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Rubblebucket: Omega La La

A quirky eight-piece from Brooklyn, N.Y., Rubblebucket have been marketing their album to fans of acts like Dirty Projectors at a feverish pace, racking up comparisons to Yeasayer and Akron/Family along the way. While much of their new album, Omega La La, indeed consists of offbeat dance tunes spiked with disco beats and zigzagging synth lines, don't pigeonhole these guys just yet. >More
 Blake Thomas: The Window and the Light

Blake Thomas sings the way good readers read. He gets personally involved in his story. On his fourth studio album, his resonant baritone feels the fury of love's conflicts ("Fire and Bones") and stops trying to make sense of life's outcomes ("Keeping Score"). >More
 Art Paul Schlosser: If I Was Governor

Madison's most enduring street musician makes a lot of campaign promises on the title track of his new album. They're not the usual stump speech fare. "If I was governor," bellows Schlosser, "the mansion's kinda big; I think I could let some homeless people live with me there." >More
 Making Friendz: Social Life

Tami Hart pummels drums for MEN, but her singing is likely to make her a full-fledged star. Social Life, the debut from the Brooklynite's newest project, Making Friendz, deconstructs her folkie roots with a combination of lo-fi punk and dance-friendly electropop. >More
 The Crystal Stilts: In Love with Oblivion

Since forming in 2003, this New York noise-pop band haven't been in a hurry to release albums. Their patience has paid off. Their 2008 debut, Alight of Night, was critically acclaimed. And now In Love with Oblivion finds an irresistible groove of pop beats, jangly lo-fi guitar and echoey vocals that transcend time and place. >More
 Venice Gas House Trolley: Burst Open

Adam Gregory Pergament is the Madison music scene's poet laureate. Since he came here a decade ago to pursue a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies, he's written dozens of poems set to music, first in Stonefloat and now with Venice Gas House Trolley. >More
 Title Tracks: In Blank

John Davis' sophomore release as Title Tracks proves he's a force to be reckoned with in the crowded field of power-pop. The former member of post-hardcore outfit Q and Not U recruited a band for this disc, dressing his punkish troubadour tunes in rhythmic guitars and fast-paced drums. >More
 Surgeons in Heat: s/t

The Madison and Milwaukee music scenes don't frequently mix, but Surgeons in Heat are proof that when they do, something special can happen. >More
 The Whiskey Farm: Middle of America

Like Rhett Miller, Jason Horowitz has a knack for flavoring his country-pop songs with playful humor. You can hear it on "Happy," the rollicking twang tune that declares, "I only drink when I'm happy/It just so happens I'm happy a lot." >More
 The Hussy: Cement Tomb Mind Control

The local duo's debut LP took almost three years to release. While the band initially turned heads with their wild, warp-speed live show, this recording is a testament to their hard work offstage. >More
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