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User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: Rob Dz

Rob Dz is a musician, lecturer, author and activist in Madison. Since breaking onto the local scene over ten years ago, he has always been a passionate proponent of Madison hip-hop, as well as one of its most prominent artists. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: Kid Quo

Kid Quo is an emcee and spoken word artist. As Tobi Adeoye, he is also a member of the First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On the last day of last year, The Kid released the eQUOnomy EP, a free six-track preview of his debut full-length album, which is due out this fall. Fans can also find him online blogging at Big Time Townies. >More
 City of Madison goes after Majestic Theatre on marquee fees

Scott Leslie says what's happening to his business, the Majestic Theatre, is indicative of a larger problem: "If you want to know why Madison has a reputation for being unfair to business, look no further than this." >More
 Venice Gas House Trolley sets poetry to song

Back in 2005, the poetic blues-grunge of Stone Float was one of the most salient sounds spreading out across the Madison music scene. The band featured the freaky beat poetry of UW-Madison graduate student Adam Gregory Pergament. His verses were embedded in the frequently improvised hard rock of Tate McLane. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: DJ Pain 1

DJ Pain 1 is an increasingly high-profile musical talent in Madison, busy as a studio producer, live DJ, and arts educator. His work on The Recession by Young Jeezy is gold certified, and he continues to work on beats for both local and international performers. He spins a broad mix of music genres at live performances and is also one half of the Fall Guys, a project with MC Starr. >More
 First Wave program at UW-Madison provides foundation for student hip-hop performers

At first glance, Adam Levin, Andrew Thomas and Tobi Adeoye appear to be average UW-Madison undergrads. Laughing about dorm life, undecided about their majors, they're notably humble and self-effacing. But unlike many of they're peers, they're not viewing graduation as a gateway to the day-to-day grind of the real world. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: Defcee

Defcee is an emcee and spoken word artist of many names, a.k.a. Alladat N. Densum, a.k.a. Kimflow Slice, a.k.a. Vincent Morris Adams the First, and formerly known as Xtadas/Definitive X. As Adam Levin, he is a member of First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also student manager of the Multicultural Student Center. >More
 Fight witnesses condemn Madison police as Brink Lounge stops booking hip-hop

Performers at a Valentine's Day party held in the Brink Lounge say Madison police used inappropriate force while clearing patrons from the club after a fight early Sunday morning. Four persons were arrested in the incident, including local emcee Rob Dz, and the near east side venue has now ceased booking hip-hop shows. >More
 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
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