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Blundering through Cincinnati, laughing all the way


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MPMF17 Sunday In Pictures

Lightening thoughts. Flint Eastwood dresses and talks like the little girl in True Grit, except for all the cursing. She commands the stage like the most epic arena rock god. That show was a whole bowl of stuff that makes no sense together. That’s what made it something I will never forget. Go. Go see her crazy ass.

Charly Bliss was super stinking fun. Also, go, go see them. Urban Renewal Project has an army of horn players, and a rapper who will improvise a rap about whatever flotsam and jetsam you have in your pockets or purse. Familiar refrain. Go. Go see them.

It was fun to shoot, although I am terribly out of practice. I forgot how to format my memory cards, that’s how long its been since I’ve done any shooting.

It was great to see so many different acts. This location is no MPMF of old, but it’s a massive improvement over the parking lot. The line-up was great. My only suggested improvement for next year is to get more food trucks. They had some, but considering how limited the options for quick evening eats are around The Taft, I think a wider variety of trucks would help.

See you next year!

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Bunbury 2015 Friday Pictures

After day one, I had over seven hundred pictures to sift through. Here’s a sampling of what I got. Admittedly, my editing was a bit slapdash. Here’s the highlights of what happened.

Father John Misty was shockingly great to watch. Bleachers and Matt & Kim couldn’t have been more fun. I missed the meet-up to go up front for Bleachers, so I had to make do with not so great crowd shots for their show. I had a little regret that I was running around taking pictures for their sets, because I really wanted to dance my pants off. I had my very expensive gear out when it started to rain in the second song of Tame Impala’s set. I was disappointed to leave them and find cover for my gear. The Black Keys sounded great, as they have every time I have seen them.

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Bleachers

Bleachers

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Markham

Markham


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Bunbury 2015 Must See: Walk the Moon

Three cheers for local music going national! Cincinnati loves their hometown band as much as the band loves Cincinnati. Their last show at Bunbury was high energy and loads of fun to watch.

And congrats to Walk the Moon for having a radio hit right now. I’ve seen these guys numerous times before, they were signed to a major label. They always put up a fun show. While many might complain that their fans are rambunctious, I like to lean into their exuberance. FYI, this video was recorded here in Cincinnati; the building they are in is The Mockbee in OTR.

Walk the Moon play on Friday on Bunbury 2015.


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Talk, Talk, Talk, About It: Bunbury 2015 Line-up

True story: I have been disappointed by the Bunbury line-up in the past. Last year’s line-up was lackluster. Of the headliners, I was unpassionate about Empire Of the Sun and Flaming Lips and don’t enjoy Fall Out Boy and Paramore. Turned out, Empire Of The Sun was one of the best live performances I have ever seen. And the Flaming Lips, although not my thing, put up a really fun show. All in all I was satisfied with my experience regardless of what was, IMHO, a bummer booking in Fall Out Boy and Paramore. I am rarely at the fest for the headliners, and there were plenty of mid-tier acts that I enjoyed. Kopecky Family Band, Kishi Bashi, Wild Cub, Cage the Elephant, Holy Ghost!, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Bronze Radio Return and more, made my ticket well worth it. For my past Bunbury thoughts check these out.

This year? I was concerned when the fest was sold to Promowest. The line-up was anyone’s guess. Given that I purchased my VIP tickets right after Bunbury last year (pro tip: they are cheapest then, but clearly it’s a risk as there’s no line-up announced), I had some skin in this game.

I am thrilled that Promowest put a line-up together that is better than my highest hopes for this fest. Granted the bar was a bit low, given that last year’s line-up was not my favorite.  Check out the full announcement here.

Bunbury 2015 Line-up image

Bunbury 2015 Line-up

I haven’t checked out the Avett Brothers, Tame Impala, Atmosphere, and Matt & Kim, so I am excited to see them. I’ve seen The Black Keys, The Decemberists, Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, and Manchester Orchestra, and I am trilled to give all of them another go. While Twenty One Pilots aren’t exactly my bag, their show was really fun to watch. And while Walk The Moon’s fans are little rambunctious for this 38 year-old, the band is so thrilled to play their hometown and with their sound reminiscent of The Talking Heads (if you know me, you know 80’s pop is my catnip), combines to me enjoying their shows. What’s not to love about The Black Keys and The Decemberists? Top it all off with ticking Snoop Dogg off my bucket list, and I am a happy, happy ticket holder. So, cheers to you Promowest!

One other wonkish thing to note, Promowest “leaked” the line-up to Cincinnati local media early. Nice marketing move there. My Facebook feed exploded when that happened. I was a little concerned that a Columbus company might misread the Cincinnati market in terms of line-up and media. This is one of those rare circumstances in which I am happy to be wrong. In a couple months, I will start my Bunbury music reviews, so check back in April. Happy listening!