Quasi are indie rock survivors. Cutting their early records on Seattleâ€™s legendary Up Records, first home to other soon-to-be legends like Built to Spill and Modest Mouse, Quasi went on to produce touchstone indie rock records throughout the 90â€™s and 00â€™s with their signature Rocksichord-and-drums (and later, guitar-and-drums) sound.
We were huge fans of Playing With Scratches, the 2008 album from Ruckus Roboticus that featured samples from old childrens albums. The Dayton, Ohio DJ is a really talented individual who has also done remix work for the likes of Bloc Party, Fools Gold and many more. And now, some new beats are beginning to surface from the Gem City as Ruckus has returned with a new EP titled “Chicks.”
One of Cincinnati’s newest bands, No No Knots, are causing quite a stir around the city of late. The band has been playing around town and is starting to gain a really great following of new converts. We first told you about a band a couple months ago, and since then have become big fans.
It’s spring time and for folks in the Cincinnati area it’s time for a little road trip. We encourage you to head south next weekend for some live music that is taking place in the fine city of Louisville, Kentucky. Our neighbors to the south have a nice show cooked up and we not only suggest you go, but we want to send you with some free tickets.
Local concert goers might remember the Radiodown venue in Covington years ago. The venue was not around too long but I recall hitting a few shows when it was located above Tickets sports bar. Well, the people behind that venue later went on to open the Mad Hatter …
Cymbals Eat Guitars might be the most famous truly â€œindependentâ€ band in America right now (if you leave out Radiohead, of course). The Staten Island-based group charged into the blogosphere in early 2009 with the self-release of their highly acclaimed debut album Why There Are Mountains.
The exclamation point at the end of Los Campesinos!â€™s name is extremely appropriate. Theyâ€™re a band bursting at the seams with passion and exuberance in almost every way. Los Campesinos!â€™s music combines catchy indie pop with breakneck speeds, soaring group vocals, and bright volume. Their lineup is packed with seven musicians; all friends who found each other at Cardiff University in Wales, all of whom have adopted â€œCampesinosâ€ as their stage surname (like, say, the Ramones). And their songs, chock full with the wide-eyed yearnings and queasy fears of young romance and sexual awakening, seem determined to force themselves onto love struck adolescent mixtapes everywhere.
This past Friday night was the annual MPMF Reveal Showcase where some of the details about the festival are unveiled and a few bands play along. It truly is the first MidPoint event of what has become a very busy schedule of shows over the course of the next few months. This past Friday evening was exciting in a sense that Dan McCabe shared many of the Fountain Square acts for this Summer as well as a few confirmations for the festival itself in September, and yes there was music too.
With summer festivals just around the corner, it is also time to start thinking about summer in Cincinnati. The past couple of years have brought us some great shows on Fountain Square downtown thanks in part to the people at MidPoint Music Festival. The “Indie Summer” series is set to kick off again this on the square, already booking bands like Camera Obscura, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Neon Indian. More about that soon to come, but right now, the focus is on a show this Friday night at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown.
Our buddies from Bad Veins are out on the road again this spring, and again they find themselves out with a bunch of Scots. Earlier this year the guys were playing with We Were Promised Jetpacks, and starting this weekend they will continue their current tour with Frightened Rabbit.