Ryan Adams woos with bad boy charm in return to Madison Emily Denaro on Saturday 09/29/2007 12:42 pm, (2) Comments The audience -- which rumor has it included chanteuse/actress, Mandy Moore -- was under his thumb for the first segment of the show. Nervous onlookers were silent during songs, allowing only music -- instead of drunken babble and a pissed off frontman -- to bounce off the walls. One could practically hear insects scurrying during the harmony rich "Peaceful Valley," which earned my vote for most beautifully lush tune of the night. Perhaps every artist should scare the hell out of his fans now and again? >MoreMadCabaret's Jessica Lee loves to perform Kenneth Burns on Thursday 09/27/2007 4:27 pm For Jessica Lee, a founding cast member of MadCabaret, the performing bug bit early. "When I was a child, I was a ham," she says. "I was always doing Grease, and things like that." Now, at 34, she hams it up regularly with MadCabaret, the colorful, energetic revue of song, dance and comedy that will next take place Friday night at the King Club. >MoreVariety show Tom Laskin on Thursday 09/27/2007
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.
>MoreThe Majestic Theatre: New club, old building Rich Albertoni on Thursday 09/27/2007 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. >MoreThe Brunettes bring big fun to the High Noon Emily Denaro on Wednesday 09/26/2007 1:14 pm 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. >MoreDance, tiger, dance Sally Franson on Sunday 09/23/2007 8:44 pm 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. >MoreVenue hopping with the Madison Made Music Project Kiki Schueler on Friday 09/21/2007 11:44 am 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. >MoreScoops for the week of Sept. 21-28 Rich Albertoni on Friday 09/21/2007 >MoreAround the globe in one weekend with the Madison World Music Festival Emily Mills on Sunday 09/16/2007 12:10 pm 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. >MoreBlogging the Snake on the Lake and SoCo Music Experience in Madison Kristian Knutsen on Saturday 09/15/2007 10:09 pm 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