rendrag and Suki Kuehn moved to Akron in August 2020, it marked 15 years since they experienced the devastation of Hurricane Katrina firsthand.
20 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Since 'The Voice' Fame, Cleveland's Emily Keener Shows Independence, Growth with Latest Album
Cleveland singer-songwriter Emily Keener grabbed the nation's attention in 2016 as a finalist on The Voice. Now, she's serving with AmeriCorps and keeping the spirit of her music alive during this new adventure. Brittany Nader talked with Keener about her journey, her new album, "I Do Not Have to Be Good," and what's next for the indie-folk artist.
15 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Proof of Vaccination is the Ticket to Concerts in Northeast Ohio This Fall
On Aug. 18, more than a dozen venues across Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown announced they would require that attendees show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of entering their doors.We look into how the policy will work, how it's being received and how some other upcoming events in the region are taking a slightly different approach.
23 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Plan for PorchRokr 2021 with Shuffle’s Picks
Hear details about Akron's outdoor music festival, PorchRokr, which returns to the Highland Square neighborhood Saturday, Aug. 21. We also go through every hour of the schedule with our must-see picks!
17 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
'Music is My Medicine': Uno Lady’s Experimental Album Offers Guided Meditations for a Busy Mind
A Cleveland artist described as a one-woman choir is out with an album that combines experimental music, guided meditation and breathing exercises. Listen back to our January conversation with Christa Ebert, who performs as Uno Lady. She says she hopes “GROUNDED” will help listeners find peace amid the stresses and anxieties of the pandemic.
13 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Musician and Podcaster Larry Gargus on Launching 'Bleachmouth Post Script' and His Akron Musical Influences
Brittany Nader talks with contributor Larry Gargus, who has been active in the Northeast Ohio music scene for decades, playing in bands like Persistent Aggressor and The Unholy Three. Larry started his own podcast, "Bleachmouth Post Script," during lockdown in 2020 to replicate the conversations he'd have at the bar or after concerts with other music fans. He also reflects on Akron's music scene past and present, and shares some of his local musical influences.
13 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Alien Arts Uses Positive Hip-Hop to Inspire Akron Youth
Children and their parents flocked to Akron’s Hardesty Park to attend a hip-hop “boot camp” this July. The event was hosted by Alien Arts, a new Akron nonprofit founded by Ameer Williamson, who performs as Minus the Alien. Williamson's organization is working with kids in the city to help them experience the four elements of hip-hop culture: DJing, MCing, breakdancing and graffiti art.
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