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MadTracks: 'Eat It Zombie Style' by the Zombeatles (video)

"Gangnam Style" -- the throbbing, club-ready single by Korean rapper Psy about the Gangnam district of Seoul -- has elevated K-pop's status and spawned the most-liked video in YouTube history during its 15 minutes of fame. Those proverbial 15 minutes aren't up yet, either. The goofy video and its silly, cowboy-inspired dance moves have spawned hundreds, perhaps thousands, of spoofs, including one by Madison's own zombie-led Beatles tribute, the Zombeatles. >More
 MadTracks: 'Madison West High School' by F.Stokes

Sometimes home feels like anything but. Just ask Chicago-born, Madison-raised rapper F.Stokes. Better yet, listen to his new track "Madison West High School" -- its ties to Madison aren't crystal clear, but its chilling themes may seem familiar. Change a few details, and Stokes' tale could be yours. It's not hard to imagine. >More
 MadTracks: 'Kissy Fit' by Dick the Bruiser

Dick the Bruiser promises "lyric shards" with its new release, Purgatory Stories and Severe Songs. It could have just promised "standard Dick the Bruiser lyrics." For the Madison duo, words are but a terse splatter, with no context but Kevin Wade's twangy Rickenbacker bass and Tony Sellers' harsh yet swinging drums. >More
 MadTracks: 'My Darling Adeline' by Paul Otteson

Stoughton's Paul Otteson seems an unlikely fit when he plays shows with fellow local singer-songwriters like Dietrich Gosser or Jeremiah Nelson. Otteson comes off a bit more delicate and mild-mannered than most others who play acoustic, inward-looking music around here. He has a high voice that he tends to use in melodies that bounce or flicker and can be a little tough to catch on to. >More
 MadTracks: 'Rude Oud' by Reptile Palace Orchestra

For American listeners, the sounds of the Balkans often get channeled through young fellows with aspirations of moody elegance. Madison's Reptile Palace Orchestra has been at it longer, and tends to approach the music with screwball exuberance. You'll never see Beirut drop an album called On The Wings Of A Skink, for instance. >More
 MadTracks: 'Atlas Wings: Infinity' by Noxroy

Andrew Fitzpatrick goes in an unusual direction, for him, with Cotyledon Observatory, his first solo full-length under the name Noxroy. >More
 MadTracks: 'Once and Always' by Treefort

It's nice to be reminded of the Velvet Underground's Loaded, and that happens for a few moments on Trés Fort, the new album by Madison duo Treefort. Not that Elsa Nekola and Wes Doyle (who also makes music as Slow Loris) make any grand gestures as they move through various modes of friendly guitar pop, sometimes with a little, but just a little, extra post-punk kick. >More
 MadTracks: 'Fantástico' by Defcee

Madison rapper Defcee gives himself plenty room to explore on December's free mixtape Out From Under. He incorporates spoken-word collaborators on "(Advice to a Younger Adam) On Handling Heartbreak," recounts a trip to London on "Postcard," spins a tale of the suburban drug trade on "The Herb in Suburban." As a member of UW-Madison's First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Learning Community, he's got the mandate and the means to stretch the form a little. >More
 MadTracks: 'How Do You Talk to a Lady?' by Cribshitter

Since 2007, Cribshitter has forced Madison show-goers to ask themselves some difficult questions. Namely, does this really require a tuba and a lion mask, and is that local guitar hero John Masino jumping onstage to play squealing leads on a song called "I Got Hot Sauce In My Pussy"? (Answers: of course and yes.) >More
 MadTracks: 'Black Fog' by John Praw (video)

Madison-based ambient-electronic music-maker John Praw wears many hats, and now he can add "soundtrack composer" to his headwear collection. The artist formerly known as [praw] teamed with filmmaker friend Raquel Salazar to create a video before releasing his new self-titled album, which explores the finer points of minimalism. >More
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