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MadTracks: 'Fire Gone Lee' by Time Since Western

The closing of Smart Studios has put a damper on many local musicians' dreams of recording in a professional studio. But not Andy Brawner, the one-man band known as Time Since Western. For him, it's meant traveling instead to the Portland, Ore. home of Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla to lay down a couple of tracks. >More
 MadTracks: 'The Ones We've Left Behind' by Shapeless Symmetry

Forget trips to secluded cabins and overpriced songwriting workshops: Max Salick's got a new guitar and a new band, and that's all the inspiration he needs to rock the house. The new group, a trio of UW-Madison engineering students called Shapeless Symmetry, recently teamed up with Venice Gas House Trolley's Jaimie Doering to record an EP, Singularity. >More
 MadTracks: 'Shout It Out Loud' by Borderlands

Over the past couple decades, Americana has developed into a sort of catch-all genre classification for more traditional sounding music. But there also are bands that really do touch on many of the styles fitting under the term's wide umbrella. >More
 MadTracks: 'A Kiss in Wisconsin' by The August Teens

Few things compare to holy trinity of big guitars, pretty harmonies and pop hooks aplenty. The August Teens know it well and worship it often. Heck, they've been doing it for 10 years now. >More
 MadTracks: 'I-94 Blues' by the Cash Box Kings

There are numerous reasons I-94 might give you the blues, whether it's 5:00 gridlock or the recently announced resurfacing project that's bound to create headaches this summer. For Joe Nosek and the rest of the Cash Box Kings, I-94 is the highway to love gone wrong. >More
 MadTracks: 'Ascension' by Ridley

When Jon Schoepke and Billy Morehouse, bandmates from a small-town metal group, reunited in Madison in the fall of 2008, they weren't just looking to hang out and worship Black Sabbath. They had a vision. "We wanted to make some non-traditional sounding albums with looping, rock guitars and driving synths," Schoepke says. And thus, Ridley was born. >More
 MadTracks: 'Tantz Tantz Allemin' by The Shtetlblasters

At first glance, electro jams and klezmer songs don't seem to have much in common. Electro sprang from funk musicians' fascination with programmable drum machines in the 1980s. Klezmer, on the other hand, sprang from the synagogues of southeastern Europe in the 1380s or thereabouts. Now the two have come together in Madison, of all places, thanks to The Shtetlblasters, a five-piece ensemble that got acquainted at Middleton High School a few years ago. >More
 MadTracks: 'Caprihina' by Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

Made from limes, sugar and a distilled, fermented sugarcane juice called cachaa, Brazil's national cocktail, the caprihina, is deceptively simple. It squeezes a ton of flavor out of just three ingredients, much like a song of the same name. >More
 MadTracks: 'Kite' by New People

Last year Madison trio New People unveiled one of the best power pop discs from a local band I've heard in recent times, their debut The Easy Thing. >More
 MadTracks: 'Salt, Blue & Bone' by The Getaway Drivers

Lots of songs tell stories, but few tell them quite as well as the tune "Salt, Blue & Bone" by The Getaway Drivers. The song, from the group's about-to-be-released EP The Truth is Where it's Always Been, tells the tale of a Nantucket woman whose lover has gone on a whaling voyage. >More
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