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Friday Pick: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker

Pure unadulterated joy, and butts shaken and stirred

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On their new album, the aptly titled 'Burn It Down,' The Dynamites improbably turn up the heat and bring their Soul simmer to a full boil. If James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, Charles Walker is his consigliore — he sings with hellhound conviction, divinely inspired passion and otherworldly intensity.  

Saturday Pick: Chairlift

From Colorado students to Brooklyn Indie up-and-comers, Chairlift's rise has been rapid

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
For Chairlift, the experimental-tinged, ethereal Folk Pop trio that will be rocking the "Topic Design Tent" at Grammer's Saturday as part of MidPoint Music Festival, it's been a fast rise upward. Just four years ago, Chairlift — then a collection of undergraduates at University of Colorado at Boulder — was playing at a garage party for singer/synth player Caroline Polacheck's art class. As students displayed their classwork along the walls, they debuted new songs.  

Saturday Pick: You, You're Awesome

Experimental live-Electronica/Rock band puts you in the video game

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Yusef Quotah draws bunnies and monsters, box-headed characters that obscure the the faces of he and his band partner Kevin Bayer in all photos, putting emphasis on the music rather than looks. Accidentally discovered, the bunny drawings have become signature band artwork, part of the package. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, in 2000 Quotah came to the University of Cincinnati to study design at DAAP. Currently, he focuses on animation ... and electronic music with Bayer.  

Saturday Pick: Micachu & the Shapes

Innovative Mica Levi and mates make Pop 'crunchy,' 'plastic-y'

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Mica Levi (better know as the British-born dance-hall favorite Micachu) isn't experimental, captivating, moving nor otherwise. She's awesome. The 22-year-old musician, songwriter and producer has, in little time, amassed a hit record ('Jewellery') and a commissioned orchestral piece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She's also a burgeoning international Pop icon.  

Saturday Pick: Annie & the Beekeepers

A 'holistic' approach to Bluegrass and Country music via Cape Cod

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The down-home, Appalachian-inspired trio from Boston's Berklee College of Music represent the best attributes of Bluegrass-fusion and Americana: strings, delightfully lilting vocals and the ability to make Country music not sound especially Country. Annie Lynch, the guitar-wielding songstress and frontwoman, grew up on Cape Cod and feasted primarily on Folk artists like Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.  

Saturday Pick: The Rosewood Thieves

New York quintet infuses Classic Rock with vitality

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Works of "Classic Rock" often inspire legions of young bandlings that hang on their idols' every note. Take The Rosewood Thieves, for example. The New York quintet — folksy, funky and richly educated in Rock classics — manages to wield a rare sonic power to channel the essence of what made music from the '60s and '70s resonate without any semblance of kitsch or irony.   

Talking Shop

MPMF opens the floor to a Saturday afternoon conference

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
After a one-year absence in 2008, the MidPoint Music Festival has brought back the daytime "music conference," with useful panels and discussions about a range of topics of interest to all types of independent musicians. All panels are Saturday afternoon, so pace yourself Friday night — the first two are at the Garfield Suites Hotel, MPMF.09 headquarters, and the final one takes place at the Contemporary Arts Center.  

Thursday Pick: Watson Park

After a battle with cancer, drummer Nate Staggs returns strong

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
When I step into Reality Tuesdays, a Covington coffee joint, I scan the room for "band signs" — tattoos, Chucks, skate shoes, black clothes, wrecked hair or wicked T-shirts, the usual dead giveaways. Then I see two guys huddling in a booth — early twenties, whispering about sound systems. Bingo. Watson Park.   

Thursday Pick: Deke Dickerson

He's king of the whole wide world ... at least the guitar-playing world

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Rockabilly/Roots hero Deke Dickerson started out playing in a Surf band in his teens, and that sound is still evident in some of his music. But he's since become a darling of the Roots music movement, thanks in large part to his masterful, trademark guitar playing that blends Surf, Country, Rockabilly and Jazz techniques.  

Friday Pick: The Lions Rampant

Cincinnati bad boys continue to have fun doing bad things

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I recently sat down with Stuart MacKenzie from The Lions Rampant in a semi-professional setting (The Comet) to discuss the band's new album, 'It's Fun to Do Bad Things.' But instead of focusing on leather pants, his Sammy Hagar-esque blond ambition and Rock & Roll, the convo veered off the record into his love life and other things he doesn't want his mom to read about.  

MPMF.09 Bands H-O

1 Comment · Friday, September 11, 2009
A list of all the MPMF performers in alpha order (H-O)  

MPMF.09 Bands P-Tg

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2009
A list of all the MPMF performers in alpha order (P-Tg)   

MPMF.09 Bands Th-V

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2009
A list of all the MPMF performers in alpha order (T-V)  

MPMF.09 Bands W-Z

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2009
A list of all the MPMF performers in alpha order (W-Z)  

Ticket to Ride

All the details for getting around MPMF.09

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
MidPoint offers 270 acts on 23 stages in three districts (downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport) over three nights. Here's the lowdown on wristband and transportation.