Rotting Out @
The Foundry
3/17/2015

Lisa Sanchez

"We don't need to prove anything to anybody because fuck everybody. And the last song we did came out exactly how we wanted it and we were just having fun in the garage. That's our biggest accomplishment right now is that record. I hope it comes out exactly how we want it and not how other people expect us to have it."

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. 

Gift Giver

Shitlife

Lisa Sanchez

​Metal does not have to be music for ignorant people, but albums like Shitlife just keep giving the rest of us a bad reputation.

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. 

Music Showcase!

Becca Stevens Band - Perfect Animal EPK

On Ohio's Children and Poetry

Darren C. Demaree

I’ll talk to anyone any time about poetry. I thought I would be filling a need if I spent some of that time in Ohio’s elementary schools, and the teachers and students do appear to appreciate my time, but they don’t need me. How tremendous is that? ​

Cavaliers Season Recap

Chad W. Lutz

This is about the Cavaliers’ last ten games of the season, their first playoff birth in four years, and how one man and one act have made an impact on the City of Cleveland, the State of Ohio, and Cavs fans across the country that even catalogs of words may not ever rightly put in place.

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.

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.

For A Better Buckeye

April Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! The vernal equinox should do just that; equalize the anxieties winter brings. Find your stride and get back out there with any number of events taking place across Ohio throughout the month of April. Even if you haven't been braving the snow and cold to train for a spring race, there are still plenty of ways to challenge yourself. It's spring. Be hopeful. Be joyous. Be light on your feet and healthy.

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.

9 Words

Darren C. Demaree

short poems about every Cleveland Indian's game

Read them all here.

In My Ohio

On the Archetypes of Youth Soccer

Darren C. Demaree

My daughter, Isabelle, plays for the Wildcats, and the Wildcats are back on the field.

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. 
Find the entire column all here...

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.

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.

Noodlecat

Cleveland

Chad W. Lutz

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