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Rock of (all) ages

My American Heart's brand of emo-rock is muscular enough to sound tough. But listen close and you'll hear plenty of angst ' lyrics that yearn for substance over superficiality. >More
 Shine on you crazy diamond

Had Edward Gorey written The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy would have been named Shara Worden. In her sparkly heels, wild hair, doll dress, and red tights, she single handedly saved my dying faith in the music industry with her pure, vocal raindrops and mystical songs. Worden, on tour supporting her most current release, Bring Me the Workhorse, as My Brightest Diamond, has been showcasing her amalgamation of styles for years, first as AwRY and most recently as one of Sufjan Stevens' Illinoisemakers. >More
 The Pernice Brothers gorgeously focus on the mundane

Joe Pernice has the look of a history professor on his day off, white T shirt, graying beard, small, scholarly glasses, but once he and his band took the stage at the High Noon Saloon Friday night it was obvious he wasn't going to lecture us about ancient civilizations. >More
 The Who...but why?

Endless Wire doesn't distill all the creative frustrations and interpersonal conflicts of those lost years. It would be a better album if it did. But it does prove that the sixty-something Townshend and Daltrey still have some spunk left in them. >More
 Da Ricanstruckta claims victory

The show, built around producers battling for a $500 prize, drew a surprisingly diverse crowd. Middle aged parents carrying toddlers were packed next to college kids. Local emcees who came to support their beats shared tables with card players who abandoned their games once the music began to fill Memorial Union. It was a fitting audience for a pleasantly varied show. >More
 Fulks, Escovedo preside over raucous night

Fulks' formidable guitar skills were on display, while Escovedo mixed in a few Townsend-style windmills of his own >More
 John Popper sits in...

It's a familiar story on the local club scene: A famous music act comes to Madison for a concert, and rumors begin to circulate that one of our nightspots will get a visit from The Great Entertainer. I once hung around the Slipper Club well past my bedtime because of whispers that Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, in town for a booking at the Kohl Center, might show. He didn't. >More
 Let us now praise hip-hop producers

MCs and DJs may be the face of Madison hip-hop, but producers ' those individuals who compose the beats and sound arrangements behind the rap ' are the invisible artists essential to turning out great tracks. >More
 Bob Dylan rips it up at the Kohl Center

Bob Dylan used to be famous for changing up youth culture with every new album and every new sartorial look. That's not true anymore, of course. But the 65-year-old Dylan is still the biggest folk-rock icon the world will ever know. And if the long, spirited set of oldies and hard-charging blues material from his recent Modern Times album he dashed through with his slick, five-piece backing band at the Kohl Center on Halloween night is any indication, he certainly won't be mumbling his way off this mortal coil. >More
 Who's your Daddy?

Despite the fact that he took the stage to a chorus of hallelujahs from backing vocalists the Diplomettes, Andre Williams is certainly no angel. In the course of his hour long set Friday night at the High Noon Saloon, the septuagenarian didn't hesitate to tell us what was on his mind. And it seemed to just be one thing, sex. With blush generating songs like "Let Me Put It In" and "Agile, Mobile, and Hostile" -- which asks "Hey baby, do you wanna make love?" and then tells you the three essential elements (hence the title) -- he managed to entertain as well as discomfit.

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