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MadTracks: 'Dangerous Days' by Zola Jesus

Before Nika Danilova was Zola Jesus, she was a UW-Madison student with a big voice and even bigger ambitions. Isthmus was one of the first media outlets to interview her back in 2008 and 2009, when she recorded lo-fi tracks in her apartment and shared them with a handful of friends on MySpace. Those big ambitions have taken Danilova far over the past six years. >More
 MadTracks: 'Old Gods Ain't Dead' by Sole and DJ Pain 1

DJ Pain 1 is a Madison hip-hop success story. He got his first big break in 2008, when he produced a track on Young Jeezy's hit album The Recession. Since then he's contributed to releases by dozens of other stars, including 50 Cent, Public Enemy, Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane. >More
 MadTracks: 'Slow Motion' by PHOX

The latest music video by PHOX hit the web on April 23, and was quickly featured by Entertainment Weekly. The band's soulful folk-pop has already gained lots of attention in 2014, including recognition from NPR and The New York Times. >More
 MadTracks: "Wheel" by Building on Buildings

Building on Buildings recently released the first single from its forthcoming album, which doesn't have a title yet. Recording began in November with engineer Jamie Hansen at Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. >More
 MadTracks: "Moments" by Beth Kille and Elizabeth Petty

Beth Kille had no idea that a Kickstarter campaign would result in a musical collaboration. The fundraising site brought Elizabeth Petty to her doorstep, and before long, the two had created the new album Authenticity. >More
 MadTracks: "Invoice" by Building on Buildings

The past few years have seen the rise of several strong female indie vocalists. With Kate Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, Francis Quinlan of Hop Along, Laura Stevenson of Laura Stevenson & the Cans and Monica Martin of local faves PHOX steadily ascending into the limelight, more and more groups are trying to harness the power behind female singers and lyricists. Building on Buildings fits right in with the aforementioned artists. >More
 MadTracks: "Chances" by The Family Business

In 2012, local band Fedora changed their name to The Family Business. Though a new moniker doesn't necessarily lead to a different sound, it can signal a new approach or a desire to reach out to additional audiences. Fedora seemed to emphasize singer Alec White's ability to croon like a member of the Rat Pack. But his band has much more to offer, as their track "Chances" illustrates. >More
 MadTracks: 'Skin' by Stephanie Rearick Jr.

In her Casio-driven solo project Stephanie Rearick Jr., Madison musician Stephanie Rearick pares down her music to disarming effect. This is especially true on her new album, Dreamworld. >More
 MadTracks: Confetti video EP by PHOX

Madison folk-pop band PHOX have caught the attention of music fans across the country this spring, especially at South by Southwest. They also display their creative vigor offstage, on their recent EP, Confetti. Produced as a video EP simultaneously with the audio recording, Confetti captures PHOX's essence. >More
 MadTracks: 'Three Kings' by Sincere Life

Craig Smith, the Madison-based MC known as Sincere Life, calls his new Write of Passage an EP, but it delivers much more than a brief introduction to his music. Despite the trouble local hip-hop artists have had getting into clubs lately, he'll celebrate the recording's release this Saturday at 2 p.m. at B-Side Records on State Street. >More
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