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Steez synthesizes the local scene

The synthesizer is eclipsing the guitar as the primary voice in the most influential pop now being made. From the simple synth riffs that define MGMT songs like "Kids," to baroque compositions such as Animal Collective's "My Girls," the synthesizer is increasingly the heart and soul of 21st-century pop. >More
 Jessi Lynn became a Wisconsin country star after Nashville said no

Months after Jessi Lynn moved to Nashville in 2000 to fulfill her country music dream, a vice president of a major record label took her to dinner and told her this: She was too old, too fat, too dated-looking and too hardheaded to make it as a country music artist. Then he added something else. >More
 From New Wave to brain waves with Chris Bocast

There are thousands of doctoral students in Madison at any given time, but few of them have the claim to fame that Chris Bocast does. While some Ph.D.s-to-be were still learning to crawl in the mid-'80s, Bocast had already made a name for himself as guitarist in the California New Wave band Tokyo Vogue. >More
 The Bloodshot Records Beer-B-Q visits Madison for its Quinceañera

Even though Madison is one of the smallest cities on the tour, Bloodshot co-founder Rob Miller says it was a natural choice. "Madison was the first city outside of Chicago to ever pay attention to Bloodshot," he explains. >More
 L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S. aims for diversity on new CD

It's five o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon, and Tefman, the Madison spoken-word artist who raps in L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S., is sitting across from me at the Local Tavern on King Street, talking about the group's new CD. "You put somebody in a box and say, 'He's a backpack rapper or he's gangster rap,' but L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S. is all of that," says Tefman. "We're a melting pot." >More
 Raucous Decemberists carry rock's banner at Overture Center

Indie music came to the Overture Center last night -- sort of. Portland, Oregon's The Decemberists returned to Madison, playing a larger venue than they'd originally planned on, and in the process revealed themselves as shameless arena rockers. >More
 UW's carillonneur makes a big sound

Lyle Anderson is your average street musician. Except that he plays in the snow and cold, and if his audience really wants to hear him, they should stand about 60 feet away. Oh, and his instrument weighs several tons. >More
 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival sweetens its lineup for 2009

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1, deals with tradition in two senses of the word. Its featured artists come from roots-music genres such as Delta blues, Cajun and bluegrass, and it's become a yearly ritual for folks who like to camp out, take in concerts and learn an instrument at the same time. >More
 Cheap Trick brings histrionics, good humor to Barrymore Theatre performance

The concert was a benefit for Kirk "Wheel" Dyer, a longtime Cheap Trick associate who is being treated for cancer. >More
 Operatic highlights, Broadway trivialities at Madison Opera in the Park 2009

With the rain holding off virtually to program's end, this year's Opera in the Park benefited from beautifully mild weather, drawing another audience of enthusiastic thousands gathered at Garner Park. >More
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