While MidPoint has consistently stayed
true to its vision of spotlighting new and innovative music, certain
things about the festival have changed over the years, often inevitably.
One of this year’s most noticeable (and, in our humble opinion,
coolest) changes is the addition of the MidPoint Indie Craft Village in
Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park.
Thanks to the ongoing streetcar project,
there is still a bit of road construction going on this MidPoint season
downtown and in Over-the-Rhine. But don’t be discouraged — most of the
routes around MidPoint’s territory are still pretty easy to navigate.
Especially because MidPoint is a totally walkable and very bike-friendly
latest album from Dierks Bentley, is being lauded for its collection of
mid-tempo tunes and ballads that finds the Country singer digging deeper
emotionally than ever before — a direction inspired largely by the
death of his father two years ago and the recent birth of his first son.
One of Cincinnati’s finest bands, The Sundresses, is returning to the record-store shelves this week with a new album, This Machine Kills.
The band hosts a free album release concert Saturday at MOTR Pub, joined by Lexington, Ky.’s
excellent Ancient Warfare.
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages have
had more lives than a Buddhist cat. They recorded two brilliant albums
in the early ’80s, broke up in 1986 and reunited in 2010, resulting in
three exceptional albums — 2011’s Savage Kings (on Cincinnati’s Shake It label), 2013’s acclaimed Dig Thy Savage Soul and their latest, Under the Savage Sky (both on Bloodshot Records).
Live Reggae music still exists in the
U.S. and in Cincinnati, though it is not as prevalent as it once was. In
the ’70s and ’80s, live music schedules in town were rife with
rub-a-dub jams by both locally and regionally based groups, as well as
bands straight out of Jamaica.
Conventional wisdom, which is always a
dangerous thing, says that Jackson Browne lost his command of the
zeitgeist — and his status as a Top-40 hitmaker and album-oriented Rock
hero — with 1983’s Lawyers in Love album (and its single of the same name).
Kanye West gives a confusing, meandering Trump-like "acceptance speech" and announces his future presidential bid after receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs; a giant pig's head from a Roger Waters' Wall concert is among the large-scale pieces of music memorabilia coming up for auction soon; and a scientist who works for the Canadian government (and also happens to be a known Folk singer) was suspended after writing a song critical of Canada's prime minister.