American Sharks @ Headliner's

Lisa Sanchez

Hardin writes all of the bands lyrics and attributes his inspirations to the results of demon rituals, dreams, and drug-induced states. Something that relates to every music fan on a visceral level.

Whores, American Sharks @ The Grog Shop

Lisa Sanchez

Whores came on and delivered a solid wall of noise rock that I can still feel tingling in my ears three days later. 

Summer Slaughter
@ The Agora

Lisa Sanchez

The lineup features a wide range of bands, new and old school, underground rookies and seasoned veterans.

Iron Reagan

The Tyranny of Will

Lisa Sanchez

I highly recommend The Tyranny of Will and air drumming until your arms snap off at the elbows.

In Flames

Siren Charms

Steve Allanson

Even though In Flames purists might have a problem swallowing the softer approach, it would be hard not to appreciate the talent portrayed by the band in their eleventh-studio album.

The Contortionist

Language

Chad W. Lutz

It was hard to tell what most of the lyrics were throughout the album...But, what else is new? It wouldn't be metal if you could.

69 Cats

Translyvanian Tapes

Lisa Sanchez

Transylvanian Tapes is what my nightmares are made of. Not in the spooky, Goth motif the guys in The 69 Cats are going for, but in the way that badly executed song covers and 1950s drive-in commercials give me the creeps.

Anberlin

Lowborn

Kathleen Finley

When the band announced earlier this year that they were recording their final album, many people, including myself, were surprised. 

Music Showcase

Orenda Fink - You Can Be Loved

Fall Fests, Fun, and Frights 2014

Hallie Kosovich

Light those bonfires and tell those ghost stories because fall has arrived and is just waiting to be enjoyed!

"Rock Is Dead"

Chad W. Lutz

It doesn't take a Facebook post by Dave Grohl to know that artists like Father John Misty, Gary Clark Jr., Bon Iver, and even pop-associated acts like Imagine Dragons still carry the same torch handed on from Holly to Hendrix to Harrison and the many other H acts since. The light might not shine as bright, but rhythms of the fires still move us in the same ways. 

On John Kasich, Commencement Speaker

Darren C. Demaree

Kasich walked in just as it was time for the directors and faculty to enter the auditorium, he milled about silently until it was our turn to enter in front of the soon-to-be graduates, and he sat down, not on stage with the other leaders of the school, but with his aids in a seat in the corner of the room.

Empress Taytu

Cleveland

Lisa Sanchez

There were huts constructed inside the building, which provided your own private shelter when you settled for dinner. The chairs were squat stools pulling your knees close to your chest. There are common tables as well, but I like to be adventurous upon entering a foreign land. 

The Top 20 Summer Jams Ever. Period. We did it. No. You're Wrong. These are them.

Neal Christyson and Steven Casimer Kowalski

Summer is heat, sand, lakes, rivers, backyards, drinking in parks, bad decisions, GREAT decisions, slow afternoons, late nights, early mornings and, at least for us, it’s the perfect time for new experiences. The songs on this list ARE summer to us.

AltOhio Best Summer Music Spotify Playlist

Social Hang-Ups

Chad W. Lutz

According to a recent Nielsen survey, a staggering "65-percent of all Americans" now own a smart phone...what kind of responsibility do we have as a culture, as a collective conscious, to use modern technology in a manner that still preserves our humanity and the dignity most probably agree we all deserve?

Paul Kahan Interview

Lisa Sanchez

There is nothing worse than putting love and effort into something only to have it delayed and rescheduled. But, "Dirt Kingdom" the movie is more than just the culmination of hard work from Kahan and the featured actors. "The story comes from a personal place," said Kahan while he described the plot of Pandemos' movie.

For A Better Buckeye

September Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to junk foods. Keep with it. Yes, summer is nearing an end, and so is ready access to fresh fruit and veggies and extended daylight hours, but there are still ways to remain active, even with busy school schedules. Our monthly lists of athletic on-goings in the State of Ohio provide dozens of opportunities to set goals, stay regular, and have fun, regardless of season.

Whether you’re a full-time pro or just getting into the swing of things, these events offer a wide variety of competition for every age and every level of athletic ability.

The Bookshelf

Medina

Kathleen Finley

It may take a bit of searching, but you can find some real gems there.

9 Words

Darren C. Demaree

Short poems about each Cleveland Indian's game

In My Ohio

On the Stone, the Blood, and the Garden
(Today’s NFL Narrative)

Darren C. Demaree

The mechanics of a world, any world, are too complex for witnesses to create a complete and valid story to accompany it.  You have to live in that world for a little while, before you understand which animals and plants are dangerous, which are useless, and which of them have grown to hold any value at all. 

On Justin Townes Earle In Concert and What That Means

Darren C. Demaree

I like the idea of waiting another four years to see Earle perform again. He’ll have put out a few new albums, and I imagine I will be unrecognizable again. 

On the Princess Birthday Party

Darren C. Demaree

Dénouement primed, the sugar and the afternoon begin to wane, and the territorial nature of the supreme beings of the party has taken over.
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The Flaming Ice Cube

Boardman

Chad W. Lutz

If you don’t like plants, this place probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re plant-curious and looking to pop that culinary cherry, I’d say give The Flaming Ice Cube a try.

Scribbles Cafe

Kent

Brendan Trenner

What I love most about Scribbles is that the table cloths are construction paper, which is replaced at the beginning of each week. Upon the tables sit glass vases and jars of colored pencils, crayons, and watercolor paints. Patrons who relax at the tables are casually prodded to “scribble”. Throughout the week, the tables become covered with artwork and poetry of a surprisingly strong caliber.