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Birds of Chicago surround listeners with warm, earthy roots music

There's a certain kind of chemistry when two performers are connected by both love and song. It often comes across onstage, as when husband-and-wife duo Over the Rhine performed at the Majestic Theatre last fall. The couple's charm and affection went beyond their lyrics and melodies, bringing additional depth to their songs. >More
 New Orleans' Rebirth Brass Band take fun, funky jazz to the Sett -- and the streets

Mardi Gras will last a little bit longer than usual in Madison this month. New Orleans' jubilant Rebirth Brass Band perform at the UW Union South Sett on Thursday, March 13, as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series. >More
 Noah Gundersen's debut Ledges shows a conflicted young man on the brink of adulthood

Noah Gundersen isn't even 25 years old yet, but the weight of the material on his full-length debut, Ledges, makes it easy to mistake him for a musician twice his age. While the singer-songwriter has explored issues related to family, death, sin and salvation on earlier EPs, he digs miles deeper on the new album, which he'll bring to the Frequency on March 1. >More
 Black Joe Lewis crafts Electric Slave, a concept album about a society addicted to electronic devices

"I broke my foot in Vancouver trying to do a stage dive, and nobody caught me," says Joe Lewis, frontman of Black Joe Lewis, a blues, funk and soul band based in Austin, Texas. He seems to be boasting, not complaining. If he takes the plunge during his Feb. 26 show at the High Noon Saloon, an enthusiastic Madison crowd is bound to catch him. >More
 Stephen Malkmus sings about sports stars' mind games on the Jicks' new album Wig Out at the Jagbags

Stephen Malkmus redefined the term "rock star" for music fans in the 1990s, when his band Pavement released legendary lo-fi tunes like "Cut Your Hair." The titles of several Pavement albums, in particular Slanted and Enchanted, are fitting descriptions of Malkmus' off-kilter approach to songwriting. >More
 Can Neutral Milk Hotel's upcoming show at the Orpheum live up to the mythology fans have created?

An element of mystery helps sustain Neutral Milk Hotel's popularity. Soon after the 1998 release of their sophomore album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, mastermind Jeff Mangum pulled the plug and all but vanished. >More
 The Black Angels join the 13th Floor Elevators' Roky Erickson for a whirlwind winter tour

Chilly, high-speed winds have battered Wisconsin the past few weeks, but they're nothing compared to the blast of gloomy, mysterious psychedelic rock that will hit Madison on Feb. 4, when the Black Angels and Roky Erickson bring their Winter Psych Storm Tour to the Majestic Theatre. >More
 Damien Jurado relocates a Wisconsin landmark to the cover of new album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Singer-songwriter Damien Jurado reinvents himself constantly. Since the late '90s, he's released tracks that range from hardcore punk to acoustic folk. Maraqopa, his 2012 release, and this year's follow-up, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, are his first concept albums. >More
 Singer-songwriter Briar Rabbit gets cerebral on From Your Bones

I had Briar Rabbit pegged as a bookworm long before he told me he was once a teenage English nerd. Wry, witty and quick to laugh, the Berklee-educated artist adds self-deprecating humor to lyrics that are both gut-wrenchingly sad and pleasantly cathartic. One of his saddest songs, "Lock Up Before You Leave," was recorded right after a breakup. >More
 France's Jack of Heart craft glammy garage-punk that teases the senses

A language barrier might be to blame, but it's difficult to figure out French garage-scuzz sorcerers Jack of Heart. The band, who hit the Frequency on Jan. 13, do have a big catalog and a bonkers live show, both of which give some clues. >More
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