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Nominee Potpourri

The CEA.11 nominations bring another batch of veterans and newcomers

18 Comments · Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The nominations have been selected, and now it’s up to you to choose who should win trophies at this year’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs). Back for the 15th year, the CEAs are decided by public voting (save the Critical Achievement Awards, which are chosen by the nominating committee) and the awards will be given out Sunday, Nov. 20.  

Fine ‘Art’ History

Matthew Sweet looks back with the classic Girlfriend and on the new Modern Art

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Under different circumstances, Matthew Sweet’s astonishing new album, Modern Art, would be the focus of his latest tour. The updated set would be crowded with Sweet’s newly crafted evocations of ’60s Pop and fleshed out with selections from his almost supernaturally consistent catalog.   

Norse Code

Local gang Winterhymn's Folk Metal

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Vikings were an interesting breed. They were vicious, bloodthirsty warriors who glorified slaughter, brutal killers who lived from one battle to another. But they also put a great emphasis on death and the afterlife and looked forward to eternal battles in Valhalla. This mixture of vicious power and fatalistic sorrow can be heard in the music of local sextet Winterhymn.   

Faith No More (Sort Of)

Underoath concentrates on Metal and de-emphasizes Christianity on new album

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Since rising from the Metal hotbed of Tampa, Fla., in 1997, Underoath has undergone many structural and philosophical changes. The original quintet’s musical direction encompassed Metalcore as well as Death and Black Metal and, perhaps most importantly, they identified Underoath as a “Christian Metal” band.   

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

MidPoint Music Festival once again raised the bar

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Last week's confluence of milestone events and anniversaries that all seemed loosely interrelated: R.E.M. announced its breakup, Nirvanamania re-swept the nation as the press and fans celebrated the 20th anniversary of a ground-breaking album and Cincinnati’s 10th MidPoint Music Festival experienced its most successful year yet, seriously upgrading the Alternative music festival’s profile in the music world.

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.