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MadTracks -- 'Welcome to 'The Ridge'' by Pushmi-Pullyu

Musicians often find themselves pulled in two directions during their efforts to create. If there's one mythical creature that symbolizes this tension, it would be the Pushmi-Pullyu, an antelope with a head on each end of its body from the Doctor Doolittle stories. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Sacrificial Blues' by Aniv de la Rev

To say Aniv de la Rev's blend of punk and Latin American cumbia music -- a folk dance of the lower classes used to celebrate both courtship and resistance against Spain, among other things -- has radical undertones would be a bit of an understatement. >More
 MadTracks -- 'AmeriKKKan Idol' (Radio Edit) by Kalo feat. DLO

Kalo, a Madison artist who creates hip-hop with a street flavor, recently teamed up with another local hip-hop favorite, DLO, known to some as one of the emcees from dumate and to others for 10-plus years of writing solo rhymes here in town. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Maybe, Baby, I Still Want You' by the Home Demo Vixens

Every now and then, you need something you can swing to: not the kind of swinging that involves bored couples and a bowl full of keys, or even the kind that involves a playground, but something you can move to with carefree enthusiasm. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Loaded All Day' by The Von Ehrics

"Loaded All Day" by The Von Ehrics has one of those melodies that would work just as well in a '60s protest-folk setting as a punk-flavored country tune. Maybe it's just the catchy chorus, but there seems to be a gravity to the song that's reminiscent of something reflective to the point of being spiritual, kind of like an old Joan Baez song. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Armageddon' by Ashley Daniels

Whether or not they're religious, most people don't take the word "Armageddon" very lightly. For some it's the prophesied site of the final showdown between God and Satan; for others it's a term reserved for any number of horrific events with wide-reaching consequences. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Sixth Severence' by The Cemetery Improvement Society

The Cemetery Improvement Society as a name makes sense when you consider Marc Claggett and Russell Paul's fascination with zany, self-directed projects, which include wacky online photo-curation efforts, an ongoing arm wrestling and ice sculpture competition and, in the case Claggett, a new label called Analogy Records. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Rome' by Danielle Brittany

Clad in a mod-style dress, plus long hair and vampish bangs, the Danielle Brittany of promotional posters bears a resemblance to the Velvet Underground's Nico and Marianne Faithfull. It makes sense given that style is a big part of what she does. The local chanteuse, who's a fairly new addition to the local music scene, has been making her name and face known in a variety of ways. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Trade' (Latin Remix) by Felicia Alima featuring Chino XL

Felicia Alima has taken the high road, mixing crowd-pleasers with songs that have more of a social-change message. One such track, the Latin mix of her single "Trade," takes a heavy topic -- human trafficking -- and adds Alima's globetrotting spirit and the rapping talents of Chino XL. >More
 MadTracks -- 'To All Tiny Creatures' by All Tiny Creatures

All Tiny Creatures, a local four-piece that includes members of an experimental rock group, a prog rock band, and a Talking Heads tribute act, certainly knows the power of rock to charm and seduce. But it's the other side of what they do -- electronic experimentation woven into a live performance -- that's perhaps the most interesting. >More
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