MidPoint Announces Initial Artists Lineup for 2014

Initial artists revealed for MPMF.14

MidPoint Announces Initial Artists Lineup for 2014

A slate of initial artists is being revealed today for the MidPoint Music Festival.

The Afghan Whigs • Panda Bear • Real Estate • The Raveonettes • Sun Kil Moon • Tycho • Deafheaven • St. Paul & the Broken Bones • Ex Hex • July Talk • EMA • The Cave Singers • Gardens & Villa • Rubblebucket • Speedy Ortiz • Barrence Whitfield & the Savages • Milagres • Ex-Cult • Landlady • Low Cut Connie • The Tontons • Cheerleader • Miniature Tigers

More acts in the lineup will be announced in the months leading up to the festival.

Tickets are on sales now here. People who prefer to purchase tickets in person can find a box office available on Fountain Square during the free MidPoint Indie Summer concerts, happening each Friday evening, May 30–August 29.

Artist Snapshots

The Afghan Whigs
Recent release: Do To The Beast; First new material in 16 years. Only regional concert stop. “The combination of dark and sexy tells us we’re in the right place.” — American Songwriter 

Panda Bear
Recent release: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper due in July; Panda Bear, a.k.a. Noah Lennox from the popular band Animal Collective, is known largely for sonic pop songs built around looping.

Real Estate
Recent release: Atlas; “There’ll be plenty of albums this year that grab you by the throat more vigorously than Atlas does, but very few of them will be quite as lovingly nuanced--and none will make the guitar sound anything like as appealing.” — The Line of Best Fit

The Raveonettes
Recent release: Observator; Danish indie-rock duo now based in the U.S. who combine arty noise with melodic elements of 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll. 

Sun Kil Moon
Recent release: Benji; “Kozelek is a songwriter operating with audacity and confidence, composing wry and forthright confessionals….” —musicOMH.com

Recent release: Awake; Debuted #23 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums, #3 Billboard Independent Albums and #2 Billboard Electronic Albums

Recent release: Sunbather; “You can spend hours dismantling Sunbatherand cooking up a neat sub-sub-genre for it (post-black-metal-gaze-death-dreamcore-whatever). Or you can just call it one of the year’s best records.” — Now Magazine

St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Recent release: Half the City; “The band's music doesn't just mimic the soul sounds its members love; it regenerates the tradition. Half the City is the first major recorded statement from a band already growing into greatness.” — Ann Powers, NPR

The Cave Singers
Recent release: Naomi; Their fourth release, this neo-folk trio has grown in size and sonic pallet. “…like any good muse, will captivate, invigorate and satiate.” — Paste Magazine

July Talk
Recent release: July Talk; Debut release for this Toronto band featuring the most sweet and rough boy-girl vocals, all at the same time.

Mutual Benefit
Recent release: Love’s Crushing Diamond; “[A] collection of seven gorgeous, baroque-folk songs.” — Pitchfork

Gardens & Villa
Recent release: Dunes; “Innumerable intricacies layered into the background make for an encompassing wall of notes that pulls you into a unusual dance.” — Paste Magazine

Recent release: Save Charlie; The best kind of party music to make you smile and dance. 

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages
Recent release: Dig Thy Savage Soul; "A ferocious blast of distorted guitar riffs, skronking sax and explosive testifying." — Mojo

Ex Hex
Recent release: Ex Hex; A new power trio featuring Mary Timony, formerly of the 90s pop guitar deconstructionist band Helium. “It's sheer glammed-out swagger…” — Pitchfork

Recent release: The Future’s Void; “It simultaneously aims for your head, your ears and occasionally your heart and at times even hits all three.” —PopMatters

Speedy Ortiz
Recent release: Major Arcana; “Best New Music” — Pitchfork

Recent release: Violent Light; Second full-length album for this indie rock band with a big, pop melodic sound.

Recent release: Midnight Passenger; Driving Memphis Punk band fast gaining attention. They recorded this latest album with modern punk hero Ty Segall producing.

Recent release: Upright Behavior due in July; Front man Adam Schatz also performs with Vampire Weekend and Man Man. Landlady is a six-piece, folk-pop collective with much more developed sound. 

Low Cut Connie
Recent release: Call Me SylviaRolling Stone “Band to Watch;” “Low Cut Connie is one of an increasingly rare breed: a party band, a bar band, a band with a sense of rock 'n' roll history that isn't weighed down by nostalgia or the foolish feeling that music was better way back when.” — Ken Tucker,Fresh Air

The Tontons
Recent release: Make Out King and Other Stories of Love; Silky vocals float over a blend of rock, soul, jazz and pop music churned out by this rising Houston quartet.

Recent release: Cheerleader EP; “A charming mix of lo-fi guitar grunge, The Beach Boys’ good vibes, and Wavves-inspired nonchalance.” – MTV Buzzworthy

Miniature Tigers
Recent release: Cruel Runnings; This is a band trying to communicate the essence of a feeling. They write fun songs that focus on singularly personal experiences.