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Chewing the fat with Bobby Bones

Station-surfing in my car recently, I stopped at 96.3 FM, Star Country. The DJ was talking about growing up as a "food-stamp kid" in a trailer park. He had a soft Southern drawl and recounted details about his mother's substance-abuse problems, explaining why he'd never had a single alcoholic drink in his life -- and might never have one. >More
 Building on Buildings' founders bring an artistic perspective to indie rock

It's all about perspective. In architecture and art, perspective is the key to making an object spring to life before your eyes or lay flat on the page. It can come in the form of a vanishing point that pulls you into the middle of a picture. It can be in details that give a song's character flesh and blood in three minutes or less. >More
 Take Me Tick Tock build a dark fantasy world with heavy metal and hard rock

Take Me Tick Tock's four members aren't accustomed to doing interviews. But, man, can they talk. They're eager to answer a question many fans have asked: What's up with the name? Credit a late-night viewing of Walt Disney's 1985 cult classic Return to Oz. >More
 Lou and Peter Berryman give New Yorkers a taste of Madison-made folk music

Lou and Peter Berryman and their witty, Wisconsin-themed folk tunes are known far beyond the state's borders. They've been recorded by notable folkies like Claudia Schmidt, and Pete Seeger said "A Chat With Your Mother" is "one of the great American folk songs of the 20th century." Now the accordion-toting act will be honored in New York City's Greenwich Village, where the folk revival of the 1960s took shape. >More
 Local Love Fest is a passionate ode to Madison's music scene

There's no shortage of love songs around Valentine's Day, but what about odes to local musicians who create those songs? Enter Local Love Fest, a yearly compilation album that features local bands covering other local bands. The fourth edition debuts at a Feb. 7 show at the High Noon Saloon and one on Feb. 8 at the Crystal Corner Bar. >More
 Vanishing Kids resurface in Madison after a long, mysterious hiatus

Vanishing Kids is an apt name for the band led by Fitchburg's Nikki Drohomyreky and Jason Hartman. After forming in Madison in 2000, they released a flurry of dark, complex rock records and relocated to the West Coast multiple times. They eventually settled in Portland, Ore., where they put out a split 7-inch in 2009. Then there were no new songs or concerts. Years went by, and still nothing. It looked like they had disappeared. >More
 Signal Dreams joins roster of Madison-based record labels

Madison's experimental-music catalog is about to expand. On Feb. 1, a new record label called Signal Dreams will release recordings by far-out local synthesizer act Noxroy and avant-garde violinist Troy Schafer. Noxroy will perform at Good Style Shop the same night. >More
 Califone captivate the High Noon with stirring indie pop from throughout their 17-year career

In their visit to the High Noon Saloon Thursday night, Califone rewarded audience members who braved negative temperatures with a quietly uplifting show that covered multiple decades of their repertoire. >More
 Patty Griffin covers all the bases with remarkably different albums American Kid and Silver Bell

In 2013 Patty Griffin showed just how far she's come in her career, so her 2014 tour, which stops at the High Noon Saloon on Jan. 29, should be full of amazing performances. Last May the singer-songwriter released American Kid, her first album of all-new material since 2007's Children Running Through. Then October brought Silver Bell, an album recorded in 2000 but never officially released by A&M Records. >More
 Four nights at FRZN Fest 2014: From Lizzo to Superchunk

When the third annual FRZN Fest stormed into Madison this past weekend, it was anything but frigid. Ranging from hip-hop to desert folk to Diarrhea Planet, four nights of shows at the High Noon Saloon kept the crowd's eardrums toasty. >More
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