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Lose yourself in the new Majestic Theatre

While living in Madison, I have never gotten into a drunken brawl in front of a nightclub -- at least not on King Street. Which is to say, the recently re-opened Majestic Theatre was new to me when I went there for the Porchlight fundraiser on Wednesday night. >More
 Someone saved my life tonight

The Gomers, Madison's chameleon-like rock royals, rally around guitarist Steve Burke with this week's happy hour edition of their popular Gomeroke live karaoke show at the High Noon Saloon. The benefit show's name -- "May Steve Burke's Kidney Stones Go Straight to Hell" -- says it all. >More
 Deerhoof delivers a big Madison Monday at the Terrace

It was a homecoming of sorts for the Bay Area based band Deerhoof, who brought their eccentric rock to the Memorial Union Terrace on Monday night. rummer Greg Saunier informed the crowd in the middle of the set that lead guitarist John Dieterich had lived in Madison back in 1991, in a house off of Langdon Street. >More
 Club-biz 101

Sixteen months after opening, the Brink Lounge is very much a family effort. Developer Curt Brink opened the downtown music club in May 2006 as part of his ambitious refashioning of the old Buy and Sell Shop into a contemporary entertainment/office complex at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Blount Street. >More
 Nice Peter sticks it to 50 Cent at the High Noon

Chicagoan Pete Shukoff, a.k.a. Nice Peter, possesses a rare talent -- the ability to write funny songs that don't grow stale on repeated listens. His clever lyrics and simple yet catchy tunes have a way of sticking around in one's brain. Unlike many funny songwriters, though, Shukoff is not very kid-friendly. >More
 Ryan Adams woos with bad boy charm in return to Madison

The audience -- which rumor has it included chanteuse/actress, Mandy Moore -- was under his thumb for the first segment of the show. Nervous onlookers were silent during songs, allowing only music -- instead of drunken babble and a pissed off frontman -- to bounce off the walls. One could practically hear insects scurrying during the harmony rich "Peaceful Valley," which earned my vote for most beautifully lush tune of the night. Perhaps every artist should scare the hell out of his fans now and again? >More
 MadCabaret's Jessica Lee loves to perform

For Jessica Lee, a founding cast member of MadCabaret, the performing bug bit early. "When I was a child, I was a ham," she says. "I was always doing Grease, and things like that." Now, at 34, she hams it up regularly with MadCabaret, the colorful, energetic revue of song, dance and comedy that will next take place Friday night at the King Club. >More
 Variety show

The CD may be dying as far as major labels are concerned, but it remains the lifeblood of many small independent acts. That's especially true in this town, where a local band without a CD is indeed a rara avis. It's not unusual to have multiple release parties during the same week.

 The Majestic Theatre: New club, old building

Two guys in their 20s trying to make it in the music industry. A historic landmark trying to find a future for itself. A city trying to resolve crime problems surrounding an old nightclub. Competing venue owners and promoters trying to figure out how they'll fare with a new club on the block. >More
 The Brunettes bring big fun to the High Noon

This has definitely been the year of the Kiwi: Flight of the Conchords, Black Sheep, and Zoe Bell's role in Grindhouse have all garnered the little island nation lots of attention in the U.S. through 2007. The Midwestern front first heard a reunited Crowded House and then, a short time later, the Veils opened up the Download Festival in Chicago. Last night, The Brunettes rode into Madison high on the transpacific wave. >More
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