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Ba Cissoko warms up a crowd at the High Noon Saloon

I won't pretend that I knew anything about Ba Cissoko or the kora before tonight, but I left the High Noon Saloon Thursday night after seeing the supremely entertaining West African dance band curious about both. >More
 After the Profits

"As a musician, I want to set my goals high," he says. "I want to be a better songwriter than Paul McCartney and a better showman than Bono." >More
 Ted Leo puts on a torrid show for Madison at Club 770

It didn't take long for Ted Leo to work up a sweat Thursday night on the low-ceilinged stage at Union South. By the end of a jam-heavy second number, sweat streamed down his face and dripped off his nose. >More
 An oral history

In the summer of 1996 I drove up to Lodi and spent an hour at a coffeeshop with Don Koellen, nephew of Crystal Corner founder Florence Weber. Over toast and a tape recorder, Koellen shared his memories of his aunt and the early days of the tavern. Below are excerpts from that interview. >More
 The Crystal Corner Bar at 60

I didn't know the history of the Crystal Corner Bar would be a window on Madison's past. I just liked hanging out there in the early '90s, back when I lived in a crummy old apartment on Spaight Street. >More
 Flailing for the people: Sonic globetrotters Antibalas wring Madison dry

With any luck, the Middleton high schoolers who didn't buy prom tickets spent their allowance money on the Antibalas concert, where they could dance 'til the free love shot out of their ears. >More
 The fun factor

The Motorz never had a master plan. They never dreamed of world domination. And they still don't. 'Basically, we don't think, we just do,' laughs the bespectacled Urban, who's currently putting the finishing touches on the two full-length albums the foursome will release in June. >More
 The Decemberists sail through a great show in Madison

Spring's first muggy show of 2007 formed a line down State St. and around the corner to the Orpheum's doors early Friday evening. The mid April sun beat down on mildly perspiring heads, but Mother Nature could not compare to the hot lights and sweltering sounds that left The Decemberists' audience drenched to the bone. >More
 The Coup bring more than a little heat to Madison

The Memorial Union Terrace came alive last night for one of the first times this season, loosely filled with people trying to pretend the night was warmer than it really was. >More
 The bland leading the bland

When I turned on Z104 last Sunday night and committed myself to listening to all four hours of Ryan Seacrest's American Top 40, I pledged to have an open mind. >More
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