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Madison Music Project -- Josh Harty

One of the city's increasingly respected and recognized singer-songwriters, Josh Harty is building a reputation both for his brand of folky, country blues and his skills with the acoustic guitar. >More
 Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet

Seattle-based tenor and baritone sax player Skerik has played with a variety of rock and jazz names, including Pink Floyd exile Roger Waters, Wayne Horovitz, Medeski Martin and Wood, and Les Claypool. As a leader, he fronts an inventive five-man horn section that blows everything from New Orleans-style brass-band music to freewheeling skronk. >More
 Man of mystery

In 2002, with the release of the saturnine breakup CD Sea Change, Beck went from cuddly weirdo to bona-fide grownup. The disc was a jolt for critics and fans alike, but in retrospect, a deeply melancholy Beck made a lot of sense. >More
 Tilly and The Wall transcend their gimmick at Club 770

"We've been trying to come up with a name for the tour," Tilly and the Wall guitarist Derek Pressnall told the crowd at the half-full Club 770 Sunday night, "because every time we've gone on tour before we've had a name." Perhaps they are better off without the theatricality of a title. When the indie-pop group played Madison last year they emphasized their gimmick -- that all percussion comes from the feet of tap-dancer Jamie Williams. But Tilly and the Wall aren't just a novelty act. Sunday they proved it. >More
 The Damnwells are damn good

Cafà Montmartre may reckon itself a Parisian throwback, but the silent crowd, sweat-glistening band and deep-fried rock 'n' roll turned it into dusty saloon on Thursday night as The Damnwells transported their respectful and infatuated audience. >More
 Swing survivor

Jazz piano giant McCoy Tyner's no stranger in this town. Over the years he's played several Madison gigs, including two at the Wisconsin Union Theater, in 1973 and '78. It's been a while, but Tyner returns to the WUT on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. It's the first act in the classy new Isthmus Jazz Series, which later this season brings in Eddie Palmieri and Dianne Reeves. >More
 Latin pop, Madison-style

It's past eight o'clock on a Friday night, and all 10 members of Kali Kalor are crowded into a two-room basement studio at the Martinez house in Fitchburg. They're about to play 'Mi Nuevo Amor' ('My New Love'), the song that's currently number eight on the Top 10 Hit List of Madison's Spanish language radio station, La Movida. On this chart, Kali Kalor stands in the company of major-label Top 40 artists like Shakira. >More
 Enter the Franks

Forty-year-old Frank Productions has a long history in Madison promoting concerts at the Coliseum and, more recently, the Kohl Center. At one time or another, the family-owned company has booked dates around the country ' and sometimes entire tours ' for everyone from Johnny Cash to Metallica to Bruce Springsteen to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. But in the past two years, Larry and Fred Frank (sons of founder Herb Frank) have begun bringing rock, pop, R&B and even squeal-inducing teeny-bopper acts to modest venues like the Majestic Theater and the tiny Cafà Montmartre. >More
 Country-music psychologist

Owen Temple, 30, is a Ph.D. psychology major at UW-Madison. Here's one of the ways he uses all that knowledge of human nature: He writes country music. The Kernville, Texas, native was a staple of the Austin and Dallas music scenes for nearly a decade before he moved here last year. He's sold 25,000 copies of his first three albums. The Dallas Morning News named his 2002 release, Right Here and Now, as one of the Top 5 Texas albums of that year. >More
 Charting her own course

A few years back, the musical domain of Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall was a grassroots experimental folk outfit called the Fence Collective. This year, she's been a fixture on the Billboard pop chart alongside tabloid names like Justin Timberlake. Her smash single, 'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,' has spent the past 27 weeks on the Hot 100. >More
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