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Local tunes 101

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
 The Star Circuit

 Think locally, tour globally

For many Madison bands, the open road is beckoning. And not just the American freeway'the Autobahn, the English roadway, even the Japanese superhighway. More and more, Madison musicians have been taking advantage of international distribution, exposure via the Internet or record deals in other countries to find success abroad, sometimes at a higher level than they are able to reach in their own country. >More
 Suddenly legal

June 21 was the day that Madison's Center for Visual and Performing Arts ordinance amendment was passed by the Common Council. The new rule provides a licensing system and conditions for nightclubs to legally open their doors to patrons between 18 and 20. >More
 The little label that could

The iPod age hasn't been kind to record labels big and small. But the Madison-based co-op label Sector Five Records has found a way to thrive on its own terms. >More
 Carl Johns: The next new thing

The plan was to move to Madison for one year. Instead, Carl Johns will say goodbye to Madison next week after a nine-year run in which he arguably emerged as our most high-profile link to the national indie-rock circuit. >More
 MadCity's survival secret

As digital tracks continue to downsize the sale of compact discs nationwide, Dave Benton says that MadCity Music Exchange is hanging in there. >More
 Who is that masked man?

The Bonnie "Prince" Billy show at MadCity Music Exchange (Friday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.) won't be the first time storeowner Dave Benton has hosted a national artist. But this show might be his best attended. >More
 Liner Notes: MadCabaret

 Blues brothers

The Cash Box Kings translate the spirits of Waters, Little Walter, Robert Johnson and other blues giants into quality recordings that rely on feel rather than studio trickery to make an impression. >More
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