Seaway @ Agora Theater 9/13

Lisa Sanchez​

Seaway is very much what they advertise themselves to be: CANADIAN POP PUNK (caps necessary). Just take a moment to envision that for yourself. You may pull images from the lineage of fun pop punk bands that came before Seaway, you may break down each word to it's most easily and accessible association: Canadian=Syrup, Pop=Dancy, Punk=Fast. Sweet, dancy, fast. That's Seaway to me, but feel free to make your own mad lib.

Interview w/Ryan Locke of Seaway

Lisa Sanchez

​Seaway is gearing up to release their sophomore album,Vacation, September 15 on Pure Noise Records. Vacation has the staples of a solid album; catchy, fun, heartfelt, insert every Warped Tour band descriptor here. But, Seaway brings a little more than your average pop-punk album.

Inducing Panic @ Now That's Class 7/26

Nick Lotz

​An Inducing Panic show is kind of like having a really short and intense orgasm, over and over again, but without the sex part. Or girls. Or anything else that’s erotic. Maybe it’s more like being punched in the face, over and over again, and loving it.

Interview w/Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

Nick Lotz

​Yeeehaw! Grab you partner, swing ‘em round, because we’ll be having us a hoedown this Wednesday, August 2nd at The Beachland Ballroom with Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. The pair are coming into town on tour with the music off their new album Go.

Interview/Show review w/Meg & the Magnetosphere @ Happy Dog 7/22

Nick Lotz

​The band is sweet, and the music is sweet as well, and I don't mean like Eric Cartman, ‘shweeeet,’ I mean like ‘sweetheart’ sweet, as in you can tell they have soul and put a lot of it in their music.

Interview w/Jake Winfree of Inducing Panic

Nick Lotz

​Jake Winfree, the lead singer of and brainchild behind Inducing Panic, has created a hardcore jazz punk band that’s simultaneously furious and hilarious. With only two LPs on their band camp page, they have come out of studio punching and kicking (much as the crowd will be punching and kicking at the show next Wednesday).

Aunteater and Jason Lescalleet @ Happy Dog Euclid Tavern 6/16

Nick Lotz

​The idea of a noise show isn’t so much about melody: it’s about experimentation, about stripping music of its aural aesthetics and displaying it as something raw and different and singular. The performance is secondary to the experience, with almost zero emphasis placed on the actual musicians or the music. The headspace of the venue is given to the expanded consciousness of the crowd. 

Darling Waste

The Skeleton Key

Morgan Minch

​The music of these ideas is beautiful and cold, played out with elements of classical, punk, alternative, and classic rock. Throughout the whole album you will hear both delicate and heavy themes held on the low and higher register instruments-like a highly contrasted value drawing.

The Menzingers

After the Party

Lisa Sanchez

​If there's one thing The Menzingers have taught me, it's that I'm simultaneously a 27 year old sadboy and a 56 year old man that loves bowling, beers, and smoking in inappropriate places. 

AltOhio Music Showcase

Young M.A. - Eat

Die Antwoord @ Jacob's Pavilion 8/11

Morgan Minch

​Yolandi had been chirping the whole time, flaunting her high, controlled pipes. Her adorable little demonic persona charms even the most skeptical of listeners. She had been flaunting her little strong shape throughout the show, but Ninja was the only one bearing his ass.

Vans Warped Tour 2017 @ Blossom Music Center 7/18

Lisa Sanchez

​Although I'm only a tiny bit older than the median demographic (I'm not old yet, dammit) I always enjoy Warped Tour. Mostly because where else am I going to see career touring musicians and green upstarts? Or, bands that talk about the underbelly of homicide, only to race over to a different stage to hear a band that's discography is played in suburban department stores? Warped Tour is it's own weird, jarring, sometimes nonsensical concert-going experience, but I still can't resist sight seeing bands and summer goths.

Everclear @ Agora 5/30

Lisa Sanchez

When Everclear came onstage I had a surreal moment, specifically remembering one of the first times I really heard "Father of Mine" in my dad's truck. And, of course, I had also forgotten my childhood crush on lead singer Art Alexakis, but that's an entirely different subject.

Brother Oliver @ Wilbert's 4/26

Morgan Minch 

​The mandolin blew high calls, almost with a humanistic voice. Purely instrumental, and no need for words—it was definitely meant to take its listener to a distant place. I could see the bar-goers get curious and stray their attentions from the usual post-game party. 

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Interview w/BIG Something

Morgan Minch

"​I’ll speak personally- I don’t really fashion myself a composer. Like I said, I’m more of a spontaneous player. So what will happen is Nick will have a chord progression or whatever. He’ll be like, “Ok let’s write a melody,” and I’ll kind of be like, “Urgh.” And whatever we put out there I’ll find that we can keep that, and perfect it. It’s better for me, I don’t have to sit with this big long thing."

Top Ten Albums of 2016

S​teven Casimer Kowalski and Neal Christyson​

Good day, reader!  Neal and I are sorry this is late. Wereally are. But listen, we wanted to gnaw on all that 2016 had to offer before we declared what truly was best. So here it is, almost 2 weeks after we’d hoped you’d have it. But hey, this list is still full of great stuff. We are once again proud to share a list of records that feels uniquely ours. One that shares traits with but does not mimic the other year-end wrap ups of the world.

Interview w/The Bouncing Souls

Lisa Sanchez

​Bryan: That’s us in a nutshell, just shooting in the dark.
Greg: Now we’re mid 30s dudes making punk records. How do you do that? Let’s figure it out! 

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).​
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