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A full menu at the High Noon Rock & Roll Buffet

While it is likely that area music lovers had seen one or more of these bands before, this was the first time such a wide variety had been collected into one place, complete with a menu. I may have been foolish, but I thought I probably had a big enough musical appetite to do the whole thing. >More
 Looking for The Twilight Sad at the Union Terrace

Jim Morrison keeping his back to the audience during The Doors' performances is legend. A sense of Jim's moody shyness taps into a dark and sexy place. But The Doors didn't have to compete with 4000 other bands that sounded just like them. And even if they did, Jim Morrison had a great ass. The Twilight Sad played a free show at the Memorial Union Terrace Friday night and made me mull all that over in my head and arrive at a conclusion: it's not 1965, kids. >More
 Future's so bright

Marques Bovre is back after not being in a band for a few years. And he's made changes that eerily mesh with the way popular music has changed in the past 15 years. >More
 Cue up the funk

I went to the King Club on a warm June night to catch the original Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, doing his regular Funky Mondays gig. At 64, Stubblefield, who played with James Brown in the '60s and whose sticks are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, rolls out beats like it was 1969. And thanks to his persistence, R&B is coming back. >More
 Will online broadcasters have to pony up?

Music industry officials continue to clamp down on online music, and next week they may claim another victim: Internet radio. >More
 Madison Made Music Project song contest draws many entries

"Since this is the first year we have done it, I didn't know what to expect," says Katherine Davey, a co-organizer of the inaugural charity event intended to build awareness about poverty and homelessness in the city. "I was hoping for 100." >More
 Honky Tonk Tuesdays get their footing at Mickey's Tavern

Despite the fact that Pardekooper is often seen wearing a cowboy hat (and wearing it well) and Blake Thomas can write a song that'll have you crying in your beer in seconds flat, there isn't much about this trio that says honky tonk. >More
 A night of celebration with the Wisconsin Pop Implosion

The theme for the debauchery was "Summer New Year's 2007," apparently for those who missed the first celebration while hibernating through the Wisconsin winter. The King Club was feverishly decorated with a web of twisted crepe paper streamers, and the stage was meticulously lined in a pastel rainbow of over-inflated balloons. The entire room was ready to pop. >More
 Panic! at the Disco heats up Summerfest

With the considerable humidity mixing with the heat of thousands of tightly packed, only-just-post-adolescent bodies, hormones and pheromones flashed and sparked through the crowd like heat lighting. The crowd surged to its feet screaming when its young heroes appeared. >More
 The Cash Box Kings talk blues and beer

While drummer Kenny "Beady Eyes" Smith (son of Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Muddy Waters' drummer) is arguably the most famous of the band, he keeps the lowest profile, usually only taking the mike for a cover of "Hoochie Coochie Man." The rest of the time vocals are handled by either Travis Koopman or Joe Nosek; Koopman's guitar playing gives the band its jumping energy, while Nosek's harmonica brings the authentic blues feel. >More
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