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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
 My top music finds of 2009

The albums that burrow their way into my collection aren't always the most cleverly engineered or perfectly produced. It's the ones that suck me in with a great hook, lull me into submission with atmosphere or shock me out of my usual listening habits that tend to stick around in my mind and on my stereo. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Mercury Players benefit, Malt House tunes, solstice jazz

The holidays are a time for giving, and special concerts. A trio of local ensembles will combine the two when they unite to raise money for Mercury Players Theatre with a show Thursday, Dec. 17, at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 The top 10 Madison albums of 2009

Rich Albertoni chooses 10 releases that represent the musical characteristics of our time. They're high on instrumentals, electronics and the experimental song structures of the genre that's come to be called indie rock. >More
 Charlemagne takes Europe

Charlemagne was Carl Johns' swaggering indie-pop project. Johns came to Madison from southern Indiana in the late 1990s and played a leading role in changing the primary brand of local rock from roots/blues to indie. This weekend, Johns returns to play his first Madison shows in two years. >More
 Wondrous Dave Rawlings Machine stuns the High Noon Saloon

Midway through last night's show, the Dave Rawlings Machine rolled to the curb for a rest when Ketch Secor looked up from tuning his fiddle and asked, "How are the Packers doing?" No one answered. The game was blinking over the bar at the High Noon Saloon, but no one knew the score. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: SweetGrass, Moustache Bash, Norah Jones

One of Madison's newer bluegrass outfits, SweetGrass, took the top spot in the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's Race for a Place competition during the recent Harvest Jam weekend, held Nov. 20-22 in Minneapolis. SweetGrass' performance earned the band a slot at next August's Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival >More
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