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LorieAnna: Long Way

This seven-song debut from the Madison-based pianist and singer-songwriter brims with romanticism. "The Way" isn't just a love ballad. It's a testimony to how falling in love transforms a person. "For a while I can breathe, for a while I can see, you surrounding me," LorieAnna sings. >More
 The Octopus Project: Hexadecagon

 OK Go: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

This Chicago band's third studio album refutes three pop music myths: 1) All Top 40 songs are built around a drum machine; 2) you can't break with a major label and still have a national hit months later, and 3) taking five years off between albums will ruin your career. >More
 Fortune and Glory: Centurion

This six-song EP finds Madison's most courageous pop-punk band maturing as songwriters. Why courageous? Because the members of Fortune and Glory make music that confronts their fears and self-doubt. "Are you more than all these regrets that are holding you down?" sings Dave Newberg on "Jacked and Tan." >More
 Tim Eriksen: Soul of the January Hills

Tim Eriksen isn't your average folksinger. He's an ethnomusicologist with a penchant for Sacred Harp, a four-part a cappella singing tradition with roots in the American South. He's the kind of guy who makes ancient songs seem as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago, in part because he's not afraid to break the rules. When he visited Jaroslaw, Poland's Benedictine Abbey, two years ago, he snuck a digital recorder into one of its towers and emerged with the material for his new CD. >More
 Canasta: The Fakeout, The Tease and the Breather

Canasta's orchestral sound is an innovative departure from pop music's standard instrumentation and song construction. >More
 Clovis Mann: Metamorphic

Clovis Mann wears its personality on its sleeve. Its lively blues rock is unpretentious, working-class, beer-soaked, therapeutic, hard-driving and in search of justice. Metamorphic shows why Clovis Mann is a joyous addition to the Madison music scene. >More
 The Thermals: Personal Life

The Thermals used to rock like a band on the verge of breakdown, racing each loud and rickety song toward the edge of a precipice before plunging into the next tune on the album or the set list. The Portland, Ore., indie rockers' newest album is more polished, less political and more personal, as its name suggests. >More
 Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

Once the youngest member of the Staples Singers, Mavis Staples is now 68 years old and at the top of her game as a vocalist and interpreter of classic soul, blues and gospel. >More
 Of Montreal: False Priest

Forget about the days when Of Montreal catapulted the experimental pop sound of the Elephant 6 collective, alongside the Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel. A dozen years later, electronic effects define the cutting edge of rock, so the 10th album by this Athens, Ga., band is heavy on glammy synth and techno beats. >More
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