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MadTracks: 'The Way It Goes' by Chaos Revolution Theory

"Not to be a bummer, but we are all gonna die," says Nick Stanecki, guitar player and vox man for Madison rock trio Chaos Revolution Theory. It's a true statement, but one many people would rather avoid dwelling upon. After all, thinking about death leads to big questions, and that can be stressful -- even overwhelming -- for some. >More
 MadTracks: 'Follow Me Gone' by The Selfish Gene

Sometimes breaking up is a good thing. For local rock band The Selfish Gene, a breakup in 2008 led to a smaller group with a revised sound and a renewed sense of purpose. With the help of some dedicated fans, the trio won the Isthmus Band to Band Combat competition in 2009, less than a year after re-forming. >More
 MadTracks: 'Don't Blame the Strings' by A Minute Jack Forum

After debuting in 2008, Madison quartet A Minute Jack Forum briefly disappeared from local clubs in 2009 -- for "family-leave," as their website puts it. Since late last year they've been playing shows more regularly, and they've also been busy in the studio, recording tracks for their debut full-length album, Traction Blip. >More
 MadTracks: 'New Mexico' by Mike Behrends

Despite its title and lyrics, "New Mexico," a new song by local singer-songwriter Mike Behrends, isn't just about the American Southwest. Though the words reference an imagined escape to the border state that fascinated Georgia O'Keeffe, the music seems like a journey to the Canadian border as well. >More
 MadTracks: 'Damn, Girl' by Screamin Cyn Cyn & the Pons

It's hard not to laugh at the cover of the new album by Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons. Two manly hands model eight gold rings on an electric-blue background. The rings spell out the creation's title, Damn, Girl, with a shiny, gaudy fake nail as the comma. >More
 MadTracks: 'Night' by Zola Jesus (video)

Watching Zola Jesus grow has been fascinating. She's gone from an enigmatic MySpace profile and a quiet presence on Sacred Bones' roster to being one of the most buzzed about artists of the year. >More
 MadTracks: 'Pimp Killer' by The Cemetery Improvement Society

Lots of bands write concept albums, but few have tried to write a concept album quite like the one the Cemetery Improvement Society, a Madison two-piece composed of Marc Claggett and Brad Hawes, is about to release. >More
 MadTracks: 'Digging Holes' by Icarus Himself

People used to refer to Icarus Himself as the solo side project of National Beekeepers Society singer Nick Whetro. Those days are long gone: Whetro's turned his project into a talented trio and built it an identity unique from that of the slackeriffic garage band. >More
 MadTracks: '4-Ever' by Charlemagne (video)

It's been almost four years since Carl Johns, the mustachioed front man of Charlemagne and Noahjohn, left town for greener pastures, but he's never forgotten his friends and fans here in Mad City. >More
 MadTracks: 'Bible Thumper' by Solid Gold (video)

The video for Solid Gold's "Bible Thumper" doesn't just illustrate the chilling story the words tell; it takes the theme of "drowning in sorrow" and runs with it. >More
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