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MadTracks -- 'Talkin' Trash' by QWADD

They've recorded enough tracks for an album with Jon Chvojicek at Master Blaster Studios, but Quigle says an official release isn't planned anytime in the near future. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Jman's Blues' by The Midwest Beat

The intertwining guitar riffs and tight vocal backing of "JMan's Blues" draw a direct line to Merseybeat, but the song manages to make the familiar formula sound new again. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Nioka' by the Randal Harrison Trio

Violinist Randal Harrison and his trio pursue lots to different musical paths on their debut album, but Harrison's rhythm section (percussionist Geoffrey Brady and bass player Mark Unress) really lead the swinging fiddler into new space with the driving "Nioka." >More
 MadTracks -- 'Pedro's' by Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons

Desperate, frantic, fab and furious, irrepressible art punks Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons still have the same fuck-all attitude that they displayed so gloriously the first time I saw them whipping up a small audience at one of Freddy Faggot's open mikes down at Mr. Blues' Anchor Inn. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Falling Up' by Michael Brandmeier

Local singer-songwriter Michael Brandmeier may never become the next Josh Groban or John Mayer, but his work is sure to keep garnering interest from TV and film pros looking to punch up an emotional scene or add some lump-in-your-throat pop to a credit roll. >More
 MadTracks -- 'What I Know' by Horton the Irrelevant & August the Creep

"What I Know" finds emcee Horton the Irrelevant and his DJ, August the Creep, in an expansive move. The backing track is dominated by an aqueous electric piano sample that August first loops, then cuts up and reanimates. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Autopilot' by The Selfish Gene

Who would have guessed that the Electric Light Orchestra would retain influence in the chaotic, post-record industry world of MySpace-powered buzz bands? Not me. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Puerto Escondido' by The Nervous System

The Nervous System -- an all-star group headed up by David "Vid" Libert and former SuperEights John Nichols and Nathan Meltz -- mainline the adolescent angst and primitive energy of Sixties garage-rock and psychedelia on their debut album Manic Compression. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Blindman' by Squarewave

As the enduring creative force behind Ivory Library, Jeff Jagielo often charged far ahead of the common run of jangly, sensitive R.E.M. wannabes with whom the Madison band was often compared. Squarewave, his trio with Patrick Connaughty and former Ivory Library drummer Brandon Smith, is just as adventurous. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Saturday Night' by Pale Young Gentlemen

For a time, every indie band had a cellist. His or her moody sawing didn't always fit the music, but it sure added whiff of high art to the most naive material. >More
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