Where it's at, in San Francisco. http://t.co/VtUVRjFt
a place to bury strangers on fountain square tonight for #midpoint indie summer series. # @ Fountain Square http://t.co/hZCHGFhn
the field. not even two minutes in and people can't stand still. #festever #pitchfork http://t.co/X10oIQg4
#Phantogram silver on black. July 24 at Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR @ Powerhouse http://t.co/TB6L8WpR
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Every year we anxiously anticipate the lineup reveals for the festivals we attend. We cross our fingers and hope that our favorite new artists make the cut. As seasoned festival-goers, we know that it’s impossible to be everywhere and to see everyone. So we scour the lineup lists, picking and choosing, to create our own personalized festival schedules. Everyone knows who the headliners are but here are the small type bands we’re looking forward to checking out as we hit the road again this year. First up, SXSW!
In between packing their bags and getting ready to hit the road, Art Director Aaron May and Music Business Strategist Sebastien Schultz share their picks.
PUP — Royal Mountain Records
This punk band from Toronto plays a riff-heavy, angsty style of rock. According to the band they, “Drink, sleep on a lot of floors and get shitty.” They’re a must see for my trip to SXSW. They’ll be tearing it up March 13th at Headhunters Patio at 720 Red River Street.
DONOVAN WOLFINGTON — Topshelf Records
Noisy. Catchy. Heartfelt. From my favorite label Topshelf Records, this band’s style of music is my heart song. They’re playing March 12th and 13th at SOHO Lounge at 217 E. 6th Street.
Withered Hand — Slumberland Records
How could I make a SXSW list without including a Scottish band? Indie. Folk. Pop. The really, really good kind…trust me. They’ll be playing March 12th at Maggie Mae’s at 323 E. 6th Street and March 14th at Latitude 30 at 512 San Jacinto Street.
Flashlights — Hard Rock Records
Catchy. Punk. Pop. Garage. Anthemic. ALL THESE AWESOME THINGS. You can catch them March 13th at Holy Mountain Backyard at 617 E. 7th Street.
Aaron and Seb will be tweeting and instagramming from SXSW all week. Stay tuned to our Twitter @PHFDesign and to our Instagram @powerhousefactories throughout the festival.
We’re whipping up our holiday batch o’ moonshine, decorating our satellite dishes with twinkly lights and hanging grandpa’s stockings by the woodstove with care. All that’s left to do is to put on your best flannel and get ‘Housed for the Hollerdays at Powerhouse Factories’ annual holiday party Friday, December 13th, 2013 from 6 PM – Midnight.
There will be plenty of hootin’ and hollerin’ to be had as we open the doors to our creative studio to the public. The free event will feature a musical performance by local Cincinnati, indie favorite Pop Goes the Evil from 10:00 PM — 11:00 PM. Those who still don’t have their holiday card photo picked out, can pop into our “Home for the Hollerdays” photo booth with their friends and make a scene. Seasonal beverages will be provided help guests get in the holiday spirit.
Attendees looking to cross a few more people off their holiday gift list can peruse our selection of classic Powerhouse rock posters, plus tons of new work featuring the likes of Neko Case, Motion City Soundtrack, The Head and the Heart, David Byrne and St. Vincent and many more.
The first 50 guests will receive a free holiday party poster and our entire library of prints are buy-one-get-one half off. You’ll even find a limited selection of prints as low as $5 in the holiday poster bargain box.
At Powerhouse, we’ve been bridging the gap between the art and music scenes since we began designing and screen printing gig posters for musicians ten years ago. We count ourselves lucky to be a part of a creative community that is bursting at the seams with amazing artists, musicians and the local arts organizations that support it all. When we began thinking about how we could up our game with our MidPoint Music Festival experience this year, we knew there had to be an opportunity to serve as a catalyst and bring them all together to create something new and unique.
In our recent collaboration with our friends at Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel, Contemporary Arts Center, SpringBoard, ArtWorks and MidPoint Music Festival we think we managed to do just that. We captured the culmination of all our work with these groups during the week of MPMF and are pumped to debut a video celebrating it. The video includes footage from our MPMF Poster Expo, the Powerhouse Print Lab at the SpringBoard Box Truck Carnival and Flooded, a gig poster exhibit hosted at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati.
The Flooded exhibit—co-curated by Eli Meiners and Michael Hurst of Cincinnati’s 21c; Joshua Mattie of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center; Pat Jones, Ben Nunery and Emily Lang of Powerhouse Factories—was a joint effort to highlight the design and print process behind crafting screen printed show posters in conjunction with MPMF. The exhibit featured seven of our local artist friends, including prints by Southpaw Prints, Cryptogram, Feralmade, Andrew Neyer, Powerhouse Factories, Keith Neltner and Rob Warnick.
To promote the exhibit in the MPMF spirit, our collaboration with 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati continued outside of the gallery, with five secret shows with regional musicians in and around the hotel. The shows featured musical performances by Joey Cook, Halvsies, Daniel Martin Moore, Public and Young Heirlooms.
At MPMF, we also continued our annual tradition of displaying and selling prints alongside other gig poster artists at the MPMF Poster Expo. After getting inspired while browsing gig posters in the Expo, festival-goers were encouraged to explore the Powerhouse Print Lab box truck, part of SpringBoard and ArtWork’s Box Truck Carnival located in the MidPoint Midway. Inside, individuals could tie on an apron and try their hand printing their own MPMF 2013 poster. You’ll find a selection of photos from the week below or you can see the full gallery here.
Check out our official MPMF show prints for Youth Lagoon, The Head & The Heart and Warpaint. Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or check out other Powerhouse Factories’ print shop projects and news at www.phfdesign.com.
July is always a crazy month here at Powerhouse and this year proved no different. As we’ve posted about here before, we travel around to as many music festivals as we can every summer to observe trends and sell our wares. Year after year, July is our busiest month, jam packed with festivals to attend. We made it to Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky; Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
We’re happy to report that we survived them all and made it home to tell you all about it. From bourbon bars and freak storms at Forecastle, to killer BBQ and a secret show at Bunbury, to the best non-dairy ice cream you’ve ever had and spontaneous dance parties at PItchfork, we were there for all of it and captured it below for those of you that didn’t make it out.
You can find the full galleries of all the photos we took at Bunbury and Forecastle here and at Pitchfork here.
This year, in addition to selling prints and being the catalyst for spontaneous dance parties at our booths, we organized and hosted a secret show with Cincinnati indie darlings, The Pinstripes, at our Bunbury Music Festival booth. Those guys are super cool and didn’t hesitate to leave straight from their official Bunbury performance to set up at our booth for a set. Check out the video below.
You check out The Pinstripes’ official Bunbury Music Festival poster we designed and printed here.
The Pinstripes | Powerhouse Live
At Powerhouse, our roots in printmaking mean we’ve spent the better part of ten years turning our appreciation for music and culture into hand-pulled, limited edition rock posters. Now, we’re taking that appreciation beyond two-dimensional prints to a fully-dimensional experience with the release of our inaugural Powerhouse Live.
The above session featuring Cincinnati indie band, The Pinstripes, marks the first in a series of intimate, recorded video performances with touring musicians as they pass through the Tri-State region. The series of video performances will highlight an array of both local and national artists in stripped down, short sets recorded live inside our creative studio.
Check out The Pinstripes’ three song set above and a Q&A with the band below.
Q&A with The Pinstripes
Q: So who are The Pinstripes anyhow?
A: The Pinstripes is a group of guys looking to enjoy what they do. Namely, creating music and sharing that with others. We have an irrational fondness for old Jamaican music and culture and we like it when you dance.
Q: Your Bunbury Music Festival appearance is just around the corner, how does it feel to be playing that show in front of your hometown crowd here in Cincinnati?
A: Bunbury is probably one of the more higher profile festival shows we’ve done … maybe ever. We’re sharing a bill with some crazy names (like Cake, MGMT, etc.) so that in and of itself is pretty neat. But to do that in Cincinnati of all places makes it even more special. We’re honored to be a part of the festival, especially since there aren’t really any other acts doing what we’re doing.
Q: In the next year, what are you the most excited about for the band?
A: Well we have some recording projects we’re working on that are quite exciting, but probably still too early in development to really talk about them. Aside from that, we’ve got some tours brewing that should be really cool and I’m hoping that we finally get a music video out. I mean, seriously, we need to.
Q: This year marks your 10th anniversary as a band, which is quite the accomplishment in a music scene where few have the staying power that you’ve managed to cultivate. What’s your secret to The Pinstripes endurance throughout the years?
A: The secret is that we probably don’t know what else to do with our time. Aside from that, I guess maybe it would be that we’ve always had a group of people that has been dedicated to this group and to taking it seriously. We’ve gone through several lineup changes over the years, but we’ve managed to keep momentum going by staying focused and just not being lazy where others tend to be.
Q: When you reflect back on the past 10 years, what accomplishment as a group are you the most proud of?
A: Wow. It’s really a lot to think back on and hard to put down just one memory… I think the best way to state is this: It’s like the reverse of that phrase in Office Space when Peter says, “Ever since I started working every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”
And what I mean by that is this: Every year of that the Pinstripes has been around, we’ve had the proudest moment of our career. Like… in the early days, it was probably winning some of those High School Band Challenges we played in. Then it was putting out our first CD. Then getting to open up for some of our favorite bands here in Cincy. Then getting to go on our first tour. You get the point. Fast forward to this past year, we’ve gotten to do some of the craziest things yet, like getting invited to play at SXSW, touring California for the first time, playing in Canada, touring with one of the bands biggest influences and more.
Q: On the heels of your 2012 release of your third full-length album I, what’s your vision for the band moving forward for next 3, 5 or even 10 more years down the line?
A: Like I said before, we’ve got some ideas for new recording projects that are in the works, we just still need more time to move them along. We also just put out our first 7” single, which is a real treat, since so much of the music we love listening to was originally pressed on 45 RPM records way back in the way.
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