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Sunday, September 21, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 58.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
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The SoCo music festival in Madison heats up with fun and ferocity

The saying goes that the best things in life are free. Anyone who made their way to Willow Island on Saturday afternoon for the SoCo Music Experience can certainly attest to that notion. Nearly a dozen bands held court on two stages from 2 p.m. to well into the night for a beautiful festival of music, booze and magic. >More
 Imperial Teen

On their first album in five years, Imperial Teen seem suspended between their past and their future. >More
 No pay, no play

One of Madison's grassroots arts venues is strapped for rent money and will close its doors by Sept. 10. >More
 How to build a song

I'll admit it - I've always thought of engineering students as being less artistically inclined than liberal arts majors. So last year, when I learned that UW-Madison's annual "Battle of the Bands" was run by Polygon, the student council of the College of Engineering, I considered it an unlikely exception to the rule. >More
 From Madison to Austin: Owen Temple returns for a show

Even though he has moved back to Austin, it's nice when singer/songwriter Owen Temple finds his way back up to Madison. Folks here get a musical dose of real Texas personality and he gets to visit with friends he made while pursuing a master's degree in psychology at UW-Madison. He will be cutting loose with some Madison friends to bring the best of his catalog to the heart of Willy Street. >More
 The Snake on the Lake Fest ready to debut in Madison

If the SoCo scene is a deterrent, Madison's student radio station WSUM is happy to provide a more quirky alternative for an outdoor concert on Saturday. The Snake on the Lake Fest is hitting the Memorial Union Terrace all day and evening, and its lineup promises to deliver a wide range of progressive pop. >More
 Do you realize? The SoCo Music Experience hits Madison

The most popular hipster hubbub lately has been if you did or did not score tickets for Wilco at the Overture Center next Tuesday. I walked into such a conversation weeks ago and tried to pacify a forlorn face: "At least you can see the Flaming Lips for free on September 8." I received no words in response, but I did get a "Whaaaaayeaaaaaah!" and an accompanying dance/run down the sidewalk. >More
 One-man band

Pat McCurdy's mother wanted to raise a well-rounded child. He had to play the piano and could not quit. Then, when he was in junior high, a relative left the country. He gave McCurdy a Yamaha gut-string guitar and said, "Why don't you play with this while I'm gone?" >More
 Blowing into town

As summer fades (or drowns), it's time to turn our attention to the convoy of touring acts that'll be occupying local stages for the next few months. Judging from the variety and quality of the acts already booked into places like the High Noon Saloon, the Barrymore Theatre, the Annex and the soon-to-reopen Majestic Theatre, the high cost of gasoline and diesel has done nothing to discourage touring by van and bus this year. >More
 Crustacean Records takes a bow, gets down

The showcase should prove to be an excellent opportunity for show-goers to get a whole lot of bang for their buck, both for long-time fans and people looking to get familiar with a pillar of Madison's rock scene. >More
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