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My top ten Madison discs of 2007

Great albums everywhere are making someone's year-end list. Why not let local musicians share the love? Here are my picks for the ten best Madison albums of 2007. >More
 Bid adieu to 2007 and inaugurate 2008 with New Year's Eve in Madison

The New Year looms, and with it the agonizing decision of where and how to ring in 2008. If you're resolving to be hipper, tamer, weirder, a little bit more country or rock and roll, there is plenty happening in Madison on the last day of 2007 to help you along. >More
 Who will be the Last Band Standing at the High Noon Saloon?

There's probably never been a contest where being named "the winner" is such a dubious distinction. In fact, with no official scoring system, no rules, no judge, and only the fuzziest of recollections the next day, there often isn't even a consensus on determining the winner. That won't stop a spirited competition at Last Band Standing IV at the High Noon Saloon on Friday, December 28. >More
 Crustacean Records to showcase Madison bands at SXSW 2008

The Madison-based music label Crustacean Records announced Friday that it would be presenting a music showcase at the 2008 South By Southwest conference and festival in Austin. The show is tentatively scheduled for March 13 at the Molotov Lounge, and will feature several bands on the label, including at least two from Madison. >More
 Paul Black: Deep in the blues

Paul Black was never a cuddly performer. Years ago, talking about his approach to live performances, the Madison-based blues man explained to me, "I'm not there to get the audience excited and sweaty and get 'em to drink a lot of beer." >More
 Crustacean Records rocks out for round two of its new DVD

For the second time this year, Crustacean Records took over the High Noon Saloon for a night of shooting footage for what will become the label's first DVD. The first recording was held on a warm night back in August, and featured performances Screamin' Cyn Cyn & The Pons, Ouija Radio, The Gusto, Droids Attack and Things Fall Apart. It was slightly chillier Saturday night as John Kruth, Drunk Drivers, Awesome Snakes, The Skintones and Mad Trucker Gone Mad took the stage for round two. >More
 Eric Church wants to scuff up Nashville

Eric Church likes to take on uncommon points of view when he sings a song. On his 2006 debut, Sinners Like Me, he was the voice of a death row inmate, waiting to be executed. One track later he morphed into a nervous teenage boy, pacing in anguish while his girlfriend took a pregnancy test in the bathroom. >More
 Scoops for the week of Dec. 14-21

 Get your creepfunk on with steez

It all began with a busted motorcycle, borrowed by a guitarist from a bass player, after a successful first show at Madison's during the weekend of Halloween 2003. Four years later, the band steez is still entertaining local fans, though no vehicles have recently been totaled. A five piece funk group at its core, the have also built up a nice following around the Midwest with sets of controlled jams punctuated by obscure covers by the likes of Blondie and Hot Chocolate. >More
 'Tis the season for Madison holiday music

The holidays are reputedly a magical time, and there is perhaps nothing more magical -- if that's the right word -- than the famously cheerful pop star Jessica Simpson crooning "Winter Wonderland" with the famously sinister pop star Ozzy Osbourne. The duet was featured on the 2003 "Osbourne Family Christmas Special," and it belongs in everyone's regular Christmas rotation. It's an instance of the genre-bending that makes Christmas music great, and the genre-bending goes on locally, too. >More
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