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Reverence with a beat

Madison boasts a rich community of traditionally minded musicians. These players and songwriters explore various strains of America's musical roots with a vigor and proficiency that make them both loving preservationists and active participants. A recent addition to this community is the Cajun Strangers, whose lively brand of traditional Cajun music has led them from local dance floors to international acclaim. >More
 Scoops for the week of Oct. 19-26

 Crazy old coots

If money actually mattered to Eugene Chadbourne and Jimmy Carl Black, they might hire an agent and book a place like the Barrymore or the Majestic for their upcoming Madison appearance. >More
 Name that band!

Before settling on the explosive name Ka-Boom!Box, members of the Madison dubtronica-pop collective were on a band retreat near Black River Falls when a Wal-Mart built on an old landfill blew up -- the result of a careless employee taking a cigarette break out back. >More
 Alabama music comes to Madison this fall

For a period of 20 years, the recording scene in Muscle Shoals, Ala. produced a near-bottomless trove of classic hit records that not only spanned genres, but often helped create them. In the coming weeks, Madison audiences will be treated to several shows by Shoals-based artists, each of whom bridges the eras of its musical history. >More
 Madison Music Project: Two cents on the local scene

In the annual Isthmus Madison Music Project guide published last week, the band registry was accompanied by a trio of items asking several folks active in the local scene to answer three questions. Their complete responses follow. >More
 And the Gates of Heaven opened...

In a dimly lit, sparsely furnished venue that could alternately be classified as quaint or modish, Quebec native Woelv (the alter ego of Genevieve Castree) and Madison's own Vid Libert put on a timeless and dreamy show Thursday night at the Gates of Heaven synagogue in James Madison Park. >More
 Questions and answers

Rick Tvedt doesn't want to be acting executive director of the four-year-old Madison Area Music Awards forever. In a year or two, the MAMAs founder hopes the nonprofit can hire a full-time staff member to do much of the day-to-day work, thus freeing time for the award show's primary mission: supporting music education in the schools. "What gets lost to people," says Tvedt, "is that we're a charity. Our mantra is 'Putting musical instruments into kids' hands.'" >More
 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
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