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They wrote the songs. They found the desk. They submitted the videos. Now, it's waiting time to find out who will win the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music. 

The world's most popular music streaming service, Spotify, went public today. Shares were expected to start trading around $130 each, but ranges for the opening price went as high as $169, and at the time of this writing its stocks were trading at $155, making the company worth about $27.4 billion. (You could safely expect these figures to fluctuate widely over the coming hours, days, weeks and months.)

Shuffle: Musicians Lead Akron's Kenmore Neighborhood Revival

Mar 29, 2018

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.  

It's time to crank up the amps, warm up the drum machines, dust off the sax (or whatever your instrument of choice is) and enter the Tiny Desk Contest.

Two Dollar Radio

Hanif Abdurraqib, the author of the acclaimed essay collection They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, announced a two-book deal with Random House last month. But the vote of confidence from a major New York City-based publisher hasn’t lessened his dedication for his home city of Columbus.

Shuffle: Project D.R.E.W. Helps Veterans Heal Through Song

Feb 1, 2018

Music is being used as a healing tool for some Northeast Ohio veterans. For this week’s Shuffle, we hear about a new project that pairs songwriters with soldiers.

  

On a recent Sunday afternoon in Avon Lake, a handful of veterans and their families gathered for a concert -- just for them.

Ahead of Sunday night's 60th Grammy Awards ceremony, a new study published by University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds that more than 90 percent of Grammy nominees in the past six years have been male. Stacey Smith, co-author of the study — titled Inclusion in the Recording Studio? -- says there is an "epidemic of invisibility" in the music industry, particularly in songwriting and producing.

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.”

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