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8889's brisk, at times introspective pop-rock recalls several '80s acts that embraced ringing, slightly reedy guitars and trebly production that highlighted all that purposeful strumming. In fact, if you crossed guitar-savvy neo-psychedelians the Church with Hall & Oates and added a touch of earnest folk-rock, you'd come up with something very similar to what 8889 are doing on Zoology.

 Madison Senior Scenester Potluck reflects on a bygone musical era

The mindset on State Street in the early '80s among a certain subculture was one of violent underground dissent against Reagan's America and an embrace of the DIY culture of 'zines, homemade flyer art and punk rock. Sunday, the Senior Scenesters Potluck at Tenney Park brought many of the members of that social scene together again. It was Bill Feeny's brainstorm. Feeny played with Appliances SFB, one of the better-know Madison acts of the early '80s. >More
 Trumpeter Ryan Anthony goes over the top at Concerts on the Square

Maestro Andrew Sewell's efforts to include a certain amount of classical music in the programs for this year's Concerts on the Square were weakly evident in the third of them, on July 9. It was mainly a show for the guest soloist, trumpeter Ryan Anthony, undoubtedly one of today's most spectacular virtuosi on his instrument. >More
 Hard guys: Lucha Libre raps with an edge

On Lucha Libre's new album, The Takeover. The title track wanders into the aggressive side of male sexual bravado ("penetrate your ass until you hyperventilate"), arguably in a satirical context intended to be ridiculous and funny. >More
 Belleville American Music Festival: Strings attached

Geoff Wilbourn makes no bones about it. The 3rd annual Belleville American Music Festival, which takes place July 11 and 12, conforms to the personal tastes of its founders. >More
 Freedy Johnston: Native son

At the Inn on the Park lounge last Friday evening, Freedy Johnston sipped a beer and looked out the window. His eyes fixed on the faade of Genna's Lounge, and his mind rewound to 1994. That's when his longstanding part-time relationship with Madison began. >More
 Scoops for the week of June 27-July 3

 The return of Orchestra Baobab

This coolish fledgling summer should start to sizzle Sunday night when the Orchestra Baobab, straight from Dakar, Senegal, busts loose at the Barrymore Theatre - the warmup concert for the east side's annual Fete de Marquette. >More
 Freedy Johnston talks about his connections to the Madison music scene

If you listened to modern rock radio in the 1990s, chances are you know "Bad Reputation," the hit single by Freedy Johnston. What you may not know is that the New York guitarist -- who was named Songwriter of the Year by Rolling Stone in 1994 -- has developed deep connections to the Madison music scene over the past 15 years. >More
 Madison music boosts its presence at Summerfest 2008

The annual live music and junk food spectacle in Milwaukee that is Summerfestis always a good bet to catch shows by bands both new and classic as they visit Wisconsin while on tour. The festival also provides a major venue for numerous local groups too, though, and a growing contingent of acts from Madison is flexing the local scenes muscles at the 11-day celebration starting on Thursday. >More
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