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Sunspot are on tour, endlessly

Like all things Sunspot, my interview with the wayfaring Madison rock trio was just another stop on their crowded weekend itinerary. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Celebrate' by OX

As an artist, having an established scene for your product helps, especially if you're seeking a record deal. As such, when OX received an acceptance letter from the University of Minnesota a few weeks back, he immediately saw it as an opportunity to further not just his education but his musical career. >More
 Madison Music Makers take the stage at the High Noon

The Madison Music Makers program schedules several formal concerts a year for its sixty students in venues ranging from local churches to the stately Overture Center, but on a chilly Sunday afternoon they got together somewhere a little more casual: the High Noon Saloon. >More
 The Gomers announce Slappy Hour Variety Special in surreal conference call

Andy Wallman and Biff Blumfumgagnge of the eclectic Madison band the Gomers held a slightly awkward cyber press conference on Friday afternoon to announce the Slappy Hour Variety Special, a live-music event slated to be held at the Frequency nightclub twice a month. >More
 Randy Travis and the dream of Madison's Frank James

Dear Randy Travis, one of the great country music stories of southern Wisconsin involves an old acquaintance of yours from your early days in Nashville. >More
 It takes a village

Madison West High School counselor Len Mormino has been a musician most of his life, playing piano as a kid and cutting his teeth as a songwriter here in Madison, but he never dreamed he'd have a global impact. >More
 Concourse Hotel nixes live jazz in 2009

Planning on catching some jazz at the Concourse Hotel bar this holiday season? Better do it quick: The venue won't be swinging anymore -- well, not with live jazz -- after Dec. 31. >More
 Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings inspire Madison souls at the Barrymore

At its best, soul music has always affirmed the joy of existence. This affirmation doesn't navely deny life's complexity, but instead acknowledges the difficult process of putting one foot in front of another. All of soul's great figures, from Sam Cooke to Mary J. Blige, have tread this line, and -- Wednesday night at the Barrymore Theatre -- Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings claimed their place in this tradition. >More
 B-Side Records releases Best of the Year 2008 list

As December gets underway, so does the season for year-end best-of list-making in the worlds of music, movies, books, games, and just about every other type of media out there. One particularly rich list is the voluminous collection of album and local live show picks from B-Side Records, which released its 2008 edition on Monday. >More
 UW's Laura Schwendinger strikes a chord

Her hands are demonstrative. When Laura Elise Schwendinger talks about getting down to work, her hands mime the rolling up of sleeves. As she describes a violin composition, they play an imaginary violin in a manner that almost conjures it visible. >More
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