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Blogging the 2006 Madison Pop Festival

The Madison Pop Festival was a big deal. At least, it was for the many hundreds of music fans who attended the shows throughout the weekend, culminating in the Saturday night -- make that Sunday morning -- performance by critics' favorite Joanna Newsom at the UW Memorial Union Great Hall. Like any popular music festival of this scale and visibility, there was no shortage of people writing online about it. >More
 Brother Ali gets physical at the Madison Pop Festival

There is an elephant in the room whenever Brother Ali plays a show. The emcee, perhaps the finest from the Minneapolis Rhymesayers scene, is an albino. Though it's impossible not to notice this as he lurks around Club 770's more intimate theater Saturday night (and even if it were, his lyrics repeatedly refer to it), his albinism is the kind of fact that seems more profound than it is. >More
 The new, improved Madison Pop Festival could be the start of something big

UW psychology grad student Jamie Hanson has his fingers crossed that this weekend's Madison Pop Festival will become a fixture of the local music calendar. The festival culminates on Saturday night at Memorial Union's Great Hall with a much-anticipated concert by harp-playing indie phenom Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan of Smog. Hanson spoke with Isthmus last week about the event and its prospects for the future. An excerpt of this interview follows below. >More
 Catch a rising star

'With 'The O.C.' or 'One Tree Hill' featuring the 'hot new band' every week, you see these bands going from 100-seat venues to big theaters overnight, literally,' says Hanson. 'So we thought maybe we could get at something before it becomes huge and maybe can't come to Madison because it's too big.' >More
 Knock your Zox off

Twenty-one year-old Ari Herstand supported Zox and Tally Hall at the High Noon Saloon as a one-man band of vox, acoustic guitar, trumpet, beat box, and loops. At first glance, this "Poster Boy Celebrity" looked like just another folk act, but quickly pleased with a voice similar in texture to Ron Sexsmith, and songs filled with catchy hooks and intricate layers. In the future, Herstand will hopefully wield his skills for deeper muses. >More
 DeVotchKa brings an imperfect recipe to Madison

Friday night at the Annex, DeVotchKa served a musical meal of red wine and pizza; a little bit of class with a little bit of trash, making a whole lot of delicious feel-good -- and a side of gas. >More
 Oasis live -- sort of -- in Madison

The PR gods smiled on Madison last night'or at least on the handful of Oasis fans who live in Madison. Those lucky souls were treated at Hawk's Bar & Grill to a preview of the Brit-pop superstars' film Lord Don't Slow Me Down at an event that doubled as a release party for the band's new greatest hits package Stop the Clocks.

 Jazz you can dance to

Palmieri mixes Afro-Cuban dance rhythms with monumental American music better than anyone else on the planet. >More
 Days of wine and roses

'I get the sense that a lot of people who connect with our music are hopeless romantics looking for true love,' says Urata, whose Denver-based Gypsy-rock quartet plays the Annex on Friday, Dec. 1, at 9 p.m. >More
 A little bit country

To the right of contemporary country singer Eric Church is a mohawked guitarist in a tight black shirt, ear pierced up and down, arms covered in tattoos. The plucked and inked picker embodies the theme of this one act show: Just how close to the rock 'n' roll border can Church move his familiar North Carolina country?< >More
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