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MadTracks -- 'Out@11' by Baghdad Scuba Review

Baghdad Scuba Review clearly have studied at the feet of Jerry and Duane, but to their credit, they aren't in awe of their icons. And that makes all the difference in the world. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Crushes' by Charlemagne

An indefatigable creative soul, Carl Johns was the sparkplug that catalyzed a lot of indie-leaning pop-rock activity in these parts for many years. Geographically he's moved on, but a number of the musical interests he harbored here in Wisconsin remain on We Can Build an Island, his latest release under the Charlemagne moniker. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Ollie & Delilah' by Testa Rosa

"Ollie and Delilah," an infectious number selling bad luck love, opens the album in English and closes it auf Deutsch. Right from the get-go, it gathers swiftly in layers; propulsive drums, a driving bass line, and a synth harmony, all combining with the soaring vocals of Betty Blexrud-Strigens to make a jangly anthem that calls to mind The Pretenders or any number of '60s girl groups. >More
 MadTracks -- 'B.A.S.' by The Arge

The opening riff of "B.A.S." takes you back to a time when hairy beasts dressed up in paisley shirts and electric purple elephant bells stoked the inner mounting flame for the acid test. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Can He Forgive' by OX

Madison emcee OX weighs the possibility of redemption on the unexpectedly honest "Can He Forgive," a mid-tempo confessional track from his new album Life Support. Showcasing the gravel-voiced rapper's contemplative side, this three-and-a-half-minute rhyme asks the same basic question, again and again: Will the good lord really save a sinner like me? >More
 MadTracks -- 'Lasciatemi Morire!' by Wilhelmina Baker

Forays into opera by avant drama queen Wilhelmina Baker aren't meant for the libretto-conning cognoscenti. Instead, using electronic effects and a good measure of cabaret siren-style chutzpah, Baker gambols through well known arias with a wry smile plastered on her generously rouged lips. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Blind and Undying' by The Treats

Madison trio The Treats have been somewhat scarce on club calendars for the past couple years, but that will likely change with the release of their new album, Reservoir Tales, this week. >More
 MadTracks -- 'El Dishwashero' by Aniv de la Rev

According to their band bio, Aniv de la Rev first got together back in 2003 to "explore the possibilities of punk mixed with cumbia and new wave." Judging from the jumping beat and the antic bi-lingual vocals that animate the careening punk/cumbia experiment "El Dishwashero," they've hit on a winning hybrid. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Detroit' by The Super Eights

It's always sad when a good band calls it a day, and the Super Eights were very good indeed. "Detroit" is off their final release, Sing Songs About States, and unsurprisingly, benefits enormously from a distorting, bang-on-a-can drum track and a sweet-but-snotty vocal that repeatedly warns all listeners: "Don't go back to Detroit!" >More
 MadTracks -- 'Girls of Summer II' by The Grizzlies

Anyone who's mooned over a busted up summertime thing or felt, as Joyce does, that a once special -ex only understands "quid pro quo," will understand exactly what he's talking about. It only all warm weather affairs were this succinct. >More
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