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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
 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
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