Speedy Ortiz has gone from basement shows in the quartet's native Northampton, Mass., to massive festivals like Bonnarro in whiplash fashion. Yet the band has handled the transition deftly, delivering its slanted, guitar-driven ditties with the same offhanded grace no matter the setting.
With the MidPoint Music Festival
returning this Thursday-Saturday, numerous musical acts from around the
world will be performing at venues throughout Over-the-Rhine and
Downtown. But there are also several artists playing MPMF who don’t have
to travel far at all.
The Quebe Sisters are singing sweetness
personified. A lot of what works for Hulda, Grace and Sophia Quebe is
the same thing that has made sister (or brother) acts shine over the
years — close sibling harmonies.
Over the past decade, the Wood Brothers
(which also features Jano Rix on a variety of instruments) have recorded
two live albums, an EP and five studio records, including last year’s
acclaimed The Muse.
When you come on the scene as a young man
who performs Dancehall Reggae mixed with Rap and other genres, and do
it as a bearded, Orthodox Hasidic Jew who touts his spirituality in his
grooves, you will be noticed by believers and non-believers alike.
This week marks the return of the
MidPoint Music Festival to the clubs and venues of downtown and
adventurous and critically acclaimed artists from around the world,
regardless of their label affiliation (or lack thereof).
St. Paul (a sly reference to Janeway’s religious background)
& the Broken Bones has found itself in the middle of two new musical
trends — the rise of Alabama acts like Alabama Shakes and Muscle
Shoals-born John Paul White of Civil Wars, and the revival of American
Deep Soul music courtesy of Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley