Music Showcase

Embleton - It Did Me Well

Embleton Releases Single

Chad W. Lutz

​You can preorder the album, which also features a lingering cover of Willie Nelson's "Sad Songs and Waltzes", on iTunes in addition to purchasing the single. Either way will serve you well.

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.

Anberlin: The Final Tour @House of Blues

Kathleen Finley

Hearing "The Unwinding Cable Car" live brought tears to my eyes and "Godspeed" had me pumping my fist. In a word: incredible. It was just absolutely incredible.


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.


Talking is Hard

Steve Allanson

[Nicholas Petricca's] vocals are very warm and inviting; ranging from a smooth and rich-like-molasses voice to a breathtaking falsetto that would leave even Justin Timberlake swooning.​

The Cleveland International Film Festival Returns for 39th Year!

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.

Halfway Home

Cavaliers Midseason Recap

Chad W. Lutz

​We've had high ups and low downs, but a part of me feels it's still too early to glean the crystal ball just yet.

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.



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


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

February  Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! It's time to get your game on. The summer will be here before you know it, and those winter pounds aren't going anywhere unless you get up and move! For A Better Buckeye, February 2015 edition, brings you runs in your undies, indoor triathlons, and everything you need to love your body a little more during this frigid month. Ready? Here we go…up on three. One, two, three!

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.

The Bookshelf


Kathleen Finley

It may take a bit of searching, but you can find some real gems there.

In My Ohio

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


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.