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Venue hopping with the Madison Made Music Project

The night kicked off at the Overture Center with introductions from Jeff Burkhart, one of the project coordinators. With as many as four shows occurring simultaneously throughout the night, I had to choose my destinations carefully. >More
 Scoops for the week of Sept. 21-28

 Around the globe in one weekend with the Madison World Music Festival

High winds and failed visas weren't enough to dampen the spirit of the fourth annual Madison World Music Festival, which took over the Memorial Union Theatre, Terrace and some of the Willy St. Fair this weekend. The event pulled in acts from places like Cuba, Iran, Zimbabwe, Tuva, and Rajasthan, all of them making it into an entertaining and colorful experience. >More
 Blogging the Snake on the Lake and SoCo Music Experience in Madison

One festival would be sure to generate attention from music fans in and around Madison. Both, though, made for a live music confluence that inspired plenty of attendees to share their experiences online. >More
 The Majestic Theatre is nearly ready for unveiling to Madison

The theater's new identity is already emerging as renovations enter their final stage. The new Majestic is a vast improvement esthetically over its previous incarnation, with a new look that simultaneously harks back to its celluloid past yet distinctly feels like a rock club. Most of the old accoutrements of the nightclub are long gone, as is the old garish purple paintjob and the spongy block flooring. >More
 Classic country

John Kunert admits that he's never been plugged into the Bloodshot alt-country scene. His band, Earl Foss' Brown Derby, does have some indie material that they'll roll out when playing bills with Sleeping in the Aviary and other more rock-oriented musical friends. But singers who ruled the country airwaves in the '50s and '60s like George Jones, Buck Owens and Faron Young (a country star he resembles) really form the template the quartet works from. >More
 Wilco builds memories in its latest visit to Madison

Certainly, no audience member goes to a sold out, kill your neighbor for a ticket kind of show like Wilco's concert at the Overture Center on Tuesday night without a connection to the act. So how does one adequately review the band that was the soundtrack to a two-year relationship that ended on the day of the show? >More
 The Flaming Lips are a whirlwind at the SoCo Music Experience in Madison

So where did this idea to mix spectacle with their sound emerge? "There wasn't one specific day," explains Wayne Coyne, lead singer for the Flaming Lips. "We stopped trying to be cool and started being who we were; we're just big dorks." He says that being able to do what they wanted on stage just felt right and he hopes that the fans would understand and embrace the chaos. >More
 Sick Puppies introduce themselves to Madison

In between sets at the SoCo festival on Saturday evening, I was able to catch up with Aussie band Sick Puppies. Lead singer and guitarist Shimon Moore explained that they were happy to be on the bill at Willow Island, citing that their popularity at an earlier stop in Atlanta aided in getting them attached to the tour. >More
 The SoCo music festival in Madison heats up with fun and ferocity

The saying goes that the best things in life are free. Anyone who made their way to Willow Island on Saturday afternoon for the SoCo Music Experience can certainly attest to that notion. Nearly a dozen bands held court on two stages from 2 p.m. to well into the night for a beautiful festival of music, booze and magic. >More
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