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Madison Music Project -- The Earthling Invasion

Launching their campaign on Madison just over two years ago, The Earthling Invasion continues apace with its appropriately spacey pop music. More specifically, this five-piece band has birthed a quirky and catchy sound by breeding early '80s power pop with a rare species of electro-glam rock. As they hit the stage on a fairly rare basis, this invasion looks to be continuing well under the standard radar. If not, though, take heed extra-terrestrials. >More
 Madison Music Project -- V05

What Madison band features the talents two playwrights, two stage singers, two power engineers, a doctor, a birdwatcher and a firefighter? Why, it's V05, a disco and dance nonet seeking to "make people boogie" with their mix of classic fin de millénaire covers and a few originals. Breaking out their disco ball and wigs since the spring of 2005, the group is gearing up to end this year with a flash. Lather up. >More
 Madison Music Project -- 'Lefty' Frank James

"Lefty" Frank James has been writing, singing and performing country and rockabilly music for well over four decades. He has extensive Nashville writing experience, and has earned a place in Madison country legend as both a performer (on guitar, bass, drums and harmonica) and as founder of the Country Corners nightclub in McFarland. "If you enjoy Marty Robbins, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell and more," James promises, then you will appreciate his act. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Mark Croft

In the year or so since the release of his debut album, Mark Croft has rapidly made a name for himself as a dynamic singer-songwriter. Hailing originally from Columbus, Croft is distinguished by fast hands and a memorable groove as he combines folk, pop, funk, blues and rock in his upbeat compositions. Croft has also been distinguished by numerous awards in 2006, enough that his profile is threatening to extend well beyond Madison into the wider world afar. >More
 Madison Music Project -- The Dorothy Heralds

Concocting their ingredient-rich potion of electronic-laced prog pop since 2001, The Dorothy Heralds are closing out this year by dropping their second album, 100 Unnamed Things. The release will showcase the latest work by the band, who are known for collaboration in writing music for recording as they are for weaving their rhythm 'n' melodies on stage. They're good listening either way. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Marvin's Garden

While the string-heavy jam stylings of Marvin's Gardens can be described as "Midwest Rock," there's actually more to it than that. "Combining elements of funk, folk, rock, and rhythm and crossbreeding them with the wit and wisdom of four corn-fed country boys," as the band describes itself, "has been a successful formula for these guys in the short period that they have been playing together." They're actually just over a year old, having initially jammed together and subsequently forming in the autumn of 2005. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Benefits of Being Paranoid

Formed in the early months of 2003, the four-piece acoustic/electric combo Benefits of Being Paranoid has rapidly built a reputation for its well-paced, melodic and funky folk-rock. Their driving and radio-ready jams and well-regarded lyrics translate into energetic live shows, with "plenty of rocking and drinking involved," the group exclaims. More interestingly, though, the band is a leader when it comes to providing their music online. >More
 Madison Music Project -- Piccolissimo

Notorious around Madison for most of this decade as the busking piccoloist dubbed "Orange Guy," Tom Ryan is also front and center in the jazz quartet known as Piccolissimo. The group was formed in 2002 when Ryan hooked up with the Kurt Lang Trio to perform fun and high-pitched jazz. Specializing in standards and show tunes, their repertoire runs though nearly a century of jazz during their monthly sets at the Crystal Corner Bar on Willy Street. >More
 Madison Music Project -- The Motorz

If you like bold power-pop conceived in a dirty garage, The Motorz are your band. Inciting people to dance and drink at their energetic live shows for more than four years, this Madison (by way of the Northwoods) group is gearing up for a big 2007. Who are The Motorz? Like many groups from the garage, they sport nomes de guerre: Kyle Motor, Aaron Motor, Dan Motor, and Josh Motor, respectively on the guitar, guitar, bass and drums. >More
 Madison Music Project -- The Bob Westfall Band

Making the Angelic Brewery their Tuesday night home for the better part of a decade, The Bob Westfall Band has endured through at least two life cycles of Madison's music scene that turns over every four years. >More
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