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Madison Music Project -- The Dirty Shirts

Country crunk, roots skronk, honky-tonk; it's all a matter of course for The Dirty Shirts, an old-school hinterland band based in Madison. This five-piece bluegrass supergroup plays a variety of honky-tonk standards by the greats, musicians like Hank Williams, George Jones, Gram Parsons, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Lefty Frizell, and Willie Nelson, among others. >More
 Madison Music Project -- BLAMM-O!

Exuberance is a state of mind for BLAMM-O!, a quintet whose music unites the bounce of pop punk with the ferocity of hard rock. Hitting stages around town through most of this decade, the group picked up their live pace in 2006, adding a member in the process. BLAMM-O! also released its first album last year, one highlighting both an active political mien and their rock swagger. >More
 Madison Music Project -- The Last Minute Poets

Emphasizing their loud, angry and beautiful aspects, four individuals -- Eric Mata, Tracie Gilbert, Josh Healy, and Kyle "El Guante" Myhre -- together comprise The Last Minute Poets. This spoken-word poetry collective coalesced early in the summer of 2006, and has since focused on inspiring activism and rocking the stages they share ever since. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Roots Collective

Assembled nearly two years ago, the Roots Collective boosted their sound last year with the addition of a horn section, and expanded the reggae band from a quartet to a full-blown sextet. Featuring current and former members of Natty Nation, Basil, and Reason for Leaving, the collective mixes original material and reggae standards in its live shows, which are of course intended to get listeners up off their butts. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Flame Shark

Though it's barely been a year since they coalesced as a group, the musicians that make up Flame Shark have been very busy making music. They released two albums of their folk-flavored psychedelic rock last summer and subsequently toured throughout Wisconsin. Garnering comments about their harmonizing ways, the band is preaching hard for a classic rock revival. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Doctor Tangent

Starting just over a year ago with a set of cover songs by artists like Jack Johnson and John Hiatt to the Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains, the trio that's titled Doctor Tangent is now offering musical treatment of their own creation too. This band has played more than 50 shows over the last twelve months, bringing their mix of rock, power-pop and blues tunes within what they describe as "a general jam orientated ethos" all over town. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Oak Street Ramblers

Working from a repertoire of classic and original tunes, the Oak Street Ramblers have been regularly playing bluegrass over the last few years for audiences throughout Madison. The six-piece band performs at festivals both indoors and outdoors, as well as at the occasional club show. Their primary home, though, is a monthly east-side gig at Wonders Pub.< >More
 Madison Music Project -- The Treats

Melodic and sometimes poppy, at other times bluesy garage rock, The Treats are an appropriately-named Madison trio. They are gearing up for 2007 after literally working on a new studio over the last year, kicking things off with a couple shows after a long hiatus from the stage. >More
 Madison Music Project -- The Runners-Up

Glorious power-pop is the devotion of The Runners-Up. Coalescing in early 2005 as yet another star in the Wisconsin Pop Explosion constellation, this quartet displays their local musical yeomanry in the form of garage pop with an attitude. This is seen nearly exclusively on stage, though, as the group has yet to record their cheeky songs. With a new year approaching, though, anything can happen. >More
 Madison Music Project -- The Back 40's

Getting people moving with their hardcore honky-tonk and classic country music is the mission of The Back 40's. Something of a Madison rock supergroup gone to a hoedown, the band has been performing their performing since the autumn of 2003, hauling out the best of mid-century country from their well of cover songs. >More
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