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Kicksville: Welcome to our world

Let's start with the essential fact you need to know about Kicksville. They're a group of seven musicians who put on a musical stage show grounded in production and theatrics, similar to the Blue Man Group. >More
 Blueheels: Rock 'n' roll eccentrics

When they gave their 5-year-old son Robby a Smurf drum set, Neenah's Mark and Cindy Schiller could little have suspected that two decades later he would be the King of Pop - or at least the songwriter, singer and de facto leader of Madison's best original rock 'n' roll band, Blueheels. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: GayBiGayGay and the end

We played a fun set. Shane got up early to make a cool outfit that included a fake set of arms and two cabbage patch doll heads affixed to his shoulders. Some of our Austin friends came, as well as my longtime friend Paula. I ran around the crowd and leapt across blankets for "Set the Table," and accidentally knocked an entire cup of beer on a guy. I slightly regretted throwing myself on the ground for the end of the song, particularly since it was covered with cigarette butts and sawdust. I think a little got in my mouth. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: LBJ, late night tacos, and biking Austin

Bringing bikes was probably the smartest decision we've made lately. Parking in Austin is an absolute nightmare, traffic is bad, and no one wants to be the designated driver. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: The Crustacean Records showcase

There was a big Madison contingent in the audience, including an ex-pat proudly wearing his O'Cayz shirt for recognition. Smart guy. There were too many people to mention individually, but thank you, thank you, thank you, to all the Madison people who came out for the show. Madisonians made sure that there was no prevailing hipster too-cool-for-school attitude. Madisonians know how to have a good time. We ain't no snobs. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra: All together now

 Nice doing business with you

With its Web-based, pay-what-you-want distribution of In Rainbows, Radiohead demonstrated that it's easy for established acts to take control of their own releases. Last week, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor went the Englishmen one better. To prime the pump, he gave away a quarter of the tracks on his new album, Ghosts I-IV, for free over NIN's website and charged a measly $5 for downloads of the whole thing. But Reznor didn't stop there. He also beat music thieves to the punch, making the entire album available through PirateBay, the prominent (and controversial) Sweden-based access point for peer-to-peer file-sharing of illegal copies of music, films and more. >More
 Firecracker Studios and Sunspot join in the fun at SXSW

When the Crustacean Records showcase at South by Southwest ends early Friday morning, the three Madison bands opening the show will have played before an audience boasting enthusiastic local supporters. Members of the rock band Sunspot, the artists behind Firecracker Studios, and WORT music director Sybil Augustine each made plans to attend the show at the Molotov Lounge opening with sets by Droids Attack, The Gusto, and Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: Catching shows at Emo's and Ms Bea's, and playing one at the Music Gym

Everyone in the crowd had big smiles on their faces and the band looked like they were doing what made them happiest. When I'm chatting with people in my normal life, I always have a moment where I open my mouth to say something dull about band life and close it again. At SXSW, people like to talk about touring and bands and great shows. And we all like watching fun bands more than just about anything else. Maybe it was the sunshine or the band or the Lone Star, but I felt a euphoric sense of camaraderie with everyone. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: 6th Street, Lone Star, and getting Spunk'd

6th Street is the main bar district here, and while it was nowhere near the volume of people that it will be later with week, it was already rocking pretty hard. It's a State Street-esque type stretch, but bigger and with a lot of live music instead of just college bars. There was plenty of shouting and public displays of affection. The cops were gathered around chatting about a Coen brothers movie, while a guy was yelling at another guy that he has to have his number, since didn't he see him on VH1? >More
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