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MadTracks -- 'Je ne Sais Quoi' by the Caravan Gyspy Swing Ensemble

A Chris Ruppenthal original from their new self-titled album, it's zesty enough to brighten the murkiest fall afternoon, and thanks to Kevin Tipple's aggressive approach to his upright bass, it also has enough drive to serve as dance music. >More
 Soundlab dawns Friday at the Majestic Theatre

Hipsters, geeks, freaks, dorks -- if you want to get your dance on, Soundlab is your ultimate destination on Friday nights starting this week at the Majestic Theatre with beats care of the one and only, Nick Nice. New Majestic Theatre co-owner Matt Gerding explained that he and business partner Scott Leslie wanted to form an alternative to the regular "club" scene where the draw was the music and the outcome was dancing, rather than binge drinking and grinding up on anonymous partners. >More
 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah rile up the Annex

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah worked the crowd like an exercise video at the Annex last night. Chinese lanterns hand painted like the cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Show Your Bone cluttered the stage, adding to the DIY, lo fi buzz that emanated from the speakers. >More
 Howe Gelb and Eleni Mandell charm fans in a warm Annex

Howe Gelb is not for everyone. That fact may explain why there weren't more than a couple dozen people at Friday night's show at the Annex. Most of the people there were serious fans, shouting requests from his imposing catalog of releases under his own name, alter ego Blacky Ranchette and the Giant Sand moniker. The rest of us were sometimes confused, sometimes entertained. >More
 Shameless romantic

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell is looking forward to his return to Madison to play a one-night-only concert with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. "Madison is such a great city, and I love the music scene there," he told me in our phone conversation. Bell last played with the MSO in 1988 and more recently in a sold-out performance at the Union Theater last February. >More
 Scoops for the week of Oct. 5-12

 Still quirky after all these years

Lou and Peter Berryman may well be the only musicians in the world who launched a 30-year musical partnership three years after they divorced. >More
 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
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