Interview w/Midnight Snack

Nick Lotz

Peter: ​Our actual music has more to do with the approach than the actual sounds that we get. We try to look at each production in a way where we’re going for a really specific aesthetic, or maybe drawing on cliches from other genres and then trying to find a unique way of combining those ideas.

The Falcon Live @ Grog Shop 4/6

Lisa Sanchez

​As Kelly put it on stage, “We’re just playing the same old shit slightly better than anybody else.” Despite the singer’s deprecation, the crowd was eager to see The Falcon finally play. The Grog Shop had the eager energy you feel when you’re waiting for a curtain call. 

The Darkness to Rock House of Blues 4/24

Lisa Sanchez

​The Darkness is best known for their unabashed appreciation for an older style of rock and roll that hinges on the absurd or the satirical. Since 2003, I’ve been personally trying to figure out if The Darkness is one long commentary on rock culture or if they’re just four British dudes who love tight pants and sick jams. 

Dreamers Live @ Grog Shop 3/30

Lisa Sanchez

​There aren't a lot of bands that get me to dance at a show. In public. Without any sort of intoxicant or money involved. Dreamers, a New York dream pop threesome, ceremoniously broke that mold for me at their March 30 show at the Grog Shop​.

Interview w/Drunken Sunday

Nick Lotz

Drunken Sunday's music is a freakishly awesome mixture of jam band groovy funk and hip hop vocals with an Alice In Chains-esque sound. My personal favorite song off their album was ‘Break Away,’ but you can decide for yourself, as the whole album can be found here.

Deftones

Gore

Dylan Sonderman​

There’s a definite emphasis on melody over aggression, without really sacrificing much of the intensity the band is known for. To me, Gore shows the band really embracing some of their 80’s influences, such as The Cure and Duran Duran (Deftones have done covers of both bands in the past).

O'Brother

Endless Light

Dylan Sonderman

​Mellower songs are nothing new to O’Brother’s canon, but there’s a new sense of calmness and maturity to be found on Endless Light. This album is not in a hurry. Just look at the closing track, “Realm of the Physical”, which ends with a solid four-and-a-half minutes of ambient bass feedback and volume-swelled guitar layered to produce an eerie milieu of dark contemplation.

The Falcon

Gather Up the Chaps

Lisa Sanchez

​Kelly has one of those voices that sounds like an oil tanker scraping against a vat of cats on fire. He doesn’t even pretend to be able to hit certain notes. But, it’s perfect for a band like The Falcon and an album like Gather Up the Chaps. It’s unpretentious, self-aware, and simply more fun that way. 

February 2016 Singles in Review

Nick Lotz

"L.A. Girlz" – Weezer
 
“Does anybody love / anybody else / much as I / love you baby”

It’s a bit cliché of a title, but I can’t help but think back to old Weezer when I hear this song (i.e. Blue album/Pinkerton era). It has a simple rock beat, as is typical with Weezer songs, but it still generates that feel-good teenage angst so common in their early music.

Hands Like Houses

Dissonants

Lisa Sanchez

​I don't know what to do with this song. What starts as a slower song eventually sets itself on fire at the two and a half minute mark. The guitars unleash a unified, thunderous symphony only to dip back down into a familiar Hands Like Houses groove, then amps back up. I'm not usually about the song fake-out, but the band does it well with "Colourblind."

AltOhio Music Showcase

Stark's Pond - Under Electric Skies

The Darkness Live @ House of Blues 4/24

Lisa Sanchez

​The Darkness have a very distinctive look, capturing a “golden era” of rock and roll filled with sequined jump suits and perfect hair, but I wondered if they could pull it off live. Well, the moment Hawkins came out wearing a jump suit that looked like a circus tent fastened with epaulets, I knew I was going to have a good time.

Cleveland Cavaliers
2015-2016 Regular Season

Chad W. Lutz

​No matter how much momentum we've had, it's been completely overshadowed by the regular-season juggernaut performances of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.

Cleveland International Film Festival 

Event Hub

Find all things Cleveland International Film Festival right here, right meow.

Nuevo

Akron

Chad W. Lutz

​Where else can you order a flight of tequilas? 

Ohio Voter Handbook

Chad W. Lutz

Get out and flex your democratic muscles. They look good on you.

Big Love at "Big Love"

Chad W. Lutz

​Large groups of people, young, old, and everything in between, danced to the sounds of bands playing local tunes and world music. After an hour of walking around, one got the feeling the entire place was like a giant playground for adults and children.

Silent Planet Live @ Mahall's 2/5

Lisa Sanchez

The venue seems oddly appropriate, but disjointed for Silent Planet's multidimensional music. Russell spoke with AltOhio in October 2015 and made the band's unabashed anti-materialism stance known. To that effect, Mahall's basement is a great setting for them. Gritty, personal, and aggressive, but Russell also takes time to explain the story behind songs like "Tiny Hands (Au revoir)" and "Darkstrand (Hibakusha).

Stop Being "Retarded"

Chad W. Lutz

Just because something is "Retarded" doesn't mean it's stupid, but we, as a society, are making that connection and purveying that notion. What happens, unconsciously, consciously, whatever, is that people associate things that are dumb or pointless or frustrating beyond capacity to reason with actual human beings that face challenges just like the rest of us. 

Top Ten Albums of 2015

Steven Casimer Kowalski and Neal Christyson

Another year comes to an end an Steve and Nick school the rest of us about all the awesome albums released in 2015.

On Lily and Her Silencer

Darren C. Demaree

Our grandmothers are asking for guns with silencers on them now.

Interview w/Colin Young of Twitching Tongues

Lisa Sanchez

 "...I spend a hell of a lot of time putting together the packaging for the LP/CD's and for them to only ever see the digital version really just makes it feel a little pointless. Music has changed, and it's only getting lazier and lazier. The attention span of the average music listening is fucking pathetic now. There are very few active bands/performers who are breaking the mold and forcing the music world to change/pay attention."

Interview w/Levi Benton of Miss May I

​Lisa Sanchez

"When we were growing up and started writing music, we were listening to local Ohio bands. We weren't listening to national bands. Music was flourishing through the internet. They [Ohio bands] become our favorite bands. Ohio metal doesn’t sound like anywhere else. It’s awesome to listen to our band and other bands around Ohio. It's a Midwest thing. I love that so much."

On The Run

Biebs and R.E.M.

Chad W. Lutz

If I were a Neanderthal, I'd get down. 

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 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).​

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. 
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