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Funny smoke and national radio in the Netherlands

There is a funny smoke that hangs in the air in Amsterdam music clubs. Last Friday night, we played until 2 a.m. and could barely drive home. >More
 MAMAs announces performers at 2007 awards show

Organizers for the fourth annual Madison Area Music Awards announced the local musicians who will be playing at the 2007 ceremony, which will be held at the Barrymore Theater on Saturday, May 12. >More
 Neko Case brings a gorgeous voice and underwhelming songs to Madison

I guarantee no one who was at Neko Case's sold out Barrymore show on Monday night will agree with me, but I thought it was sort of boring. All sorts of superlatives were being spouted as people made their way to the door after her 90-minute set. "Amazing." "Fantastic." "I think I died." It left me wondering what it was I didn't get. >More
 From Germany to the Netherlands and back again

So we have survived the first run on the German autobahn and the fastest traffic I have seen. It's fun going 100 mph in our Volvo wagon, but hard to not feel that you're breaking the law. >More
 The piano man

The lifestyle of this piano man may not be as beer-soaked and broken-hearted as Billy Joel described. But the reflective ambience he adds to the sweeping view of Lake Mendota at the Cove Lounge has surely facilitated more than a few deep thoughts among patrons. >More
 Danke schÃn, ladeez 'n gennelmen

We picked up a rental car and dove into downtown Amsterdam traffic with red eyes and bright sunshine and bicycles and trains everywhere. The first few moments were extreme sensory overload, so much to look at while trying not to run someone over or drive into a canal. >More
 The Nervous System unleash their new album

A near-capacity crowd packed the King Club for what was, essentially, a miniature Wisconsin pop explosion. Not the kind that leaves a sticky residue like what you find on the floor of most bars, but instead the local music collective that both The Nervous System and Sleeping in the Aviary are members of. Based on their sound, The Grizzlies might as well be, too. >More
 Hello Amsterdam!

By day, Kelly Pardekooper is a mild-mannered sales rep for Isthmus. By night, he's a gravy-voiced troubador who is, as they say, big in Europe. This is the first in a series of dispatches as Kelly takes Europe by storm in support of his latest CD, Brand New Bag. >More
 The Gufs bring a little Milwaukee to Madison...

Sometimes you just have to know when to call it a night, and when you suspect your equipment may be on fire is usually that moment. Fever Marlene were only part way through their set opening for the Gufs at the High Noon Saloon on Thursday when guitarist/vocalist Scott Starr's guitar began acting up. >More
 Punk against Bush

Much of the time, melody-friendly punker Ted Leo can barely contain his righteous indignation on Living With the Living, his fifth album under his own name but his first CD for the venerable Touch and Go label. Never one to keep his political opinions to himself, he goes after the follies of the Bush White House with gusto. >More
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