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MadTracks: 'Ooh Aah' by Baghdad Scuba Review

Since its genesis as an informal coalition of players helping out singer-songwriter John Schneider at gigs, Madison progressive rock band Baghdad Scuba Review has grown into a consistent presence in the scene. By now local music followers have probably just about gotten used to the group's unusual name -- "all the good ones were taken so we just made something up," says bassist Erik Riedasch. >More
 MadTracks: 'Last Kiss on a Sinking Ship' by Sleeping in the Aviary (video)

Ahoy! Sleeping in the Aviary, the whimsical, Madison-bred garage-pop band that moved to Minneapolis a little while back, has crafted a high seas tale as part of its new album, Great Vacation! At first, the video looks like a parody of Titanic but if you watch the whole thing, you'll realize it's more clever than most spoofs of James Cameron's film. >More
 MadTracks: 'Been Thinkin a Ways' by Whitney Mann (video)

Sometimes pure, honest simplicity is what makes a song great. Local alt-country songstress Whitney Mann has mastered the art of artlessness with her new song, "Been Thinkin a Ways," whose unpretentious charm has mesmerized audiences at her recent gigs opening for country legends Willie Nelson and George Jones. >More
 MadTracks: 'Turn the Light On' by the Lucas Cates Band

Fans used to compare local pop-rock performer Lucas Cates to John Mayer and Jack Johnson, but his newest album has him sounding gruffer and tougher, with a few more scars and perhaps a tattoo. >More
 MadTracks: 'This is the Opposite of a Suicide Note' by Guante and Big Cats!

The devil isn't just a character for Halloween stories or Bible-thumping preachers. Unless you've lived a very sheltered life, you've probably met a few people whose actions have convinced you that evil is real, not just a construct for comic books and fairy tales. >More
 MadTracks: 'Great Wall of 'Gina'' by Droids Attack (video)

Slayer seems to be an inspiration for "Great Wall of 'Gina," a track from Must Destroy, the latest album by local stoner-metal trio Droids Attack. While the band tends to adopt a slower tempo and a sludgier sound than most Slayer songs, it seems Droids Attack has been listening to Reign of Blood on repeat >More
 MadTracks: 'Cactus Flower and the Willameans' by El-Tin Fun (video)

YouTube is famous for making temporary stars out of regular folks with a clever idea or a yen for the spotlight. But people aren't the only ones to achieve minor celebrity in viral videos. Out of all of the creatures in the animal kingdom, cats seem to be the most Internet-savvy when it comes to fame. Madison indie-rock project El-Tin Fun taps into the nation's cat fancy in a video for its brand-new song "Cactus Flower and the Willameans," a track from the forthcoming album Sunburned Skeptics. >More
 MadTracks: 'Onlookers' by Chants

What would it sound like if Neu! and Sonic Youth teamed up to rock out? It might sound a little bit like "Onlookers," a new track by Chants, a new project spearheaded by Jordan Cohen of the boisterous funk-and-jazz group Mama Digdown's Brass Band. >More
 MadTracks: 'Reconnaissance' by Mirrors for Windows

Madison indie-rock trio Mirrors for Windows has been around for about a year, waiting for the perfect moment to pierce the public consciousness. It looks like the band is ready, armed with a sharp new track named "Reconnaissance" and a debut EP named Avoidance Conditioning. >More
 MadTracks: 'Tennessee Whiskey' by The Eugene Smiles Project

The most Southern rock-sounding band in the Madison area may be The Eugene Smiles Project, who likewise released a new album in May. The title my american radio is apt, as the release showcases a winning combination of rock, blues and a bit of country. >More
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