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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.  

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.