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Andy Bey keeps jazz vital

Andy Bey -- vocalist, pianist, composer -- is the most important obscure jazz artist you need to hear these days. Even if you're a die-hard jazz fan, chances are you've never heard Bey play live -- I haven't. But my old friend Bobby Baker, who played alto sax with Madison's '60s jazz fusion band Sebastian Moon and whose knowledge of the music is encyclopedic, is ahead of the pack. Bey's a genius, Baker says. "He pulls no punches with his art. His delivery's unique. He has a message to get out, a story to tell." >More
 Awesome Car Funmaker prepares to switch gears

In its six years Awesome Car Funmaker's had a pretty wild ride, one that's involved a teasing war with another band, living out of a U-Haul and doing jumping jacks on stages from here to the Canadian border. But the ride is over. The band will play a farewell show Feb. 13 at the Rathskeller in the UW's Memorial Union. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: D.L.O.

D.L.O., or Direct Lyrical One, is a member of Madison hip-hop group dumage, winner of a 2008 Madison Area Music Award for its song "Juke Joint." The emcee dropped his fourth solo album Customer Service last year, released via North Coast Entertainment. A free download of his single "Strut," nominated for a 2008 MAMA, is available at Broadjam. >More
 Awesome Car Funmaker prepares to switch gears and says farewell

In its six years Awesome Car Funmaker has had a pretty wild ride, one that's involved a teasing war with another band, living out of a U-Haul and doing jumping jacks on stages from here to the Canadian border. But the ride is over. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: Chuck Money

Chuck Money is a Madison-based DJ and producer. A regular on the downtown DJ circuit for ten years, he currently spins regular gigs at a trio of nightspots. The funk spinner also publishes a regular podcast, titled "dust collective w/chuck money," that features his sets, old mixtapes, remixes, and rare finds. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra excels with Olga Kern and three from Beethoven

An all-Beethoven lineup is pretty much a guaranteed formula for success with today's audiences. That is what the Madison Symphony Orchestra could count on in its concerts last weekend. Not content with choosing three surefire hits for the program, Maestro John DeMain then threw more fuel on the fire with exuberant and assertive direction. >More
 Masses mob Der Rathskeller for Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus show in Madison

On certain nights it becomes obvious that the 80 year old Memorial Union was not designed for rock concerts. As hundreds of students and a few slightly stunned members of the general public packed into Der Rathskeller on Friday night to see buzz bands Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus, staff struggled to get tables and chairs out of the overcrowded room before the show started. >More
 The sound of the unraveling

Here are the three most compelling albums I've listened to so far this year. Their sound and presentation fit the disheveled feel of the times. They embrace sonic experimentation, even as they lament the lost order of yesterday. >More
 Dr. John and the Nevilles get Mardi Gras started in Madison

Mad City's Mardi Gras kicks off with a big-time Big Easy double whammy when Dr. John and the Neville Brothers put voodoo on you at Overture Hall Wednesday night. Are you ready? >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: Phonetic ONE

Phonetic ONE is an emcee and spoken word artist, and is a member of the First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He released an EP titled Phonetic Phenom on January 22. >More
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