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Winning spins: My top ten Madison albums of 2008

Here are my 10 favorites of 2008. Here's something else: I've lived in this town for 16 years. I've spent 12 of those years writing about local music. And there are more great Madison recordings from this year than any year I can remember. >More
 Guitars for Vets: Lessons for veterans suffering from PTSD

Together with his guitar teacher, Patrick Nettesheim, Dan Van Buskirk founded a nonprofit organization called Guitars for Vets, which aims to bring music instruction to veterans with psychological disorders like PTSD and schizophrenia. >More
 Droids Attack annihilates holiday cheer in Destroy All Christmas V

To many of us here in Madison, Christmas is a symbol of a number of things we'd prefer to avoid: church services, children's choirs, two-ton fruitcake and the soul-crushing stress of gifting. Luckily, local stoner-metal outfit Droids Attack has created just the antidote: a yearly celebration called "Destroy All Christmas." >More
 Sunspot are on tour, endlessly

Like all things Sunspot, my interview with the wayfaring Madison rock trio was just another stop on their crowded weekend itinerary. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Celebrate' by OX

As an artist, having an established scene for your product helps, especially if you're seeking a record deal. As such, when OX received an acceptance letter from the University of Minnesota a few weeks back, he immediately saw it as an opportunity to further not just his education but his musical career. >More
 Madison Music Makers take the stage at the High Noon

The Madison Music Makers program schedules several formal concerts a year for its sixty students in venues ranging from local churches to the stately Overture Center, but on a chilly Sunday afternoon they got together somewhere a little more casual: the High Noon Saloon. >More
 The Gomers announce Slappy Hour Variety Special in surreal conference call

Andy Wallman and Biff Blumfumgagnge of the eclectic Madison band the Gomers held a slightly awkward cyber press conference on Friday afternoon to announce the Slappy Hour Variety Special, a live-music event slated to be held at the Frequency nightclub twice a month. >More
 Randy Travis and the dream of Madison's Frank James

Dear Randy Travis, one of the great country music stories of southern Wisconsin involves an old acquaintance of yours from your early days in Nashville. >More
 It takes a village

Madison West High School counselor Len Mormino has been a musician most of his life, playing piano as a kid and cutting his teeth as a songwriter here in Madison, but he never dreamed he'd have a global impact. >More
 Concourse Hotel nixes live jazz in 2009

Planning on catching some jazz at the Concourse Hotel bar this holiday season? Better do it quick: The venue won't be swinging anymore -- well, not with live jazz -- after Dec. 31. >More
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