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Rolling in The Sweep

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Cincinnati Indie Rock quartet The Sweep hosts a release party for its latest effort, the full-length |||, at Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub Saturday. The album will be available at the free show on both CD and colored, 180-gram vinyl. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. The Sweep’s third album is its greatest triumph so far.  

Browngrass Part Deux

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Veteran local musician David Rhodes Brown presents the second annual Browngrass Festival this Saturday in Rabbit Hash, Ky., starting at noon. Brown — a lap-steel specialist (and multi-instrumentalist) known for his work with Warsaw Falcons, 500 Miles to Memphis, Magnolia Mountain and many others — launched the fest last year at the Southgate House.  

A Bunbury in the Oven

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A decade ago, Bill Donabedian and Sean Rhiney made Cincinnati history when they masterminded the MidPoint Music Festival. Four years after stepping away from MPMF to concentrate on his duties programming events on Fountain Square for 3CDC, Donabedian is ready to make history again with the Bunbury Festival, an annual three-day music event that will debut in July 2012.  

Harlequins Romance New EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Last year was not a particularly good period for The Harlequins, losing several friends to the scourge of heroin while dealing with the standard personal and professional travails that have plagued us all. You’d be hard-pressed to find the marks to prove it on the trio’s wild and wonderful new EP, Midwest Coast, which is being launched with a CD release show at this Friday’s latest MidPoint Indie Summer soiree on Fountain Square.  

Don’t Adjust Your Set, Adjust Your Eyes

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
It’s the House, the whole House and nothing but the House when Nick Mitchell’s sixth annual Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival takes over every square inch of the historic Southgate House mansion this Friday night. Every year, Mitchell uses AYE to benefit a different worthy cause, and this year’s might well be among the worthiest yet, as proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, quite possibly the highest-profile breast cancer organization in the country.  

Amy London and Reggae Fest

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Before heading to Italy to lead some Jazz workshops next month, Cincinnati-bred Jazz singer Amy London comes home for a weekend of shows at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Backed by local greats Steve Schmidt, Marc Wolfley and Jim Anderson, London performs at the club Friday and Saturday night.  

Get Down to the Breakdown

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The annual exhibition of Greater Cincinnati’s fantastic American Roots music scene, Rivertown Breakdown, presents its 10th anniversary event this Saturday at Newport’s Southgate House. Besides showcasing local music, the event — the brainchild of local Folk music hero Jake Speed — has raised money each year for “river-related” causes.  

An Awesome MidPoint Indie Summer Launch

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This Friday, Fountain Square gets ready to rock with the first MidPoint Indie Summer Series concert of the season. This year's opening-night main act, You You're Awesome, has earned its way to headlining status by building a growing following with its crafty, magnetic Electronica, a mix of modern, energetic rhythms, catchy, clever samples and an assortment of snyths and electronics that bridges early, pioneering usage and today's more stylized approach. YYA will be celebrating the release of its first full-length album, 'Good Point, Whoever Said That.'  

First MPMF ’11 Performers Announced

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The initial 20 national artists booked for this September’s MidPoint Music Festival (coming Sept. 22-24 to various venues in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine) were recently announced and they show the fest is already off to a great start. This year’s event will feature Cut Copy, Deerhoof, Kaki King, Xiu Xiu and more.  

MidPoint Goes to School

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The deadline for submissions from artists interested in performing at the 2011 MidPoint Music Festival recently came and went. Performers for this fall's 10th anniversary MPMF are being decided by the judging panel and touring headliners are being booked as you read this, so expect the flow of MidPoint information to increase over the next few weeks, with showcasing acts being announced, as well as other details and wrinkles to this year's event. One announcement is that the new School for Creative & Performing Arts will serve as a venue for the first time this fall.  

Ricky Nye Returns

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Last year around this time, Boogie Woogie Blues specialist Ricky Nye brought his musical pals from France to the U.S. for a series of local/regional tour dates to promote Ville du Bois, the album they recorded during one of Nye’s frequents treks to Europe three years ago. Now, Ricky Nye & the Paris Blues Band are in the midst of their second run of regional dates, supporting the combo’s second album, a self-titled affair.  

A Wicked Weekend of Tunes

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Excellent rootsy, melodic Rock champs 500 Miles to Memphis play Saturday at the Southgate House and the gig will also serve as a recording session. The hard-working/touring group, which has earned a reputation across the country for its fiery live show, is recording its set Saturday for a future live release.  

Soapland Releases Debut

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday night at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine, local Indie/Electronic band Soapland will celebrate the release of its first recording effort, Inflatable Real. DJ Mowgli will also be on hand to spin some tunes to dance to. Though only four tracks, the enticing EP is an excellent introduction to the crafty group’s electronic-tinged soundscapes, engaging vocals and creative songwriting.  

First MidPoint Indie Summer Acts Announced

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The lineups are being announced for the free, weekly MidPoint Indie Summer series, which returns beginning June 3 with national and local bands playing on Fountain Square every Friday throughout the summer, leading up to the big MidPoint Music Festival Sept. 22-24. Here's info on the first six headliners.  

Record Store Day’s Local Spin

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Northside’s Shake It Records (often recognized as one of the best record stores in the Midwest) is again going all out with Record Store Day activities. Besides stocking most of the special recordings being offered exclusively on RSD (making it a daylong wet dream for serious record collectors), Shake It has put together a lineup of appearances for Saturday that gives some love to our local music-makers.