Go green with the Cincinnati Celtic Festival and celebrate the Saint Patty's Day halfway mark with authentic Celtic music, dancing and dining. The festival runs noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday at Fountain Square Downtown.
Dichotomy looms so large for We Are Scientists that it's almost a provisional member. They're a California band that's lived in New York for nearly a decade. The members are inveterate smartasses in interviews and between songs on stage, although their finely honed sense of humor rarely comes through in the music in any obvious way (like, say, They Might Be Giants).
The MidPoint Indie Summer free concert series continues Friday on Fountain Square with newcomers Low Hanging Wires kicking the show off at 7 p.m. followed by fellow locals The Harlequins and Michigan’s Lightning Love. Local heroes Bad Veins, coming off of a massive cross-country tour, wrap up things with their first hometown show in a few months.
Mynt Martini is mostly a place to have pricey specialty martinis in a swanky atmosphere. But, lucky for you, they serve tapas and sandwiches, too. Mynt has a couple things going for it: An unbeatable location on Fountain Square with patio seating and "Happy Days" specials until 8 p.m. on weekdays.
Bob Log III, opening for Eat Sugar Friday on
Fountain Square as a part of the free MidPoint Indie Summer Series, is a Delta
Blues mash-up of Hasil Adkins and Super Dave Osborne. He's a one-man band who uses his hands to scorch through razor-sharp slide-guitar licks like the second coming of Mississippi Fred McDowell, his feet to play with the fury of an armless Keith Moon and his chased-by-a-hellhound voice to howl over the musical racket he's making on any given stage.
We can all use a little routine in our lives, especially routine that comes in the form of free live music, outdoor fun and alcohol on a Friday night. The MidPoint Indie Summer Series continues to rock Fountain Square, this week featuring Cincinnati native Yoni Wolf and his band Why? as well as State Song, Fists of Love and Kasparov.
In the early '90s, there were few bands in the Chicago Punk scene with bigger audiences or more cred than Smoking Popes. But they split up in 1998, returning in November 2005 for the Flower15 Festival at Chicago's Metro, a show that was filmed and released on CD and DVD.
During his six-year run with Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell contributed a great deal to the band's song coffers. And yet he also diverted a number of songs to a solo project he called Sirens of the Ditch, which he released after leaving the Truckers. Isbell subsequently started his own band, the 400 Unit, and dug even deeper into his personal influences for the new songs.
Last Friday marked the kick-off of the free MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square, a jammed-pack affair headlined by Scottish Indie Pop troupe Camera Obscura. This Friday, Cincinnati's The Minor Leagues and for algnernon join national buzz bands Neon Indian and Wild Nothing. MidPoint Music Festival three-day passes are available at all Indie Summer shows for $29 while they last.
In their 14-year history, Scottish Indie Pop collective Camera Obscura has benefited from high profile endorsements — legendary DJ John Peel was an early champion and Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch produced CO's debut full-length in 2001, 'Biggest Bluest Hi Fi' — while stuffing their press kit with glowing praise for each successive album. With the departure of co-lead singer John Henderson, Tracyanne Campbell is alone at the mic, but she clearly has risen to the occasion.