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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
 The toast of County Tipperary: Josh Harty in Ireland

It's hard enough for a musician to get gigs in his own country where he might have a few connections, but trying to book a tour in another country for the first time can be even more challenging. Josh Harty found this out on his current trip to Ireland. >More
 The fight for UW radio

WSUM celebrates five years of broadcasting at 91.7 FM this week, but for Dave Black, the station has been a 14-year labor of love. Being the general manager of UW-Madison's campus radio station isn't the career he was planning on. Still, Black was all smiles last week when he recounted the unlikely event in 1993 that changed the course of his life. >More
 Sparklehorse glitters like gold on Mardi Gras

Sparklehorse is the score to everything that makes you grit your teeth. It's music that hurts, but it hurts so good. Although deeply rooted in grunge, there is a certain low-fi modernity reminiscent of old Modest Mouse and new Sonic Youth that makes them fit perfectly into the current indie hipster scene. There could not have been a better concert to attend on Kurt Cobain's 40th birthday. >More
 Toby Lightman is spellbinding at Café Montmartre

It is unclear whether Toby Lightman keeps her eyes closed throughout her set because she, too, is captivated by the intimacy of her concert, or if the short, petite singer just needs all that focus to support a guitar that appears to be twice her size. >More
 A late Valentine from the Motor Primitives

Less than a week after saying au revoir to bass guitarist/vocalist Matthew Sanborn and lead guitarist/vocalist Kat Spring during their hot-enough-to-thaw-winter finale at the Harmony Bar, the remaining Motor Primitives have announced that bass guitarist Ed Feeney will join guitarist and lead singer/songwriter Pam Barrett and drummer Robin Davies in their revamped lineup. >More
 Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet unveil new material at Mother Fool??s

High school English teacher by day, roots rocker by night, Erik Brandt brings both skill sets to Mother Fool's on Saturday, Feb. 17. The literate, folksy and wry St. Paul singer/songwriter and his Urban Hillbilly Quartet have played the Twin Cities airwaves and bar rooms for about a decade now. UHQ's Madison shows are one part celebration, one part family reunion -- and they're too few and far between. >More
 On the record

It's easy to get down when your band plays the same rooms in the same small city to the same crowd. Some acts break up or move on when the walls begin to close in. Others hunker down in the basement or a more sophisticated purpose-built studio and start recording. >More
 Moses Patrou breaks out with the Super Bowl

"I haven't received any large notoriety for it," says Moses Patrou, a Brooklyn-based musician who hails from Madison. Patrou is referring to his role as the lead vocalist for a Coca-Cola commercial airing last Sunday during Super Bowl XLI. >More
 Robot Wars: Droids Attack pound their way to hard-rock bliss

Droids Attack makes old-fashioned, black-eye, dusty-jeans rock. They ooze greasy bass to lubricate your engine and craft guitar solos that will motivate victory in any epic drag race. Their crudely confrontational metal machinery grinds out vibrations that make a stiff drink quiver. And yes, they make music that comes integrally packaged with a deadly six-foot robot. >More
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