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MUSIC

Toby Lightman is spellbinding at Café Montmartre

It is unclear whether Toby Lightman keeps her eyes closed throughout her set because she, too, is captivated by the intimacy of her concert, or if the short, petite singer just needs all that focus to support a guitar that appears to be twice her size. >More
 A late Valentine from the Motor Primitives

Less than a week after saying au revoir to bass guitarist/vocalist Matthew Sanborn and lead guitarist/vocalist Kat Spring during their hot-enough-to-thaw-winter finale at the Harmony Bar, the remaining Motor Primitives have announced that bass guitarist Ed Feeney will join guitarist and lead singer/songwriter Pam Barrett and drummer Robin Davies in their revamped lineup. >More
 Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet unveil new material at Mother Fool??s

High school English teacher by day, roots rocker by night, Erik Brandt brings both skill sets to Mother Fool's on Saturday, Feb. 17. The literate, folksy and wry St. Paul singer/songwriter and his Urban Hillbilly Quartet have played the Twin Cities airwaves and bar rooms for about a decade now. UHQ's Madison shows are one part celebration, one part family reunion -- and they're too few and far between. >More
 On the record

It's easy to get down when your band plays the same rooms in the same small city to the same crowd. Some acts break up or move on when the walls begin to close in. Others hunker down in the basement or a more sophisticated purpose-built studio and start recording. >More
 Moses Patrou breaks out with the Super Bowl

"I haven't received any large notoriety for it," says Moses Patrou, a Brooklyn-based musician who hails from Madison. Patrou is referring to his role as the lead vocalist for a Coca-Cola commercial airing last Sunday during Super Bowl XLI. >More
 Robot Wars: Droids Attack pound their way to hard-rock bliss

Droids Attack makes old-fashioned, black-eye, dusty-jeans rock. They ooze greasy bass to lubricate your engine and craft guitar solos that will motivate victory in any epic drag race. Their crudely confrontational metal machinery grinds out vibrations that make a stiff drink quiver. And yes, they make music that comes integrally packaged with a deadly six-foot robot. >More
 Rhett Miller delivers energy and charm at the High Noon Saloon

It would be easy to dismiss the Rhett Miller who played Thursday night at the High Noon Saloon as a sell-out. His two solo records, The Instigator and The Believer, have completed the transformation from the ragged country punk of the Old 97's' earliest (and still best) work to the high-gloss, commercially viable pop their last records hinted at. >More
 Miles of styles

Dianne Reeves wraps up this season's new Isthmus Jazz Series with supple songs on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Wisconsin Union Theater. The sumptuous songstress has scaled new peaks since she sang for Mad City in 2000. She's picked up four Grammys for best vocal jazz in the last five years. >More
 Scene queen

Jessica Thompson, 28, is remaking the Madison music scene with the help of her adopted persona, Contessa. Tagged with that nickname by a local musician (Dan Clark of Null Device and Stromkern) more than a year ago, Thompson has since used it as an emblem of her style and the goals of her work. >More
 The Blueheels and Wandering Sons impress at Montmartre

The Blueheels claim Neenah is the "rock-n-roll capital of the world," but until you've actually seen one of their incendiary live shows, that proclamation may be hard to believe. For two raucous, glorious, and maybe a bit drunken, hours on Friday night at Café Montmartre they pled their case quite convincingly. >More
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