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Watch Droids Attack play at SXSW 2008

The Madison-based record label Crustacean Records hosted its first showcase at the 2008 South By Southwest music and multimedia festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 13. Metal trio Droids Attack was one of three local bands to play at the show. This live concert video of their performance was created by Hinckley Design & Production. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Back in the U.S.S.R.

The stage pulsed with energy when the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra played its Masterworks concert in the Capitol Theater last Friday. The political drama of 20th-century Russia took center stage with Shostakovich's "Prelude and Scherzo" and Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No. 2." >More
 Kicksville: Welcome to our world

Let's start with the essential fact you need to know about Kicksville. They're a group of seven musicians who put on a musical stage show grounded in production and theatrics, similar to the Blue Man Group. >More
 Blueheels: Rock 'n' roll eccentrics

When they gave their 5-year-old son Robby a Smurf drum set, Neenah's Mark and Cindy Schiller could little have suspected that two decades later he would be the King of Pop - or at least the songwriter, singer and de facto leader of Madison's best original rock 'n' roll band, Blueheels. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: GayBiGayGay and the end

We played a fun set. Shane got up early to make a cool outfit that included a fake set of arms and two cabbage patch doll heads affixed to his shoulders. Some of our Austin friends came, as well as my longtime friend Paula. I ran around the crowd and leapt across blankets for "Set the Table," and accidentally knocked an entire cup of beer on a guy. I slightly regretted throwing myself on the ground for the end of the song, particularly since it was covered with cigarette butts and sawdust. I think a little got in my mouth. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: LBJ, late night tacos, and biking Austin

Bringing bikes was probably the smartest decision we've made lately. Parking in Austin is an absolute nightmare, traffic is bad, and no one wants to be the designated driver. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: The Crustacean Records showcase

There was a big Madison contingent in the audience, including an ex-pat proudly wearing his O'Cayz shirt for recognition. Smart guy. There were too many people to mention individually, but thank you, thank you, thank you, to all the Madison people who came out for the show. Madisonians made sure that there was no prevailing hipster too-cool-for-school attitude. Madisonians know how to have a good time. We ain't no snobs. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra: All together now

 Nice doing business with you

With its Web-based, pay-what-you-want distribution of In Rainbows, Radiohead demonstrated that it's easy for established acts to take control of their own releases. Last week, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor went the Englishmen one better. To prime the pump, he gave away a quarter of the tracks on his new album, Ghosts I-IV, for free over NIN's website and charged a measly $5 for downloads of the whole thing. But Reznor didn't stop there. He also beat music thieves to the punch, making the entire album available through PirateBay, the prominent (and controversial) Sweden-based access point for peer-to-peer file-sharing of illegal copies of music, films and more. >More
 Firecracker Studios and Sunspot join in the fun at SXSW

When the Crustacean Records showcase at South by Southwest ends early Friday morning, the three Madison bands opening the show will have played before an audience boasting enthusiastic local supporters. Members of the rock band Sunspot, the artists behind Firecracker Studios, and WORT music director Sybil Augustine each made plans to attend the show at the Molotov Lounge opening with sets by Droids Attack, The Gusto, and Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons. >More
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