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The Daily


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
 Clovis Mann travel back to 1971 with Allman Brothers

Madison-based blues rockers Clovis Mann will be taking on the classic At Fillmore East by the Allmann Brothers Band on Wednesday at the High Noon Saloon, after beginning the evening with a set of original material. >More
 Clear skies grace Roots Fest at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten

Capital Brewery had to be happy that the weatherman was right. The skies were clear and the sun was shining for their first ever Roots Fest on Saturday. A large crowd was on hand to enjoy not only the beer but a fine line-up of local bands capped off by Wisconsin native Willy Porter. >More
 Live Local

The scene may not be Austin or Brooklyn, but it is big enough to host local shows every night of the week, every week of the year.And not just your garden-variety gigs. In Madison we have festivals, benefit shows, reunions, CD-release parties, weeklies, openers, showcases, and on and on. >More
 Her eternal flame

She was the beautifully sleepy girl mutually beckoned by her alarm clock and the kiss of a shirtless hunk on the video to "Manic Monday." Three years later, she was lovestruck in front of the ocean, bowing to the power of crashing waves and fireworks on the video to "Eternal Flame." >More
 The Ditty Bops bring their Farm Tour to Madison

The Ditty Bops have swung through town on a number of occasions since their debut album was released in 2004. Attendance at each concert since has grown in size and enthusiasm, illustrating the band's following in Madison. The appreciation seems to be mutual, as at the last show they declared: "We love Madison! You bike in the snow, you've got a great co-op, and lots of gay people!" >More
 Rock 'n' roll realists

The Grizzlies enjoy early gigs like the one they're getting set to play at the High Noon Saloon. For most young bands, six o'clock on a Tuesday evening is reserved for sleeping off the weekend or noshing in preparation for a late night. But assorted Grizzlies got their fill of the nightlife in old bands like Charlemagne and the Shivers. Putting on their contagious Guided By Voices-meets-Ryan Adams repertoire well before the sun sets isn't a hardship. "Happy-hour shows at the High Noon are fantastic," drummer Alex Fulton says brightly. "We love them." >More
 Majestic Theatre now hiring, booking shows, selling tix

Things are starting to come together at the new Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison. The interior remodeling that started a month ago is proceeding better than expected, says venue co-owner Matt Gerding. "It looks a bit like World War III there,' he notes, "but everything is on schedule for the construction deadline at the end of September." >More
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