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DrFameus keeps the beat groovy with drums and decks

When he's not drumming with the jam-rockers of the Disco Biscuits, Georgia's Allen Aucoin morphs into DrFameus, a cross between a DJ and a one-man band. Though the Biscuits pepper their songs with flecks of electronica, DrFameus dives deep into the genre, pairing killer breakbeats with live drum solos. DrFameus visits the Inferno Friday, Feb. 17. I spoke with him about his first solo show in Madison and his upcoming trip to the studio. >More
 Charles Bradley channels a tough life into music

Charles Bradley, 63, endured decades of tragedy, poverty and hitchhiking before he ever got to reach a wider audience. Now, with help from the soul revivalists in the Menahan Street Band, he's performing R&B covers and James Brown tributes -- and songs telling his own story. His 2011 album No Time For Dreaming channels breakups, social angst and the death of a brother through a voice that startles with its fullness and rawness. >More
 Deleted Scenes craft poppy art rock from stark themes

Washington, D.C.'s Deleted Scenes make art rock from a broad palette of sonic colors, painting their soundscapes with sunny shades of surf rock and smudges of dark, alluring funk. >More
 Cass McCombs' personal, eccentric folk keeps you guessing

California singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has built up a weird body of online apocrypha, which hobbles that whole process of consulting the Internet to figure out how to appreciate music. Go ahead and dig for context, but you may find yourself grumbling over his slippery answers to interview questions as you stare at a photo of him looking glum in suspenders. He's screwing with people's heads, intentionally or not. >More
 Rock veteran Paul Collins carries on

Power-pop hero Paul Collins remembers his teen years, four decades ago, as if they were yesterday. His family had settled in New York City after stints in Europe and Vietnam, and he was accepted to Juilliard's prestigious music program. Before long, he and his band, the Nerves, trekked to California, where their breezy sound blazed a trail for pop-loving rockers. >More
 Ha Ha Tonka turn to character sketches and guarded musings

Yes, Ha Ha Tonka are spirited and twangy without ever pretending to be crusty beyond their years. Yes, the band's goofy name belies their directness and exuberant, tight live sets. Yes, they represent rural Missouri with a conflicted eye, writing songs that tackle social and religious tensions, most notably "St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor" from the group's 2007 Bloodshot Records debut, Buckle in the Bible Belt. >More
 Madison DJs join Milwaukee's Chris Grant at electroLUST 2

When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, many music fans cozy up at home. Local DJ Wyatt Agard wants to halt this hibernation with a dance party to make Madison swelter. To accomplish this mission, he's bringing in Milwaukee DJ Chris Grant and Madison tune-slingers Eurotic (a.k.a. Caustic's Matt Fanale) and VON. >More
 Camper Van Beethoven's signature tune was a surprise success

Ever since Camper Van Beethoven got back together in the late 1990s, the indie rock forebears have continued a remarkable second act. When they broke up at the beginning of that decade, the group appeared to be on the cusp of breaking big in the mainstream, à la R.E.M. Camper had released a pair of well-received major-label albums and notched a modern-rock radio hit with a cover of Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men." >More
 Bi-Polar Bear prepares a new collection of feel-bad songs

Though the polar bear is the largest land-born carnivore in the animal kingdom, it's also one of the most vulnerable due to its snowy white coat, which lures hunters to its den. The Bi-Polar Bear exhibits a paradox of similar proportions: Its heart beats with hip-hop's verve as its soul struggles to survive in a cold, strange world. >More
 Black Diamond Heavies' James Leg takes a solo turn

During the last half of the 2000s, Nashville's Black Diamond Heavies built a dedicated fan base with some hard touring, pumping out a bracing mix of blues, punk and soul informed by the last half-century or so of American music. The group hasn't released a new disc since 2009's Alive as Fuck, but singer/keyboardist John Wesley Myers, a.k.a. Rev. James Leg, emerged this year with a solo album, Solitary Pleasure. >More
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