Cavaliers Second Round Recap 2016

Chad W. Lutz

The biggest takeaway from the second round of action against Atlanta isn't the Cavs' ability to bury barrages of three pointers at will, or anything even remotely related to offense in general. It's the Cavs' defense. 

Savages Live @ Grog Shop 5/18

Lisa Sanchez

​Savages breaks a sweat on stage because they’re playing as well as they can. All the other stuff is just to give the audience that extra bite that Savages has cultivated so well in songs like “Evil,” “Husbands,” and “Adore.”          

Interview w/Seafair

Lisa Sanchez

​​“Most people say you have to hear us live. You can listen to recordings all you want, but come see us live. You’re going to hear new stuff. Both string players kill it, they’re both classically trained... It’s a bigger sound. It’s so large with all of us. We make it work.” 

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. 


A Moon Shaped Pool

Chad W. Lutz

​Is this OK Computer or Hail to the Thief caliber? No, not quite. I think the album falls short of that. But I do think die-hard fans are going to love it, and that casual and first-time listeners are bound to find something to love as well, if only for the pure musicianship. 

Fall of Troy


Dylan Sonderman

From the particular type of lyrics and catchy melodies to the cathartic screams and energetic frenzied shredding, the band is particularly adept at sounding like themselves from 10 years ago. I think that’s a lot more difficult to achieve than people would like to believe.

April 2016 Singles Roundup

Nick Lotz

​I was (sort of) an Atmosphere fan my senior year of high school, in the sense that I knew three of his songs and would listen to them as I stood awkwardly next to the iPod choosing songs at house parties watching everyone but me have sex.



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).


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.

AltOhio Music Showcase

Frigs - God Hates a Coward



Chad W. Lutz

​If you're looking for quaint, Portia's is where you want to be. The dining area looks more like a used bookstore, which, if you're like me, is exactly where I want to eat a meal. 

Rest in Ruins: The Legacy of Akron's Rubber Bowl

​Chad W. Lutz

Imagination and whatever you can find on the internet are now our only windows to what this effigy for a generation once held. 

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.



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.

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."

On The Run

Race Day

Chad W. Lutz

For some of us, we need every ounce of energy we can squeeze from our favorite guitar solos or base drops, and then some. Running is a spiritual undertaking in itself, then you factor in something as mood- and life-altering as music into the equation, and the result is some serious business we're talking about here.

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 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. 
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