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Electro rockers Ridley shoveled snow for studio time

Synth wizard Jon Schoepke didn't start out rocking a vocoder or tickling the electronic ivories. He wanted to be a guitar god, spending days at a time attached to an amp, experimenting with picks and pedals. He became so engrossed with hard and gloomy rock that his parents began to worry. >More
 My 17 favorite concerts of 2010, from Milwaukee to Stoughton to Madison

Chalk it up to one in a series of booking coups by the best venue of 2010 (in my opinion), the 475-seat Stoughton Opera House. I saw stellar jazz, country, blues and classical music in the beautifully restored hall, which occupies the third floor of the historic Stoughton City Hall. I didn't see a hipper show last year, for example, than jazz phenom Esperanza Spalding's stop. >More
 Surrounded by Reality collective reinvents Madison jazz

After moving from New York to Madison in 2008, saxophonist Patrick Breiner soon discovered that "none of the bands that I wanted to see were coming through town." So he decided to take matters into his own hands. >More
 Scott & Mike's Hammond Organ Nite is a delightful throwback

After a cold and slushy walk, the low lights and warm wood paneling of the Avenue Bar, 1128 E. Washington Ave., feel as cozy as a grandma's living room. The walls are home to a dizzying mix of knickknacks and Badger paraphernalia. >More
 Sleeping in the Stereo's high schoolers are rock champs

Sleeping in the Stereo is made up of five Madison high school students, but the band's stage-ready pop-rock is anything but amateur. It has been on a winning streak lately, earning two Madison Area Music Awards and finalist honors at the Launchpad high school rock band competition. Most recently, Sleeping in the Stereo clinched the coveted Isthmus Band to Band Combat crown at the Majestic Theatre Dec. 2. Audience members chose Sleeping in the Stereo from a four-band lineup. >More
 What are you doing for New Year's in Madison?

The schedule of touring bands all but dries up this time of year. Happily, New Year's Eve is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the best in local music, whether your thing is live rock, folk, jazz, blues or DJs' dance-floor-motivating sets. Rich Albertoni and Jessica Steinhoff pick highlights for Dec. 31. >More
 On the Madison music scene, 2010 was quite the year

Local music is a window on Madison culture. The major events, sounds and trends that affected our scene this year reflected our collective mood, the new ways we're using technology, our racial relations, our pursuit of meaning through art, our approach to play and humor. On the brink of a new year, here are 10 music stories that shaped the character of our city the past 12 months: >More
 Madison music retailers share holiday gift-giving ideas

Christmas is just a week away, and chances are there's someone you haven't checked off your gift list. A musical present can be a great option if you're in a pinch and don't want to be a Grinch. Plus, shopping at a locally owned record store can help make Madison's economy a bit more jolly. >More
 'Tis the season for Steez's annual Last Day of Class Mustache Bash

Sure, Steez has reinvented the Madison jam-band sound since it formed in 2003, blending synth and electronica with improvisational funk-rock. But here's the band's most unrecognized accomplishment: It has revolutionized the role of facial hair in the local scene. >More
 All Is Calm by Cantus recalls an unlikely truce

On Christmas Eve 1914, English and German soldiers on the muddy battlefields of the Western Front went against orders and established a temporary truce. They sang Christmas carols back and forth to each other across no man's land, and even met to exchange gifts and fraternize. A soccer match was held. Artillery fell silent for the night. Each side took advantage of the peace to collect its wounded. >More
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