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MUSIC

Panic! at the Disco heats up Summerfest

With the considerable humidity mixing with the heat of thousands of tightly packed, only-just-post-adolescent bodies, hormones and pheromones flashed and sparked through the crowd like heat lighting. The crowd surged to its feet screaming when its young heroes appeared. >More
 The Cash Box Kings talk blues and beer

While drummer Kenny "Beady Eyes" Smith (son of Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Muddy Waters' drummer) is arguably the most famous of the band, he keeps the lowest profile, usually only taking the mike for a cover of "Hoochie Coochie Man." The rest of the time vocals are handled by either Travis Koopman or Joe Nosek; Koopman's guitar playing gives the band its jumping energy, while Nosek's harmonica brings the authentic blues feel. >More
 The Annex retools

In a move to set things right, longtime Annex and Regent Street Retreat employees Zillman and Oroian decided to tap respected local rocker Darwin Sampson (Helliphant, Way Off the Horse) as "entertainment coordinator." >More
 Life is beautiful in Panic's cabaret

Summerfest is sort of a big deal for Panic! At the Disco, the band's guitarist and songwriter Ryan Ross said by phone in late June. The number of shows they've played since its Nothing Rhymes With Circus tour ended last December can be counted on one hand. And these guys are preoccupied with other things just now. >More
 God's fools

Bad Brains were never going to be the top act in rock, let alone hardcore punk, the subgenre they essentially invented. >More
 Sweet summer sounds

For this first concert, at least four items in the program fit that category: the Overture to Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," Vaughan Williams's "Fantasia on Greensleeves," Hugo Alvén's Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, "Midsummer Vigil," and a Hardanger fiddle tune by Norway's Geirr Tveitt. All delightful listening, of course, so no complaints intended. >More
 Knuckel DragerTouring band survival guide

Knuckel Drager have been pummeling this town with their Hawaiian metal sound for over a decade. After playing a few gigs in St. Louis, they caught the eye of Exene Cervenka, the voice behind the influential underground punk band X. She booked the band of masked miscreants for her wedding, and they served up their signature flaming organ and layers of guitar. >More
 How John Dee Graham headlined the House of Righteous Music

House concerts are a fantastic opportunity to see a band you love in an intimate setting. Everyone is there to see the show, not to be seen or to chat with their friends. >More
 Madison expats Locksley threw a pumped up dance party at the Annex

In a scene cluttered with bands who are "unique" contrivances of their influences, Locksley know exactly who they idolize and how to idolize them. There is something to be said about that honesty. >More
 California Dreamin'

Brittany Shane's musical career began inside the Regent apartments in 1997. She was a sophomore at UW-Madison, majoring in English literature. >More
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