by Mike Breen 08.31.2012

Post-Fireworks Party Sunday at MOTR

Two stellar Ohio Indie bands perform free Labor Day eve show

If you still have the energy after ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the fireworks on the river Sunday night — or if you're avoiding them altogether because you hate crowds (I'll be live tweeting the TV broadcast of the fireworks for all you homebodies) — two great Ohio bands are performing for free at Over-the-Rhine club MOTR Pub immediately following the big booms. The fireworks after-party kicks off with Columbus Indie Rock crew Indigo Wild, a crafty, eclectic band that has built a nice following in Cincy thanks to frequent performances in the area (band members live in both Cincinnati and Ohio's capital). Here's a fun music video for Indigo Wild's song "Rowboats," featured on the band's debut release, the If By Sea EP (which came out last year around this time; click here to listen or purchase). Headlining the show are The Ridges, an Athens, Ohio-based Orchestral Indie Folk troupe that has also amassed a solid following in Cincinnati. The MidPoint Music Festival vets — who perform in different configurations, depending on which members are available (including string and horn players) — return to play MPMF.12 in a few weeks. The Ridges are currently prepping a full-length album (recorded here in Cincinnati), so fans may even get a few new songs at the MOTR show. The group performed at this summer's MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square, where they did an interview with CityBeat's John Byrne for a cool video feature. Learn more about the band and hear a few snippets of music in the piece below. (You can view more videos from Byrne's Indie Summer video series here.)

Whatever Will Be, Will Be

Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery try not to make too many plans for R. Ring

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In musical parlance, "organic" describes a process free from self-conscious overthinking and blueprinted deliberation, resulting in a pure, unplanned outcome. That is exactly how Ampline/thistle guitarist Mike Montgomery and Breeders guitarist/vocalist Kelley Deal formed their powerful acoustic-based duo R. Ring.   

Herzog Happenings and Wussy Steps It Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
There has been more activity downtown at the former home of the historic Herzog recording studios than there has been since the studio’s heyday in the ’40s.  

MidPoint Indie Summer Series featuring School of Seven Bells

Aug. 24 • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Monday, August 20, 2012
The very niftiest things about School of Seven Bells have nothing to do with its music and everything to do with its name.   

A Class of Her Own

Elizabeth Harper takes Synth Pop to new level with collaborative group, Class Actress

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Before Elizabeth Harper fronted Class Actress, she had majored in drama in college and moved to Los Angeles to follow her acting dream, but found herself disillusioned. After relocating to Brooklyn, N.Y., Harper shifted her passion from the music of drama to the drama of music.   
by Mike Breen 08.10.2012
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Free Eclectic MidPoint Indie Summer Show Tonight

Sleeper pick for the best Fountain Square show of the summer

Tonight's free, all-ages MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square is certainly one of the most eclectic ever … and may turn out to be one of the best ever. Exhibit A: Openers Sidewalk Chalk at 7 p.m.Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk have opened for De La Soul and ?uestlove, and Lupe Fiasco majorly shouted-them-out on his Twitter and Facebook pages. The band is described as "a hip-hop, soul, jazz octet that consists of a singer, emcee, drummer, bass, trombone, trumpet, keys player, and a tap dancer."Here's the music video for Sidewalk Chalk's "Water Song" from the group's album Corner Store.  Exhibit B: Middle-slot performers Kansas Bible Company at 8:15 p.m. From nearby Goshen, Ind. (currently working out of Nashville), KBC has wowed Cincy crowds a few times in the past year or so. The dynamic Soul/Jazz/Rock band trumps Sidewalk Chalk's mere eight-person membership, featuring "a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists and one bass."Dig this video for the great KBC tune "How to Build A Planet" from their album Ad Astra Per Aspera (rough translation: A rough road leads to the stars).Exhibit C: Headliners A Place to Bury Strangers at 9:30 p.m. Another frequent visitor to Cincy, the NYC-based APTBS are like a more abrasive, modern update of Jesus & Mary Chain's Psychocandy album. Guitar nuts can also bathe in some cool guitar sounds courtesy of the band's own line of effect pedals. (Read Reyan Ali's interview with the band for CityBeat from this past March here.)Here is a video from A Place to Bury Strangers' recently released Worship album, "You Are The One." (Mildly NSFW clip.)

MidPoint Indie Summer Series featuring Bear Hands

Aug. 3 • Fountain Sqaure

1 Comment · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Post Rock Brooklyn quartet Bear Hand's sense of humor is bannered up front with their name and extends through their playfully weird lyrical content, which often addresses serious subjects from a skewed perspective (or vice versa).   
by Jac Kern 07.27.2012
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Your Weekend To Do List: 7/27-7/29

It’s T-Shirt time, and I’m not talking about juiced a-holes in Jersey. Cincy Apparel’s T-Shirt Market is in full effect on Fountain Square until 11 p.m. Friday night. Stock up on tees made by local designers, and plenty emblazoned with Cincinnati inside jokes, landmarks and product logos. Park + Vine, Donkey Tees and Cinci Shirts are just a few vendors hawking tees. And while you’re on the square, hang around for MidPoint Indie Summer (7-11 p.m.) with Orgone, The Cliftones and Eclipse Movement. After all that shoppin’ and dancin’ and drinkin’, you’re going to need some fourth meal action. Head over to the inaugural Night Owl Market, at the corner of Main Street and Central Parkway, for a late-night food fest. The Final Friday event, appropriately abbreviated ”NOM,” will feature food trucks and booths serving tasty local eats from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Three a.m.! Get your fill from Café de Wheels, C’est Cheese, Fireside Pizza, Cincy Bag Ladies and plenty more. There will also be artists, retail vendors and live music from The Pinstripes. Macy’s Music Festival celebrates 50 years of bringing R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Soul music to the Tri-State. Tom Joyner, Zay Foggs, Monica, The O’Jays and many others will perform at Paul Brown Stadium Friday and Saturday. Outside the concert, on Freedom Way between Elm and Vine streets, Festival513 keeps the good times comin’ with lots of food, street vendors, art and more, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Tickets to Macy’s Music Festival are still available for $48-$88. UC DAAP professor Henry Navarro and a group of the college’s students and grads have been working on a fashion-art project at Bromwell’s Gallery downtown. Influenced by the city — architecture, culture, landscape and local residents — the team has created a Cincy-centric line of wearable art. Grey Cincinnati debuts Saturday night at Prairie Gallery in Northside. Check out fashions designed to inspire and empower Cincinnatians across demographics. The fashion show kicks off at 9 p.m. Chris Colfer, known best to many as Kurt from Glee, will be in town Sunday to promote his new children’s book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. The 22-year-old Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner found time between takes on the Fox hit to write a modern-day fairy tale, aimed at kids ages 8 and older. He will sign the book at 3:30 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion. Check out our To Do page for more suggestions on arts, events, concerts and theater shows to check out.

MidPoint Indie Summer Series featuring Orgone

July 27 • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Monday, July 23, 2012
In the ’30s, German scientist Wilhelm Reich proposed the existence of orgone, a biophysical life force that he postulated was at the root of sexual energy and later conceived as a subliminal living essence connecting everything in the universe.That explanation makes a perfect case for a quintet of talented Los Angeles musicians to have christened their highly charged and deeply grooved Funk outfit after Wilhelm’s fringe theory.   
by Mike Breen 07.19.2012
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MidPoint Indie Summer with The Ridges and More

Athens, Ohio Indie Folk troupe unveils "commerical" for free Friday Fountain Square show

Tomorrow evening on Fountain Square will be dry! I promise, or I'll personally refund your ticket money. This week's installment of the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on the Square features another solid bill. Joining in on the fun Friday is rootsy Indie Rock crew and Bloodshot recording artists Ha Ha Tonka, the eclectic Izzy and the Catastrophics (read more here) and our pals from great Athens, Ohio-born Indie Chamber Folk group, The Ridges. The Ridges (MPMF vets) usually add a great personal touch to their area gigs by making cool little commercials for the event (which we've featured several times in the past). Tomorrow's show is no different. Check their latest "ad" and then click here to listen to more tunes from The Ridges. Friday's MidPoint Indie Summer show starts at 7 p.m. Here's a taste of Ha Ha Tonka, via the music video for the group's "Lonely Fortunes" from last year's Death of a Decade.And here's a wild video from Izzy and Co. for the song "Mi Bailarina."