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Ideastream Public Media
Shuffle is your backstage pass to Northeast Ohio's independent music scene.
Nov 16, 2023
Northeast Ohio’s Ava Preston is rising the ranks as a jazz singer-songwriter
Jazz vocalist Ava Preston learned to pen lyrics and refine her vocals from mentors around Cleveland. Now, she's hitting stages around the country and performing for her music heroes.
Nov 2, 2023
Canton hip-hop artist Jéan P the MC talks hometown pride and the rhymes that saved his life
Canton rapper Jéan P the MC released his new album Oct. 6. Jéan Pierre Johnson, the writer and emcee behind the moniker, has had a prolific career in Northeast Ohio and says he's ready to reach the next level.
Oct 19, 2023
Cleveland musician Grace Sullivan finds her voice as Wish Queen
Grace Sullivan found the courage to put her original music out into the world during the pandemic. As her alter ego, Wish Queen, she recorded a debut album to be released Oct. 27.
Oct 5, 2023
Prog-rock band Soleo tells a family’s story of fleeing Iran in the 1970s
Northeast Ohio band Soleo pulls from family experiences, Iranian history and Middle Eastern musical traditions on their debut prog-rock album.
Sep 21, 2023
Ngina Fayola draws on Guyanese roots to create her fusion of folk and soul in Cleveland
Despite years of shyness, singer-songwriter Ngina Fayola found her voice as a musician in Cleveland. She will soon find her way back to her homeland of Guyana to record her next album.
Sep 14, 2023
From country to the Rock Hall, singer-songwriter Ri Rosecrans evolves her sound
Lorain County native Ri Rosecrans is gaining momentum as a musician after participating in this summer's Artist in Residency program at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The opportunity inspired the singer-songwriter to transform her sound from country to hard rock.
Aug 31, 2023
Anya Van Rose leans into Canton’s music community to release first full-length album
Anya Van Rose is a dream-pop band from Canton that just released its debut full-length album with support from the Realgrey Records studio and local songwriting community.
Aug 17, 2023
Akron band Detention grows up on the PorchROKR stage
Akron four-piece band Detention formed when most of its members were in elementary school. The rockers have been a staple of the PorchROKR stage and will headline the festival this year.
Jul 27, 2023
Longtime Cleveland harpist Kristy Kline evolves from rock covers to pop originals
Kristy Kline is known for her covers of popular rock songs on the electric harp. Now, the Cleveland singer and harpist is trying her hand at her own pop songs.
Jul 13, 2023
From Bourbon Street to Muscle Shoals: Austin Walkin' Cane plays the blues in Cleveland and beyond
Cleveland blues artist Austin Walkin' Cane recently released an acoustic, 15-song album recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Jun 29, 2023
Cleveland hip-hop artist Marcus Smith falls back in love with his craft
Cleveland rapper Marcus Smith released his second solo album this month. Smith considered quitting music until new opportunities to collaborate with renowned hip-hop artist Asher Roth and an artist residency program at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame set him on a path to success.
Jun 15, 2023
Cleveland Rocks aims to amplify music scene with campus in Waterloo Arts District
Nonprofit music organization Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future is working to support area artists with new opportunities and revenue streams after the pandemic.
Jun 1, 2023
Pakistani native Slowspin explores the immigrant experience with electronic music
Electronic artist Zeerak Ahmed broke barriers in her native Pakistan before moving to Cleveland. The musician's new album under the Slowspin moniker explores the immigrant experience and fuses traditional vocals with technological soundscapes.
May 18, 2023
Carlos Jones reflects on 45 years of performing reggae in Cleveland
Longtime Cleveland reggae artist Carlos Jones will perform with the P.L.U.S. Band at the Rock n Reggae Fest May 28.
May 4, 2023
Beautiful Northeast Ohio landscapes serve as stages for video concert series
Greyt Outdoor concert series films music performances in beautiful Northeast Ohio landscapes. Audiences can then watch the videos from wherever they are online.
Apr 20, 2023
From Philly to Cleveland: Electro-punk artist Uniity finds a home
Asia “Raven” Clark, who goes by Uniity, was named a Panza Foundation grant recipient for 2023. The avant-garde musician will tour nationally this year while working to connect with and unify the local independent scene in Cleveland.
Apr 6, 2023
Cleveland singer-songwriter Kahrin Spear to release album inspired by grandfather’s secret poems
Former basketball star Kahrin Spear is a full-time musician in Cleveland. She will release her sophomore album inspired by her grandfather's poems April 19.
Mar 23, 2023
Akron pianist Kofi Boakye reflects on his breakout year, from the big screen to the Apollo stage
Akron musician Kofi Boakye has been performing for a decade. Last year, he got his big break by appearing in a film and performing at the Apollo theater.
Mar 9, 2023
Cleveland duo Baker’s Basement whips up eclectic songs with buckets and lyrical humor
Cleveland indie-folk-hop duo the Baker's Basement makes original music with unconventional instruments. They're set to release new songs this year.
Feb 23, 2023
Akron’s Big Pop brings its explosive rock sound to Cleveland’s Brite Winter
Akron pop-rock band Big Pop has released a handful of episodic music videos this year and is recording its debut, full-length album. The band will perform at Cleveland’s Brite Winter Music and Art festival for the first time this Saturday, Feb. 25, on the West Bank of the Flats.