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by Brian Baker 09.23.2011
Posted In: MidPoint Music Festival, Live Music, Reviews at 02:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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MPMF.11 Day 1: Here’s How a Thursday Should Go

I love the first night of MidPoint; the anticipation, the excitement, the friends, the music, the potential for getting wetter than you’ve been since the birth experience. It’s magic, a sensation perhaps intensified on Thursday, being the first night of the festival’s tenth anniversary.

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by Mike Breen 09.23.2011
Posted In: MidPoint Music Festival, Live Music, Reviews at 01:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
 
 
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MPMF.11 Day 1: Turn On, Tune In, Rock Out

I haven't done LSD in at least a decade, but Thursday's MidPoint Music Festival sure felt like a psychedelic flashback. My long-ish, strange-ish trip began at 9 a.m., as I drove into downtown and found Central Parkway colorfully dressed up as if an army of elderly women had sneaked in overnight and turned the strip into a Dr. Seussian wonderland. The colorful crocheting that hugged the trees, lampposts and practically everything else sticking out of the ground was actually the work of The BombShells' Yarn,  who've dropped similar "yard bombs" on statues downtown (like the William Henry Harrison one in Garfield Park).

Regardless of whence it came, it set the trippy tone for my first day at MPMF.11. And things only got trippier. I'm a big fan of the surreal and bizarre, so it wasn't a bad trip, by any means. And the soundtrack was pretty kick-ass.

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by C.A. MacConnell 09.23.2011
Posted In: MidPoint Music Festival, Live Music, Reviews at 11:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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MPMF.11 Day 1: Bring It On

Everything was easy — parking, finding venues, moving from place to place. Easy street. Even the weather was easy — not too hot, not too cold, not even crisp yet. Clouds just hung out in the sky, slightly alive, so gray. Steel. 



When I literally jumped out of the car in front of SCPA, excited strange people started offering me donuts. I didn’t take one, but I considered it. Fuck, that was stupid, I should have. Free damn donut. “Glazed!” they yelled, “Glazed!” Shout out to hot Dot, the lady in pink with the donut tray.

Welcome to the randomness that is sometimes called Midpoint. Bring it on.



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by Mike Breen 09.23.2011
 
 
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Squeeze the Day: MPMF.11 Friday!

How was your MidPoint Thursday? Ready for more!? I can't heeear you? Below check out some audio/visual previews of a few of Friday's best MidPoint Music Festival bets. There are so many good acts at MPMF.11, it's hard to post every worthy show (most of them are), so feel free to pimp anyone we failed to mention in the comments below.

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by Mike Breen 09.22.2011
Posted In: MidPoint Music Festival, Music News at 11:53 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Watch All Night Party's MPMF Ultrasessions LIVE

All throughout MPMF.11, local promo group will be hosting several area performers for daytime "Ultrasessions" at Ultrasuede Studio. And you can watch them from the comfort of your cubicle/couch/bed as they happen! Click below for the schedule and UStream portal. Hurry — The Chocolate Horse start at 1 p.m.!

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by Mike Breen 09.22.2011
 
 
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Squeeze the Day: MPMF.11 Thursday!

Today marks the first day of the tenth annual MidPoint Music Festival in venues throughout Over-the-Rhine (and a few Downtown). AND the President of the United States is in town. I don't think the two are related, but who knows — maybe Barack Obama is a huge Mansions on the Moon fan? Mr. President, I'm sure you're reading this on your Blackberry — stick around this evening after your speech about how fixing our crumbling, dangerous interstate bridge is probably more important than saving Carl Linder a few bucks on his tax returns and come on down to MidPoint to catch some of the hottest musical acts on the planet right now. Your Secret Service guys can watch your back, we'll be your tour-guides and, heck, I'll even buy you a beer or two (you still like Bud Light, right?). Email me ASAP and we'll set you and your crew up with wristbands (sorry, the VIP passes are all sold out).  In the meantime, here are a few suggestions (must-sees, big-timers and sleeper picks) for MPMF showcases you can check out tonight.

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by Mike Breen 09.21.2011
 
 
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Squeeze the Day for 9/21

Music Tonight: The tenth MidPoint Music Festival begins tomorrow, so tonight you can either a) hit the sack early and build up energy for MPMF's long weekend (Thursday-Saturday), or b) go into training mode and catch some live music to get your ears (and, if you’re so inclined, liver) in shape. If you’re up for going out, put on your sweatbands and drinking pants and head down to Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub for a special show featuring the fantastic local bands Pomegranates and The Kickaways. MOTR opened its doors for the first time last year for MPMF.10, so tonight’s free show is a celebration of the club’s first anniversary, with a cookout and other fun throughout the night. (MOTR is, of course, also an MPMF.11 venue.). To preview the rockin’ Kickaways, you can download the band’s amazing debut album, America! America!, from The Recording Label here. Give a listen to half of the Pomegranates recent surprise full-length release, In Your Face Thieves/Chestnut Attic, here. Below are video clips from both acts.

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by Mike Breen 09.20.2011
 
 
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The Ridges' MPMF Promo Clip (VIDEO)

One of the bands on my MPMF.11 itinerary is The Ridges, a Chamber/Folk/Indie/Pop ensemble from Athens, Ohio. They have interesting instrumentation (cello, trumpet, accordion, etc.) and their songs are remarkably infectious. Read what I wrote about them in the MidPoint guide here. The group just sent us an MPMF promo video in advance of their performance Thursday at the Cincinnati Club (9 p.m., followed by The Sundresses and Those Darlins) and have graciously allowed us to "world premiere" it right here. The clip features The Ridges — who played the MidPoint Indie Summer Series in August on Fountain Square — performing acoustically outside of its MPMF venue. You can check out some more music by The Ridges here. Enjoy!

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by Staff 09.18.2011
 
 
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MidPoint VIP Passes, Ticket Giveaway Coming to End

Sales of MidPoint VIP Passes end tonight at midnight, as do all online ticket sales for MPMF.11. Go here to make your online purchases of VIP Passes ($125) and 3-day wristbands ($49); you'll receive your tickets in the mail before MidPoint begins on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Biore® Skincare's giveaway of 20 free pairs of 3-day wristbands ends tomorrow at 12 noon. Register to win here.

If you prefer to buy your 3-day wristbands in person, you still have two options: visit one of 19 local retail stores in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky selling wristbands (full list is here) or stop by the MPMF.11 Ticket/Info Booth on the MidPoint Midway Thursday evening during the first night of MidPoint. You won't be able to buy a 3-day wristband at any MPMF.11 venue — only the Midway ticket booth — and you won't be able to buy one after Thursday night.

The MPMF.11 Ticket/Info Booth will also have 1-day wristbands for sale each night during the festival for $30. You won't be able to buy a 1-day wristband at any MPMF.11 venue — only the Midway ticket booth.

 
 
by Jason Gargano 09.14.2011
 
 
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MPMFers Cut Copy Unveil New Video

MidPoint Music Festival headliners Cut Copy yesterday dropped a new video, "Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution," from the band's recently released full-length Zonoscope. The clip uses Planet of the Apes-esque dudes in a way that's both amusing and crafty — way better than most of the videos MTV used to play back when it was a music channel. And it's a nice primer for the Aussies stop here next week.

Oh, and here's what I wrote when Zonoscope was released back in March — notice the bit about them not touring here:

"Not as dancey as the the first two CC records, Zonoscope is a spacier, more laid-back grower that reveals frontguy Dan Whitford's lyrical acumen (the big beats and thick synths used to push his words to the background). I'm curious to hear how this sounds live. Unfortunately, CC's current tour does not feature a Cincy stop — though the band is slated to play the Pitchfork Music Festival July 17 in Chicago. Road trip!"


 

 
 

 

 

 
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