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. 

Mumford & Sons

Wilder Mind

Steve Allanson

On Wilder Mind, the band completely abandons the folk sound fans have grown to love and become just another rock band and offer no uniqueness to the over-crowded genre.

Everclear

Black is the New Black

Dylan Sonderman

Along with some types of alcohol, many rock singers, even in the most beloved bands, do not age well. Vocal chops fade, lung capacity shrinks, etc. But like the powerful distilled spirit for which the group is named, Everclear largely stays potent with age. 

Red City Radio

Red City Radio

Lisa Sanchez

The band's self titled album hits you on all fronts. The songs are catchy and fun while maintaining a solid, deeply personal subject matter that lead singer Garrett Dale brings home consistently throughout the album.

Gift Giver

Shitlife

Lisa Sanchez

​Metal does not have to be music for ignorant people, but albums like Shitlife just keep giving the rest of us a bad reputation.

Vijay Iyer

Break Stuff

Dylan Sonderman

If you like modern jazz, forward-thinking music, or well-crafted displays of virtuosic instrumental prowess, you'll probably find something to enjoy on Break Stuff. I found quite a lot.

Music Showcase!

Mumford & Sons - Believe

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

On Kevin Love's (Not So) Big Night

Darren C. Demaree

Last night was Kyrie Irving’s night. He’s the front page right now, and he gave us an all-time great game against an all-time great opponent. Let’s celebrate that right up until the next game is played. The second story is that Kevin Love is officially a side note.

The Expendables

An Interview and a Show

Dylan Sonderman

​"Our albums will never sound all the same," assured Patterson. I think that is something fans really appreciate about the band.

For A Better Buckeye

May 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 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. ​