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A party in search of a music scene

And so it goes. Now four years old, the MAMAs remains a near perfectly organized, upscale event that tries hard to pay tribute to a scene that really isn't a scene at all, but a collection of scenes divided in the usual ways our community is divided - by age, race and class. >More
 The Tragically Hip get hearts poundin' in Madison

When most hipsters were not even to their mothers' waists, the Tragically Hip were rapidly becoming one of Canada's most popular rock acts. Now, almost 20 years later, they tread -- but not lightly! -- on the Barrymore Theatre's stage on Tuesday night. >More
 Top Ten moments of the 2007 Madison Area Music Awards... and the winners

Accepting for "Best Compilation Album," it made perfect sense for Art Paul Schlosser to say, "We would have world peace if more people worked together." >More
 Owen Temple, Brown Derby belly up at Mickey's

Mickey's has no illusions of ballroom grandeur. The bands played for tips, and they set up with their rhythm sections wedged so far back in the corner that you could almost forget they were there. Still, Mickey's is an undeniably charming place to see a show, intimate and interactive, with the crowd often being as much a part of the show as the band. >More
 Robbie Fulks gets his Revenge!

Robbie Fulks' career probably won't suddenly explode into the mainstream thanks to his new live album, Revenge! >More
 Duncan Sheik delivers mature and sad performance in Madison

About seven or so years ago a friend snagged me an autographed Duncan Sheik ticket at a show I couldn't attend. The signed stub still sits in a jar of seed beads, thread, and needles. I don't know why I ever chose such a resting place for my souvenir, but after the concert at Orpheum's Stage Door, Sheik proved he has a lot in common with the enjoyable yet challenging task of stringing things together. >More
 Ba Cissoko warms up a crowd at the High Noon Saloon

I won't pretend that I knew anything about Ba Cissoko or the kora before tonight, but I left the High Noon Saloon Thursday night after seeing the supremely entertaining West African dance band curious about both. >More
 After the Profits

"As a musician, I want to set my goals high," he says. "I want to be a better songwriter than Paul McCartney and a better showman than Bono." >More
 Ted Leo puts on a torrid show for Madison at Club 770

It didn't take long for Ted Leo to work up a sweat Thursday night on the low-ceilinged stage at Union South. By the end of a jam-heavy second number, sweat streamed down his face and dripped off his nose. >More
 An oral history

In the summer of 1996 I drove up to Lodi and spent an hour at a coffeeshop with Don Koellen, nephew of Crystal Corner founder Florence Weber. Over toast and a tape recorder, Koellen shared his memories of his aunt and the early days of the tavern. Below are excerpts from that interview. >More
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