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Merch mania

It was one of the coldest nights of winter 2009, but the Wisco was sweltering with rock 'n' roll. The Goodnight Loving were in from Milwaukee, Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons were in top form, and the Midwest Beat's Matt Joyce did a scorching solo set. The only band I'd missed was the Hussy. I'd caught the tail end of their set on three different occasions and was hoping this night would be different. >More
 The Hussy don't overthink their frenetic punk

The Hussy's energetic blasts of melodic garage punk once caught the attention of the folks who run the venerable Olympia, Wash., indie label Kill Rock Stars. Their song "The Snake" was picked as the label's demo of the week in the fall of 2008. >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: Kikeh Mato, Jay Iverson, open mikes

Madison djembefola (master djembe player) Mandjou Mara moved here in 2008 from his native Guinea. There he was a member of Les Percussions de Guinee and Tayeli of Kaporo, formed drum and dance ensemble Limanya de la Guinee, and also performed as a griot, a singer/poet carrying on the oral history tradition. >More
 My favorite concerts of 2009, in Madison and (slightly) beyond

Recorded music only takes you so far. My soundtrack is constantly recharged by live music. I saw more than 40 shows in 2009, some notable ones out of town. What follows are my favorite concerts close to home -- in Madison and Milwaukee and, as it happened, Fort Atkinson. >More
 In an iTunes era, WORT serves up human contact

Beer brewers know wort as the sugary stuff that makes alcohol when it's teamed with yeast. However, Madison's most popular wort -- WORT 89.9 FM -- isn't a beer ingredient but a radio station that teams with the community to brew a heady blend of music, news and more. >More
 Madison music shops release best of 2009 lists

A sure sign that Old Man Time has sent a lot of calendars to the recycling bin is the appearance of staff picks compilations at local independent record stores. During the season when retrospective lists are seemingly being compiled for everything, lists of favorite records can actually be useful beyond inspiring heated debate among music nerds. >More
 My top 10 Madison songs of 2009

Earlier this month I offered my picks for the top 10 Madison albums of 2009. My favorite local tunes of the year are all from those albums (that's why I dug them), so have a listen to my countdown of the top 10 Madison songs of 2009. >More
 Ring in the new year with live tunes

Music and time are inseparable. We measure music in time. And, frequently, we measure the time we live in by its music. So it's fitting that on New Year's Eve, live music will once again mark the passing of time all over town. Here are some highlights. >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: Cadillac Joe Andersen, Electric Road Kings, Bayou blues

Madison said farewell in 2009 to Hammond B3 player Cadillac Joe Andersen, who lost his battle with lymphoma on July 29 after a three-year battle. Andersen's son, guitarist Aaron Williams, has gathered friends for the Cadillac Joe Memorial Winter Fest, taking place Saturday, Dec. 26 at the High Noon Saloon >More
 'Bach in a Backpack' series gives early risers a tuneful fix

Randal Harrison would like to dispel a rumor. It's about classical music, which he's played -- and enjoyed -- since he was 6. >More
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