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A band with your beer

With a capacity of about 200, Mr. Roberts, 2116 Atwood Ave., isn't a big place. But it's one of the bigger music venues on the east side. That makes it appealing to both local acts and touring jam bands, who call in from across the country trying to snag dates. >More
 Payola suit citing Triple M is settled

Spitzer's complaint alleged that Entercom had engaged in deceptive business activities in New York state by choosing songs for broadcast based on 'payments or consideration from record labels or their representatives without disclosure to the public.' >More
 Party at Broadjam kicks off 2007 MAMAs

In a non-descript office building set among car dealerships on Odana Rd. Tuesday night, a couple dozen musicians, some of them uncomfortably sporting day-job business casual attire, gather in a handful of conversation knots drinking beer and grazing on snacks. >More
 Majestic Theatre done as a nightclub

The long-embattled and controversial Majestic Theatre dance club and concert venue on King Street in downtown Madison is shutting down most of its operations, continuing only with a skeleton operation as a bar for one day per week. The Majestic's marquee is already bare, and most concerts scheduled there have been rebooked for other venues. >More
 The greatest music ever!

My soul rejoices that such a troupe would travel from the far corners of Germany to our little town of Madison to allow us to share in their magnificence. Naysayers may attempt to fool you, but it is certain that Porsches on the Autobahn are as German as Borat is Kazakh! >More
 Looking back at my (mostly local) year in music

I ended 2006 the same way I started it: Down at the Harmony Bar to hear alt-country troublemaker Robbie Fulks on New Year's Eve. I came late, about 11:15, and missed his smart-ass rundown of the year's top ten songs. But his breezy topicality and drop-dead sarcasm still had gas to burn as he sang a song celebrating the year in religious hatred, followed by his virtuosic white-boy rap of the famous people who died in 2006, and capped off with his brief nod to Ray Charles with his parody of "It's Dieing Time Again." >More
 Made in Madison

Now that you've got all that Hanukkah gelt and Christmas dough burning holes in your pocket, we suggest blowing some of it on a few of the great CDs released by Madison-area acts over the past 12 months. >More
 WSUM announces its top twenty albums of 2006

With the end of another year and the approach of its fifth (broadcasting) birthday, UW-Madison student radio station WSUM is pushing forward. One way that the march of time is marked at the broadcaster is through the annual release of the top twenty albums played on the air. Based on WSUM's "Weekly Top 30," the 2006 edition of the list was released on New Year's Day, along with a thanks to the stations listenership. >More
 My favorite five albums of 2006

I don't know what releases were really "the best" albums of 2006. I just know the ones that I liked more than others and the ones I actually listened to more than a couple times. Five of these favorites follow below. >More
 Downs and ups

Let me begin by casting my vote for the best national CD released this year: Post-War by M. Ward. When I reviewed it in September, I wrote that Ward was on the short list of musicians who are reinventing folk-rock for the 21st century. >More
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