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Steve Poltz: This time it's personal

Charm and wit have always come easy for Steve Poltz, dating back to his days fronting the '80s comedy-rock band the Rugburns. But Poltz admits there's a dimension of songwriting he's typically shied away from because it makes him uncomfortable. >More
 Gretchen Parlato and Esperanza Spalding: Dynamic duo

The Isthmus Jazz Series double bill featuring the Gretchen Parlato duo and the Esperanza Spalding trio is your chance to check out some ascending stars of the 21st-century New York sound. The pair of young heirs to the legacy of bebop, hard bop, post-bop and Latin jazz who'll take the Wisconsin Union Theater stage on Feb. 15 are proof positive that America's definitive art form has escaped the formidable jaws of commercial radio and hip-hop culture. >More
 Adam Isaac & the People: The Prince of the city

Adam Isaac & the People don't care much about labels. But all four members are sure about one thing: The groove rules. Born from the ashes of Universal Sound, the 18-month-old Madison quartet gets its spark from singer/bassist Isaac, a tall, effusive Wisconsin native with an unquenchable jones for the Prince songbook. He's got a knack for penning urgent pop-funk grooves that often rise above the usual dance-floor fodder, and his bandmates are smart enough to realize that his eclectic musical vision pulses with a special kind of energy. >More
 Forever Changes with The Low Czars

In 1967, the Los Angeles rock band Love released perhaps the greatest album you've never heard: Forever Changes, a cult classic that features inscrutable lyrics and dreamy arrangements of 12-string guitar, violins and horns. Your chance has arrived to dig in to the music of Love, reportedly a favorite of Doors front man Jim Morrison. >More
 Madison says 'Yay' to Basia Bulat and Pale Young Gentlemen

"I love it when people say 'yay!' for sad songs," bubbled Canadian chanteuse Basia Bulat midway through her Madison premiere at the High Noon Saloon on Friday night. Her enthusiastic embrace of emotional paradoxes was welcomed by the endeared crowd. >More
 Jason Isbell and Will Hoge revive roots-rock fans at the High Noon

Twenty-fours after one of the worst snowstorms in recent Madison history might not seem like the optimum time to stage a live nightclub show ambitiously titled "The Rock And Roll Revival." Indeed, the sizable snowdrifts lining the streets surrounding the High Noon Saloon seemed simultaneously peaceful and funereal, neither of which would lend itself to the kind of blazing glory that each of the evening's main performers -- Jason Isbell and Will Hoge -- practice with such expertise. >More
 Scoops for the week of Feb. 8-14

 Book 'em

It was Saturday night - traditionally the biggest night of the week for bars and music clubs. But when I met up with Darwin Sampson at the Regent Street Retreat last weekend, we sat down to talk amid a sea of empty tables. >More
 Madison Metal

His choice of instrument hardly made sense, especially given his dad's history as a guitarist in cover bands, and nearly a decade and a half hence Brian Koenig remains unable to explicate exactly what inspired him as a fifth- grader to study the oboe, of all instruments. But choose it he did, and how his classmates down in the self-styled Swiss cheese capital of the USA teased him for it. >More
 Ra Ra Riot reigns in Wisconsin premiere at Club 770

Ra Ra Riot indisputably deserved their place at the top of the band order hierarchy, competently headlining Saturday night's show at Club 770. The venue which is no club at all, but a cafeteria at Union South can make you feel like you're crashing a junior high lock in. It wasn't until the six piece from Syracuse started playing their top shelf orchestral pop that you could tell you were at a real show. >More
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