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Meaghan Owens is a rebel on the road

Madison-born singer-songwriter Meaghan Owens is running for her life. Sometimes away from danger and sometimes toward it, with a rebellious spirit that won't stay put. She longs to create music that is meaningful and goes against the grain. >More
 Sights and sounds from Lost City Music Festival 2013

Here's a glimpse inside the 2013 edition of the Lost City Music Festival, which took place at Bright Red Studios, Dragonfly Lounge and High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin. >More
 How Elvis Presley performed a rock and roll miracle in Madison

The Elvis Presley story has religious overtones. A poor boy is endowed with divine talent, then rises from obscurity to become an almost godlike figure via rock and roll. I'm a true believer, myself, and that involves pilgrimages to the two major Elvis shrines in the South: his birthplace in Tupelo and Graceland, his home in Memphis. >More
 How the Majestic Theatre changed Madison's club scene

Scan Madison's concert listings on any given weekend and you'll quickly see that the Majestic Theatre is an integral part of the live-music scene. Nearly six years ago, booking and promotions professional Matt Gerding and musician Scott Leslie purchased and refurbished the former vaudeville theater at 115 King St., and it has since grown into a formidable concert venue with an equally formidable booking and promotions component, Majestic Live. >More
 Lost City Music Festival 2013 is a musical getaway that's close to home

Deadheads have been searching for the next Woodstock since 1969, but road-tripping to festivals isn't just for the jam-band set anymore. Many people attend these events to catch acts they've loved for a while and discover up-and-comers they can introduce to their friends when they head home. But what about those of us who can't hit the road for days at a time? Enter the Lost City Music Festival, a four-day event that highlights Madison-made indie rock and experimental music. >More
 At the Barrymore, Steve Earle shows he's both a country outlaw and a family man

Steve Earle, the minister of heartbreak and highways, rumbled onto the Barrymore Theatre stage Saturday night and barreled into 31 songs with fellow travelers the Dukes and Duchesses. Earle is now Americana's elder statesman. >More
 Heartless Bastards deliver bracing, blues-laced rock at the High Noon Saloon

A little country and a little rock 'n' roll, Thursday night's show at the High Noon was a perfect audio appetizer for the weekend. When Heartless Bastards passed through town last October, they brought along indie openers Futurebirds and Dana Falconberry. Last night's show provided a contrast with a strong country-rock vibe that suited the packed, western-themed venue. This was a show to throw back beers and stomp your feet to. >More
 Sam Lyons goes from MAMAs winner to college

Playing instruments is almost as natural as breathing for Middleton's Sam Lyons. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter, who performs in local bands Stereocolor and Moonjelly, comes from a very tuneful family. His father, Philip, is Primitive Culture's bassist; his oldest brother, Clay, is a jazz saxophonist; and his other brother, Isaac, is a hip-hop artist. The hard part was finding his voice. >More
 Madison and Fort Collins musicians to join forces this fall for BandSwap 2013

This fall, one local band will represent Madison in BandSwap, a collaborative effort that highlights the music scenes of eight American cities. The project is a partnership between the city of Madison and SpokesBUZZ, a nonprofit that promotes the music scene of Fort Collins, Colo. >More
 'I got a shotgun': Comparing the dueling songbooks of the Solidarity Sing Along and the Permit Singers

The Solidarity Sing Along has protested Gov. Scott Walker's right-wing agenda weekdays at noon since March 11, 2011, when collective bargaining was on the chopping block. But some locals from the other end of the political spectrum are raising their voices in song as well. These songbirds, David Blaska and the We Got a Permit Singers, are trying to be the loudest choir on the block, even if they're the smallest. >More
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