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.

Matt Munhall Interview

Chad W. Lutz

“The Truth can be funny, the Truth can be Do-Whop; I’m just trying to be well-rounded, I guess, and make music that’s as true to me as possible.” Listen to his music and you’ll know that’s true.

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."

Foxes

Glorious

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.

Kitten

Kitten

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.

The Amity Affliction

Let the Ocean Take Me

Steve Allanson

The music twists the dark theme, with a more upbeat sound.

Fuckface Unstoppable

FFU

Lisa Sanchez

FFU sounds like one long, lame keg party where only three people showed up and the keg was really just two Colt 45's taped together.

Devin Townsend

Casualities of Cool

Patrick Bailey

It’s all yang. Like eating salad for two hours straight; the repetition starts to wear you down after a while.

Killer Be Killed

Killer Be Killed

Lisa Sanchez

Considering the individuality and raw energy of each contributing member, it seems the end result would be a cacophonous dirge of spitting and smashed guitars. However, in reality, Killer Be Killed is a fine-tuned and precise assault of unending melody and groove.

Music Showcase

Scribbles Cafe

Kent

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.

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.

Primary Excuses

Chad W. Lutz

The answer is simple: vote, and don't make excuses.

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?

Fire in Garrettsville

Chad W. Lutz

The blaze burned for nearly four hours. One of the buildings that burned to the ground was a local woods and cabinetry shop, which only served to fuel the flames once the initial blaze began.

Top Three Baseball Movies

Steve Allanson

With the All-star break just around the corner that means we’ll have a few days without Indians baseball; and if you’re like me, that’s the longest few days of the summer. I like to fill the void by watching baseball themed movies and I have compiled a list of my top three baseball movies of all time.

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 each Cleveland Indian's game

In My Ohio

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.

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On Fighting the Ocean

Darren C. Demaree

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

On Nick Swisher, Action Hero

Darren C. Demaree

Nick Swisher is John McClane from the Die Hard movies. He really is. It doesn’t matter what he’s done for the first two hours of the game, how injured he is, how confusing his smile looks since he’s been getting his ass kicked by every henchman/pitcher for the whole of that story/game, he still manages to ensure that we live happily ever after.

On Watermelon

Darren C. Demaree

Try punching a whole in the side of the watermelon, when your hand returns it could return with the beating heart of the fruit. Gallagher it. Find a hammer and smash it. Whatever fruit remains is the fruit you were meant to eat. Do you own a sword?

On the Murder of a Student

Darren C. Demaree

Last Saturday, a little after three in the morning somebody tried to start a fire in the chest cavity of Ste‘Vaun Jessie.
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The Diner on Clifton

Lakewood

Lisa Sanchez

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

Crust

Tremont

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.