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The Getaway Drivers: The Truth Is Where It's Always Been

Though they're named after their adventures driving for Union Cab, the Getaway Drivers are anything but a ragtag bunch of escape artists. >More
 Local Natives: Gorilla Manor

Indie rock is no longer the unpredictable genre it once was. It is increasingly performed as down-tempo, folk-based music. It emphasizes sonic space and extended instrumental repetition in its seemingly singular determination to make music feel thoughtful, gently impressionistic and dreamy. >More
 Ben Sidran: Dylan Different

Ben Sidran, the local legend who wrote "Space Cowboy" in his time with the Steve Miller Band, won a Peabody for his NPR series Talking Jazz and produced albums for everyone from Van Morrison to Diana Ross, heads back to his roots on his newest CD, a collection of Bob Dylan covers. >More
 Hot Chip: One Life Stand

Acts like Passion Pit led an electronic pop explosion in 2009. It's a trend now being dumbed down into tawdry BPM pop hits like Ke$ha's "TiK ToK." Fortunately, Hot Chip have arrived just in time to redeem the genre's integrity. >More
 The Hanah Jon Taylor Artet: HyrPlasis

At its best, jazz expresses feeling as spontaneously as any genre of music. It's a quality that can alienate listeners used to the assurance of verses that resolve safely into a familiar chorus. But for those with open ears, jazz improvisation is an untinted window on the soul. >More
 Droids Attack: Must Destroy

Droids Attack deftly transcend the sludgy cathartic doom that's grown cliché in heavy metal. The Madison trio of Brad Van, Tony Brungraber and Nate Bush can serve up droning electric guitar growls with the best of them. But they're also skilled at forging energetic riffs that keep their music vital. >More
 Sean Michael Dargan: Snap Your Fingers & Stomp Your Feet

There's something sublimely old-fashioned about this local recording. In an age when most rock songs are layered with a pastoral folk drone or baroque electronica, Dargan frequently embraces the brightly accessible verse-chorus-verse guitar rock that once ruled. >More
 Venice Gas House Trolley: Synapse Lapse and Reblast

Adam Gregory Pergament is a local poet who doesn't want his verses to live on paper. He's spent years expressing his work via local music, first in Stonefloat and more recently Venice Gas House Trolley. >More
 Spoon: Transference

Since their 2005 release, Gimme Fiction, Spoon have been one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful indie rock bands around. >More
 Freedy Johnston: Rain on the City

Pop music has changed a little since Rolling Stone named Freedy Johnston Songwriter of the Year in 1994. Rain on the City proves the sometimes-Madison-based Johnston hasn't. >More
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