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It's good to be king

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. >More
 The Madison band that invented the Seattle sound

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. >More
 Save the date

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. >More
 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
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