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Jazz musician Tia Fuller comes into her own after touring with Beyoncé

Two days before 9/11, a young jazz saxophonist named Tia Fuller moved from her native Colorado to Jersey City, N.J., a few miles from Manhattan, ready to make her mark. Then the local economy collapsed along with the Twin Towers. But she pressed on, landing a gig at a fish fry that very weekend. Soon she was in the funk band at a poetry slam, and before long, she was touring the world with R&B superstar Beyoncé. >More
 Furry friends lure musicians into Madison's recording studios

Sadie greets everyone like a rock star. As singer-songwriter Anthony Lamarr and his crew load into Madison's DNA Music Labs to record, the 3-year-old terrier mix ecstatically jumps into the air and skitters around their feet. She's a superfan. But she's careful not to trip people with armfuls of expensive instruments. She knows better. It comes from being a seasoned studio dog. >More
 WISC-TV pulls the plug on The Urban Theater

John Urban, host of WISC-TV's late-night local-music show The Urban Theater, today announced that the show will record its final episodes this year. >More
 When it comes to nerdy ballads, the Doubleclicks get specific

In their own brand of hyper-specific and slightly precious music about grammar gripes and dinosaurs' body-image issues, the Doubleclicks -- a Portland, Oregon-based pair of sister singer-songwriters who will play in Madison as part of their Ladies of Ragnarok tour -- exemplify the kind of creative potential that the Internet has created for musicians, particularly geeky ones. >More
 Scenes from Live on King Street: The Hold Steady, Henry Clay People and Nick Nice (slideshow)

On one of the most beautiful nights of the year, rock fans jammed King Street for the Majestic Theatre's fifth anniversary bash, a concert featuring The Hold Steady. >More
 The Hold Steady rocks the crowd to the core at 2012's final Live on King Street block party

It takes a village to stage a rock 'n' roll block party. Luckily, Madison is just the town for the job. Preparations began before 9 a.m. for the final Live on King Street bash of 2012, which featured music by the Hold Steady, Henry Clay People and DJ Nick Nice. Glimpse the before, during and after with this collection of photos and tweets from nearly every corner of the crowd. >More
 MadTracks: 'Death of Disco' by Venus in Furs (video)

Named after an S&M-themed Velvet Underground song, Madison's Venus in Furs are one whip-smart surf-punk outfit. A video for their new song "Death of Disco" shows off their dark side as they stage a funeral for the musical genre that spawned acts such as the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Chic. Don't freak out, though: Between grisly shots of a wake and a burial, you'll see an adorable bunny and other whimsical details that prove that these tough, tuneful gals are big ol' softies after all. >More
 Dillon Francis begets Moombahton madness at the Majestic Theatre

On my way to the Majestic Theatre for Wednesday night's Dillon Francis show, I noticed a group of lost-looking teens. They huddled together on Capitol Square, trying to find their way to the massive dance party they'd heard about -- the same one I was about to attend. Dressed like beach-bound fraternity pledges from the 1980s, they seemed marooned in the wrong decade. Apparently this is the uniform for fans of Francis, a brash young DJ from sunny L.A. >More
 Majestic Theatre celebrates five years of live music and downtown revitalization

Los Angeles, circa 2005. Roommates Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie have a vision. It isn't caused by heat, smog or celebrity sightings, but it does lead to a risky situation. They quit their jobs and move to Madison, Wis., a faraway city with an unfamiliar culture. With the help of two investors, they purchase a crumbling vaudeville theater with a checkered past. Some call it a money pit, but Gerding and Leslie don't listen. To them, it's a diamond in the rough, the perfect spot for the concerts of their dreams. >More
 Legs McNeil resurrects Please Kill Me for a new generation of punks, drunks and music-history junkies

In the beginning, there was Legs McNeil. He lived in 1970s New York, otherwise known as hell. To him, it was heaven. He started a magazine called Punk with a couple of friends. The name symbolized what they loved about their favorite musicians. It meant "drunk, obnoxious, smart but not pretentious, absurd, funny, ironic, and things that appealed to the darker side," he and Gillian McCain explain in their 1996 book Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. >More
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