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Out with the old

The landscape of popular music is changing so rapidly that no one really has a handle on where it's going. A decade ago, few record-store devotees would have predicted that the mighty Tower Records chain would dissolve completely in a bankruptcy proceeding or that overall sales of the hard-copy CD album would decline to the point that even the notoriously change-averse music industry would question its future. >More
 Drunk Drivers, Brickshithouse and Belles of Skin City keep the faith at the High Noon

Beer-handling skills. Keep them sharp, especially if your favorite club is getting a visit from Eau Claire's Drunk Drivers. It seems hard to believe, but the band is already into its second decade delivering rock and roll (and collective crowd hangovers) to the regional club scene. Compared to legendary alcohol-fueled shenanigans of the past, Friday's performance at the High Noon Saloon was a tad more sober. But the rambunctious Wisconsinites don't look like they'll be slowing down musically any time soon. >More
 Tim Whalen brings his jazz to Le Tigre Lounge

The Madison jazz pianist Tim Whalen plays solo piano every Thursday at Le Tigre Lounge, and at the bar last night, he performed a version of "O Tannenbaum" that was very similar to Guaraldi's, and potentially as wistful. The wistfulness was tempered, though, by the conviviality of a talkative crowd -- and tempered even more by the whimsical miasma of tiger imagery all around. >More
 B-Side Records releases Best of the Year 2006 list

While recently entering my favorite five new albums released in 2006 for the KEXP Top 90.3 countdown, I realized that the B-Side Records annual four-page best-of list extravaganza was likely out and on the shop's counter. Indeed, Madison's most jam-packed end-of-the-year list -- its sixteenth edition -- was ready for reading. >More
 Electronic Eden

Celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 16, the Inferno stands as the leading destination for electronic music in the Madison area. >More
 Blogging the 2006 Madison Pop Festival

The Madison Pop Festival was a big deal. At least, it was for the many hundreds of music fans who attended the shows throughout the weekend, culminating in the Saturday night -- make that Sunday morning -- performance by critics' favorite Joanna Newsom at the UW Memorial Union Great Hall. Like any popular music festival of this scale and visibility, there was no shortage of people writing online about it. >More
 Brother Ali gets physical at the Madison Pop Festival

There is an elephant in the room whenever Brother Ali plays a show. The emcee, perhaps the finest from the Minneapolis Rhymesayers scene, is an albino. Though it's impossible not to notice this as he lurks around Club 770's more intimate theater Saturday night (and even if it were, his lyrics repeatedly refer to it), his albinism is the kind of fact that seems more profound than it is. >More
 The new, improved Madison Pop Festival could be the start of something big

UW psychology grad student Jamie Hanson has his fingers crossed that this weekend's Madison Pop Festival will become a fixture of the local music calendar. The festival culminates on Saturday night at Memorial Union's Great Hall with a much-anticipated concert by harp-playing indie phenom Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan of Smog. Hanson spoke with Isthmus last week about the event and its prospects for the future. An excerpt of this interview follows below. >More
 Catch a rising star

'With 'The O.C.' or 'One Tree Hill' featuring the 'hot new band' every week, you see these bands going from 100-seat venues to big theaters overnight, literally,' says Hanson. 'So we thought maybe we could get at something before it becomes huge and maybe can't come to Madison because it's too big.' >More
 Knock your Zox off

Twenty-one year-old Ari Herstand supported Zox and Tally Hall at the High Noon Saloon as a one-man band of vox, acoustic guitar, trumpet, beat box, and loops. At first glance, this "Poster Boy Celebrity" looked like just another folk act, but quickly pleased with a voice similar in texture to Ron Sexsmith, and songs filled with catchy hooks and intricate layers. In the future, Herstand will hopefully wield his skills for deeper muses. >More
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