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Box It Up

MidPoint Midway’s Box Truck Carnival brings guerilla-style interactive art to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Now in its 10th year, the MidPoint Music Festival has grown from an annual outlet for local musicians to one of the best and brightest fests in the region, this year offering nationally and globally renowned acts such as Cut Copy, Mates of State and The Album Leaf. This year will also see the inclusion of Cincinnati’s visual arts talent, as ArtWorks and MPMF bring the foreign concept of the Box Truck Carnival to town.   

Deeper Cut

Australian Electro Pop group Cut Copy continues to evolve

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cut Copy’s move from Australian Electro-Dance upstarts to internationally recognized, festival-headlining purveyors of sophisticated Art Pop is complete. The foursome — led by frontman and founder Dan Whitford — has released three albums since 2004, including the recent Zonoscope, another addictive, synth-driven effort that also finds the band moving in new, less party-starting directions. They perform Saturday night at the MidPoint Music Festival.
  

The Young and The Loveless

Lydia Loveless blends Rock, Country, booze and tears on her amazing national debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
At an age when most people are contemplating the direction of their life, Lydia Loveless has already blazed an impressive trail. The 21-year-old native of Coshocton, Ohio, and current Columbus resident began playing bass with her two sisters in their band Carson Drew when she was just 13 and was playing solo shows at 15. Loveless performs Thursday night on Day 1 of the MidPoint Music Festival.
  

A Decade with No Decay

In 2002, the MidPoint Music Festival legacy began

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
My memories of the very first MidPoint Music Festival in 2002 are pretty vague. I remember bits and pieces from that inaugural fest, when the vast majority of performers were local. I recall being in the car way too much for such a fest — I caught bands at the Madison Theater in Covington, the Barrelhouse and Jefferson Hall in Over-the-Rhine and the Southgate House and Newport on the Levee in Newport. MPMF sure has changed in 10 years.
  

A Key, Instrumental Force

Booker T. Jones comes to MPMF.11 armed with new songs and MG’s classics

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
It’s hard to imagine a more fantastical introduction to the world of music than Memphis teenager Booker T. Jones experienced in the early 1960s. Jones — a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member as well as recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy — is one of the headliners for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival. He and his touring band will be doing swingin’ ’60s Booker T. & the MG’s classics as well as selections from Jones’ new album, The Road From Memphis.   

Here Come the Johns

After a string of children’s albums, They Might Be Giants returns with Join Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Over the past three decades, They Might Be Giants has worn so many unique hats — Indie Rock nobodies, alt.press darlings, phone-to-internet pioneers, commercial successes, TV/film contributors, kids music heroes, Grammy winners, documentary subjects — it seems as though they’ve had to grow a new head to accommodate each successive chapeau.  

Jewell of the Dial

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Ultimately, the singer/songwriter game is about life experience and incorporating that into one’s art. Eilen Jewell has life experience to spare; a rural Idaho childhood where she learned to play piano, college in Santa Fe, N.M., where she busked and learned to perform, and then to Boston where she prospered in one of the country’s most competitive Folk scenes.  

10th Annual MidPoint Has Something for Everyone

Fest returns this weekend with 185 bands, new venues and new features

0 Comments · Monday, September 12, 2011
MidPoint has grown, evolved and adapted in many ways since the first one in 2002, with internationally-known artists now playing alongside the up-and-comers and unsigned multitudes, opening up limitless potential for the future. The event returns for the 10th time Sept. 22-24, reinvigorated and focused, with venues centered closer together, lots of new features and improvements on some of the more popular aspects of past fests.
  

The Why? Chromosome

Josiah and Yoni Wolf bring Why? back to the Buckeye State

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
After a decade of California life, the brothers Wolf, collectively doing business as Why?, are finally back in their home state. Josiah relocated to Xenia with his wife and Yoni recently bought a house in Northside, which is undergoing extensive renovations.    

The ’Bears’ Switch Project

Soul/Funk/Rock ensemble Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears find their voice on Scandalous

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears usually get compared to classic R&B, Soul and Blues artists like Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Wilson Pickett — obvious enough touchstones considering the group plays a hard-hitting blend of Soul, Rock & Roll and Blues.    

Sweep Relief

The Sweep’s third album emerges as the band’s most powerful statement yet

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Bill Alletzhauser is pathologically busy with The Hiders, his acclaimed Roots Rock band with a trio of well-received releases. It seems natural to wonder why he doubled his band responsibilities and joined fellow Cincinnati band The Sweep.  

Eagle Has Landed

Josh Eagle & the Harvest City evolve into a world-class Folk/Pop unit

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As Josh Eagle frames an answer, it quickly becomes apparent the response he’s offering has little in common with the question. Eagle pauses, then smiles. “What was the question?” he inquires. “I’m the king of fucking tangents. Hit the ball in left field and I’ll run in the opposite direction.”  

Desert Rockabout

Newcomers The Desert Gun enter Cincy’s music scene cocked and loaded

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Murray Stall, drummer for new Alternative/Progressive rockers The Desert Gun, greets me in the glow. Tall, thin and always talking or moving, Stall wears skinny jeans and, on his left arm, a large tattoo peeks out from his shirt. A passionate type with a ton of energy, he started music at 14.  

Breaking Ground for Groundbreakers

Legendary guitarist Steve Cropper honors influence of King Records’ 5 Royales

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The list of Cincinnati’s King Records acts whose influence on future musicians — often some of the greats of Rock & Roll — has proved greater than their own enduring fame is still growing longer. The latest addition is Lowman “Pete” Pauling and The “5” Royales. The Rhythm & Blues vocal group recorded for King from 1954-1959 and was unusual in that Pauling, besides singing bass, played a stinging, bluesy lead electric guitar.  

A Horse of a Different Flavor

The Chocolate Horse’s third album, Beasts, offers dark message with hopeful undercurrent

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Darkness pervades The Chocolate Horse’s third album, Beasts, evidenced by the moody cover art (a horse’s ebony head atop a human form barely visible in the shadows) and actualized with a powerfully melancholy sound. And yet, flickers of light pierce the album’s dark veil.