Motives @ The Foundry 1/7

Lisa Sanchez

​Motives set at The Foundry was what I had hoped, like a jump kick with emotionalism. The band played songs off of This World, Not Dead, Merely Sleeping, and even slipped in a Black Sabbath cover (to the joy of my nine year old heart). 

Papadosio @ House of Blues 11/25

Nick Lotz

​I feel like they're riding towards the moon and we're all riding with them.

Interview w/Billy Brouse of Papadosio

Nick Lotz

​I had the privilege of interviewing Billy Brouse about Papadosio’s upcoming show this Friday at the House of Blues in Cleveland. What follows is my quivering, star-struck attempt at an interview:

Seven Lions @ The Odeon 11/4

Nick Lotz

​I’m still watching Seven Lions; he’s playing grandiose, big arena DJ tracks, and he has a grandiose, big, arena DJ crowd. I get the feeling his concerts are going to be even more of an event a few years from now than they are now. Who knows?

The Mowgli's @ Beachland Ballroom 9/30

Nick Lotz

​Then they break it down for some unnamed song with smooth R&B type vibes. I hate to admit it, but I fucking enjoy it. It's got those triply guitar riffs that we all know and love and then drops into some old fashioned chorusin’----

Cliterati

Demo 2016

Lisa Sanchez

All I’ve wanted recently is some dirty, crusty, fast, angry, ridiculous basement junk music. Cliterati are all the adjectives. They have all the best words. I’ve been listening to their ten-minute demo on repeat for days. My ears are bleeding. Send help. But, goddammit it’s good.

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. 

AltOhio Music Showcase

Trentmoller - Redefine

Top Ten Albums of 2016

S​teven Casimer Kowalski and Neal Christyson​

Good day, reader!  Neal and I are sorry this is late. Wereally are. But listen, we wanted to gnaw on all that 2016 had to offer before we declared what truly was best. So here it is, almost 2 weeks after we’d hoped you’d have it. But hey, this list is still full of great stuff. We are once again proud to share a list of records that feels uniquely ours. One that shares traits with but does not mimic the other year-end wrap ups of the world.

Interview w/The Bouncing Souls

Lisa Sanchez

​Bryan: That’s us in a nutshell, just shooting in the dark.
Greg: Now we’re mid 30s dudes making punk records. How do you do that? Let’s figure it out! 

Dreamers' Top Ten Tour Tunes

Lisa Sanchez

​To celebrate Dreamers triumphant Ohio return (the state is a big deal, we have buckeyes) the band have comprised a tour playlist for their fans to get them excited for the show and hopefully put a little Dreamers flavor into your music rotation.

Check out the Dreamers' playlist below with a little insight into why the band chose their tour songs. 

PRISM Fest at Cedar Lee Theater 11/13/16

Nick Lotz

With a lineup of short films from a cornucopia of international filmmakers (including BAFTA and Sundance nominated filmmaker Tina Gharavi) this festival, which goes down on Sunday, November 13 at Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights, is going to be a surefire way to put you in the mood for a fun filled film season.

Interview w/Clowntown Production Crew

Nick Lotz

​Clowntown, which premiered last Friday at the Capitol Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, is the first in a new wave of films that have been filmed in Ohio, starred local Ohio talent, and (naturally) host their premieres here (in Ohio) as well.

Coheed and Cambria @ Agora 10/9

Lisa Sanchez

​Writing a review of Coheed and Cambria almost feels like a circle jerk. Of course they performed well. They’ve been doing it for more than 20 years and they’re arguably one of the best progressive bands in the genre today. Not only that, but I can’t even judge their setlist. 

Interview w/Nate Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Lisa Sanchez

​During the tour off season, Skeletonwitch still live in Ohio. Although this may not seem like the most artistic place for a musician, Garnette sums up Ohio’s appeal to him with a beer analogy I can get behind. “If I spend a month in Canada I’m ready to get to Ohio.
If I spend a week in LA, I want to sit in the back of a pickup truck and drink some Miller Lite,” Garnette stated.

Interview w/Marcella Arguello

Lisa Sanchez

​"When people make a stink about little things like saying 'comedienne' or using words like 'bitch' or 'cunt' those are such stupid, insignificant things. The things we have to deal with are so much bigger. Those are so much bigger. I don’t care about the labels or word usage or anything."

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).​
Find the entire column all here...