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My favorite albums of 2007

Thankfully, 2007 was better than many in recent memory. I probably found a dozen new albums that I actually listened to from month to month, and like a lot of folks around the country, I found Senegalese-American singer Akon's lilting reggae bon-bon "Don't Matter" so refreshing that I often found myself mumbling through a few verses while taking my constitutional on the Southwest Commuter bike trail. >More
 Arturo Sandoval: Blowing off steam

Legendary trompetista Arturo Sandoval just got his fourth Latin Grammy, for his Telarc debut Rumba Palace. The name's taken from his new Miami nightclub, and his Overture Center show is being billed as "Arturo Sandoval and his Mambo Mania Big Band." It's the wrong sound for a concert hall, where it's usually verboten to boogie -- though you can rumba on the sly in Overture's cushy seats. >More
 Top of the pops

Cellos and Whores. MAMAs and Go-Go's. They were all part of the Madison music story in 2007, and they're part of this roundup of the people, places and trends that made the local scene tick this past year. >More
 My top ten Madison discs of 2007

Great albums everywhere are making someone's year-end list. Why not let local musicians share the love? Here are my picks for the ten best Madison albums of 2007. >More
 Bid adieu to 2007 and inaugurate 2008 with New Year's Eve in Madison

The New Year looms, and with it the agonizing decision of where and how to ring in 2008. If you're resolving to be hipper, tamer, weirder, a little bit more country or rock and roll, there is plenty happening in Madison on the last day of 2007 to help you along. >More
 Who will be the Last Band Standing at the High Noon Saloon?

There's probably never been a contest where being named "the winner" is such a dubious distinction. In fact, with no official scoring system, no rules, no judge, and only the fuzziest of recollections the next day, there often isn't even a consensus on determining the winner. That won't stop a spirited competition at Last Band Standing IV at the High Noon Saloon on Friday, December 28. >More
 Crustacean Records to showcase Madison bands at SXSW 2008

The Madison-based music label Crustacean Records announced Friday that it would be presenting a music showcase at the 2008 South By Southwest conference and festival in Austin. The show is tentatively scheduled for March 13 at the Molotov Lounge, and will feature several bands on the label, including at least two from Madison. >More
 Paul Black: Deep in the blues

Paul Black was never a cuddly performer. Years ago, talking about his approach to live performances, the Madison-based blues man explained to me, "I'm not there to get the audience excited and sweaty and get 'em to drink a lot of beer." >More
 Crustacean Records rocks out for round two of its new DVD

For the second time this year, Crustacean Records took over the High Noon Saloon for a night of shooting footage for what will become the label's first DVD. The first recording was held on a warm night back in August, and featured performances Screamin' Cyn Cyn & The Pons, Ouija Radio, The Gusto, Droids Attack and Things Fall Apart. It was slightly chillier Saturday night as John Kruth, Drunk Drivers, Awesome Snakes, The Skintones and Mad Trucker Gone Mad took the stage for round two. >More
 Eric Church wants to scuff up Nashville

Eric Church likes to take on uncommon points of view when he sings a song. On his 2006 debut, Sinners Like Me, he was the voice of a death row inmate, waiting to be executed. One track later he morphed into a nervous teenage boy, pacing in anguish while his girlfriend took a pregnancy test in the bathroom. >More
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