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MPMF: Friday's Schedule

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Prepare to be rocked on Friday. Surfer Blood follows the annual secret show at The Cincinnati Club. Local favorites Lions Rampant, The Tillers and Jake Speed & The Freddies play across the city. Caribou headlines the Grammer's tent. And the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir returns to MidPoint after their tragic accident prevented them from appearing last year.  

MPMF: Saturday's Schedule

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The MidPoint Music Festival finishes strong on Saturday. Local rhythm setters Koala Fires, Chaselounge, Pomegranates, Culture Queer, Fairmount Girls and The Sundresses will all show up to blow your mind. The Tom Tom Club will be on hand rock out at Grammer's. And Aficionado returns with their squadron of members to show people what 'working together' really means.  

2010 MPMF Schedule Released

Performer and venue details now available for September festival

0 Comments · Monday, August 9, 2010
The names of many of the performers for this year's MidPoint Music Festival (coming up Sept. 23-25) have been leaking out gradually over the past few months, but the first official schedule is now available at mpmf.com. The interactive grid allows you to choose Thursday, Friday or Saturday's lineups and scroll across the 26 venues, then click on any performer name to get details.  

Revealing the First MidPoint 2010 Details

Initial acts announced for MPMF.10 and MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square

0 Comments · Monday, April 26, 2010
Some details about the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival were unveiled April 23 at the Contemporary Arts Center, including confirmations of A Place to Bury Strangers, Richard Buckner, Van Dyke Parks and a handful of other performers. Several national acts were also announced for the MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square, starting with Camera Obscura June 4.  

Cheer Up: MPMF.10 Submission Process Now Open

Final deadline is May 15

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Bands and artists the world over can now register to take part in the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival, a three-day (Sept. 23-25) downtown Cincinnati party that's rapidly becoming a highlight of the region's musical landscape. Be be warned: The final submission deadline is May 15.  

Friday Pick: Heartless Bastards

Erika Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards come home for MidPoint

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The first thing Erika Wennerstrom did when she relocated to Austin, Texas two years ago was to find an apartment and sequester herself for six months, feverishly writing the songs that would ultimately comprise the Heartless Bastards' most nuanced and best album, 'The Mountain.' Although she was in new surroundings — namely one of the most potent music scenes in the country — the differences in the songs Wennerstrom was writing reflected a good deal more than her move.  

Saturday Pick: J. Dorsey Blues Revival

Pushing the Blues forward by taking it back

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
When Josh Dorsey defines his band, the J. Dorsey Blues Revival, the concepts of what it is and is not take on almost equal significance. "It's our interpretation," he says. "We want something that sounds new but that comes from an old place." Further clarification can be found on the debut Blues Revival CD, 'Get Right Church.'  

Friday Pick: Eagle to Squirrel

Come for the new CD, stay for the performance art

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Eagle to Squirrel probably will be one of the more unique acts you’ll catch at MidPoint ... or most any festival, really. Also going by the fitting name The Eagle to Squirrel Variety Hour, the the eclectic performance art/ spoken word/ Electronic/Jazz/ Hip Hop/ Soul/ Dance squad is releasing its debut CD, 'Werk,' in conjunction with its Friday MPMF show at The Subway.  

Thursday Pick: The Young Republic

Accomplished, young, smart ... what's not to like?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Young Republic in an Indie band from Nashville whose members are actually quite accomplished on their instruments and utilize seemingly the entire history of popular music in their songwriting. By no coincidence, the group formed five years ago when they met as students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  

Thursday Pick: Vanity Theft

Breaking the stereotypes of lame girl bands one rocking show at a time

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Vanity Theft makes Indie Pop music that's fun, danceable and brazen. Alicia Grodecki and Brittany Hill are co-lead singers, usually singing together and concocting some mesmerizing, creative harmonies. They have that kind of harmony-mind-meld that usually only comes from siblings.  

Thursday Pick: The Rubber Knife Gang

The sharpest tools in the Roots/Bluegrass/Americana shed

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Rubber Knife Gang is a trio of serious Roots/Bluegrass/Americana musicians who don't happen to take themselves very seriously. Even their name evolved out of a joke. The gang's work ethic is certainly no laughing matter — they work in rehearsals and gigs whenever time, energy and circumstance allow. Last year they set aside a weekend to run through their accumulated songs and lay down a dozen of them for their debut CD, 'A Rubber Knife Life.'  

Friday Pick: The Pinstripes

The ska's the limit with this Cincinnati joy band

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes combine Ska, Reggae, Dub and Soul to create something that's genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: joy. The band's latest album, 'Midwest Soundclash,' just dropped this month.  

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.