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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
 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
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