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MadTracks -- 'Paul Newman Hates You' by the Home Demo Vixens

Who's even thinking about Newman these days? But, man, if this sugary bit of silliness tune doesn't brighten up a dreary day of mechanical hip-hop remixes and too-cool-for-school indie rock. >More
 MadTracks -- 'When Daniel Goodings Made It Rain' by Fever Marlene

Judging by the recorded evidence offered on their album, recorded at E Labs Multimedia in Madison, one wouldn't necessarily realize the group was a duo. Full band arrangements grace many of the album's 13 tracks thanks to multi-instrumental abilities, occasional electronic drums and loops, and a bit of outside help on string arrangements by former Downtown Brown member Shauncey Ali. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Night' by Stephanie Rearick

The melding of pop and art music by Stephanie Rearick is reminiscent of Kate Bush. But on measured, almost stately experiments like "Night," she avoids Bush-style quirkiness by emphasizing her own considerable facility on keyboard. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Goin' South' by the Blackstone Reggae AllStars

"Goin' South" has a familiar theme -- i.e., getting away from a troubled past and losing oneself in the warm precincts beneath the borderline. But Stone and company aren't fresh-faced romantics. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Fast Driver' by The Getaway Drivers

Those pleasant keyboard figures set up the song's urgent chorus about as well as anything could. It's the fuse that smolders before Manor's controlled explosion of confusion, regret and emotion. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Sick' by The Motorz

Songs about girls are, like, so yesterday. Well, at least utterly hetero ones by boys with high voices and big dreams of rounding second shortly after the first cherry Coke has been quaffed. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Can You Feel It Tonight' by The Motorz

No question. The Motorz know their sources inside out. Thank God they're good ones. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Big T' by The Box Social

"Big T" cleans up a bit of the sonic griminess clinging to the band's previous EP, but still brings stadium-size guitar chording and a solo on the verge of careening right over the cliff. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Look at Me' by National Beekeepers Society

National Beekeepers Society has quickly built a following on the foundation laid by their self-titled 2006 album and galvanizing/ramshackle live shows. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Wave to the Satellite' by Digibot

Digibot have been aurally assaulting injustice and idiocy at Madison performance spaces of every stripe for about a decade (other than a brief break a couple years back, the "Dark Ages" to their fan base). >More
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