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Fambly Fun!: The Machine

Fambly Fun! have carved out their own little corner of the Madison music scene. It's a place where hip-hop, pop and electronica collide. Fambly Fun! don't take themselves seriously. After all, this is a band that is most comfortable with no fixed lineup and has members with names like C.D. Sandwich and Turkey Boy. >More
 Swahili Blonde: Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink

Experimental rock can be difficult to describe. Los Angeles octet Swahili Blonde - a.k.a. the project former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante seems to have joined, quit and joined again - is one of those groups that tie commenters' pens in knots as it releases memories and pent-up melodies from the subconscious. The music is glorious and frustrating at the same time. >More
 NRBQ: Keep the Love Goin'

Last month I compared local keyboardist/bandleader Jimmy Voegeli to Terry Adams of "the late, great NRBQ." NRBQ publicist Jill Christiansen wrote the next day to say the quartet was not "late" at all. Not even close. The new disc, Keep the Love Goin', was proof. >More
 Icarus Himself: Career Culture

This Madison-based indie-rock trio stick with the wistful sound they carved out on their 2009 debut CD, Coffins. On "Anywhere You Go," the modest tempo, delicate breaks, lo-fi production and waves of reverb all sync with chords that evoke the tender side of love. The easygoing vibe continues on "Mornings at the Bar," whose meandering electric guitar notes are drenched in foggy emotion. >More
 Lou and Peter Berryman: Rocky Frontier

What suspense is there, really, in putting on a new Lou and Peter Berryman album? The Madison folk duo have played shows together for nearly as long as the combined age of freshmen roommates in the UW-Madison dorms. On the 11 other albums they've released since 1990, we've grown familiar with the way Lou's accordion skips along in gleeful and playful time with Peter's guitar. >More
 Jens Lekman: An Argument With Myself

Jens Lekman is arguably one of his generation's most skilled songwriters, and he fills his off-kilter fantasy world with addictive melodies and charmingly flawed characters - including one named Jens Lekman - on his new five-song EP. >More
 Zola Jesus: Conatus

It's not every day that Merrill, Wis., turns out a goth-industrial-electro music artist who earns a significant fan base throughout Europe and the United States. But that's just what Zola Jesus has done. She logged time in Madison, too. During her time as a student at UW, she began the musical recording path that propelled her to international recognition. >More
 Wilco: The Whole Love

At its best, music is supernatural. It's the art of using physical devices to make something that can't be seen. It's the mystery of people organizing invisible waves in ways that shape emotion, suspend time and elicit thought. Over the past 15 years, Wilco have grown to be masters of making music. On their ninth album, the Chicago rock band's self-confidence is revealed in a seven-minute opening track that doesn't have an ounce of filler. >More
 The Jimmys: Gimme the Jimmys

Things come crashing right out of the barn on the first cut of Jimmy Voegeli's jam-packed new record. "Hadaya" punches hard with everything the Monticello madman has. Soaring horns. Guitar solos that jolt through you like you're in an electric chair. Jimmy's shout-out lead vocals. >More
 LorieAnna: Sparkle

Madison's Lorieanna amps up her rocker side on this four-song follow-up to her 2010 debut, The Long Way. Bravely, she ventures out to musical terrain not built around acoustic piano. >More
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