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Wussy and Koala Fires: Local Music Rewired

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Two local Indie Rock bands have had their music dismantled and pieced back together by a slew of area producers and electronic musicians. If you’re familiar with the Rock bands Wussy and The Koala Fires, imagining them as dance-floor-friendly Electro acts is a far-fetched concept. But both new remix projects are revelatory, retaining (and often putting more focus on) the songwriting and vocals of the originals.  

Caribou: Where the Dear and Caribou Play

Dan Snaith takes his one-man band out of the '60s and into the Dance club

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
On his first two full-length releases and a handful of CD singles and live recordings, Dan Snaith had established himself as a rather well-informed and astute purveyor of Psychedelic Pop as he transformed it into his own unique brand of one-man-laptop bravado. But when it came time to begin work on new material to follow up 2008's 'Andorra,' the only certainty was that Snaith didn't want to re-create that same sound.  

Tom Tom Club: Heads Above, Groove Below

Pioneering rhythm section goes back out on road in anticipation of 30th anniversary

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It's not been easy to see Tom Tom Club play live. The pioneering, avant-percussive Dance Rock band, formed in 1981 by Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz (her husband), has taken a back seat in recent years to family life. The group is doing just 10 dates on the East and West coasts this tour, including a headlining gig Saturday night at the MidPoint Music Festival.  

Surfer Blood: Caught in a Wave

Despite a quick rise, Florida indie rockers strive for longevity

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
In existence for just over a year, Surfer Blood seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed. The West Palm Beach, Fla., quartet's debut full-length, 'Astro Coast,' is an uncommonly cohesive set of songs informed (but never bound) by 25 years of Indie Rock touchstones and founder/frontdude John Paul Pitts' own unique vision. They play MidPoint on Friday.  

Van Dyke Parks: Shifting Out of Park(s)

Iconic singer/songwriter/producer makes a rare performance appearance at MidPoint

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Van Dyke Parks is not a household name. His recorded catalog, revered by a cultish number of fans, has sold sparsely yet his influence is inescapably broad. Parks' work as a producer/arranger and the amazing artists he's worked with over the past four decades has cemented his iconic status — perhaps most famously The Beach Boys. Parks is making a rare appearance as an artist at the MidPoint Music Festival, traveling with Clare and the Reasons, who serve as his opening act and backing band.  

Cheer Up: MPMF.10 Submission Process Now Open

Final deadline is May 15

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Bands and artists the world over can now register to take part in the 2010 MidPoint Music Festival, a three-day (Sept. 23-25) downtown Cincinnati party that's rapidly becoming a highlight of the region's musical landscape. Be be warned: The final submission deadline is May 15.  

A 'Point of Pride

2009 MidPoint Music Festival persevered and thrived despite the rain

3 Comments · Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Now in its eighth year, MidPoint 2009 faced rain each of its three nights. But, in a testament to how much the festival's reputation has grown since its inception, attendance hardly seemed impacted by the grey, wet weather. Even on the Thursday opening night (traditionally the "slow" night of the event), a steady drizzle didn't stop local and regional music fans from packing the clubs, tents and makeshift venues.  

Thursday Pick: The Young Republic

Accomplished, young, smart ... what's not to like?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Young Republic in an Indie band from Nashville whose members are actually quite accomplished on their instruments and utilize seemingly the entire history of popular music in their songwriting. By no coincidence, the group formed five years ago when they met as students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  

Same Glow, New Home

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Lite Brite Film Test is on the move. Long a mid-summer fixture at the Southgate House, the creatively diverse visual showcase now has been folded into the MidPoint Music Festival. Befitting the shift, this year's lineup looks to be bigger and better than ever, pimping a host of shorts and several full-length features at its new home, the Contemporary Arts Center. (Programming will take place in both the upstairs lobby and in the black box space downstairs 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday.)  

Friday Pick: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker

Pure unadulterated joy, and butts shaken and stirred

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On their new album, the aptly titled 'Burn It Down,' The Dynamites improbably turn up the heat and bring their Soul simmer to a full boil. If James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, Charles Walker is his consigliore — he sings with hellhound conviction, divinely inspired passion and otherworldly intensity.  

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