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Saturday, August 30, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 73.0° F  Overcast
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The CD may be dying as far as major labels are concerned, but it remains the lifeblood of many small independent acts. That's especially true in this town, where a local band without a CD is indeed a rara avis. It's not unusual to have multiple release parties during the same week.

 The Majestic Theatre: New club, old building

Two guys in their 20s trying to make it in the music industry. A historic landmark trying to find a future for itself. A city trying to resolve crime problems surrounding an old nightclub. Competing venue owners and promoters trying to figure out how they'll fare with a new club on the block. >More
 The Brunettes bring big fun to the High Noon

This has definitely been the year of the Kiwi: Flight of the Conchords, Black Sheep, and Zoe Bell's role in Grindhouse have all garnered the little island nation lots of attention in the U.S. through 2007. The Midwestern front first heard a reunited Crowded House and then, a short time later, the Veils opened up the Download Festival in Chicago. Last night, The Brunettes rode into Madison high on the transpacific wave. >More
 Dance, tiger, dance

If you tried to catch Tigercity at Union South on Saturday night but found only an empty room, chances are you weren't the only one. Band members Aynsley Powell, Bill Gillim, Joel Ford, and Andrew Brady, on their third week of a month long tour, ran into complications with a faulty GPS device and arrived an hour and a half late for the gig. >More
 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
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