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The Eau Claire scene is a family of bands

Today there is still a vital push-pull between the modest and the lofty in Eau Claire. Some there believe it's at the heart of what is transforming this solid Wisconsin city into one of the most fertile music spots in the country. >More
 Crustacean Records adds four acts, returns to SXSW

Madison's Crustacean Records has been around for 15 years now, and it still has its finger on the pulse of punk rock. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: The Pints

"Two parts Irish music, one part whiskey," declare The Pints. This Madison-based seven member band got its start early this decade, and has been entertaining audiences with its attitude ever since with a repertoire of rebel songs, drinking tunes, and of course, traditional Irish music. At home on the stage, the group has performed in numerous clubs and festivals all across Wisconsin. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Rising Gael

Over barely five years, the four members of Rising Gael have made a name for themselves around Wisconsin and beyond. Fusing new and old Celtic styles, Peter Tissot, Jeff Olson Katie Dionne, and Erin Ellison have integrated the guitar, fiddle, drums, vocals, other instruments to create rich and varied arrangements on their three albums. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Larkin'

Larkin' is a quintet that performs acoustic Celtic music, or as the band puts it, "Live Music for the Digitally Weary!" Members Mark Hutchins, Tom Blain, Sheila Shigley, Laura Parmentier, and Blaine McQuinn each play more than one instrument, taking their turn at everything from the familiar guitar, cello and whistle to the Irish bodhran drum and the Greek bouzouki, which is akin to a mandolin. >More
 Afro-Cuban All Stars hit Madison after years of delay

The Afro-Cuban All Stars are back! The show I've been waiting for since 2002 brings aché to Overture Hall Friday night. The buzz on the street? The All Stars are on fire. The crowd that packed UC-Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall last week was dancing on top of the seats. >More
 North Coast label puts Madison hip-hop musicians on the map

When Brent Hoffman started the music label North Coast Entertainment 10 years ago, hip-hop's East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry was still fresh in the public's mind. Two leaders of the feud, Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., had died of gunshot wounds just a few years earlier. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Casey and Greg

Casey Day and Greg Matysik have been performing together in Madison as Casey and Greg for more than two decades. Getting its start as a kids-oriented group, the acoustic duo has broadened its repertoire and now plays a broad spectrum of traditional and contemporary folk songs, popular tunes, and Irish standards. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Sean Michael Dargan

Sean Michael Dargan is a one-man musical dynamo, singing and playing electric guitar across Madison with his trio and as a member of The Kissers. Along with a trio of albums behind his belt, he can also boast more than three decades of experience as a highland bagpiper. Fans can find him and his pipes on the Capitol Square busking at the Dane County Farmers' Market, and at various venues around Madison. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish bands in Madison: StoneRing

The four members of StoneRing play traditional Celtic acoustic music. Each plays more than one instrument, allowing the group a broad range of styles, from impassioned war songs to Scottish and Irish ballads. Based in Madison, the band has played shows throughout Wisconsin, with a decade of gigs at Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Midlothian Scottish Fair. In addition to its live performances, StoneRing has released four albums, each featuring a broad array of Celtic standards. >More
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