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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
 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
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