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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.  

Friday Pick: The Pinstripes

The ska's the limit with this Cincinnati joy band

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes combine Ska, Reggae, Dub and Soul to create something that's genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: joy. The band's latest album, 'Midwest Soundclash,' just dropped this month.  

Thursday Pick: The Rubber Knife Gang

The sharpest tools in the Roots/Bluegrass/Americana shed

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Rubber Knife Gang is a trio of serious Roots/Bluegrass/Americana musicians who don't happen to take themselves very seriously. Even their name evolved out of a joke. The gang's work ethic is certainly no laughing matter — they work in rehearsals and gigs whenever time, energy and circumstance allow. Last year they set aside a weekend to run through their accumulated songs and lay down a dozen of them for their debut CD, 'A Rubber Knife Life.'  

Thursday Pick: Vanity Theft

Breaking the stereotypes of lame girl bands one rocking show at a time

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Vanity Theft makes Indie Pop music that's fun, danceable and brazen. Alicia Grodecki and Brittany Hill are co-lead singers, usually singing together and concocting some mesmerizing, creative harmonies. They have that kind of harmony-mind-meld that usually only comes from siblings.  

Saturday Pick: J. Dorsey Blues Revival

Pushing the Blues forward by taking it back

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
When Josh Dorsey defines his band, the J. Dorsey Blues Revival, the concepts of what it is and is not take on almost equal significance. "It's our interpretation," he says. "We want something that sounds new but that comes from an old place." Further clarification can be found on the debut Blues Revival CD, 'Get Right Church.'  

Friday Pick: Eagle to Squirrel

Come for the new CD, stay for the performance art

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Eagle to Squirrel probably will be one of the more unique acts you’ll catch at MidPoint ... or most any festival, really. Also going by the fitting name The Eagle to Squirrel Variety Hour, the the eclectic performance art/ spoken word/ Electronic/Jazz/ Hip Hop/ Soul/ Dance squad is releasing its debut CD, 'Werk,' in conjunction with its Friday MPMF show at The Subway.  

New Local Releases at MidPoint

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Here is my one big tip for those attending the MidPoint Music Festival this week: If you see MPMF director-in-chief Dan McCabe, be sure not to utter these words, "I've never heard of any of these bands." You will get a stare/glare that might just turn you into stone. With around 270 performers from across the country (and world), chances are most of the music you hear at the festival will be "new to you." That's the beauty of it.  

Friday Pick: Heartless Bastards

Erika Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards come home for MidPoint

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The first thing Erika Wennerstrom did when she relocated to Austin, Texas two years ago was to find an apartment and sequester herself for six months, feverishly writing the songs that would ultimately comprise the Heartless Bastards' most nuanced and best album, 'The Mountain.' Although she was in new surroundings — namely one of the most potent music scenes in the country — the differences in the songs Wennerstrom was writing reflected a good deal more than her move.  

Thursday Pick: Deke Dickerson

He's king of the whole wide world ... at least the guitar-playing world

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Rockabilly/Roots hero Deke Dickerson started out playing in a Surf band in his teens, and that sound is still evident in some of his music. But he's since become a darling of the Roots music movement, thanks in large part to his masterful, trademark guitar playing that blends Surf, Country, Rockabilly and Jazz techniques.  

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