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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
 Will the real Charlie please stand up?

Will Morgan has multiple personalities. He is Simon in Greensboro, N.C.; and Bob in Norfolk, Va. Here in Madison, we call him Charlie. >More
 Scoops for the week of Nov. 30- Dec. 7

 Soul man

On Dec. 10, 1967, the small plane carrying 26-year-old Otis Redding and his road band, the Bar-Kays, crashed into Lake Monona, thus ending the life of one of American music's most uniquely promising artists. The 40th anniversary of this occasion seems an appropriate time to reflect on Redding's life and legacy, since the Georgia native left an indelible mark during his brief moment in the spotlight. Though the icy water took his life, his memory - like his music - remains powerful. >More
 Winter gets funky in Madison with Chafo and Ra Fury

"I think they're one of the best jam bands in town," comments a patchwork-clad lass at the King Club last Tuesday. Out of the darkness, another, higher pitched voice declares, "They're not a jam band!," with the disdain of someone who's heard it straight from the group. >More
 Against Me!'s Tom Gabel matures as an artist

No one remains a kid forever. Not even heart-on-the-sleeve punk-rockers like Tom Gabel, who started Against Me! back in Gainsville, Fla., as a furious one-man acoustic act. >More
 Dawn Upshaw is a rare beauty

One of today's finest singers, American soprano Dawn Upshaw may not have a large voice, but she uses it with tonal beauty, artistic sensitivity and genuine humanity. Last weekend at Overture Hall, for her first appearance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, she demonstrated her wide, even unconventional range of repertoire. >More
 Feist delivers a homespun show at the Orpheum

Fans of all types gathered in waves in front of the sold-out Orpheum Theatre on Friday night for a chance to see "that chick from the iPod commercial." At least one person standing in line described indie darling turned commercial superstar Feist in this way as he shivered out in the cold before the stage doors opened. Hard-core Broken Social Scene fans and followers of the chanteuse before her TV breakthrough tasted for themselves success' bittersweet palate as they surveyed the capacity audience that ranged from Diesel-wearing hipsters to elementary school students. >More
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