10 “Must See” Bands at MPMF 2015 (and Their Anagrams)
MidPoint Music Festival is right around the corner and we’re thrilled to be returning to Cincinnati for the fourth year in a row! The concert-crawl style festival, held in the city’s Over-the-Rhine district, features 120 performances over the span of September 25th – 27th.
This year, Purity Ring, Ride, and Iron & Wine take the marquee billing, but the entire lineup is full of emerging talent from around the world – including Big Scary (Australia) and Salad Boys (New Zealand) – the band’s who have traveled the furthest to be at the festival.
Outside of the names you might know, we’ve highlighted ten bands that we think you shouldn’t miss – and included our favorite anagram of their name. Just in case they ever want to change it down the road…
Andrew Combs a.k.a. “Narced Wombs” – 9/27 at 9:45pm – Woodward Theatre
Nashville, TN – Featured as our “Band of the Month” for June 2015, Combs released his sophomore album, All These Dreams, earlier this year to critical acclaim.
Beach Slang a.k.a. “Bangs Leach” – 9/27 at 5:00pm – Lightborne Lot
Philadelphia, PA – Set to release their debut full-length, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, via Polyvinyl Records on October 30th, Beach Slang is a must for fans of unencumbered rock and roll.
Cathedrals a.k.a. “Decal Trash” – 9/26 at 10:00pm – Lightborne Lot
San Francisco, CA – Charming, yet haunting indie-pop comprises the duo‘s debut EP, released in late 2014. Check out “Harlem” or “Unbound” to get your feet wet.
Great Peacock a.k.a. “A Carpet Gecko” – 9/27 at 6:15pm – Washington Park
Nashville, TN – We couldn’t have described Great Peacock‘s sound better than the folks at MPMF did already; “Bruce Springsteen and The Avett Brothers giving George Jones’ songs the Nebraska treatment.”
Grandchildren a.k.a. “Lard Drenching” – 9/26 at 10:00pm – The Drinkery
Philadelphia, PA – Shimmering, orchestral pop music is the name of the game for this group. Check out “Nothing” from their August 2015 release, Zuni.
Lydia Loveless a.k.a. “Lassoed Lively” – 9/27 at 11:00pm – Woodward Theatre
Columbus, OH – Loveless and her rocking band won us over at Bragg Jam a few years back with their lively country-rock tunes. Check out her most recent release, Somewhere Else, out now on Bloodshot Records.
Rose Quartz a.k.a. “Razor Quest” – 9/27 at 11:30pm – The Drinkery
Denver, CO – Rose Quartz plays grooving, synth-based tunes that range from chilled out to anthemic. Check out “Leaving Now”.
Strand of Oaks a.k.a. “Daft Okra Sons” – 9/26 at 11:00pm – Woodward Theatre
Goshen, IN – The work of Timothy Showalter (and friends), Strand of Oaks‘ recent release, HEAL,is a beautiful chronology of love, loss, and what’s in between.
The Donkeys a.k.a. “Honed Tykes” – 9/25 at 8:15pm – Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.
San Diego, CA – The Donkey‘s conjure images of beachside bonfires and long weekends. Check out their full-length,Ride the Black Wave.
Vinyl Williams a.k.a. “Vainly Ill Swim” – 9/25 at 12:15am – The Drinkery
Los Angeles, CA – Thoroughly chilled-out tunes can be found throughout Vinyl Williams‘ recent release,Into. Check out “World Soul” for your first experience with the band.