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Red Romero: Getting the word out

Back in the day, new bands worked for months to book a midweek show at a local club, put up a few posters on State Street, and hoped that all the friends they'd pestered would actually show up for the gig. >More
 Darwin Sampson to open The Frequency live music club in downtown Madison

The closing of the King Club was definitely a blow to small- and medium-size bands looking to play downtown Madison. Fortunately, the hole it left in the local music scene should be plugged by the end of May. That's when Darwin Sampson, who's spent the last nine months booking the Annex, will open a new live music venue in downtown Madison called The Frequency. >More
 'Line Breaks: The Remix': Hip-hop university

Ever since he attended his first open mike in a squalid basement of his Washington, D.C., high school, Josh Healey says he's known hip-hop "is what I want to be part of." >More
 Scoops for the week of April 11-17

 Celebrate the fusion of the elements: Hip Hop as a Movement Week 2008 in Madison

Hip Hop as a Movement Week returns to town this week for its ninth year, kicking off on April 18 under the banner: "Element Fusion, a True Skool Evolution." Running through Saturday, April 26, the week's events explore numerous aspects of hip-hop history, music and culture, through musical and spoken word performances, dance, discussions and film screenings. The fun starts on Friday at the Memorial Union Rathskeller, with the ladies presenting "Femme Fresh: Women's Music Hip Hop Festival," with performances by Psalm One, Butterscotch, Apani B Fly, Rhythm Queenz and DJ Garnetta. >More
 R.E.M., R.I.P.

Remarkably few American acts survived the early years of alternative rock. But thanks to 1994's Monster, R.E.M.'s noisy riposte to grunge, the college-rock favorites from Athens, Ga., appeared poised to gallop into a mature career that would please the heck out of old fans while still attracting the kids. >More
 Lila Downs: Snake charmer

Alt/ranchera singer Lila Downs, who brought down the house at the Wisconsin Union Theater's 2005 Madison World Music Festival, returns on April 11. Downs, with one foot in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and the other in Minneapolis - she's the daughter of a Mixteca club singer and a University of Minnesota film prof - is blessed with Oaxaqueña looks and quirky gringa sensibilities. >More
 Robert J.: A new lease on life

Even before his heart attack last fall, Madison singer/songwriter "Robert J." Conaway had begun to understand that only a few things in life really matter. >More
 Scoops for the week of April 4-10

 DJ Chuck Money: Cue the funk

Anyone who frequents downtown nightclubs is likely familiar with the tall, wiry-haired DJ who goes by the name Chuck Money. Specializing in soul, funk and hip-hop from the 1960s through the 1980s, Chuck (real name Charles Denno) has been entertaining area crowds for over a decade, bringing his bottomless collection of great records to the ears (and souls) of local listeners. >More
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