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Know Boundaries says farewell with The Ghost Spell

It's been a quiet year for fans of Madison hip-hop/rock innovators Know Boundaries, as the band has only played a couple shows in town since releasing a live disc last fall. They're returning to the High Noon Saloon stage this Saturday, but it's a farewell bow -- the group is disbanding after a bit less than a decade together. >More
 What is a Snake on the Lake?

I have one burning question as I take the elevator up to the fourth-floor studio of UW-Madison's student radio station, WSUM, on the west end of the Lucky apartment building. What does Snake on the Lake mean? >More
 Mozart program kicks off Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

Pianist Robert Levin is an old friend of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, held annually at the refurbished DeForest barn of John and Rose Mary Harbison. As he did last year, Levin opened this 2009 festival with an all-Mozart program on Saturday. >More
 Revolution Cycles brings together bikes, bands and fans

After taking over a small, near-east-side bike co-op in 2001, Revolution Cycles' Jeff Fitzgerald has boosted the city's alternative biking subculture -- think less spandex-clad ass, more Critical Mass -- and with more than just bicycle parts and accessories. He's been doing it with music. >More
 Ken Lonnquist: Live at his dining room table (video)

During an interview at his home on Madison's east side, Lonnquist broke out his recent song, "Foolhardy in Love," for an impromptu performance. >More
 Ken Lonnquist never stops entertaining kids -- and everyone else

Free-spirited and spontaneous, imbued with boundless energy, driven by a relentless creative impulse. A cross between Dylan, Cheech & Chong and Elmo. That's how his closest friends describe Ken Lonnquist. >More
 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
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