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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
 Scoops for the week of Jan. 25-Jan. 31

 Clyde Stubblefield and Funky Mondays get ready for a third decade in Madison

Last weekend marked the final night of live music at the King Club before its temporary closing and renovation in advance of its reopening as Woof's. Once the new bar opens its doors come late February, though, it will once again serve as home for Funky Mondays, the weekly show led by drumming legend Clyde Stubblefield. >More
 The Walkmen and White Rabbits stir up freezing fans at the High Noon

A tour for an album that hasn't been released comes with risk. But for The Walkmen, who unapologetically avoid playing their most popular songs, it is not a task they shy away from. A packed crowd came out in frigid temperatures to the High Noon Saloon on Saturday night. Announcing that the New York group was in full support of Green Bay in the NFC Championships, singer Hamilton Leithauser made an unconvincing attempt for the crowd's support. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra overcomes a weak start at the Capitol Theater

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra managed this year to evade by one day its annual date with a January blizzard. And, after a weak start, its concert over Overture's Capitol Theater on Friday evening turned into a most worthwhile event. >More
 The Project Lodge art gallery and music space to open in Madison

The first few weeks of the year have been tumultuous when it comes to music venues in Madison, and the scene is set to change once again as a new space prepares to take its bow. That would be The Project Lodge, a combined DIY art gallery and music venue that is scheduled to open in an East Johnson Street storefront at the beginning of February. It will be all ages, will not serve alcohol, and is already the site of regular gatherings for artists and musicians in the city. >More
 The Walkmen: Do as Bob does

Hamilton Leithauser doesn't downplay the idea that he sounds a lot like Bob Dylan. The lead vocalist of the Walkmen covered "Subterranean Homesick Blues" on the New York band's 2006 release, Pussy Cats. And the latest batch of Walkmen tracks being recorded for the quintet's forthcoming album brim with semi-spoken, sliding-pitch deliveries reminiscent of "Like a Rolling Stone." >More
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