On the Mythology of Saltwater in a Man's Beard

Darren C. Demaree

Most importantly my vacation beard functions like blinders on a racehorse. 

Jane's Addiction
@ House of Blues
5/21/2015

Lisa Sanchez

What's a rock concert without a little danger?

Rotting Out @
The Foundry
3/17/2015

Lisa Sanchez

"We don't need to prove anything to anybody because fuck everybody. And the last song we did came out exactly how we wanted it and we were just having fun in the garage. That's our biggest accomplishment right now is that record. I hope it comes out exactly how we want it and not how other people expect us to have it."

O'Death Live
@ The Grog Shop 2/25/2015

Lisa Sanchez

​O'Death were well worth the price of admission. I met one girl who had driven five and a half hours from Minneapolis just to see the band perform. 

Bully

Feels Like

Lisa Sanchez

Feels Like is 100% energetic fun lined with all of your embarrassing youthful follies. Bully's debut album is a terrific start for a band that I can only see succeeding. 

Anti-Flag

American Spring

Lisa Sanchez

Don't disregard the album, American Spring is a deserved addition to Anti-Flag's discography, but it's not the spark that starts the inferno. It's more like the charcoal that starts the barbecue.

Coal Chamber

Rivals

Dylan Sonderman

Now, let me at least take a step back and state the obvious: Coal Chamber isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I think I can count on no hands the amount of friends I have that would express excitement at the prospect of hearing an album I described as “spooky, grinding, cathartic alternative metal” or “atmospheric nu-hardcore goth rock” or some such. But I’m the one writing this review, and any self-respecting cook trusts their own taste to know when the soup is good. 

Keith Jarrett

Creation

Dylan Sonderman

​The aptly titled 2015 album Creation collects nine improvisational suites from six different live performances in 2014. I personally love this approach in arranging and developing an album. By blending the raw, off-the-cuff essence of improv with the meticulous selection process taking place in the studio, Jarrett put together a record that feels both refined and fresh. 

Let's Go Cavs!

The Meaning of Loneliness and The American Dream

Chad W. Lutz

It’s good for the soul. Put yourself out there. Properly lace yourself on the fray. Even if it’s just a night’s stay at a local campground surrounded by one of the country’s largest megalopolises, then so be it.

On Finding Positives in My Son's Streaking Habits

Darren C. Demaree

​I respect his love of being naked. I’m thirty-four and it’s been at least a decade since I’ve done any real naked running. That sort of thing can get a man arrested, and since my previous attempts went unnoticed in my misspent youth, I fear the karma of trying it again at this point. 

A Few Thoughts
on the 2015 NBA Finals

Chad W. Lutz

​Both teams are hungry, nay, starving for a title. 

On the Writing of The Pony Governor

Darren C. Demaree

There is a righteous, dynamic, and hilarious tradition of political poetry in our country. We are an ornery people by nature. This book, “The Pony Governor”, is me at my orneriest. 

Red City Radio @ The Agora 4/29/2015

Lisa Sanchez

​"No art form can necessarily derive 'Why we sound this way' or 'this is why my art looks this way'. I think that if you absolutely point out what your direct influence is you're probably not making art. The way to find a sound is by making a lot of it." I'd like to get that on a T-shirt, please.

On the Ideal Punishment for Deflategate

Darren C. Demaree

I think Tom Brady sort of cheated, but he lied about it. He was adamant that he had no idea why those footballs were deflated to his exact specifications. He was cocky and shitty about the whole thing, and those lies allowed him to play in and win the Super Bowl. So, let the league get creative with their punishment. 

On Ohio's Children and Poetry

Darren C. Demaree

I’ll talk to anyone any time about poetry. I thought I would be filling a need if I spent some of that time in Ohio’s elementary schools, and the teachers and students do appear to appreciate my time, but they don’t need me. How tremendous is that? ​

On Ohio House Bill 125

Darren C. Demaree

​When you are elected to any government position, on any level, your first job is to behave in the best interests of the people. You cannot swear to only protect one gender, or one race, or one religion, or even one particular lifestyle just because that is your particular ethos. You must empathize with those that elected you, regardless of your beliefs

For A Better Buckeye

June Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! It's hard to believe that winter is over, but I think we can finally breathe easy. And with the grey skies turned blue and the biting winds soon-to-be summer breezes, we are now cleared to move about state (without shovels or snow tires). Racing season is underway and the days are lasting longer. Find the exact outdoor adventure you've been looking for with our monthly compilation of all things athletic and Ohio.​

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.

Last Exit Books

Kent

Dylan Sonderman

"I want to keep it small," said Merlene, when asked about his vision for Last Exit. Personally, I know I wouldn't want to see it any other way.

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 every Cleveland Indian's game

Read them all here.

In My Ohio

On What Lebron Needs to Hear

Darren C. Demaree

You are Lebron James, and you can do this. You are Lebron fucking James, and you can do this. When you defy gravity or hit a step-back three, I yell, “Because he’s Lebron James!” 

On Finding Michael Bourn

Darren C. Demaree
​The reality of Michael Bourn as a Cleveland Baseballer has been crushing. He has never been healthy or anything close to productive. His fantastic defense has gone from Gold-Glove level, to average, to below-average, and now he’s flailing around out there.

On John Oswalt

Darren C. Demaree

You see, I am John Oswalt’s orneriest of friends, and though I will always try my best to aid him directly in his pursuits, I must step around his rule for next weekend and say a few words. 
Find the entire column all here...

Flavors Eatery

Dayton

Chad W. Lutz

Would I make this a staple place to eat out? Probably not. But what the restaurant does offer is options for those with special dietary needs, which may, in effect, make Flavors a bit more than a casual place to eat. It may become your favorite.

P.J. Marley's

Medina

Kathleen Finley

As I’ve watched PJ Marley’s grow these past few months, I can honestly say that their endeavor is a rousing success. It’s quickly becoming one of the great neighborhood hangout spots. ​