James Brown once said, "I've only got seventh grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use."

When Cleveland was chosen as the home for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, but not as the host city for the induction ceremony, many Northeast Ohioans were unhappy.  But, the times they are a changin.’

More recently, the city has hosted the event every three years, and starting this April the inductions will be alternating between Cleveland and New York. Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris said the induction ceremony is a complicated affair with a lot of moving parts. Does that mean hosting it more frequently would put more pressure on his staff?

Musicians have certain nightclubs and concert halls where they love to play. Sometimes it’s the look, the feel and the history. But what’s even more essential is the sound. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia finds out more in this week’s “Shuffle.”

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars and Dire Straits — along with guitar pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with an award for early influence — have been named as next year's inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.


The Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio has received an $8 million donation, the largest in the group's history.

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A Cleveland recording engineer who wants to show support for human rights is putting together a retro fundraiser for the ACLU of Ohio.

Concert photography has changed a lot in the era of smart phones and social media. But for Cleveland photographer Judie Vegh, it’s still an art form. For this week’s Shuffle, we see Northeast Ohio’s music scene through Vegh’s lens.

A 2014 reunion concert of Cleveland hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was the moment Judie Vegh realized concert photography was more than a hobby.

All Sides Weekend: Soundtrack to Horror

Oct 27, 2017
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Just as horror films throughout history have had a lasting impact on the artform, the terrifying music from these flicks have also evolved and contributed to popular music as we know it today.

On today's All Sides Weekend, guest host Clare Roth explores why music is so essential to the production of horror films and how it affects our psyche.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Oct 20, 2017
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All Sides Weekend celebrates landmark anniversaries for some of Columbus' premiere performing arts groups with guest host Christopher Purdy. The Columbus Dance Theatre company celebrates its 20th season and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra its 30th. Join us for that and more on music and the arts in and around town.

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.