Music Showcase

Father John Misty 
Bored in the U.S.A.

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.            

The Blackest of All Winters Playlist

Lisa Sanchez and Phil Storey​

The bands on this list capture the darkest essence of human suffering during these cold months. Plus, the songs are so long, if you start now, the music will last you until the end of spring. So, sit back, grab your extra savage mug of hot cocoa, and cuddle up with the best winter songs black metal can offer.

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!

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.

"Rock Is Dead"

Chad W. Lutz

It doesn't take a Facebook post by Dave Grohl to know that artists like Father John Misty, Gary Clark Jr., Bon Iver, and even pop-associated acts like Imagine Dragons still carry the same torch handed on from Holly to Hendrix to Harrison and the many other H acts since. The light might not shine as bright, but rhythms of the fires still move us in the same ways. 

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 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?

On Gender and Abuse in 2014 and 2015

Darren C. Demaree

 As a gender we had been exposed as passive accomplices, sheltered busybodies, or participants in what had been three millennia of persecution of women and transgender people.  

On 2015 and the Loss of Fear

Darren C. Demaree

Next year I’m going to turn thirty-four; that’s old enough to carry real weight in the world, and still young enough to be daring with that weight when the opportunity presents itself.
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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.