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MUSIC

Rock 'n' roll realists

The Grizzlies enjoy early gigs like the one they're getting set to play at the High Noon Saloon. For most young bands, six o'clock on a Tuesday evening is reserved for sleeping off the weekend or noshing in preparation for a late night. But assorted Grizzlies got their fill of the nightlife in old bands like Charlemagne and the Shivers. Putting on their contagious Guided By Voices-meets-Ryan Adams repertoire well before the sun sets isn't a hardship. "Happy-hour shows at the High Noon are fantastic," drummer Alex Fulton says brightly. "We love them." >More
 Majestic Theatre now hiring, booking shows, selling tix

Things are starting to come together at the new Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison. The interior remodeling that started a month ago is proceeding better than expected, says venue co-owner Matt Gerding. "It looks a bit like World War III there,' he notes, "but everything is on schedule for the construction deadline at the end of September." >More
 Madison Made Music Project announces song selections for benefit CD

The Madison Made Music Project has selected the 15 local musicians and groups whose songs will be featured on its homelessness benefit compilation album to be released in September. The artists -- many among the city's best-known acts in rock, hip-hop, jazz, reggae and folk -- represent one-tenth of the 151 local groups who originally submitted a song for inclusion in the project. >More
 Stubblefield and friends hold benefit for Charlie Brooks

The Madison teacher, mentor, and soul magnate suffers from Hepatitis C and was diagnosed on February 13, 2007 with colon cancer. He is now is two months into a 14-month regimen of weekly injections of Peginterferon, which leave him sick for three to four days. Out of work since February, his with struggles with disability insurance has caused considerable financial hardship. >More
 Man on the street

Among the musicians from Chicago and New Orleans performing at this weekend's Terrace Blues Festival will be a Madison original - Catfish Stephenson. >More
 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival dances through the rain

Held at Lake Farm County Park, just south of Madison, this fourth edition of the annual late-summer music festival saw its largest Friday night crowd yet, topping 460 attendees. Over 600 music fans passed through the gate by 5 p.m. on Saturday, despite some steady precipitation. But no one complained about the rain. It has been so dry in fact that, despite an all day soaking; there was very little mud. >More
 The Go energize a small crowd at tour kickoff in Madison

The so-called garage rock takeover of the '00s came and went pretty quickly, at least as a pop culture touchstone. The White Stripes may have gone on to somewhat shocking mainstream popularity as an island of rock 'n' roll on the pop charts, but many of the bands in the wave as Detroit conquered the world have disappeared from the general public's radar. >More
 Traditional values

Now in its fourth year, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is on a roll. Ticket sales are strong, Web sites that follow traditional American music are taking notice of it, and The Chicago Tribune tapped it as a good opportunity to catch American sounds in a relaxed, bucolic setting. >More
 Glowing with the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet

"The lead dude on the congas looks like the happy guy who owns the cabana in old Bogart and Hepburn movies; the one who's all 'Hey, how you doing!'" a friend said to me Saturday night at the CD release party for the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit charm Madison at the Union Terrace

A particular highlight of the first set was to watch the band take turns chugging from a bottle of Jack Daniel's. Isbell took over the right hand rhythm of the bassist and then snare duties for the drummer so that the music would continue as the bottle went from nearly full to nearly empty in a quick and inebriating minute. >More
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