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Synths, laptops and loops are slowly changing Madison music

Electronic music is not taking Madison by storm, nor is it creating a new scene. This year, it's been grabbing ears and imaginations one at a time. No one group is responsible for this surge in popularity, and the artists don't rally around the same set of musical clichés. They make cheery synth-pop songs, gloomy avant-garde soundscapes and nearly everything in between. >More
 The Jesus and Mary Chain have sweetened up their infamous live shows

Proto-shoegazers the Jesus and Mary Chain -- who'll hit the Majestic Theatre for a reunion concert Sept. 19 -- have changed some of the ways they pulverize crowds with distorted guitars and primal drum-pounding, even though they don't have much new material. >More
 Madison, you rock our world: A local music mixtape for fall 2012

Dear Madison, we think you're pretty dreamy. There's something about you that's irresistible. It's hard to describe, but it's impossible to ignore. Simply put, you rock our world. That's why we've made this mixtape of local music just for you. >More
 Musical thrill rides: Buckle up for 25 exciting concerts by Madison bands in fall 2012

Madison is in for a turbulent fall, musically speaking. And that's not necessarily a problem. Don't get me wrong: Peaceful times aren't bad for the arts. Madison residents create plenty of good music while grinding away at graduate degrees and retiling their bathrooms. But the next few months will make local musicians discover how resourceful and tenacious they are. Change is on the horizon. >More
 The Tiny Band enchants with wee instruments

Size matters to the Tiny Band, a local ensemble that includes Lisa Marine and Julia Ziemer of garage-waltz purveyors the Pointy Birds, Matt Appleby of klezmer outfit Yid Vicious, and Dan Hobson of proto-grunge trailblazers Killdozer. They play rock 'n' roll on the smallest instruments they can find. >More
 Frank Productions and True Endeavors merge to promote indie concerts in Madison and beyond

Frank Productions has tapped Tag Evers, founder and owner of the 20-year-old concert-promotion outfit True Endeavors, to lead a new division that books local and regional performances. >More
 Madison musicians stand with Russia's Pussy Riot

It's hard to imagine a more infuriating ordeal than that of Pussy Riot, the Russian punk band and performance-art guerrilla squad that's been in the news lately. The charges three of its members face -- "hooliganism" and "religious hatred" -- are viewed as a mockery of justice everywhere in the world, except in the court that convicted them recently. They were sentenced to two-year prison terms after performing in a church to protest President Vladimir Putin. >More
 On your mark, get set, go to these fall 2012 concerts around Madison

The Olympics are over, but the epic displays of power and talent have just begun. Instead of crowding around a TV for hours on end, race to local venues for these fall concerts. New shows will be announced throughout the fall. >More
 A personal history of the Project Lodge

The Project Lodge has enjoyed its share of adulation this year. Consider the February Kickstarter campaign that raised $9,000 for the all-ages venue, which will depart East Johnson Street in late September as Good Style Shop moves in. It summoned a wave of warm-and-fuzzy feelings and prompted lots of musicians and artists to evangelize about the venue's importance. >More
 The Emperors of Wyoming create country-rock from far-flung locations

The Emperors of Wyoming's first record drops Sept. 17 and includes a haunting country ballad that sounds as though Tom Petty and Tom Waits got it on. "The idea for the song was to tell it through the eyes of someone whose life was changed forever by someone they loved," says vocalist/guitarist Phil Davis. >More
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