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Go on a circuit bender at the Madison Pop Fest

Fans attending the Madison Pop Fest can be artists themselves on Saturday, when the hands-on "Circuit-Bending Madness" takes over Memorial Union. Presented by Kyle Pfister of the music blog and local label Tiger Claw Records, this extravaganza includes both a basic and an advanced workshop for the curious music maker, complete with free circuits and an electronic toy buffet. >More
 M.O.T.O. love all across the Crystal Corner

Masters of the Obvious, better known as M.O.T.O., is the best rock 'n roll band many people have never heard. Seriously. And I'll stand on Bob Pollard's four-track recorder in my boots and say that. For going on two decades, the band has been based just a few hours' drive away, in Chicago. So they make regular pilgrimages to Madison clubs and basements, dispensing their blend of '60s pop, punk energy and at times gleefully scatological lyrical content. >More
 It's showtime for Pale Young Gentlemen

On stage, drama comes easily to Pale Young Gentlemen singer Mike Reisenauer. Gesticulating wildly as he simultaneously pounds his electric keyboard from a half crouch and gooses the pop-cabaret act's louche local hit "Me & Nikolai" with his flamboyant falsetto, the 6'5" Wisconsin native is a commanding, charismatic presence. >More
 The Madison Pop Fest returns for round three

The winds are blowing and the temperature's dropping, but this weekend the Madison Pop Fest aims to warm you up with scorching hot local and national bands, music movies and a full-on opening night revival with none other than the Master of Party, Andrew WK. An ambitious lineup follows over the weekend: a dozen-plus acts, along with workshops and screenings of Electroma from Daft Punk and Heima from Sigur Ros. >More
 From Fond du Lac to Verona Grove

Formed in a Fond du Lac high school way back around the turn of the century, the pop punk group Verona Grove self-released their first album in 2003. By then, the band had moved on to college at UW-Oshkosh, another step a journey that took an unexpected step a couple of year back Guitarist Tony Anders and bassist Charlie Wilhelm took a trip to Madison to record a single track at Smart Studios. >More
 Middle Eastern mix

The king of Israeli world beat, Idan Raichel, plays the Wisconsin Union Theater Wednesday night. With him are eight members of the chart-busting Idan Raichel Project, whose multiplatinum albums were compiled for international release last year on Cumbancha, a new spinoff label from Putumayo >More
 Scoops for the week of Nov. 2-9

 A season in hell

It's easy to see why Eastern European folk has been an influence on the avant-garde, cabaret-punk music of Barbez. >More
 A new and improved Buffali to debut at non-profit fundraiser

Andrew Yonda and Clare Fehsenfeld, who together comprise the Buffali, will be playing their first Madison gig in some time on Thursday at the High Noon Saloon. The group are debuting a full backing band, a handful of new songs and, they say, a newer sound. >More
 The name game

Guitarist Bill Frisell doesn't worry about genres and musical classifications. He has a Promethean command of harmony and can improvise in pretty much any context. From pop to free jazz, from American folk to world music-he's played it all in an evolving style that's gauzy and ambient one minute, muscular and elemental the next. >More
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