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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
 Imperial Teen

On their first album in five years, Imperial Teen seem suspended between their past and their future. >More
 No pay, no play

One of Madison's grassroots arts venues is strapped for rent money and will close its doors by Sept. 10. >More
 How to build a song

I'll admit it - I've always thought of engineering students as being less artistically inclined than liberal arts majors. So last year, when I learned that UW-Madison's annual "Battle of the Bands" was run by Polygon, the student council of the College of Engineering, I considered it an unlikely exception to the rule. >More
 From Madison to Austin: Owen Temple returns for a show

Even though he has moved back to Austin, it's nice when singer/songwriter Owen Temple finds his way back up to Madison. Folks here get a musical dose of real Texas personality and he gets to visit with friends he made while pursuing a master's degree in psychology at UW-Madison. He will be cutting loose with some Madison friends to bring the best of his catalog to the heart of Willy Street. >More
 The Snake on the Lake Fest ready to debut in Madison

If the SoCo scene is a deterrent, Madison's student radio station WSUM is happy to provide a more quirky alternative for an outdoor concert on Saturday. The Snake on the Lake Fest is hitting the Memorial Union Terrace all day and evening, and its lineup promises to deliver a wide range of progressive pop. >More
 Do you realize? The SoCo Music Experience hits Madison

The most popular hipster hubbub lately has been if you did or did not score tickets for Wilco at the Overture Center next Tuesday. I walked into such a conversation weeks ago and tried to pacify a forlorn face: "At least you can see the Flaming Lips for free on September 8." I received no words in response, but I did get a "Whaaaaayeaaaaaah!" and an accompanying dance/run down the sidewalk. >More
 One-man band

Pat McCurdy's mother wanted to raise a well-rounded child. He had to play the piano and could not quit. Then, when he was in junior high, a relative left the country. He gave McCurdy a Yamaha gut-string guitar and said, "Why don't you play with this while I'm gone?" >More
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