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MADTRACKS

MadTracks -- 'Guts and the Gazelle' by Voltress

Participants in the Hartz-directed project include instrumental heavyweights Roscoe Mitchell, Richard Davis, Bernie Worrell, and Corey Wilkes, and the music leans toward the experimental-groove end of the music spectrum. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Tilt a Whirl' by The Cutouts

Basic, bouncy and just trashy enough to make a school boy blush bright crimson, the Cutouts' paean to both the familiar carnival ride and the stomach-churning roller coaster that is love could have been penned back in the halcyon days of Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochrane. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Lydia the Tattooed Lady' by the Hometown Sweethearts

The Hometown Sweetheart's exuberant live performances of memorable hits, cheesy novelty tunes, punk staples and other hooky chestnuts will brighten the darkest of days. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Another Girl' by Sleeping in the Aviary

If you can't get behind Sleeping In The Aviary's chaotic cause by the time the youthful trio reaches the sharp, ecstatic "Wooo!" that neatly bisects "Another Girl," you're probably an irredeemable stiff >More
 MadTracks -- 'Red Pajamas' by Blueheels

The Neenah/Madison country-rock band Blueheels work up some mighty expansive twang on "Red Pajamas." It's a portentous heartland love song salted with doubt and longing and more than a touch of fatalism from their new album Long Gone. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Mr. Foff' by Sunspot

A sardonic paean to a tattooed, leather-jacketed longhair from out of town who vibed up the local scene for an hour or two. Download and listen! >More
 MadTracks -- 'See the River Rise' by Sunshine for the Blind

Singer/producer/six-string wielder Brian Daly's pert, to-the-point vocal performance pumps the existential lyric with equal measures of defiance and dread. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Coastin'' by The Bob Westfall Quartet

Bob Westfall's lilting jazz-grass original "Coastin'" isn't quite as easygoing as the title suggests, which helps it stand out on his eponymous instrumental quartet's accomplished new album Beautifully Mad. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Lifetime Ranger' by Cougar

A lot of indie-rock acts play quiet songs. Much of the time it's a strategy used to convey thoughtfulness, spiritual depth and, of course, the gentle emotions of love in bloom. But indie acts also bring words into the equation, often I think because they distrust their ability to convey ideas with anything other than the human voice. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Down South' by The Skintones

Madison punk-metal trio The Skintones sound burlier than ever on their new album for the Crustacean label This Is Science >More
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