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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.  

A Decade to Die For

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The CincyPunk Fest has emerged as one of the most popular benefit concerts in the region, raising money for various charities since its inception a decade ago. For CincyPunk Fest 10, the event returns to Newport’s Southgate House this Saturday and Sunday under new management and with a lineup full of some of the top music-makers in Cincinnati. And, despite its name, the fest is again a showcase for much more than just Punk Rock.  

Fest Scales New Heights

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The biannual Clifton Heights Music Festival returns this weekend for its fourth edition, taking over seven venues around the University of Cincinnati for two days of diverse, quality local music. Launched a year and half ago, the fest has become the best all-local musical showcase in town, growing from 35 acts to this year’s 80-plus.  

Skeetones Get ‘Retrospektive’

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
If you’re looking for a one-word description of local instrumental group Skeetones’ unique sound — well, good luck with that. “Electronic” is probably the closest you’d come, but even that’s just a tiny clue as to what’s in store on the band’s incredibly diverse, debut full-length release, Retrospektive.  

A Blessid Rebirth

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2011
With a slew of uplifting singles and a band name like Blessid Union of Souls, it shouldn’t be a shock to discover that the chart-topping Cincinnati band’s frontman Eliot Sloan puts a lot of stock in his spiritual beliefs. But the band — one of the most commercially successful acts to ever come out of Cincinnati — was rarely overt about religion in its slick, hook-laden Pop songs. Until now.