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.
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.
With Cincinnati, when looking at the past
five to 10 years of growth, it’s hard not to give a lot of credit to the
artists and musicians who’ve consistently created intriguing art for
the citizens, as well as the fans and leaders who support and assist