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Thursday, August 28, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 65.0° F  Overcast
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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
 The Project Lodge introduces itself to Madison

The opening Friday night for the new storefront gallery and music venue The Project Lodge was hardly a glitzy affair. Most of the 20 or so friends, neighbors and art students who'd gathered at the small East Johnson Street space kept their parkas and woolen winter coats on. >More
 The Madison Symphony Orchestra: Passionate intensity

Last weekend at Overture Hall, Arild Remmereit's second visit to the Madison Symphony Orchestra's podium partnered him with young California violinist Jennifer Frautschi as guest soloist. Her choice of vehicle was an unusual one: Glazunov's "Concerto in A minor," a somewhat marginal work in the violin repertoire. >More
 The spring thaw

Don't despair. Spring will return to Wisconsin. It's just a matter of when. As for the spring concert season, despite the hillocks of gray snow piled up in local parking lots, it's already here. Granted, grumbling about digging out the car and shoveling the walk helps pass the time during our annual mini-Ice Age. But watching a favorite band do their bad thing at a local club or theater serves the same purpose. And it's a lot more fun. >More
 Know Boundaries rumbles in Bodog Battle of the Bands

With the boom-bap stylings of The Roots, the sonic freedom of The Mars Volta, and the politically active messages of Dead Prez, Madison's own Know Boundaries find themselves crossing borders, both musically and in their fandom. The sextet is fresh off of a third-round victory in the international Bodog Battle of the Bands, winning the first two rounds at the High Noon Saloon last year, and subsequently taking first place in regional semi-finals at the Metro in Chicago in January. >More
 Editors and Hot Hot Heat punctuate a quiet night in Madison

Hot Hot Heat is one of those bands that sounds like, well, everybody else, lately. Stealing from the pile of successful, cassette tape era bands seems to be in vogue or at least it was before the 1950s became the new black. Editors didn't flee too far from a New Wave sensibility either. Hot Hot Heat's high strung party was traded for a darker intoxication, striking a deeper chord in the crowd. A girl in the audience, possessed by their sound, moved so languidly that she could've charged admission. >More
 Verbal Kent can't at Der Rathskeller

Verbal Kent gets his name from Kevin Spacey's character in The Usual Suspects, but at last night's show at the Memorial Union, the Chicago emcee lacked the charismatic intrigue afforded to Spacey's alter-ego. >More
 Flat Atom: The show must go on

The temperature was still below zero at noon, and the day was only going to get colder. Inside the Great Dane Brew Pub, three guys named Nick, Thump and Spank were drinking cold Bloody Marys and hot tea, mulling over the odds stacked against local rock bands in 2008. >More
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