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Sunday, December 21, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 36.0° F  Overcast
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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
 Getting crazy at Indie Queer Night in Madison

As can be expected during any club night, long lines formed outside the bathrooms of the King Club last Wednesday, as the fourth installment of Indie Queer Night took over the venue. More than one griping bathroom-waiter questioned, "Which one should I use?!" and received the response, "Does it really matter?" >More
 Agenda set for 2007 Hip Hop as a Movement week in Madison

"I really think that this is the year things turn around for the slowly declining annual event." So wrote Kyle Myhre more than a week ago in reference to the Hip Hop as a Movement week kicking off Friday, Apr. 13. >More
 Girl Talk explodes with energy at Madison show

If Madison crowds always brought the energy they offered Girl Talk at Club 770 this weekend, the local music scene would be unstoppable. This sold-out show was put on by the Wisconsin Union Directorate music committee and portrayed the university at its sweaty, enthusiastic finest. >More
 Pale Young Gentlemen rollick for a full house at Cafe Montmartre

Despite the steamy conditions in the Café Montmartre on Friday night, the Pale Young Gentlemen were all about looking good for their CD release show in front of a packed house (a crowd estimated at 200 by the door guy). "We're all wearing red," keyboardist/vocalist Mike Reisenauer pointed out. >More
 The Winterpills, Stars of Track and Field, Bound Stems and The Long Winters teach Madison a lesson

If the quality of a band is judged by whether they can entice a Rastafarian to dance with a stick and conjure two middle-aged folks to viciously maul/makeout with each other, then Seattle's The Long Winters were worth the wait. >More
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