Today is the start of Cincinnati's 10th annual MidPoint Music Festival, a very hip indie festival where hundreds of emerging (and cult fave artists) from all over the country play at intimate venues in the city's historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Just a tiny sampling of the well-curated lineup: Man or Astro-Man?, The Low Anthem, STRFKR, The Sundresses, Booker T. Jones, Fairmount Girls, Xiu Xiu, and about a billion other acts that I've never heard of but are most likely excellent. If you can't make it to the shows in person, the next best thing will be to check out the "Ultrasessions" streaming live performances presented by The All Night Party, a very cool artist-driven music licensing company in the city.
One of the All Night Party founders is my old friend John Curley, whose name you might recognize from 1990s dark soul-rock band Afghan Whigs, the first non-Seattle group signed to Sub Pop records. John is also proprietor of Ultrasuede Studio, a classic recording studio hosting the streaming Ultrasessions concerts for the festival. The Chocolate Horse played earlier. John's new band, Fists of Love, will stream their session today at noon PDT / 3pm EDT. The full schedule -- two bands a day for the next three days -- is posted on The All Night Party Web site, and the concerts will be archived here. And if you do happen to be in Cincinnati, The All Night Party made a mobile guide to the whole festival.