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The bland leading the bland

When I turned on Z104 last Sunday night and committed myself to listening to all four hours of Ryan Seacrest's American Top 40, I pledged to have an open mind. >More
 Leslie Hall brings the LY's, and her gem sweaters, to Madison

It's important to understand that Leslie Hall, School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate and Ames, Iowa native, is brilliant. The gem sweater proponent is the most brilliant regionalist, perhaps, since fellow Iowan Grant Wood. >More
 Best of the blues

The contest takes place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at the Brink Lounge, and the winner will get a chance to compete in the 2008 edition of the International Blues Challenge. Several acts from around the state are slated to participate, including Mud Angels, Bobby Bryan & the Original Downtown Players, and Queenie & the Blue Cats. >More
 Lust and betrayal

French conductor Laurent Campellone will make his American debut at the podium, guiding the Madison Symphony Orchestra through the opera's lush score. >More
 Blogging the Neko Case concert at the Barrymore

"Don't worry, I don't expect anyone to agree with me," concludes Kiki Schueler in her review of Neko Case's latest show in Madison. The golden-voiced star of indie rock and country noir swung by town on Monday night, performing with her Bloodshot Records compatriots Kelly Hogan and The Jon Rauhouse Quintet to an overflowing house at the Barrymore Theatre. >More
 Funny smoke and national radio in the Netherlands

There is a funny smoke that hangs in the air in Amsterdam music clubs. Last Friday night, we played until 2 a.m. and could barely drive home. >More
 MAMAs announces performers at 2007 awards show

Organizers for the fourth annual Madison Area Music Awards announced the local musicians who will be playing at the 2007 ceremony, which will be held at the Barrymore Theater on Saturday, May 12. >More
 Neko Case brings a gorgeous voice and underwhelming songs to Madison

I guarantee no one who was at Neko Case's sold out Barrymore show on Monday night will agree with me, but I thought it was sort of boring. All sorts of superlatives were being spouted as people made their way to the door after her 90-minute set. "Amazing." "Fantastic." "I think I died." It left me wondering what it was I didn't get. >More
 From Germany to the Netherlands and back again

So we have survived the first run on the German autobahn and the fastest traffic I have seen. It's fun going 100 mph in our Volvo wagon, but hard to not feel that you're breaking the law. >More
 The piano man

The lifestyle of this piano man may not be as beer-soaked and broken-hearted as Billy Joel described. But the reflective ambience he adds to the sweeping view of Lake Mendota at the Cove Lounge has surely facilitated more than a few deep thoughts among patrons. >More
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