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
During MidPoint Music Festival’s Sept.
25-27 run, the MidPoint Midway, curated by ArtWorks and situated on 12th
Street between Vine and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine, will play
host to local artists and writers expounding in their own particular way
upon the theme of “Ink Your Love.”
This year, MPMF is more all-ages friendly than ever, with the fest’s
six biggest stages (featuring many of the event’s biggest acts) being
open to everyone, not just people who can legally purchase a beer.
“Drive-By Buddy,” the opening track on the Black Lips’ recently minted Underneath the Rainbow,
sounds like Faces by way of The Monkees, its Honky-Tonk guitar riff and
galloping beat leavened by the quartet’s usual assortment of lyrical
goofiness: “Well brother, what’s the matter/Do you hate the life you’ve
chose/Well I hope it doesn’t flatter, when you’re bathing with a
hose/But as long as your butt’s clean, then it’s all good.”