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Midpoint Locals - Best of the Best

Sep
22
For those looking for the best of Local Cincinnati Music at this year's Midpoint festival, here are my recommendations:

Straw Boss: Thursday 9:00 PM at Southgate House Lounge
The Seedy Seeds: Thursday 10:30 PM at Contemporary Arts Center
The Tillers: Thursday 11:30 PM at Madonna's Bar & Grill‎
The Lions Rampant: Friday 6:30 PM at Grammer's
Heartless Bastards: Friday 9:30 PM at Grammer's
The Chocolate Horse: Friday 11:00 PM at Havana Martini Club
The Kentucky Struts: Friday 12:00 AM at Arnold’s Bar and Grill
The Sundresses: Friday 12:00 AM at Blue Wisp Jazz Club
Pomegranates: Friday 12:00 AM at Know Theatre Upstairs
Eat Sugar: Saturday 6:30 PM at Grammer's
Jake Speed and the Freddies: Friday 8:30 PM at Washington Platform
You, You’re Awesome: Saturday 10:30 PM at Contemporary Arts Center
Wussy: Saturday 11:00 PM at Know Theatre Upstairs
Buffalo Killers: Saturday 12:00 AM at Southgate House Ballroom
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If You Are Going to Midpoint

Sep
21

Midpoint is a tremendously fun event. That being said, you might want to plan out your weekend before jumping into it, unless you want to play musical roulette with your ear drums.

For the hardcore music fan, nothing will surpass your own judgment. You need to log onto www.mpmf.com and listen to all of the group’s MySpace pages yourself. Yes, this will take about two days, but nothing is too good for you.

Ok, so if you are not that much of a fanatic about your music and would like some help, well I’ve got some ideas for you. Before I get into some band names, you need to first identify how you want to attend the festival. There are several ways, but lets focus on the most affective methods. When thinking about this I’m going to assume you are getting a three day pass. There are no single day passes this year, so if you plan on going more than one day to more than one venue, you should cough up the $29 bucks for the three day pass. The three main types of fan are the following cleverly named categories:

1. The Floater

2. The Traveler

3. The Focused Planner

The Floater is out to see as much music as possible, and will float around and take chances on bands. The best preparation for a Floater is to plan out your time. Know what bands are playing when, and then catch half a set here, and half a set there. It is nice to have the freedom to hear a few songs of a band you’ve never heard of and if they suck or aren’t of your taste (to put it more pleasantly), then you can hit another band playing near by that you do know and can support. This is great way to see local bands you like and want to support, but weren’t your first option, since you’ll have more chances to see them.

The Traveler has set destinations and a schedule to keep. They have planned to see bands they know or like and worked out a firm plan on who they can see and where. This requires going hour by hour and using something akin to a sextant to map out a route from venue to venue, all while keeping to a time table. If you are smart you will maybe become friends with the Scion Taxis running around town, or maybe hire your own chauffeur if you plan on some trips over to Newport and back. This method is good when you are going to see local bands and only local bands.

The Focused Planner is a person who wants to go one place and stay there. A little boring, but if you are drinking or have a favorite bar, then can work best. This year’s festival is uniquely able to make this type of fan’s experience even better. With special events like the Lite Bright Film Test at the CAC, a fan can spend each night in one place and see a great variety of local and out of town acts, as well as see cool film. The same could be had at various venues where local promotions teams have cooked up cool ways to program certain venues each night. The All Night Party hosts a big night at the Blue Wisp on Friday, and Grammer’s hosts a big tent each night with some of the best known groups, like the Heartless Bastards. Some of these events even work to complement each other, where venues like

Fountain Square
, end early on Thursday night, allowing you to hit up a second location.

Other concerns: Food! No matter where you are, there are tons of late night food options: Arnold’s will have the full menu available until at least 2:30AM per the owner (Rhonda for those who know her). Other options are Cold Turkey & Shanghai Mama’s on 6th, Lucy Blue on 12th and 7th Streets, and Gilpin’s also on

7th Street
.

OK, so now on to the good stuff, who to see….well, you are going to have to wait for my picks just a little while longer. Yeah, I suckered you in, but tough cookies, sweetheart!

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Midpoint Music Festival

Jul
29

For more information about the Midpoint Music Festival, check out www.mpmf.com

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Midpoint Music Festival

Jul
29

For more information about the Midpoint Music Festival, check out www.mpmf.com

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Meeting Flow

Sep
26

You never know who you are going to run into while standing watching Seabird at the opening of Midpoint.

For me it was the band Flow from Israel. After a little background info I was able to locate this article from Derf Magazine of all places. It appears they got a press release from the band touting the fact that they are the biggest English Language band in Israel. It appears they thought it was a joke, but after a wise rethink they did some research and wrote a very good article.

The band plays Saturday night at Cadillac Ranch at Midnight.

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John Fox - CityBeat Editor

Sep
26
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Commando Midpoint

Sep
25

I don't know who I am going to see at Midpoint this year. I had planned to spend a few weekends reviewing all of the bands, listening to all of their MySpace pages, but alas no, I didn't get that done.

Instead I am going to Commando Midpoint and just jump in and see what happens. I will hit the pre-show tonight at Fountain Square to see Seabird tonight at 6PM, with my CityBeat program in hand and will pick out tonight’s shows.

Every year I tell myself to only see out of town bands. Why? Well, simple, I won't get to see them again, and I can see the bands I know or that are local when ever they play.

This year I don't feel any big buzz on the out of town bands, other than the headliners which I don't think I am going to see. I may pick out a few local favorites of mine (like say Pearlene - Eat Sugar - Wussy - Jake Speed and the Freddies) and see them and see who else is at those venues.

If not that, I'll just ride the Scion Streetcars around all night and holler at the ladies.

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Midpoint 2008

Sep
23
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Day Three of Midpoint

Sep
30
Tonight I had half of my 10 out of town picks and I only got to see two of them. That bit of failure aside, I started out with Anton Mink at Ink Tank. All I could think about with this band is that they come across as an Indie version of No Doubt, with the lead singer even dressed in early Gwen Stefani chic. She played a cowbell for one song. No, I'm not going to say it, but I really, really want to say it.

Stereophile was at the Cue and had a bass heavy sound that needs some refinement or just a better sound mixer. Sound mixing at MidPoint is always an issue with bands having little time for a sound check.

The most theatrical band of the festival before they ever took the stage was Ferdinand Fox. All of the members were dressed in what can best be described as Peter Townsend's Woodstock jump suit. If you ever seen the Woodstock movie, you'd know of the outfit. They drummed up a big audience, one filling Cue for a 10 PM show, by walking up and down main clapping in unison like they were rallying the troops for a charge on the enemy. In fact they do a version of the Empire March from Star Wars. Yes, they are geeks and not afraid to show it.

I broke away from their performance to catch the end of the Ag Silver show at the Know. I was glad I did. I caught my favorite song of the fest "All that to say." Have a listen to it on their MySpace page.

I briefly caught the Church of the Red Museum back over at Ink Tank. I liked the band's line up of instruments. The one trend I saw at Midpoint this year was the inclusion of keyboards for many Indie bands. Church of Red Museum pulled in keyboards into their music as a focus and it worked.

In the end I saw 23 bands. As a rule, I tried to see at least 2 bands an hour, and almost made over the three days. Getting a taste for each band is good, but it still makes it difficult to pick the bands. I'll be exploring other's takes on the bands they saw and how they made their choices.

I believe overall the Festival clearly improved over last year, and the weather helped out. I'll be coming up with an over all recap of the positives and negatives of this year's fest. I look forward to next year's event!
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Day Two of Midpoint

Sep
29
I wasn't expecting much with tonight's line-up. Most of my picks were on Thursday or are on Saturday. I instead ending up seeing several local bands, which wasn't my plan.

I started with Western Civ. I wasn't that into them. Maybe it was just me or the odd sound Ink Tank presents as a music venue, because I didn't stay long.

I made to the newly redone Cue to see for algernon, the ever evolving group. At this point for algernon can best be described as the Newbees Plus 1.

I stayed at the Cue for Cassavettes. The biggest controversy here was how to pronounce the band's name. The consensus was that it would be like the film director. The band disagreed. After a quick Google search shows the spellings are different. An extra T in the band's name.

Next was the Black Canary at New Stage. Soft music and the crowd was seated in the Theatre Space and very quiet.

The Newbees were next and they were nice. They gave out free CDs to half the crowd, which was the most packed I have ever seen Courtyard Cafe.

The night ended back again at Cue for Cari Clara. The Tally so far has me seeing 16 bands. A couple of which I lasted a song.
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CityBeat Midpoint Coverage

Sep
29
CityBeat has great coverage of Midpoint, with a horde of reviewers. Check out the Spill It blog for the reviews. The CityBeat main site has tones of photos here.
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It Starts with SuperDrag

Sep
27
Before Midpoint I had never heard of Superdrag. Call me a hack music fan. Call me a man with bad hearing. My ears are ringing a little bit, but I throughly enjoyed the Midpoint opening act. They had a very emotional sound that felt like EMO on steroids. They remind me a ruffer version of Weezer, but I am sure that would make their skin crawl.

The crowd could have been a little bigger for all the hoopla made about them. I guess I'm hearkening back to the slight fact that I have never heard of them before Midpoint, but I digress. The crowd was solid and were clear fans of the group.
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Day One

Sep
27
Vanity Theft started out the night at the Know Theatre's Underground stage. They're from Dayton. They are an all girl band. Strike that, make them an all woman band. CityBeat has one of their sound alike bands as Sleater Kinney. I guess being all female adds something to that moniker.

Next was one of my picks Kink Ador, from Nashville. I was impressed by this band, which gave off a clear Blondie vibe with their female lead singer/bassist. As I stumbled back towards Main street I got my first slice of Pizza of the night. I caught a bit of Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers and the Andy Shaw Band. I saw some of the The Teenage Prayers, another one of my picks. The crowd was ok, but looked small in venue. I made my way over to Jardine and to my surprise they had a tent in the courtyard, with the sides. Think of it as a really small circus tent. I wondered inside and found the Industrial Jazz Group big band sound with trippy look and feel, complete with a dancer/cheerleader. I ended the night back at the Know with the Stud Muffins. As the pick of both CinWeekly and CityBeat I was hopping for a little more of a wow.

Ok, now for the tally. After day one I've seen 8 bands. My goal is to see over 20 by the end of the weekend, not counting the WPMF.
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5 Empty Slots = Broken Down Vans

Sep
26
On the Eve of the Festival there are only 5 open Midpoint slots on the showcase schedule. That isn't too bad for over 240 spaces. I know in years past, local groups filled in the slots. Some years some artists took up a second slot at a bigger venue, especially those who played at 9PM, when the crowds are the thinest.

It will be interesting hearing the stories of bands that just don't show up. When the van breaks down just North of Columbus and they don't have the bread to make it to the show...the song just writes itself.
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Kick Off Party Notes

Sep
26
I'm blogging this thanks to the Know's wifi. Here are random useless thoughts that makes blogging so worthy of scorn and disdain. I say this in preparation of the hours of angst I'll be which I'll be witnessing of the next three days.

With the rain that appears to have stopped I am able to sit in a nice semi-comfortable couch and watch a very different crowd hang out at the Know Theatre. I'm used to the Theatre crowd, which has a very quiet unique vibe, but consistent. The music crowd is also consistent, but in a way that screams individuality.

It is great being here with almost no one know. That is the beauty of music.

Wow, some of the kids here are young. I know I'm getting old, but Jee-bus.

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MidPoint Kick Off Party Moved to Know Theatre

Sep
26
Per the MidPoint web page, due to the weather, the Kickoff Party for Midpoint is being moved to the Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street. Music starts at 5PM. I am going to assume admission is still free, so don't skin me alive if I am wrong.
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MidPoint Locals To See

Sep
25
Do you not know what a vibrant music scene Cincinnati possess? If you don't, then take the opportunity Midpoint gives you to see some of the best bands in Cincinnati. The best here measures up with anywhere in the country. Here are the 10 local bands I'd see and I do like to see when they are around town.
Ellery @Below Zero 09/27/2007 12:15 AM
The Newbees @Courtyard Cafe 09/28/2007 12:00 AM
Jake Speed & The Freddies @Arnold's 09/28/2007 12:00 AM
The Lions Rampant @Poison Room - Toxic Stage 09/28/2007 12:15 AM
Cari Clara @cue 09/28/2007 01:15 AM
Peter Adams @Below Zero 09/28/2007 11:15 PM
The Seedy Seeds @Speakeasy 09/29/2007 12:00 AM
Wussy @Ink Tank 09/29/2007 12:00 AM
500 Miles to Memphis @Mr. Pitiful's 09/29/2007 01:15 AM
Catalog Cowboys @Mr. Pitiful's 09/29/2007 11:15 PM
The Turnbull AC's @cue 09/29/2007 11:15 PM
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Midpoint Top Picks

Sep
25
Hours and hours later and I still don't have a full handle on what bands I am going to end up seeing. It is a bit of game to pick the bands at the right times in the right venue.

Since you can't see everything, here are my picks of the Top bands that caught my eye. First are the top 10 from out of town. These are the acts not from the Cincinnati Area that you won't be able to see any given Saturday night.
The Macpodz @Jardine 09/27/2007 12:15 AM
The Teenage Prayers @Exchange 09/27/2007 11:15 PM
Brigid Kaelin @Kaldi's 09/28/2007 12:00 AM
Cassavettes @cue 09/28/2007 10:15 PM
Ag Silver @Know Theatre Underground 09/29/2007 10:00 PM
Anton Mink @Ink Tank 09/29/2007 09:00 PM
Hey Champ @Speakeasy 09/29/2007 01:00 AM
Man In Gray @Poison Room - Poison Stage 09/29/2007 10:00 PM
Revolver Modele @New Stage Collective 09/29/2007 12:00 AM
Kink Ador @Know Theatre Underground 09/27/200 10:00 PM
UPDATE:It appears The Go are off the schedule, so after a little more research I'll make another pick.
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