Shuffle is WKSU's weekly spin through Northeast Ohio's music scene.  Join Morning Edition host Amanda Rabinowitz every Thursday as she checks on what's going on in Rock, Folk, Rap, Classical... you name it. If it's got a beat, you'll get a chance to learn more about it on Shuffle.

Akron Recording Company

An Akron record label is celebrating Record Store Day this weekend by releasing a compilation album inspired by the Akron Sound.   

photo of Mark Graham

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.

photo of Punch Drunk Tagalongs

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.”

Amanda Rabinowitz

Editor’s note: This story originally incorrectly stated that Marc Lee Shannon is the former guitarist for Michael Stanley. Shannon is still with the band  

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.  

Rolling Stone Magazine
Rolling Stone Magazine

[Editor's note: This previously aired on WKSU on May 4, 2017]

The iconic music and pop culture magazine Rolling Stone turned 50 last year. Next month, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum closes its yearlong exhibit that takes music fans through the magazine's vast archives of photos and interviews.

WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked with Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel about Rolling Stone Magazine at 50.