Enter the Franks Tom Laskin on Thursday 09/28/2006 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 CafÃ Montmartre. >MoreCountry-music psychologist Rich Albertoni on Thursday 09/21/2006 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.
>MoreCharting her own course Rich Albertoni on Thursday 09/21/2006 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. >MoreDJ sampler Kyle Myhre on Thursday 09/21/2006 >MoreThe DJ as artist Kyle Myhre on Thursday 09/21/2006 A UW-Madison classroom at 9 a.m. is probably the last place
most people would expect to see DJ Kres hauling in his record crates and setting up his turntables. To most of us, the academy is as far from the club as possible. But Kres, one of Madison's oldest and most respected hip-hop DJs, is the day's guest speaker for Curriculum and Instruction 630: Spoken Word and Hip-Hop in the Classroom, a new UW course designed to help teachers at all levels make their academic material more relevant to the current generation of students. >MoreQueen of the Nile Susan Kepecs on Tuesday 09/19/2006 Egypt, is still a land of exotic divas, and the Wisconsin Union Theater's World Stage series kicks off with a pitch for global peace as 21st-century nightingale of the Nile Natacha Atlas sends shivers down your spine. >MoreIt's good to be king Tom Laskin on Friday 09/15/2006 Tom Petty doesn't have to prove anything to the fans who've
shelled out for roughly 50 million of the arena rocker's albums over the past 30 years, the majority of them billed as the work of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Refugee" and maybe a dozen more Petty tunes are that ingrained in the big rock 'n' roll songbook. >MoreThe Madison band that invented the Seattle sound Rich Albertoni on Thursday 09/07/2006 The occasion for Dan Hobson's reconciliation with
Michael Gerald is the 25th anniversary party of Chicago's Touch and Go Records. The "party" is a three-day music festival taking place this weekend (Sept. 8-10) at the Hideout Block Party in Chicago. >MoreSave the date Tom Laskin on Thursday 08/31/2006 If the future really brings $100-a-gallon gas, van and bus
tours could get far less frequent up here in the North Country. But let's worry about that some other time. Right now, dozens of national and international acts are slated to make the fall concert season a smorgasbord of musical styles
and approaches. As of this moment, salsa, jazz, indie-rock, power pop, metal, hip-hop, rockabilly, country, folk, blues and world music are all on the menu, and the concert calendar keeps expanding. Legends, whippersnappers and plenty of established acts are all scheduled, so young, old and in-between live-music fans all have reason to rejoice at this fall's sonic bounty. >MoreLocal tunes 101 Rich Albertoni on Thursday 08/24/2006 Maybe it's not really part of the Wisconsin Idea, but every
year UW-Madison students fearlessly sift and winnow large volumes of CDs, MP3s and live shows in search of the musical truth. For some this is practically an academic exercise, and the early weeks of this year's syllabus include a slew
of touring indie bands like Rainer Maria and Built to Spill. They'll be presenting the current take on national pop authenticity. >More