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Black Eyed Snakes hits the High Noon with Furthermore Beer

Furthermore Beer apparently wants to prove that not only that its new Makeweight brew tastes good, but it's also a brewery with good taste. Featuring the Black Eyed Snakes, Decibully and Scag 48, their second Brew Ha Ha (dubbed 2 Ha Ha) Saturday night at the High Noon Saloon made a very good case for them. >More
 My year in live music around Madison

I stepped out of the Union Theater after the Madeleine Peyroux concert just as Madisalsa was taking the stage at about 10 on a warm summer night. What a scene! The lakefront terrace was packed with happy festival-goers, and a roar greeted the ten-piece band's bullet-fast horn arrangements and sinuous percussion. >More
 Cut to commercial

To be honest, I thought my susceptibility to commercial music had faded long ago. I could "appreciate" it, sure. But get caught up in its sticky web of glib hooks and precisely calibrated sound production like some lovestruck schoolboy? Forget it. Mainstream pop was just entertainment stuff that could and should be dispassionately analyzed like any other cultural trend. >More
 Sound and fury

So what are conductors like, these lone figures who direct the music that can move us to ecstasy or tears? Public interest is heating up as more articles about them appear in the news and web chatter gets louder. There are rumblings that young conductors from Venezuela are going to electrify audiences as never before. One of them, 26-year old Gustavo Dudamel, the product of a youth orchestra system for underprivileged kids, is poised to take over when Esa-Pekka Salonen steps down from the L.A. Philharmonic. >More
 My favorite albums of 2007

Thankfully, 2007 was better than many in recent memory. I probably found a dozen new albums that I actually listened to from month to month, and like a lot of folks around the country, I found Senegalese-American singer Akon's lilting reggae bon-bon "Don't Matter" so refreshing that I often found myself mumbling through a few verses while taking my constitutional on the Southwest Commuter bike trail. >More
 Arturo Sandoval: Blowing off steam

Legendary trompetista Arturo Sandoval just got his fourth Latin Grammy, for his Telarc debut Rumba Palace. The name's taken from his new Miami nightclub, and his Overture Center show is being billed as "Arturo Sandoval and his Mambo Mania Big Band." It's the wrong sound for a concert hall, where it's usually verboten to boogie -- though you can rumba on the sly in Overture's cushy seats. >More
 Top of the pops

Cellos and Whores. MAMAs and Go-Go's. They were all part of the Madison music story in 2007, and they're part of this roundup of the people, places and trends that made the local scene tick this past year. >More
 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
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