Chimaira Breaks Up

Lisa Sanchez

The news came on the heels of a succession of band member resignations. First, lead guitarist Emil Werstler left Chimaira on September 2nd. The following day, all of the remaining members, with the exception for vocalist Mark Hunter, also quit Chimaira. Drummer Austin D’Amond, keyboardist Sean Zatorsky, guitarist Matt Szlachta and bassist Jeremy Creamer, issued a joint statement.

Whores, American Sharks @ The Grog Shop

Lisa Sanchez

Whores came on and delivered a solid wall of noise rock that I can still feel tingling in my ears three days later. 

Summer Slaughter
@ The Agora

Lisa Sanchez

The lineup features a wide range of bands, new and old school, underground rookies and seasoned veterans.

Fit For An Autopsy @ The Agora

Lisa Sanchez

Band members were high-fiving crowd members and there was never a moment when someone from the stage wasn't engaging with someone from the floor. There was a vibe from the band that they were just happy to play, and even happier that people were there to enjoy the show with them.

69 Cats

Translyvanian Tapes

Lisa Sanchez

Transylvanian Tapes is what my nightmares are made of. Not in the spooky, Goth motif the guys in The 69 Cats are going for, but in the way that badly executed song covers and 1950s drive-in commercials give me the creeps.



Kathleen Finley

When the band announced earlier this year that they were recording their final album, many people, including myself, were surprised. 

This Is A Lifetime


Steve Allanson

When you were told to expect big things from this band, Warrior is just that. 

Weird Al Yankovic

Mandatory Fun

Lisa Sanchez

If there is an artist that can reach 10 year olds, 25 year olds, and 45 year olds alike with comedy in the form of parodied music, then just embrace it and party on. Dance it out to some polka. You know you want to. 

Music Showcase

Orenda Fink - You Can Be Loved

"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. 

On John Kasich, Commencement Speaker

Darren C. Demaree

Kasich walked in just as it was time for the directors and faculty to enter the auditorium, he milled about silently until it was our turn to enter in front of the soon-to-be graduates, and he sat down, not on stage with the other leaders of the school, but with his aids in a seat in the corner of the room.

Empress Taytu


Lisa Sanchez

There were huts constructed inside the building, which provided your own private shelter when you settled for dinner. The chairs were squat stools pulling your knees close to your chest. There are common tables as well, but I like to be adventurous upon entering a foreign land. 

The Top 20 Summer Jams Ever. Period. We did it. No. You're Wrong. These are them.

Neal Christyson and Steven Casimer Kowalski

Summer is heat, sand, lakes, rivers, backyards, drinking in parks, bad decisions, GREAT decisions, slow afternoons, late nights, early mornings and, at least for us, it’s the perfect time for new experiences. The songs on this list ARE summer to us.

AltOhio Best Summer Music Spotify Playlist

Gettin' Wiggy With It

The Cavs Go Blatt

Chad W. Lutz

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected F Andrew Wiggins from Kansas, widely hailed as one of the most athletic draft picks in years, and effectively capped an already zany and mad-hatter offseason that hasn't even hit the fireworks finale just yet.

Social Hang-Ups

Chad W. Lutz

According to a recent Nielsen survey, a staggering "65-percent of all Americans" now own a smart phone...what kind of responsibility do we have as a culture, as a collective conscious, to use modern technology in a manner that still preserves our humanity and the dignity most probably agree we all deserve?

Paul Kahan Interview

Lisa Sanchez

There is nothing worse than putting love and effort into something only to have it delayed and rescheduled. But, "Dirt Kingdom" the movie is more than just the culmination of hard work from Kahan and the featured actors. "The story comes from a personal place," said Kahan while he described the plot of Pandemos' movie.

For A Better Buckeye

September Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to junk foods. Keep with it. Yes, summer is nearing an end, and so is ready access to fresh fruit and veggies and extended daylight hours, but there are still ways to remain active, even with busy school schedules. Our monthly lists of athletic on-goings in the State of Ohio provide dozens of opportunities to set goals, stay regular, and have fun, regardless of season.

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.

9 Words

Darren C. Demaree

Short poems about each Cleveland Indian's game

In My Ohio

On Justin Townes Earle In Concert and What That Means

Darren C. Demaree

I like the idea of waiting another four years to see Earle perform again. He’ll have put out a few new albums, and I imagine I will be unrecognizable again. 

On the Princess Birthday Party

Darren C. Demaree

Dénouement primed, the sugar and the afternoon begin to wane, and the territorial nature of the supreme beings of the party has taken over.

On My Expectations for The First Half of Football Season

Darren C. Demaree

Football season doesn’t sneak up on anybody, because football season in the bully of all seasons.

On Flowers in August

Darren C. Demaree

We want to peak, and to do that we need only exist within the flowers that surround Ohio.

On Sharing The Tangerine

Darren C. Demaree

Summer can be overwhelming. 
Find the entire column all here...

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.

Scribbles Cafe


Brendan Trenner

What I love most about Scribbles is that the table cloths are construction paper, which is replaced at the beginning of each week. Upon the tables sit glass vases and jars of colored pencils, crayons, and watercolor paints. Patrons who relax at the tables are casually prodded to “scribble”. Throughout the week, the tables become covered with artwork and poetry of a surprisingly strong caliber.