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MUSIC

The bluesman who flunked band

'The professor put the sheet music in front of me,' recalls Voegeli. 'And I couldn't do it. So I said to her, 'Okay, you play 24 bars, and then I'll play it back to you.' Voegeli proved his point and won his right to join the class. But ultimately, he never warmed to traditional instruction. >More
 Cougar brings Law to Madison, both album and in concert

An unassuming quintet of electronic musicians bearing roots in Madison became one of the city's most renowned musical exports over the last year. They are Cougar, and their debut album Law is poised to make an impression in upcoming months, as it is finally getting a "proper" U.S. release more than a year after splashing down in Europe. Their layered and urgent brand of instrumental rock has already attracted quite a bit of notice, though, at least among serious followers of new music. >More
 Rick's Cafe ceases publication

On Tuesday afternoon, rumors turned into certainty when Rick Tvedt confirmed his newspaper, Rick's Cafe, has ceased publication. He graciously spoke with me over the phone about what led to the decision. >More
 Experiencing Pink Floyd -- at Overture Hall

Enjoying The Pink Floyd Experience -- essentially an elaborate tribute band -- could be seen as a guilty pleasure. Which is too bad, because the music is completely deserving of being called thrilling '- much more so than the pig, or the light show. >More
 Fugazi's Joe Lally put on an engaging set at Café Montmartre on Wednesday night

All the anxiety that had been building up during opening sets by Capillary Action and Bastard Trio faded during Lally's too-brief set, which featured much of his new record There to Here. >More
 A band with your beer

With a capacity of about 200, Mr. Roberts, 2116 Atwood Ave., isn't a big place. But it's one of the bigger music venues on the east side. That makes it appealing to both local acts and touring jam bands, who call in from across the country trying to snag dates. >More
 Payola suit citing Triple M is settled

Spitzer's complaint alleged that Entercom had engaged in deceptive business activities in New York state by choosing songs for broadcast based on 'payments or consideration from record labels or their representatives without disclosure to the public.' >More
 Party at Broadjam kicks off 2007 MAMAs

In a non-descript office building set among car dealerships on Odana Rd. Tuesday night, a couple dozen musicians, some of them uncomfortably sporting day-job business casual attire, gather in a handful of conversation knots drinking beer and grazing on snacks. >More
 Majestic Theatre done as a nightclub

The long-embattled and controversial Majestic Theatre dance club and concert venue on King Street in downtown Madison is shutting down most of its operations, continuing only with a skeleton operation as a bar for one day per week. The Majestic's marquee is already bare, and most concerts scheduled there have been rebooked for other venues. >More
 The greatest music ever!

My soul rejoices that such a troupe would travel from the far corners of Germany to our little town of Madison to allow us to share in their magnificence. Naysayers may attempt to fool you, but it is certain that Porsches on the Autobahn are as German as Borat is Kazakh! >More
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