Cincinnati Pop rockers Mixtapes have been playing numerous dates on this year’s Warped Tour, including the local stop at Riverbend Music Center (riverbend.org) on Wednesday. The band’s hometown fans should probably make plans to attend the all-day show, as it will be one of the last chances to catch the group locally for some time. (Fellow local rockers BoyMeetsWorld will also play Warped at Riverbend. The band was selected as the official “catering band” of Warped, meaning they’re helping prep grub for the other acts and get to play a handful of dates throughout the tour.)
Mixtapes, which has built a national following with steady touring and strong releases through labels like No Sleep Records (including last year’s excellent full-length, Ordinary Silence), recently announced on its Facebook page that after playing the big Punk extravaganza Fest in Florida this fall they will be taking a break.
“We’re not breaking up for good — eventually we want to play as Mixtapes again — but as of now we’re not sure the next time that will be,” the band wrote in the post.
The members of Mixtapes simply felt the need “to go off on our own for a while,” the post continued.
Fans who follow the band closely may have seen the hiatus coming. Frontman Ryan Rockwell went off on his own this past spring, releasing the excellent I Hate How Normal I’ve Become, a darker, introspective album put out under the moniker Youth Culture. Rockwell wrote and recorded the album with some friends as a way of dealing with some personal issues; according to a press release, the singer/songwriter “started to watch himself deteriorate and become the type of person he hated the most. He tried things he never thought he would and got dangerously close to not making it out.”
The superb Youth Culture album can be downloaded (you name the price) at youthculturerock.bandcamp.com.
Mixtapes plan on announcing a few more shows before their break.
Keep an eye on mixtapesohio.com for the latest updates.
Locals at Buckle Up
Just like at last weekend’s Bunbury Music Festival, this weekend’s inaugural Country/Folk/Americana-centric Buckle Up Music Festival (founded by the creators of Bunbury) will feature several great Cincinnati area artists. Fans planning to attend the fest (running Friday-Sunday at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove on the riverfront) should definitely make time to check out some of the locals — collectively they are proof that Greater Cincinnati’s Roots scene remains one of the strongest in the region.
Greater Cincinnati acts performing at Buckle Up on Friday include The Dan Varner Band (2 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage), Andrew Hibbard (2:45 p.m.; Acoustic Stage), Lonesome Jared & the Heart Attacks (2:45 p.m.; Lawn Stage), Jamison Road (4:15 p.m.; Acoustic Stage), Messerly and Ewing (5:45 p.m.; Acoustic Stage), Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s (6:30 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage) and Pistol Holler (8 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage).
On Saturday, catch local Buckle Up performers Wild Carrot (2:45 p.m.; Acoustic Stage), Shiny and the Spoon (2:45 p.m.; Lawn Stage), Kentucky Timbre (3:30 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage), Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle (5 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage), Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound (5:45 p.m.; Lawn Stage) and The Tillers (8 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage).
Sunday’s Buckle Up lineup features area performers Honey & Houston (2 p.m.; Lawn Stage), Alone at 3AM frontman Max Fender (2 p.m.; Acoustic Stage), The Kentucky Struts (2:45 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage), Jetset Getset (3:30 p.m.; Lawn Stage), Straw Boss (4:15 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage), Mark Utley and Bulletville (5 p.m.; Lawn Stage), Bobby Mackey (5:45 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage) and Noah Smith (7:15 p.m.; Amphitheater Stage).
For the full Buckle Up lineup, ticket information and more, visit buckleupfestival.com.
More Local Notes
• Cincinnati trio Near Earth Objects formed in 2011 and began writing, recording and playing shows. This weekend, the band will celebrate the release of its first EP, Situational Awareness, which showcases the threesome’s windingly dynamic, shimmery Post Rock. Near Earth Objects will perform Friday at Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub (motrpub.com) with Chicago’s Bailiff in honor of the new release. Sample and download the EP now at nearearthobjectsneo.bandcamp.com.
• ArtSong, the weekly summertime music series presented by long-running Folk music organization Queen City Balladeers and formerly known as EdenSong, kicked off its 50th season last week. The free, weekly acoustic music events, which take place in the Fath Auditorium at the Cincinnati Art Museum (cincinnatiartmuseum.org), continue this Friday with Ricky Nye, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Lenny Hall and Heidi Howe slated to appear. ArtSong runs every Friday through Aug. 1. Showtime is 8 p.m. Visit queencityballadeers.org for more info.