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MUSIC

A Q&A with OK Go

Bass player Tim Nordwind isn't the lead singer of OK Go, but he plays one in the band's gloriously low-budget viral videos for "A Million Ways" and "Here It Goes Again." A few days before their Jack Daniel's sponsored Studio 7 show at the High Noon Saloon, he took some time to explain to me how that came about, to reflect on special Madison memories, and to answer my most important question. >More
 Cold War Kids provide a spectacle at the Annex

The Cold War Kids returned to Madison last night, this time ditching Tapes 'n Tapes in favor of a well-deserved headlining gig and an Annex clogged with a sold-out crowd. The show was one of the first in a characteristically relentless touring schedule in continuing support of their 2006 blog favorite Robbers and Cowards. >More
 Keeping it real

His signature track, 'Do the Pigeon,' from 2006's Pigeon John & the Summertime Pool Party is instead sublime, joyous and full of faith. The last line of the chorus sums up the sentiment: 'I know it gets tough, but you gotta let the sunshine in just a smidgen.' >More
 The Apologists, German Art Students and the Shrunken Heads deliver a Lowellpalooza

The German Art Students may have found themselves a new demographic. The middle band of a fundraiser for Lowell school Sunday at the Harmony Bar, the local punk humorists packed the dance floor with a crowd they're not used to, the six and under crowd. >More
 The Autumn Defense are continually engaging at Madison show

Café Montmartre could not have been a better venue for The Autumn Defense show on Thursday evening. For a lineup who have headlined sold-out shows at huge arenas [with Wilco], the cozy crimson enclave with amazing sound quality intensified this extraordinary, intimate concert. >More
 His time to shine

Bobby Bryan doesn't take his role as a bandleader lightly. Sure, when he's up on stage at Adair's Lounge, 121 W. Main St., leading his polished blues quartet through its paces, he's as insouciant as can be. Stage patter flows freely from his mouth during engaging (and, at times, appropriately salacious) intros to each song, and he sings just as easily in a smooth tenor voice. >More
 Where is Madison in the SXSW line-up?

The approach of March means one thing to many fans of music, movies, and all-around interactive culture in the U.S., and to some extent, around the world. This is South by Southwest, the springtime conference and festival that draws hundreds of bands and many thousands of cultural consumers to the streets and clubs of Austin, Texas. >More
 The Apples in Stereo play sunny pop at a crowded Madison show

For a little while Monday night at the High Noon Saloon it looked like the Apples in Stereo might never get off the ground. Despite a lengthy break between bands, Apples frontman Robert Schneider had troubles right from the beginning. Big trouble, we couldn't hear his guitar. >More
 Swill and the OuttaToons get happy at the High Noon

Even if it's the middle of the week, the weekend always begins at High Noon happy hour. Luckily, in this instance it was a Friday evening, lowering the chances of a) realizing it's only 8 pm and you're sauced and b) having to work in the morning. >More
 Backstage with the country stars Sugarland

To find out what old friends are up to, most of us have to scan alumni magazines, or perhaps try to turn up some interesting news on Google. Not so my boyfriend. He needs only to turn on the radio, because two of his childhood chums from East Tennessee, brothers Kristian and Brandon Bush of the Atlanta-based country-music outfit Sugarland, are darlings of the airwaves. >More
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