Although some days it might seem like the summer of 2014 might be canceled (80 degrees to snowfall in two days?!), we have it on good authority that it will carry on as scheduled. The first good sign that consistent warmth is on its way is the announcement of the lineup for this year’s MidPoint Indie Summer series at downtown’s Fountain Square. The concerts are part of the Square’s free PNC Summer Music Series, which showcases different types of live music five days a week.
The eclectic Indie Summer shows take place every Friday throughout the summer. This year’s lineup is perhaps the series’ strongest yet, with some higher profile national touring acts and the usual array of top-notch local talent.
Here’s the full rundown of Indie Summer shows so far (a few slots are still to be announced):
May 30: WHY?; Yip Deceiver; Bad Boxes; Dark Colour
June 6: Wussy; The Tigerlilies; Honey & Houston; Mason School of Rock
June 13: Betty Who; Vito Emmanuel; Captain Kidd; Pluto Revolts
June 20: Those Darlins; The Harlequins; Those Crosstown Rivals; The Frankl Project
June 27: Moon Taxi; Peridoni; Nevele; Acarya
July 4: Local H; New Strange; Mad Anthony; One Day Steady
July 11: Soledad Brothers; Electric Citizen; Pop Goes the Evil; Grotesque Brooms
July 18: Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites; DAAP Girls; Mardou
July 25: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; Public; Danny & His Fantasy
August 1: The Spiders (tribute to David Bowie); Honeyspiders
August 8: Man Man; Injecting Strangers; Ohio Knife; Skeleton Hands
August 15: The Nightbeast (a co-headliner will be announced in July)
August 22: psychodots; Lemon Sky; Tonefarmer; Heavy Hinges
August 29: Islands; The Pass; The Yugos; Joey Cook & The Keepers of the Secret
The Indie Summer series is sponsored by the MidPoint Music Festival, CityBeat’s popular annual music extravaganza, which returns to the clubs and venues of Downtown and Over-the-Rhine Sept.
25-27. There will be a MidPoint booth on Fountain Square every Friday where music fans can find the latest MPMF info and purchase tickets to the three-day festival. (mpmf.com)
More Local Notes
• Excellent, dynamic singer/songwriter Taylor Alexander celebrates his final release as a “local musician” this weekend as he prepares to move to England to pursue his music career. Before he leaves, Alexander (brother and former bandmate of singer/songwriter Mia Carruthers) is issuing the six-track EP Bleu, his third EP release in the past two years. Alexander and his band (which features members of local acts Archer’s Paradox and Young Heirlooms) perform at a release party this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the home of “luxury fireplace” experts Bromwell’s (117 W. Fourth St., Downtown, bromwell-co.com). Alexander is asking attendees to wear anything blue in honor of the new release (which features a great title track sung entirely in French). Admission is $25, which includes drinks. Sample and/or purchase Alexander’s music at tayloralexandersound.bandcamp.com.
• Cheech Mob, a collective of lighthearted Hip Hop artists and pot enthusiasts from the area, is having a little fun with this week’s annual stoner holiday (Sunday’s Easter and 4/20 this year) by putting on a big show at Newport’s Thompson House (thompsonhousenewport.com) Saturday night. The crew is calling the show “4:19 You Got a Minute?!” and it will feature live Hip Hop on two stages, including a headlining performance by national artist Afroman, known for the stoner anthem “Because I Got High.” Lazy Ass Destroyer, River City Ransom, Steezo Crooks, Trey G, J Sheetz, Nin10do and many others will also perform. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance through ticketweb.com or $20 at the door.
• The rapid ascent of Cincy’s Electric Citizen into the international spotlight doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon. Before the heavy Psych Rock crew (which was voted top Rock band at the 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards earlier this year) plays Fountain Square in July (see above), the band will be traveling across North America for the entire month of May opening for Stoner Rock juggernaut Fu Manchu. The band — which recently had its track “Burning in Hell” premiered on VICE’s Noisey music site — has also announced a new single, “Light Years Beyond,” which will be issued on May 20 digitally and on 7-inch vinyl. The track is featured on Electric Citizen’s debut full-length (produced by local great Brian Olive), which is set for a July 1 release through RidingEasy Records (formerly known as Easy Rider Records). (electriccitizenband.com)