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TOUR STOP

Hot Hot Heat and the Editors: A hit of ecstasy

Get a kick out of creative coifs, singers in love with their own hyper-dramatic delivery, and pumping bass and synth parts that keep the kids bouncing up and down until long after the Jager and the weed wear off? Then the double bill featuring Canada's Hot Hot Heat and the U.K.-based Editors is an absolutely must-see affair. >More
 Monte Montgomery: Magic fingers

Without question, Monte Montgomery would have earned accolades from guitar magazines if he'd never opened his mouth. >More
 Poi Dog Pondering: Stripping down

Seeing a great rock band play an intimate acoustic set is a musical experience not to be missed. The sonic conditions are just right for appreciating the give and take among skilled instrumentalists. Every nuance of song harmonies is on full display. >More
 The Steeles: House of the holy

It's that week of the year when tour buses get parked and musicians head home for the holidays. Now it's true, the Madison music scene never sleeps, and there are many fine local gigs to choose from this week. But if touring artists are your thing, you'll find the next seven days to be a challenge. >More
 Smokin' With Superman: Together again

Popular local bands generally don't duck out when they're on top. But that's exactly what the sprawling seven-piece jazz-funk-hip-hop hybrid Smokin' With Superman did after a final sold-out show in 2003. Had there been dramatic creative differences or heavy disappointment over the fact that some promising national nibbles didn't pan out? >More
 Internet rock star

Jonathan Coulton gets the kind of press coverage most musicians only dream of. In the past year alone, he's been profiled in The New York Times Magazine and Wired and on National Public Radio. >More
 Bettye LaVette: The lost diva

All those callow young singers who've tasted the top of the charts thanks to a shapely figure and the cut-and-paste magic of ProTools could learn a lot from Bettye LaVette. An R&B hitmaker by the age of 16, the Detroit-bred soul singer always had the voice and the special ability to make any song her own. But somehow, while friends like Stevie Wonder and the Temptations' David Ruffin scaled the heights of the music business, she never became a star. She toured with Ben E. King, James Brown and Otis Redding. She co-wrote with Wonder. An alphabet soup of labels released a string of her singles in the '60s and '70s. But that special career-making album eluded her. >More
 The Cowboy Junkies recall 'That time in your life'

Last April, the Cowboy Junkies released their 11th album, At the End of Paths Taken. I spoke with Anton by phone last week. >More
 Star time for Feist

Despite well-received appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and a thriving career in Canada, Leslie Feist seemed destined to be no more than a cult artist in this country. That is, until a TV commercial for the iPod Nano began featuring the childlike indie-pop tune "1234" from her masterfully executed 2007 release The Reminder. >More
 Cornmeal with jam

Like the String Cheese Incident and the Yonder Mountain String Band, Chicago's Cornmeal brings elements of traditional bluegrass to a jam-rock style. During the past year, they've toured in support of their third album, Feet First. Last week I spoke to Cornmeal guitarist Kris Nowak about the band's background and style. >More
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