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MadTracks: 'Take It' by The Shabelles

For musicians, nothing makes a song better than a heated debate. While you won't hear anyone arguing in "Take It" by The Shabelles, it could be the soundtrack for a brawl in slow motion. The fracas surrounding this ditty has to do with the opening keyboard part. >More
 MadTracks: 'All The Sun That Shines' by Peaking Lights (video)

Peaking Lights, a collaboration between dub lovers Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, bring a whimsical, left-field approach to music-making with the video for "All The Sun That Shines," a track from their recently released album 936. >More
 MadTracks: 'Nothing to Lose' by Jeremiah Nelson (video)

There's something about the music of Jeremiah Nelson that makes the world seem like a vintage home movie, one with the rich colors and sun-stained glow of Super 8 film. A video for "Nothing to Lose," a track from the local singer-songwriter's new album, Drugs to Make You Sober, taps into this aesthetic and explores it visually, using found footage from decades-old trips to beaches, amusement parks and Disney World. >More
 MadTracks: 'Mess Around' by Trent Fox & the Tenants

Madison's Kind Turkey label shines the spotlight on musical acts from Madison, Milwaukee and other Midwestern enclaves. This Thursday at 10 p.m., Kind Turkey will transform Mickey's Tavern into a garage rocker's paradise with a stacked bill featuring Milwaukee's Trent Fox & the Tenants, Appleton upstarts Orange Iguanas, catchy and jangly local project the Honey Slides and the Hussy. In particular, this show is a celebration of Mess Around, a new LP by Trent and the gang.

 MadTracks: 'The Boy and the Nettles' by Paul Otteson

February is a special month for many songwriters. The season of blizzards and valentines is also Album Writing Month, an annual songwriting challenge launched by Madison expat Burr Settles. It has inspired many great tunes, including "The Boy and the Nettles," a selection from February Fables, a new album by Stoughton-based songwriter Paul Otteson >More
 MadTracks: 'A Fossil' by Flame Shark

Chicago-via-Madison alt-country quartet Flame Shark has reached new artistic heights with their new song, "A Fossil." If this tune is any indication, they've got many more peaks in their future. >More
 MadTracks: 'Hospital Food' by So So Radio

Wisconsin rockers So So Radio are beginning 2011 with a short tour celebrating the release of the band's debut album, Dustcovers. It's a catchy listen that should immediately appeal to most indie pop listeners who encounter it, showcasing carefully constructed songs that at times are as steady-building as the buzz around the group. >More
 MadTracks: 'A Whore Is a Whore' by Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys

Madison country songstress and band, Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys, are kicking manners to the curb, along with trashy ex-boyfriends and lots of empty beer cans. Or, as the title of their debut album puts it, they're Taking the "O" Out of Country. >More
 MadTracks: 'Perfect' by Sunspot (video)

Back in August, I discussed a Madison rock band's efforts to take its live shows into the realm of multimedia theater as it toured the country. Now this group, Sunspot, is back in town, offering the fruits of its travels to local fans in a DVD called Major Arcana. >More
 MadTracks: 'Colors' by Ida Jo and the Show

Not everyone realizes a fiddle is the same as a violin. It's how the instrument is being played that determines what it's called. Local violin diva Ida Jo says people ask her about the difference all the time. The thing is, it's easier to show the answer than to tell it. >More
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