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MadTracks -- 'Peace Dance' by the Chicago Yestet

Trombonist Joel Adams grew up in Madison in the '90s, then migrated to New York in 2000 to follow his musical ambitions. He now resides in Chicago, where he's the leader of the Chicago Yestet -- a jazz ensemble made up of seven horn players, a rhythm section and a spoken-word artist -- but returns to town once a month to visit friends and sit in on a session or two with Clyde Stubblefield. >More
 MadTracks -- 'All The Fevered Colours' by The Projection People

Coming together from a handful of different local music projects -- Middleworld, Dafino and Revolving Doors -- The Projection People formed in November 2006 as an outlet for all of the music that didn't fit the sound and image of the musicians' other bands. >More
 MadTracks -- 'The Book I Read' by Houses in Motion

While Madison's Houses In Motion takes its name from the Talking Heads' 1980 album Remain in Light, it offers a little more action and a bit less content than the band it exists to exalt. As a tribute band, that's what it's designed to do. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Water Walk' by Love Rhombus

For every local band playing out at the bars, there are probably two more squirreled away in their bedrooms and basements. One such band, Love Rhombus, makes quirky electro out of an attic hideaway on the isthmus. >More
 MadTracks -- 'The Tambourine Song' by Sexy Ester and the Pretty Mama Sisters

You'd never guess it from their sound, but Sexy Ester and the Pretty Mama Sisters got their start as a goth band. Well, sort of. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Zura' by Fermata

When talking about their craft, musicians tend to name other musicians as their influences, whether they're Jeff Buckley, Jeff Beck or DJ Jazzy Jeff. Not so with local five-piece Fermata. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Paper Planes' by Pale Young Gentlemen

When I discovered that my new neighbors -- Madison's Pale Young Gentlemen -- were covering the tune for Cokemachineglow's "Fantasy Covers" podcast, I scoffed a bit. What could a bunch of corn-fed white kids with violins and acoustic guitars possibly add to a song about identity politics by someone Chuck D has repeatedly described as "the future of music"? >More
 MadTracks -- 'The Greys Are Coming' by The Killer Dolphin With Rabies

While many of the band's songs explore some of rock's more raw and extreme permutations, its music isn't grindcore or even metal in the purest sense. The Killer Dolphin With Rabies has managed to blend a number of genres in a way that attracts fans of jazz as well as metal, prog, and math rock. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Down On A Bender' by the .357 String Band

There are some regional differences that simply can't be denied, especially when it comes to how we deal with life's ups and downs. Californians have exercise, New Yorkers have therapy, and here in Wisconsin, we've got booze. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Wonder Woman' by VO5

Windows Media Player -- thanks to the wacky, mutating psychedelic images that appear when it's used to play music -- can turn almost any song into a laughingstock for a few seconds. Strangely enough, the VO5 cover of the classic theme song "Wonder Woman" is one of few tracks that almost, just almost, seems to complement this aesthetic train wreck. >More
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