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Heavy hitters

The days of me being on the road and trying to snag a record contract -' that's not important anymore.' So I kept very true to myself on Antelopes. It became a lot of the things that I was hearing in my head. >More
 Sunspot takes a second trip to SXSW

There is at least one Madison-based band that embarked for Austin earlier this week. The trio of Mike Huberty, Ben Jaeger, and Wendy Lynn Slaats, better known as Sunspot, are making a second trip down south in as many years to bring their harmonic rock to eager music fans during the South By Southwest multimedia festival. >More
 MAMAs releases complete list of 2007 nominees

The full list of nominees for the 2007 Madison Area Music Awards was released Tuesday afternoon, following the release of "Song of the Year" hopefuls on Monday night. >More
 Announcing nominees for the 2007 MAMAs

Some of the official finalists for the fourth annual Madison Area Music Awards were announced live at the Brink Lounge on Monday night in a fundraiser for local youth music education. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons make a music video

The Glass Nickel on Atwood is warm and cozy, a perfect place to sit back for a pint and a pizza pie. It seemed like a typical Saturday night when I walked in -- that is, until I saw the man wearing nothing other than a neon green leotard and a wolf mask. >More
 Pigeon John goes real old school at the High Noon

When Pigeon John declared to the crowd at the High Noon Saloon on Friday that we were going back to the old school -- back to six years old -- I was ready and willing. >More
 A Q&A with OK Go

Bass player Tim Nordwind isn't the lead singer of OK Go, but he plays one in the band's gloriously low-budget viral videos for "A Million Ways" and "Here It Goes Again." A few days before their Jack Daniel's sponsored Studio 7 show at the High Noon Saloon, he took some time to explain to me how that came about, to reflect on special Madison memories, and to answer my most important question. >More
 Cold War Kids provide a spectacle at the Annex

The Cold War Kids returned to Madison last night, this time ditching Tapes 'n Tapes in favor of a well-deserved headlining gig and an Annex clogged with a sold-out crowd. The show was one of the first in a characteristically relentless touring schedule in continuing support of their 2006 blog favorite Robbers and Cowards. >More
 Keeping it real

His signature track, 'Do the Pigeon,' from 2006's Pigeon John & the Summertime Pool Party is instead sublime, joyous and full of faith. The last line of the chorus sums up the sentiment: 'I know it gets tough, but you gotta let the sunshine in just a smidgen.' >More
 The Apologists, German Art Students and the Shrunken Heads deliver a Lowellpalooza

The German Art Students may have found themselves a new demographic. The middle band of a fundraiser for Lowell school Sunday at the Harmony Bar, the local punk humorists packed the dance floor with a crowd they're not used to, the six and under crowd. >More
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