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Dave Zero takes over the Mad City Music Exchange

The cat is out of the hat. What may have been "the worst secret ever," according to Dave Zero, perpetual man behind the counter at Mad City Music Exchange, is now public knowledge. He has purchased the popular east side record store where he's worked full time since 1999. >More
 V05 presents a Festivus for the rest of us in Madison

It was ten years ago this month that Festivus was introduced to the world through Seinfeld. When the episode "The Strike" originally aired one week before Christmas, little did viewers know that one of the show's writers would turn a personal family tradition into a holiday for the rest of us. >More
 Live in your living room

Andy Moore isn't interested in imitating Austin City Limits. But he'd be very happy if his new weekly music show for Wisconsin Public Television could help raise the profile of the Wisconsin and Midwestern artists on which he'll focus. Set to debut in January on WPT's new Wisconsin Channel (formerly WPT2), the show will feature a different artist performing each week. >More
 The pleasure of meeting Ben Cauley

I didn't know anyone had survived the plane crash until 1992. While researching a column on the occasion of the tragedy's 25th anniversary, I delved into the news accounts of the day. Buried deep in the stories was the fact that Cauley had survived. Tracking him down in Memphis, I phoned him up and wrote about his experiences that tragic night and life since. In the years since, I've thought of Cauley on each succeeding anniversary of the crash and almost every time I've heard one of Redding's songs, and hoped he would be able to make it back to Madison some day. >More
 The Homegrown Hip-Hop Festival celebrates the voice of Madison

The Memorial Union throws opens its doors on Thursday night to kick off a three-day, all ages celebration of all things hip hop in Madison. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, the Homegrown Hip Hop Festival is a showcase of the best regional acts the Midwest has to offer. On the docket for this entirely free festival is a combination of indie all-stars and local talent, including Brother Ali, Lucha Libre, Figureheads, a DJ expo, and the Just Bust! spoken word open mic. >More
 B-Side Records releases Best of the Year 2007 list

'Tis the season for year end list-making, as folks compile their favorites of just about anything one can imagine released over the course of 2007. When it comes to music, the online best-ofs I check out are pretty standard: KEXP, Metacritic, Pop Matters, Pitchfork and so on. Taking my top spot in this little list of lists, though, is a local creation, the B-Side Best of the Year. >More
 Otis Redding remembered at Monona Terrace

Dec. 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Otis Redding, along with all but one member of his band The Bar-Kays, in a Lake Monona plane crash that silenced the voice of one of American music's most promising artists. To commemorate this sad, significant occasion, two Madison-area tributes are taking place this week, featuring a variety of speakers and musicians reflecting on Redding's legacy. >More
 The Bodog Music Battle of the Bands comes to Madison

The new season of the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands reality show on Fuse TV got rolling back at the beginning of October. More than 4,500 bands have registered to participate, with the first round of the competition featuring some 160 live concerts in dozens of cities around the country, all entered to win a $1 million recording contract with Bodog Music, the record label owned by the Carribean company best known for online gambling and headling-grabbing media stunts. >More
 Youssou N'Dour: Desert blues

Time named Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour one of this year's most influential folks in the arts. N'Dour, who's also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, was honored for both his supple tenor and his social activism. >More
 Sones de México: Mexican revolution

Sones de México were nominated for a Latin Grammy last month for their third CD, Esta Tierra es Tuya (This Land Is Your Land). They didn't get it, but for this rising Windy City conjunto it was a door to the major leagues. From Chicago to Mad City, damas y caballeros, the Overture Center's Capitol Theater brings you Sones de Mexico. >More
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