Shuffle

The rock band Relaxer may not be a household-name  in Akron, but its members are. Founder Jamie Stillman has been playing in bands for decades, and owns EarthQuaker Devices. The Akron company sells hand-made guitar pedals that are popular with  musicians around the world.

For this week’s Shuffle, Stillman and band mates Joe Scott, Corey Haren and Brad Thorla talked about being in business together, growing older and defining passive progressive rock. 

Akron singer-songwriter Jim Ballard’s 11th album took him on a journey down two different paths. So, he recorded two versions of each song.

For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked with Ballard about the creation of "Ask John Steinbeck," an experiment that brought together about a dozen musicians. 

CityCop house show
CityCop

If you really want to experience Akron’s local music scene, you'll have to go to some unexpected places. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked about Akron’s vibrant do-it-yourself community with The Devil Strip’s music editor Brittany Nader and Max Adams of the emo hardcore band CityCop.

Akron's DIY scene has been growing over the last few years. 

Cleveland singer-songwriter Marina Strah
Sofar Sounds

A monthly concert series in Cleveland is about to mark three years. But you’ve likely never heard of it. That’s because Sofar Sounds’ performances are meant to be kept a secret. For this week’s Shuffle, we look at this subscription-only concert experience.

Imagine getting a ticket to a show but all the details --- from the performers to the location --- are a mystery until the last minute. That’s Sofar Sounds, or Sounds From a Room. It’s a subscription to intimate pop-up concerts.

Natalie Grieshammer, Ben Patrick and Robert Keith are The Dreemers
The Dreemers

An Akron garage band wants to help unite the city’s music scene. The Dreemers are releasing their first full-length album. It was recorded in their own East Akron studio. Now, the trio wants to invite other bands and artists to their studio to recapture the Akron Sound of the 1970’s, made popular by punk/new wave bands like The Bizarros and Devo.

For this week’s Shuffle, Ben Patrick, Robert Keith and Natalie Grieshammer of The Dreemers talk about their music and their vision for Akron. 

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