Interview w/Lucid Sin

Nick Lotz

​I met this guy while working at Papa John’s over the holidays. I was outside smoking a cigarette and so was he. Turns out he was in a band. Turns out he would end up becoming one of my good friends during the months to follow. Turns out his band is pretty freaking sweet also, and lastly, well, it turns out they released an album this past month.

Interview w/Brother Oliver

Morgan Minch

​Brother Oliver comes out with their new album this summer, Brother Oliver, and recently released the album titled single, “I Rely On Everything." Its looming high winds, layers of big yet subdued guitar, and dusty mandolin pickin’ lay a truss that bears the sliding, doleful melody.  I called up the brothers, Stephen and Andrew Oliver, to learn where this sound comes from.

The Regrettes @ Mahall's 3/31

Lisa Sanchez

​I do secretly believe that The Regrettes were formed in some Los Angeles super lab that combined good looks, style, and the mathematical equation for a song that will be stuck in your head for five days (warning: that song is "Lacy Loo") to create the band. 

Interview w/Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup

Lisa Sanchez

​I remember specifically thinking, “It’s not like I’m going to be 40 years old singing about high school and farts.” Here I am, 40 something years old singing about high school and farts. Nobody seems to mind. It’s an adolescent 45 year old or whatever.

BIG Something @ Beachland Ballroom 3/3

Morgan Minch

​The spirit of the night was wondrous and wild, at times playful, triumphant and sensually funky. If you see BIG Something, and hopefully you will soon, expect a ton of variety of sound and texture—and atmospheric storytelling to boot.

The Menzingers @ House of Blues 3/1

Lisa Sanchez

​​I really wasn’t sure where The Menzingers set ended and their albums began. The songs were so right, I felt like I was dancing in my apartment to “Midwestern States” or singing “Nice Things” in my car, except with hundreds of other people doing the exact same thing. That experience speaks to the larger appeal of The Menzingers: they get it. 

Less Than Jake @ The Agora 2/11

Morgan Minch

​Fathers and sons, high-school and college kids whooped as Less Than Jake blasted into "All My Best Friends Are Metalheads." 

Datsik to Play House of Blues Cleveland 1/31

Nick Lotz

​So where did Datsik, this savage, awesome, and brutally fun dubstep/drum&bass artist come from? The only possible conclusion I can come to is that it had something to do with an X-Box Live account.

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. 

Cliterati

Demo 2016

Lisa Sanchez

All I’ve wanted recently is some dirty, crusty, fast, angry, ridiculous basement junk music. Cliterati are all the adjectives. They have all the best words. I’ve been listening to their ten-minute demo on repeat for days. My ears are bleeding. Send help. But, goddammit it’s good.

Radiohead

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. 

AltOhio Music Showcase

Young M.A. - Eat

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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March 29-April 9

AltOhio provides the inside look at Ohio's most prominent film festival.

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! 

Dreamers' Top Ten Tour Tunes

Lisa Sanchez

​To celebrate Dreamers triumphant Ohio return (the state is a big deal, we have buckeyes) the band have comprised a tour playlist for their fans to get them excited for the show and hopefully put a little Dreamers flavor into your music rotation.

Check out the Dreamers' playlist below with a little insight into why the band chose their tour songs. 

PRISM Fest at Cedar Lee Theater 11/13/16

Nick Lotz

With a lineup of short films from a cornucopia of international filmmakers (including BAFTA and Sundance nominated filmmaker Tina Gharavi) this festival, which goes down on Sunday, November 13 at Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights, is going to be a surefire way to put you in the mood for a fun filled film season.

Interview w/Clowntown Production Crew

Nick Lotz

​Clowntown, which premiered last Friday at the Capitol Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, is the first in a new wave of films that have been filmed in Ohio, starred local Ohio talent, and (naturally) host their premieres here (in Ohio) as well.

Coheed and Cambria @ Agora 10/9

Lisa Sanchez

​Writing a review of Coheed and Cambria almost feels like a circle jerk. Of course they performed well. They’ve been doing it for more than 20 years and they’re arguably one of the best progressive bands in the genre today. Not only that, but I can’t even judge their setlist. 

Interview w/Nate Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Lisa Sanchez

​During the tour off season, Skeletonwitch still live in Ohio. Although this may not seem like the most artistic place for a musician, Garnette sums up Ohio’s appeal to him with a beer analogy I can get behind. “If I spend a month in Canada I’m ready to get to Ohio.
If I spend a week in LA, I want to sit in the back of a pickup truck and drink some Miller Lite,” Garnette stated.

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

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).​
Find the entire column all here...