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The Homegrown Hip-Hop Festival celebrates the voice of Madison

The Memorial Union throws opens its doors on Thursday night to kick off a three-day, all ages celebration of all things hip hop in Madison. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, the Homegrown Hip Hop Festival is a showcase of the best regional acts the Midwest has to offer. On the docket for this entirely free festival is a combination of indie all-stars and local talent, including Brother Ali, Lucha Libre, Figureheads, a DJ expo, and the Just Bust! spoken word open mic. >More
 B-Side Records releases Best of the Year 2007 list

'Tis the season for year end list-making, as folks compile their favorites of just about anything one can imagine released over the course of 2007. When it comes to music, the online best-ofs I check out are pretty standard: KEXP, Metacritic, Pop Matters, Pitchfork and so on. Taking my top spot in this little list of lists, though, is a local creation, the B-Side Best of the Year. >More
 Otis Redding remembered at Monona Terrace

Dec. 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Otis Redding, along with all but one member of his band The Bar-Kays, in a Lake Monona plane crash that silenced the voice of one of American music's most promising artists. To commemorate this sad, significant occasion, two Madison-area tributes are taking place this week, featuring a variety of speakers and musicians reflecting on Redding's legacy. >More
 The Bodog Music Battle of the Bands comes to Madison

The new season of the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands reality show on Fuse TV got rolling back at the beginning of October. More than 4,500 bands have registered to participate, with the first round of the competition featuring some 160 live concerts in dozens of cities around the country, all entered to win a $1 million recording contract with Bodog Music, the record label owned by the Carribean company best known for online gambling and headling-grabbing media stunts. >More
 Youssou N'Dour: Desert blues

Time named Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour one of this year's most influential folks in the arts. N'Dour, who's also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, was honored for both his supple tenor and his social activism. >More
 Sones de México: Mexican revolution

Sones de México were nominated for a Latin Grammy last month for their third CD, Esta Tierra es Tuya (This Land Is Your Land). They didn't get it, but for this rising Windy City conjunto it was a door to the major leagues. From Chicago to Mad City, damas y caballeros, the Overture Center's Capitol Theater brings you Sones de Mexico. >More
 Will the real Charlie please stand up?

Will Morgan has multiple personalities. He is Simon in Greensboro, N.C.; and Bob in Norfolk, Va. Here in Madison, we call him Charlie. >More
 Scoops for the week of Nov. 30- Dec. 7

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 Soul man

On Dec. 10, 1967, the small plane carrying 26-year-old Otis Redding and his road band, the Bar-Kays, crashed into Lake Monona, thus ending the life of one of American music's most uniquely promising artists. The 40th anniversary of this occasion seems an appropriate time to reflect on Redding's life and legacy, since the Georgia native left an indelible mark during his brief moment in the spotlight. Though the icy water took his life, his memory - like his music - remains powerful. >More
 Winter gets funky in Madison with Chafo and Ra Fury

"I think they're one of the best jam bands in town," comments a patchwork-clad lass at the King Club last Tuesday. Out of the darkness, another, higher pitched voice declares, "They're not a jam band!," with the disdain of someone who's heard it straight from the group. >More
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