Every year, a compilation featuring several of the artists performing at the MidPoint Music Festival is lovingly compiled to give an overview of some of the fest’s participants. MPMF10’s comp has been assembled and you can listen to it right here.
Several Cincinnati-based artists and institutions are up for Ohio Hip Hop Awards, an annual event that honors the statewide Hip Hop community, culminating in a music conference/awards ceremony Sept. 17-19 in Cleveland. The event spotlights everything from MCs, DJs, break-dancers and graffiti artists to labels, radio, venues and promoters.
Acoustic Blues duo 46 Long, Punk journeymen I Fail, Roots/Folk collective The Midlife Crisis Ramblers, the Electro/Indie/Dance group Eat Sugar, and local dark wizards of Roots/Rock The Sundresses are all releasing albums this week. It's like a back-to-school special for kick-ass music.
After an extended hiatus, Cincinnati Garage Rock trio The Greenhornes will be back with a new album in October. And this Friday the band plays a free show at The Comet in Northside, kicking off a string of tour/festival dates. Jack Lawrence recently told Billboard.com that a new album will be out in October, making it the first Greenhornes full-length with new material since 2002.
It has been a very sad summer in terms of losing some of our finest local musicians. Bassist Christopher Walker and guitarist Skip Chavis passed away last month and now two more charismatic artists have died, both succumbing to cancer: Legendary Funk guitarist and Cincinnati native Phelps "Catfish" Collins and Michele Feaster of the Blues/R&B band II Juicy.
The names of many of the performers for this year's MidPoint Music Festival (coming up Sept. 23-25) have been leaking out gradually over the past few months. But this Friday, mpmf.com will unveil a new interactive schedule with all of the artists scheduled to play the event.
On July 27, local Indie Pop crew Enlou released its new EP, Body of Friends, Body of Water, via Lujo Records. The band’s first local show since the release is Friday at Northside Tavern. Body of Friends, Body of Water (the group's third EP in just over a year) is a magical listening experience and contains some of the finest, most mesmerizing Indie Pop you'll hear this year, local or otherwise.
Post Punk crew Swear Jar celebrates the release of its new long-player 'Cuss' Saturday at the Southgate House Parlour. Though the press release for Cuss states "most people won't like it," fans of old-school, underground, independent Rock and Punk will immediately get what Swear Jar is doing.
While you're waiting for nostalgia for the '00s to kick in (remember that crazy Kanye West dude?), you can dip back to the 1990s Friday as several local musicians team up at The Mad Hatter for a musical tribute to the era that saw Hair Metal murdered by Grunge. The show is headlined by (presumably one-off) local supergroup tribute bands The Neverminds (Nirvana tribute), Butthole Son (Soundgarden), Hung Bunny (Melvins) and Bossarosa (Pixies).
Chris Walker's stellar musical abilities were showcased all over the Cincinnati music scene for the past few decades. His cool, kind nature and mad bass skills earned him a place in innumerable bands throughout his career, and his talent knew no genre boundaries, as he seemed comfortable (if not masterful) playing almost any style of music. A memorial service for Walker, who died July 3 from serious injuries sustained in a 2007 car accident, will be held Saturday at the Crossroads Community Church in Oakley followed by a celebration of his life and music at Stanley's Pub.
The Northside Rock 'n Roll Carnival/Parade/Festival features the best lineup of homegrown bands and musicians you'll find all holiday weekend. And you don't even have to miss the other Fourth of July events and fireworks displays around town because the fun takes place Friday and Saturday, with no events on the actual Fourth.
This weekend, the folks from local indie label Grasshopper Juice Records are gearing up for its fifth annual Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival. The eclectic, camping-friendly event (this year being held at the Branch Hill VFW Hall in Loveland) will feature more than 30 musical acts on two stages, one indoors and one outdoors.
New local band The Ready Stance makes its debut appearance Saturday at the Northside Tavern. The free show also includes performances by Goose and Wussy's Chuck Cleaver. Local music fans who have been following the scene since before Facebook and MP3s will likely recognize at least a couple of familiar faces in The Ready Stance's rank.
Last Friday marked the kick-off of the free MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square, a jammed-pack affair headlined by Scottish Indie Pop troupe Camera Obscura. It also marked the first time you could purchase tickets for the MidPoint Music Festival (Sept. 23-25). While they last, MidPoint three-day passes will be available at all MidPoint Indie Summer shows (every Friday) throughout the summer for $29.
The annual Rivertown Breakdown has been the finest showcase of local Roots music practitioners for nine years now. And the lineup for this year's event (Saturday at the Southgate House) once again provides a "Cincinnati Roots Music Scene 101" for Americana fans who might not realize what a strong scene we have right here along the banks of the Ohio River. The music ranges from Bluegrass and Folk to Jazz, Blues and beyond on all three Southgate stages.