Vans Warped Tour 2016

Lisa Sanchez

​Warped Tour is so jam packed with bands, I didn’t have to look far to find a solid act. Of course, there are dozens of acts at Blossom Music Center, and dammit I’m just one person. Walk with me in my journey through colossal bands, sun screen, crowd surfing, staying hydrated, and watching people lose their minds for their favorite song.

Interview w/Zach Quinn of Pears

Lisa Sanchez

Quinn: ​If anybody wants to come see me hurt myself, more than likely I will. Never on purpose, but very often I will. The point is, I can’t seem to protect myself when I try. I might not survive this band and I’m doing my best to do that. I’m still always banged the fuck up.

Yoni & Geti Live @ Grog Shop 6/4

Lisa Sanchez

​While the duo’s set at Grog Shop was loose, they still busted out “Allegheny,” “Madeline,” and “Frank” in album order without missing a beat and still conveying the subtleties in every song, such as the folksy instrumentals on “Madeline” and the trance-like keyboard and percussion in “Allegheny.”

Interview with Yoni & Geti

Lisa Sanchez

Yoni said, "​It’s leading you down a rabbit hole into a grimness, then climbing back out of that grimness. Within each song you want to have the ups and downs and builds. That’s a microcosm of the album. If you have ten lives you want each one of those lives to ebb and flow and build. There are layers to this shit.”

Bloc Party Live @ Newport 5/21

Lisa Sanchez

​When Boc Party hit the Newport stage, I realized I didn’t dare put earplugs in for this show. I didn’t want to miss any of the weird synth beats in songs like “Only He Can Heal Me,” “Banquet,” and “So He Begins to Lie.”

Savages Live @ Grog Shop 5/18

Lisa Sanchez

​Savages breaks a sweat on stage because they’re playing as well as they can. All the other stuff is just to give the audience that extra bite that Savages has cultivated so well in songs like “Evil,” “Husbands,” and “Adore.”          

Radiohead

A Moon Shaped Pool

Chad W. Lutz

​Is this OK Computer or Hail to the Thief caliber? No, not quite. I think the album falls short of that. But I do think die-hard fans are going to love it, and that casual and first-time listeners are bound to find something to love as well, if only for the pure musicianship. 

Fall of Troy

OK

Dylan Sonderman

From the particular type of lyrics and catchy melodies to the cathartic screams and energetic frenzied shredding, the band is particularly adept at sounding like themselves from 10 years ago. I think that’s a lot more difficult to achieve than people would like to believe.

AltOhio Music Showcase

Safe to Say - Only Rain

Curse Reversed: A City in Celebration

Chad W. Lutz

I think Lebron James put it best: "Nothing is given, everything is earned." And while a lot of us would have loved to have been given championships in 1989, 1995, 1997, 2007, and last year's NBA Finals, all that losing made yesterday's victory parade that much sweeter and made us all a little prouder for never giving up on Cleveland, Ohio.

Cavaliers 2016 NBA Finals Recap

Cavs Win Title 4-3

Chad W. Lutz

The reason why I wanted to take this time to talk about something that's been 30-for-30ied and analyzed ad nauseam by sportscasters already, not even twenty-four hours removed from the feat, is because regardless of what hardships Cleveland sports fans have endured over the last 52 years, they never shied away from their teams. 

Portia's

Columbus

Chad W. Lutz

​If you're looking for quaint, Portia's is where you want to be. The dining area looks more like a used bookstore, which, if you're like me, is exactly where I want to eat a meal. 

Rest in Ruins: The Legacy of Akron's Rubber Bowl

​Chad W. Lutz

Imagination and whatever you can find on the internet are now our only windows to what this effigy for a generation once held. 

The Darkness Live @ House of Blues 4/24

Lisa Sanchez

​The Darkness have a very distinctive look, capturing a “golden era” of rock and roll filled with sequined jump suits and perfect hair, but I wondered if they could pull it off live. Well, the moment Hawkins came out wearing a jump suit that looked like a circus tent fastened with epaulets, I knew I was going to have a good time.

Nuevo

Akron

Chad W. Lutz

​Where else can you order a flight of tequilas? 

Ohio Voter Handbook

Chad W. Lutz

Get out and flex your democratic muscles. They look good on you.

Big Love at "Big Love"

Chad W. Lutz

​Large groups of people, young, old, and everything in between, danced to the sounds of bands playing local tunes and world music. After an hour of walking around, one got the feeling the entire place was like a giant playground for adults and children.

On The Run

Race Day

Chad W. Lutz

For some of us, we need every ounce of energy we can squeeze from our favorite guitar solos or base drops, and then some. Running is a spiritual undertaking in itself, then you factor in something as mood- and life-altering as music into the equation, and the result is some serious business we're talking about here.

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 Tending

Darren C. Demaree

I really hope you’re feeling as wonderfully full as I am right now. I hope you find a few moments to revel in this thick moment. After that, I can wait to join you on the field of empathy and good work. 

On Pie (a poem)

Darren C. Demaree

​If I am to be splayed
or tumbled
in front of my dears,
may it be known
that I have no fear
to sleep on the floor
with such crusts
entangled in my beard.
 

On the Adoration Poems

Darren C. Demaree

These poems are for strangers, for artists, for writers, and for people I am thankful for. 

On the Music from My College Days

Darren  C. Demaree

One thing is for sure; listening to this music while I write this project was a good idea, as I continue to have an almost visceral reaction to some of these songs.

On What to Do When Your Son Says A Painting Looks Like His Penis

Darren C. Demaree

His penis has become an enigma and a point of interest in his life. Now, he considers it to be akin to a work of art. That will keep me laughing for decades.

On My Adult Days

Darren C. Demaree

On Tuesday, I woke up around 6:30am (5 of out 10 on the adult scale), got my son some apple juice (7/10), fed the dogs (4/10), and proceeded to make breakfast for the entire family (8/10).​
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