Bully Live @ Beachland Tavern 9/18

Lisa Sanchez

​When the band played "Six," an especially jagged, gripping narrative about love, I had to sing along, too. Although the band doesn't have many songs, each one hits with the personality and power that some bands don't put into an entire album.

A Preview: The Internet @ Beachland Ballroom 10/3

Nick Lotz

​What separates the two groups, both critically renowned in their own way, is The Internet’s smooth, melodic depth, which is emotional and resonant in a way that Odd Future never was nor sought to be. 

The Fall of Troy Live @ The Agora Ballroom 9/21

Dylan Sonderman

​I haven’t moshed like that since I was 19. I feel so alive, exhilarated, even writing this, the next day. 
Erak’s solos and leads were jaw-dropping and perfectly fit with the songs. Somehow he managed to play them while either singing or crowdsurfing, 90% of the time. A good few of the solos were improvised, too. Or at least, they aren’t on the album versions of the songs.

Best Coast Live @ Beachland Ballroom 9/17/2015

Lisa Sanchez

Despite the band's tight-lipped nature, Best Coast have real star presence and Cosentino is right in the center of it. Considering the band's wide-ranging appeal and accessibility to fans of all ages and genders, I imagine it will be no time before Best Coast moves on to playing sold out halls and amphitheaters.


Glass Giant

Lisa Sanchez

While listening to Glass Giant I thought the band was trying to dry-hump an homage to Pink Floyd with 15-plus minute jams, only to discover I had heard three different songs without realizing it. 



Chad W. Lutz

​The only thing holding the album back for me is the predictability of each song. I listened to the album four times all the way through and regularly forget where I was in the track listing, with the lone exception "Seasonal Affective Disorder." 

Bring Me The Horizon

That's The Spirit

Lisa Sanchez

I believe anyone can find something about That's the Spirit they can enjoy. Whether it's the super-catchy "Happy Song" or re-recorded "Drown" or the trippy tracks "Run" and "Oh No." Bring Me the Horizon has put their best foot forward and it's definitely appreciated. 



Chad W. Lutz

​The only hang ups listeners might find with the album are the similarities between songs in terms of style and sound. Pop fans will find the formats familiar and catchy, but the average listener might only find a few tracks palatable. That's said with a grain of salt. You're going to enjoy this album.

AltOhio Music Showcase

Brittany Campbell - Oceans and Waves

On What is Left for Apathy

Darren C. Demaree

​Now is the time to speak up. If you don’t know what you believe, then figure it out. If you’re somewhere in the middle with your beliefs, then tell people where your lines in the sand are. 

Interview w/Josh Todd

Buckcherry Plays The Agora 9/13

Dylan Sonderman

​Also notable was a young lady in the front row wearing a shirt that read “I’m not a crazy bitch” who barely batted an eyebrow during any portion of any bands set and, as far as I could see, didn’t smile once. Not even during the fan-favorite Buckcherry song which her shirt referenced. 

Interview w/Topon Das

of Fuck the Facts 

Lisa Sanchez

"If we're ever done, hopefully you just never hear from us ever again. I honestly think that's the way to go. I don't like to play the cheap cards of saying it's the last show or the last tour or something."

On Belle's First Day of Kindergarten

Darren C. Demaree

I am happy that she’s happy. She is having a blast, and that warms my heart.
I miss her though.

The Politics of Death

Lisa Sanchez

With the flurry of incidents that have occurred since 2000 no politician, interest group, or individual (including Charleton Heston) has ever made a convincing argument to keep guns in the public sphere at the expense of thousands of lives. 

On Isabelle's Seven Steps Before Flight

Darren C. Demaree

Just in case she maybe, might need her father I jump in the pool and swim to the deep end where the she has already begun to mount the ladder. When I reach the spot where I can catch her if she needs me to, she is already waving me out of her way. 

Inaugural 2016 GOP Debate

You've Got to Hand it to Him (Kasich)

Chad W. Lutz

​After his remarks on Gay Marriage, the entire audience erupted in a roar of applause and cheers. Most of the topics discussed throughout the evening were spoken of in disdain, resentment, and exasperation. But Governor Kasich's message on Same-Sex Marriage was heartfelt and even humanitarian.

UC Cop Indicted on Murder Charges

Chad W. Lutz

​A grand jury indicted the officer on Wednesday, July 29, under charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Officer Tensing could face life in prison if convicted.

PVRIS @ Van's Warped Tour

Paul Kahan

A legion of fans belted every word of every song from a debut album that has been out less than eight months. If the reaction was a look into PVRIS's future, then it is a forecast that is bright.

For A Better Buckeye

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! It's hard to believe that winter is over, but I think we can finally breathe easy. And with the grey skies turned blue and the biting winds soon-to-be summer breezes, we are now cleared to move about state (without shovels or snow tires). Racing season is underway and the days are lasting longer.

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 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).​

On Burying Your Heroes

Darren C. Demaree

​Hemingway once wrote, “If he wrote it, he could get rid of it. He had gotten rid of many things that way.” That sort of catharsis is real, I hope, but more than that I hope I am able to find a new place to appreciate great works. If the behavior disclaimer follows them I want to read that, as well. 

On Our Reactions to Each Bad Scene

Darren C. Demaree

This week, though nothing was working smoothly, there were a lot of big moments handled well. 

On the 404

Darren C. Demaree

...For the four hundred and four children that have been killed or injured by guns thus far in 2015​
Find the entire column all here...

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.

P.J. Marley's


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. ​