MidPoint Music Festival Returns This Weekend

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Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati will soon become overwhelmed by diverse indie music thanks to MidPoint Music Festival which takes place this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This is the twelfth year of MPMF, a festival that has always been known for its uncanny ability to host artists that are just about to become superstars.

This year's lineup is sure to be no exception with over 180 artists across 16 stages. Those in-the-know may recognize some names such as The Breeders, The Head and The Heart, & Daughter, but MPMF is really about discovering new music that you've never heard.

Tickets are still available via CincyTicket for the very reasonable price of $69 for the whole weekend.

We have been previewing MidPoint artists all month long in order to prime your ears for the onslaught of audio goodness. Peruse our artist previews, reference our full festival schedule (available on mobile!), and get your venue-hopping shoes ready for this weekend.

MidPoint Music Festival 2013 Artist Previews

Bethesda »
What: folky indie americana
When: Saturday 9:15 @ Mr. Pitiful's 

Damien Jurado »
What: indie singer/songwriter
When: Friday Midnight @ Blue Wisp 

Dead Fame »
What: delightfully retro synth-rock
When: Friday 11:15 @ Below Zero 

Doe Eye »
What: filling soul pop
When: Saturday 10:00 @ Know Theatre 

The Ghost Wolves »
What: punky blues-rock
When: Saturday 12:30 @ Mainstay 

Goodbye June »
What: strong indie rock
When: Thursday 9:15 @ Mr. Pitiful's 

Helado Negro »
What: experimental with a latin vibe
When: Saturday 12:15 @ MOTR 

The Infatuations »
What: Motor City funk
When: Thursday 7:00 @ MidPoint Midway 

Kishi Bashi »
What: light & uplifting indie-pop
When: Friday 11:30 @ Contemporary Arts Center 

Love X Stereo »
What: youthful Korean pop
When: Friday 9:15 @ Know Theatre 

The Mitchells » (local)
What: soothing indie rock
When: Friday 8:15 @ Blue Wisp 

Murder by Death »
What: tough americana
When: Friday Midnight @ Taft Theatre 

The Please Please Me »
What: southern indie-pop
When: Friday 11:15 @ Japp's 

Potty Mouth »
What: retro punk-pop
When: Thursday 10:30 @ Know Theatre 

Psychic Twin »
What: psychedelic electro-pop
When: Thursday Midnight @ MOTR 

The Ridges » (local)
What: orchestral folk
When: Saturday 10:30 @ Mr. Pitiful's 

The Technicolors »
What: mature pure rock
When: Friday Midnight @ MOTR 

Toy Soldiers »
What: soulful folk-blues
When: Thursday 11:45 @ The Drinkery 

Vandaveer »
What: raspy americana
When: Thursday 11:45 @ Mr. Pitiful's

More MPMF.13 Coverage
MPMF.FM: Free Day Show at Findlay Market
"Flooded" Art Exhibit by Powerhouse
Reverberation: Capturing the Live Music Experience Exhibit


If You Miss the Warehouse, You Need to Go See Dead Fame 

Somewhere, somehow, everyone has an inner goth. I'm serious: there is inevitably a time in everyone's life when dark, gloomy, post-punk synth is appealing. It's more often for some of us than others. Me? I haven't been comfortable in my own skin since 1988. Pass me some Dead Fame. Having caught...

LOVE X STEREO are Playing MPMF 2x 

LOVE X STEREO is an electro rock band based in Seoul, Korea. LOVE X STEREO’s music is authentic electronic music based in alternative and punk rock from the 90s. With its free use of synthesizing and effects, LOVE X STEREO’s music is impossible not to dance to. This a band to pay attention to....

Murder By Death Headline Taft Theater Ballroom at MPMF ‘13 

While maybe not as ominous as they’re name might indicate, Murder By Death is not a band for the faint of heart. Often brooding, soaked in whiskey, and enigmatically and entertainingly anachronistic, Murder By Death turn old concepts of good and evil into often chilling, mysterious aural...

The Ridges to Play CincyMusic.com's Stage at Mr. Pitiful’s SAT 

The Ridges, who have been in Cincinnati quite a bit these last couple of months – first, opening for national act Ra Ra Riot, then again the following week with Cincinnati’s own Indie Rock upstarts The Yugos – are excited to return to town for MPMF as part of CincyMusic.com’s own showcase...

Experience MPMF at Findlay Market! 

Findlay Market has announced the first annual MidPoint Music Festival Day Show event September 27-29, 2013! This 3 day event will showcase 13 local, regional and international bands and is free for the public. There will be 2 stages throughout the weekend–one will be located next to the OTR...

Psychic Twin to Headline First Night of MPMF ’13 at MOTR 

It’s that magical time of year in Cincinnati – the leaves are starting to change, the temperature is no longer on a scale of Scorched Earth to The Actual Surface of the Sun, and MidPoint Music Festival is once again upon us. On Thursday, September 26th – the first of three nights of this...

The Mitchells To Open For Damien Jurado at MPMF ‘13 

I’ve written of The Mitchells before – several times, actually – on CincyMusic.com. Though somewhat outside of my normal milieu, The Mitchells have earned my respect as much as my aural devotion. It’s easy to like the music they create – it’s subtle and sincere, quietly emotional and...

Secretly Canadian's Damien Jurado to Haunt the Wisp 

CINCINNATI — Pull up a chair. I might gush. My first experience with Damien Jurado's music came by accident. Some years ago, I was digging crates at a St. Francis DePaul thrift store (I won't tell you  which one -- this particular outlet is my cheap vinyl honey hole). Amongst the usual vinyl bin...

Powerhouse Host Art Exhibit With Possible Secret Guests! 

Powerhouse Factories’ roots in printmaking mean they’ve spent the better part of ten years turning their appreciation for music and culture into hand-pulled, limited edition rock posters. For years, they’ve immersed themselves in micro-climates of music culture, attending major music...

Kishi Bashi Set to WOW MidPoint Audience 

Kishi Bashi has been wowing audiences with his violin-based live show where he uses looping to re-create complex avant-pop songs from his debut solo LP 151a.  His first headlining tour kicked off with two sold-out shows at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  After a tour of Japan during the holidays he’s back...

Vandaveer Set to Play MPMF 

Vandaveer’s most recent album - Oh, Willie, Please … - saw the band treading down some familiar, while at the same time unfamiliar territory. Familiar in the sense it contained the dark themes and moods they’ve become known for. Unfamiliar in the sense that the album is comprised almost...

Doe Eye (aka Maryam Qudus) playing MPMF! 

Doe Eye is an indie goddess not to miss at MPMF this year. Having earned praise from MTV Buzzworthy &  Billboard and been named an 'Unsigned Artist of the Month' by both FUSE TV and Alternative Press, Doe Eye crafts rich, string-soaked ballads that range from slow and soulful  to dark...

Goodbye June Play MPMF! 

Goodbye June is a band created from a tragedy. In mid 2005, guitarist Tyler Baker received the worst news of his life. His brother, PFC Shane Baker, was home on leave from the military and had been in a fatal car accident. His cousins Brandon Qualkenbush, Landon Milbourn and the rest of the family...

The Technicolors Bring Classy Rock-N-Roll to MPMF 

The Technicolors are kind of a big deal. The Technicolors are a sophisticated rock band hailing from Phoenix Arizona. They blend grand gestures of rock-n-roll with elements of classic acoustic Brit rock. Their debut album, Listener (released in June of 2012) was produced by lead singer, Brennan...

Potty Mouth Plays MPMF! 

Potty Mouth is infectious indie pop meets punk perfection. The Northampton, MA based quartet are performing Thursday, September 26th 10:30p at Know Theatre. They've performed with Andrew W.K., The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Bleached, Waxahatchee, and more, and were recently part of the New...

The Infatuations from the Motor City hit up MPMF 

The Infatuations – are strong believers in their local community. This makes it more than fitting that they play MidPoint Music Festival, a music festival for those of us that care about our local community.  This band celebrates every sonic movement that is undeniably “Detroit” with every...

Folk & Blues Band Toy Soldiers Play Midpoint Music Festival! 

In late 2012, USA Today named the band one of 5 "Bands to Watch" in 2013, saying "Toy Soldiers is a rowdy collection of five talented young musicians who have honed their sometimes soulful, often blues-y rock n roll with relentless touring during the last two years, growing into one of...

High-Spirited Good Times with Bethesda at MPMF! 

I first discovered Bethesda last year at MPMF! The six-piece band is led by Eric & Shanna, who met while studying at Kent State. “Our first date was a road trip to Cleveland for a Badly Drawn Boy concert. We got completely lost, missed the show and ended up at Ruby Tuesday’s for dinner …...

Husband and wife duo The Ghost Wolves play MPMF 

Jonny and Carley Wolf prefer to stay in control. A completely DIY band hailing from Austin, TX, they would have it no other way. The first full length album for the duo, Man, Woman, Beast is set to be released soon. In 2011, In Ya Neck, a 6 song EP was released with high acclaim and they have been...

Helado Negro returns to play MPMF with a brand new EP 

Island Universe Story Two is the second in an ongoing series of EPs from Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange.  The EP is underpinned by collaborations -- the orchestral sound on the opening "Stop Living Dead," for instance, was created with composer Trey Pollard and a double string quartet, and...

FotoFocus Exhibition Showcases Music Photography! 

Reverberation: Capturing the Live Music Experience is an exhibition sponsored and coordinated by FotoFocus, that opens on September 3rd and will be taking part in the MidPoint Music Festival festivities in the most fitting way possible: by honoring the local photographers who capture the live...

The Please Please Me Please Me, and They’ll Please You, Too 

About a year ago, I happened, between sets at vinyl night, to catch a curious act upstairs in the Revival Room. The Please Please Me, a trio out of Austin, Tay-haas, is a hard-working, hard-touring outfit featuring guitar, drums, cello and the occasional percussive log. That’s right. You heard...