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. 

Interview w/
Kevin Embleton

Chad W. Lutz

Back in January, I had the unique pleasure to sit down with singer/songwriter Kevin Embleton to talk music, coffee, and the things that sometimes stall grand plans. 

Interview w/
Mark "Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death

Lisa Sanchez

"I like what we do. We like what we do, so why change it for the sake of it?" Considering the career longevity that Napalm Death achieved it's difficult to argue with the singer's logic.            

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.

Embleton

It Did Me Well

Dylan Sonderman

​As the final lyric of the album, “And sometimes the sun won’t come out…” trails off, I feel waves of an emotion I can’t quite place. Longing? Joy? Whatever it is, I’m grateful I was able to feel it from listening to this music.

The Expendables

Sand in the SKy

Dylan Sonderman

I definitely respect the consistency and focus of The Expendables, but the diversity of the songs on Sand in the Sky is what impressed me the most as a newcomer. 

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear

Chad W. Lutz

Combining elements of trip hop, Americana blues, Doo-wop, and gospel rock, Tillman as Father John Misty in I Love You, Honeybear gives us the ironic anger album we've all been waiting for. 

Papa Roach

F.E.A.R.

Lisa Sanchez

F.E.A.R. is the once rap/metal turned dub-step/metal/radio rock band's eighth studio album. If you're even half as surprised by that number as I am, then you already know what a fantastic shit spectacle this album is.

Sleater-Kinney

No Cities to Love

Lisa Sanchez
            

Sleater-Kinney's Olympia, Washington, roots are still very evident, even in No Cities to Love. Their songs are to the point, powerful, and personal. The fact that Sleater-Kinney has maintained their core sound, but evolved over a 20-year career is beyond encouraging. 

Marilyn Manson

The Pale Emperor

Dylan Sonderman

​I felt this was Manson acknowledging this fact and pointing out that shock value isn’t all there is to his music. Which perhaps I had forgotten.

Fall Out Boy

American Beauty/American Psycho

Lisa Sanchez

American Beauty/American Psycho is the musical equivalent of covering a skateboard in glitter.

The Cleveland International Film Festival Returns for 39th Year!

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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.

Cavaliers 60-game Recap

Chad W. Lutz

Beginning with Lebron’s second decision in July and continuing with the Hollywood signings of Kevin Love, James Jones, and Mike Miller, the loss of Anderson Varejao, the dealing of Dion Waiters, the acquisitions of Timofey Mozgof Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith, eight-game win streaks, six-game losing streaks, twelve-game win streaks, and one of the best records against Western Conference powers, I can honestly say I think we’ve seen it all. 

On Every Animal My Son Becomes

Darren C. Demaree

My son is a lion. He is also a hippopotamus, a crocodile, a dog, and a shark. Each animal has a sound, a walk, and even a dance. There are times when he will be an animal for thirty minutes at a time, and until he declares himself a “boy” again. We behave accordingly. 

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. ​

On Being a Father During Winter Times

Darren C. Demaree

Whenever we go out for a while, we are all rewarded with cups of hot chocolate. It’s the best, and as the adult I am entitled to the most marshmallows in my cup.

Top Ten Albums of 2014

Steven Casimer Kowalski and Neal Christyson

AltOhio has been kind enough to invite us back for another round. This time, it’s all positivity. There aren’t any dishonorable mentions because, for real, this year was tough enough.

Noodlecat

Cleveland

Chad W. Lutz

​The flavors practically leapt out of my bowl and into my face. 

On the Drastic Consequences of Misinterpreting the Rights of Human Beings

Darren C. Demaree

The best we can do in a case of a murder is to name the criminal and to do so loudly. To not even find the crime involved in this incident was terrible.

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.

For A Better Buckeye

March Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! This winter has been brutal to our bodies and our transit systems, but hopefully not too brutal to our spirits. Spring is right around the corner, and that means outdoor activities! Get a head start on the competition by planning your race schedules now, or simply make a commitment and work toward new goals. 


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.

In My Ohio

On Turning Thirty-Four

Darren C. Demaree

As I approach that level of permanent adulthood, I am still left with some questions that were never answered in my more youthful times. I feel compelled to ask them now before it’s too late, and I am eventually found out to be less than.

On What Happens When the Weathermen Smile

Darren C. Demaree

For the last three months he has been a sad bastard that has warned us about icy conditions and wind-chill that want to take your nose as a trophy, but now he sports the look of a boxer that knows the other guy is going to take a dive.  

On What Happened When the Cold Wouldn't Leave

Darren C. Demaree

Eventually, we will all move freely again, we will unite as a family and we will emerge from the house as a family. I believe that a steady sun will heal us all.

On Truck Day

Darren C. Demaree

No matter the year, this could be our year, and that is not a question of belief, that is the hum of a machine that knows no other process. Oh, just wait until the pitchers and catchers report, and we can get some actual baseballs being thrown around. I will be walking on my toes again, and I will be a full inch taller than I was in January.

On Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel

Darren C. Demaree

Substance abuse is a terribly lonely burden, and if the Browns and the NFL turn their backs on these men now a majority of their support systems and their egos will be damaged beyond repair. 

On 2015: The Year of The One or The Other

Darren C. Demaree

The middle ground is a lonely, lonely place, and 2015, apparently, is the year it becomes a minefield.

On the Bullets Fired in Paris

Darren C. Demaree

Those twelve people that died in that office should be remembered for their talent, their bravery, and ultimately for what they gave their lives for. They died because they lived to punish those that impugned the ecstatic.

On Leaving College Early

Darren C. Demaree

If I had written a bestselling book at twenty, would I have bothered to finish my undergraduate degree?
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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.