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’----

Interview w/Elijah Whitt of Cane Hill

​Lisa Sanchez

When I hear Cane Hill, your sound evokes a lot of my favorite nu-metal bands from the early 2000s like Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. Is that era of music some of your main influencers?

​​Whitt: Our adolescence was during the 90's and 2000's so of course a lot of our influences are the metal bands of that generation. But having said that, we honestly take more influence from Pantera and Metallica it's probably just more difficult to peg. 

Interview w/Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex

Lisa Sanchez

​"So when we write we’re still hungry, we’re still trying to accomplish something, we don’t feel like we’ve made it. I feel like we’re still a struggling metal band. I’m appreciative of it, but I take it with a grain of salt at the same time."

Interview w/Cruel Hand

Lisa Sanchez

​Linkovich: We are a hardcore band... Our sound is definitely more of a traditional hardcore vibe so sometimes I feel like it goes over those kids heads. They're here more for the more modern sounding stuff. We're kind of like the throwback band. We're like the dad's band. We're like the sound guy's band.

Vans Warped Tour 2016

Lisa Sanchez

​Warped Tour is so jam packed with bands, I didn’t have to look far to find a solid act. Of course, there are dozens of acts at Blossom Music Center, and dammit I’m just one person. Walk with me in my journey through colossal bands, sun screen, crowd surfing, staying hydrated, and watching people lose their minds for their favorite song.

Interview w/Zach Quinn of Pears

Lisa Sanchez

Quinn: ​If anybody wants to come see me hurt myself, more than likely I will. Never on purpose, but very often I will. The point is, I can’t seem to protect myself when I try. I might not survive this band and I’m doing my best to do that. I’m still always banged the fuck up.

Yoni & Geti Live @ Grog Shop 6/4

Lisa Sanchez

​While the duo’s set at Grog Shop was loose, they still busted out “Allegheny,” “Madeline,” and “Frank” in album order without missing a beat and still conveying the subtleties in every song, such as the folksy instrumentals on “Madeline” and the trance-like keyboard and percussion in “Allegheny.”

Interview with Yoni & Geti

Lisa Sanchez

Yoni said, "​It’s leading you down a rabbit hole into a grimness, then climbing back out of that grimness. Within each song you want to have the ups and downs and builds. That’s a microcosm of the album. If you have ten lives you want each one of those lives to ebb and flow and build. There are layers to this shit.”

Bloc Party Live @ Newport 5/21

Lisa Sanchez

​When Boc Party hit the Newport stage, I realized I didn’t dare put earplugs in for this show. I didn’t want to miss any of the weird synth beats in songs like “Only He Can Heal Me,” “Banquet,” and “So He Begins to Lie.”

Savages Live @ Grog Shop 5/18

Lisa Sanchez

​Savages breaks a sweat on stage because they’re playing as well as they can. All the other stuff is just to give the audience that extra bite that Savages has cultivated so well in songs like “Evil,” “Husbands,” and “Adore.”          


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

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."

5th Annual Accidental Comedy Fest

Lisa Sanchez

T​he paramount principal of Accidental Comedy Festival is to give the casual observer and the community a chance to fully immerse themselves into the Cleveland comedy scene. Cooper mentioned,  "...All the funds that we generate throughout the year goes back into the festival. It’s not about money or us or anything like that. It’s just about the performance. That’s really what separates us.”

6th Annual International Ohio Burlesque Festival

Lisa Sanchez

​I witnessed the dazzling spectacle on Friday, August 5th, the second night in a three day long festival, and I would argue dollar for dollar it had to be the best show in Cleveland that night (and of the entire weekend).

An Open Letter from an Outgoing Editor

Chad Lutz

​It's difficult to put into words just how important getting out there and trying your best really means, even if it means falling flat on your face. AltOhio has been a huge blessing and immense learning platform in so many aspects of my life. 

Curse Reversed: A City in Celebration

Chad W. Lutz

I think Lebron James put it best: "Nothing is given, everything is earned." And while a lot of us would have loved to have been given championships in 1989, 1995, 1997, 2007, and last year's NBA Finals, all that losing made yesterday's victory parade that much sweeter and made us all a little prouder for never giving up on Cleveland, Ohio.

Cavaliers 2016 NBA Finals Recap

Cavs Win Title 4-3

Chad W. Lutz

The reason why I wanted to take this time to talk about something that's been 30-for-30ied and analyzed ad nauseam by sportscasters already, not even twenty-four hours removed from the feat, is because regardless of what hardships Cleveland sports fans have endured over the last 52 years, they never shied away from their teams. 

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


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


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...