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.

Fit For An Autopsy @ The Agora

Lisa Sanchez

Band members were high-fiving crowd members and there was never a moment when someone from the stage wasn't engaging with someone from the floor. There was a vibe from the band that they were just happy to play, and even happier that people were there to enjoy the show with them.

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.



Kathleen Finley

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

This Is A Lifetime


Steve Allanson

When you were told to expect big things from this band, Warrior is just that. 

Weird Al Yankovic

Mandatory Fun

Lisa Sanchez

If there is an artist that can reach 10 year olds, 25 year olds, and 45 year olds alike with comedy in the form of parodied music, then just embrace it and party on. Dance it out to some polka. You know you want to. 

Judas Priest

Redeemer of Souls

Steve Allanson

"Redeemer of Souls...somewhat reminiscent of the British Steel album; if the British Steel album was terrible."



Lisa Sanchez

The club remixes aren't bad either; in fact, I'm sure the song would be especially touching while intoxicated on your party favor of choice.



Lisa Sanchez

Despite their somewhat self-aware absurdity, there are some gems hidden in their album Kitten. Ranging from nostalgic 1980s super pop hits as well as some danceable, fun present day hits, Kitten have a bit more to offer than just "Girl's Just Want to Have Fun". But, don't worry. That's totally not the last Cyndi Lauper reference I'm going to make.

Music Showcase

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


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

Gettin' Wiggy With It

The Cavs Go Blatt

Chad W. Lutz

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected F Andrew Wiggins from Kansas, widely hailed as one of the most athletic draft picks in years, and effectively capped an already zany and mad-hatter offseason that hasn't even hit the fireworks finale just yet.

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.

The Chief Wahoo Controversary

Steve Allanson

It's not like Chief Wahoo has won us any World Series anyway. We haven't won since 1948. Maybe it's time we adopt a new name and mascot and bring the magic back to Cleveland?

The Diner on Clifton


Lisa Sanchez

I would definitely go to The Diner on Clifton just to drink coffee and listen to 90s rock.

For A Better Buckeye

August Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! Well, summer appears to have gotten the best of us here at AltOhio. We’ve become drunk on sun and leisure. Perhaps you have, too? That’s a good thing. But, as we all have learned in our short (or long) tenures on this planet, moderation is the true to key to contentment. That’s what they say, at any rate. So, here’s to your continued moderation :wink:

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


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 Flowers in August

Darren C. Demaree

We want to peak, and to do that we need only exist within the flowers that surround Ohio.

On Nineteen Things That Happen When I Walk Past Another Person

Darren C. Demaree

5.) I drag my hand through my beard to negate any ornery angles the wind has given it.

17.) I straighten my beard again.

On Sharing The Tangerine

Darren C. Demaree

Summer can be overwhelming. 

On Lebron James, No Matter What

Darren C. Demaree

No matter what happens, I hope the rest of you remember the long-view of this man’s contribution to our home. It’s his home, too, and I hope you remember that most of all.

On the Only Wrong Way to Celebrate July 4th

Darren C. Demaree

Thirty-four acceptable ways to celebrate and one way you should never celebrate July 4th.


On Fighting the Ocean

Darren C. Demaree

I will be in a tuxedo, but I will be ready for anything.
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Scribbles Cafe


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.



Chad W. Lutz

It’s the type of place Cleveland can be proud of and should be known for, right up there with Melt, Sushi Rock, and the Hard Rock Café.