This is the nerve center for any info or announcements pertaining to MPMF.09. Here you can get the scoop on which bands are playing this year’s fest, where they’ll be playing, and when their set starts. You can also get the details on the Lite Brite Test, our music conference and the MidPoint Summer Series.

The Vanguard

The VanguardTHE VANGUARD (New York) Indie Rock/Pop: The Vanguard was created Zeus according to its bio. I have my doubts, but if the king of gods did magically make the band, I think he has a thing for reflective Pop with a ’70s Soft Rock vibe and hints of shimmery ’80s College Rock. The foursome has won praise from Matt Pinfield, and many Web sites and music blogs.

Dig: The sonic equivalent of resting in a field of lilies with rays of the sun in your eyes, reflecting on love gone wrong and how to make it right.

Below Zero Lounge 11:30 pm Friday Check them out on Myspace


SalientSALIENT (Nashville) Rock: Salient make earnest Radio Rock with an uplifting, redemptive slant. The band has been at it since 2002, releasing its own recordings and having some success pushing the music to radio. This year, the group was signed to ToneCrash Records and the members have spent this year preparing a new album with Grammy/Dove Award winner Barry Blair of Christian Rock faves Audio Adrenaline.

Dig: Stone Temple Pilots with a sober, saved and non-cynical Weiland.

Mainstay Rock Bar 8 pm Friday Check them out on Myspace

The Aviation Orange

The Aviation OrangeTHE AVIATION ORANGE (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Indie Pop: Rising up out of the same angular, New Wave womb as any number of recent Brooklyn-based bands, this fivesome distinguishes itself from the pack by way of dueling boy/girl vocals and a nod toward John Hughes’ ’80s soundtracks. Don’t be surprised if the band’s name is likely a reference to Sparks, the fizzy, Orange-hued alcoholic drink that would seem the elixir of choice when listening to this high-flying, sugary stuff.

Dig: Interpol doing Duran Duran covers, The Killers minus the pompousness. (Jason Gargano)

Below Zero Lounge 9:30 p.m. Check them out on Myspace

The Eagle to Squirrel Variety Hour

Eagle to SquirrelTHE EAGLE TO SQUIRREL VARIETY HOUR (Cincinnati) Electronic/Experimental/Hip Hop: Veering wildly from poetry slam to Hip Hop jam to Electronic blip fest to Dance beat craziness to Jazz disrhythmia, The Eagle to Squirrel Variety Hour offers up something for everyone. Gape slackjawed at the band’s Klezmer tribute to Pulp Fiction and Dick Dale on “Miserlou.” Be amazed that anyone but you knows dialogue from Buckaroo Banzai. Check out the bachelor-pad-in-space homage to Alien. Weird doesn’t get any better than Eagle to Squirrel.

Dig: They Might Be Giants collaborating with Gorillaz on a tribute to every cool movie ever made. (BB)

Subway Bar & Grill 10 p.m. Friday Check them out on Myspace

The Pinstripes

The PinstripesTHE PINSTRIPES (Cincinnati) Ska/Reggae: Winners of the 2007 CEA for Best World Band, the Pinstripes don’t merely play Ska and Reggae, they inhabit the sound like it’s a ramshackle house that’s keeping them alive. Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes (a hard-touring band with a hard-won following) combine Ska, Reggae, Dub and Soul to create something that is genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: Joy. The band’s latest album, Midwest Soundclash, just dropped this month.

Dig: The Specials time travel back to ’60s Jamaica and become Studio One superstars. (BB)

Lodge Bar 11 p.m. Friday Check them out on Myspace