by Mike Breen
Purity Ring, Ride, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso and more slated to appear at late September music festival
Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival (owned and operated by CityBeat) recently announced that tickets for the late September festival were on sale, as well as a new date format (instead of Thursday-Saturday, 2015’s MPMF will take place Friday, Sept. 25-Sunday, Sept. 27). Now the first artists slated to appear at MPMF have been unveiled.
The first batch of MidPoint 2015 acts includes pioneering British Shoegaze band Ride, Canadian Electro Pop duo Purity Ring, Indie/Electronic up-and-comers Sylvan Esso, experimental artist tUnE-yArDs (aka Merrill Garbus) and diverse Indiana songwriter Strand of Oaks. The rest of the initial lineup announcement features Zola Jesus, Cathedrals, Matthew E. White, Pokey LaFarge, Moon Duo, Betty Who, K.Flay, Beach Slang, Sarah Jaffe, Ryley Walker and Truly. More artists (as well as specific schedule and venue info) will be announced in the coming weeks as the Over-the-Rhine/Downtown festival approaches. For the latest updates, tickets (a limited amount of early bird passes are still available) and more info, visit mpmf.com. Artists interested in showcase consideration can still apply through mpmf.com through May 17. Here's a sampling of some music clips from this round of MPMFers:
Merrill Garbus’ worldly musical curiosity and theatrical background inform tUnE-YaRdS
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Started as a one-woman project in 2006 by
New England native Merrill Garbus, tUnE-YaRdS is set apart via its meld
of Appalachian Folk (ukulele being the most obvious signifier) and
numerous African elements, none more visceral than Garbus’ versatile
vocal delivery, which alternates between low-key crooning,
honest-to-goodness yodeling and full-on wailing.