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Andy AdamsWarming up the room

The album makes an especially strong case for the keyboard skills of Vincent Fuh, who penned five of the album's eight tracks. Whether he's offering up stabbing block chords, ruminating Bill Evans-style on his flamenco-flavored ballad 'Andalucia' or rolling through syncopated rhythmic figures on 'Salome,' Fuh is always impressive. >More
 Choke me in the shallow water: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians with Joe Purdy

The guy-with-a-guitar act gained popularity a few years back, especially with the frat-boy crew looking to score that perfect, heart-wrenching ditty -- and the perfect, number-one blonde. Last night, in collegiate-coated Madison, Joe Purdy showed the boys what they can't pick up from John Mayer or Jason Mraz: a lack of agenda will entrance a crowd of attractive ladies. >More
 Hip-hop haters

While the Majestic situation may seem more or less resolved now, the violence that happened there reflects deeper issues about Madison. And these deeper issues ' racism, gentrification, the lack of communication between different cultures ' are going to be with us for a long time. >More
 The Bo Diddley beat shakes Overture Hall

Overture Hall was crowded for Oct. 18's Bo Diddley concert. And not just with people, but with ghosts. The shades of rock, blues and R&B greats hovered over the proceedings. >More
 Late-night love story

The lonely world of graveyard-shift radio DJs on noncommercial stations like WORT may not seem glamorous. But this married couple find enough meaning in the experience to volunteer for one exhausting unpaid night every week. >More
 Optometri celebrates Touch & Gogol's 26th anniversary

About a month ago in Chicago, venerable indie record label Touch & Go celebrated their 25th anniversary with a three-day music festival. On Saturday night in Madison, the label that inspired T&G had their own party at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. >More
 Cozying up with Mojave 3

On their first visit to Madison Thursday night, Brits Mojave 3 got a chilly reception. Not from the audience -- they couldn't have been more appreciative or more attentive--but from the weather. "It's cold here, we weren't expecting that," lead singer Neil Halstead protested. Even though it was an unusually cold, blustery night outside of the High Noon Saloon, it was warm and cozy inside for the second night of their US tour supporting their recent release Puzzles Like You with Tim O'Reagan in support. >More
 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
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