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Road warriors

Thanks to relentless touring in an unheated van, playing up to five shows a week in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, the MSB sold almost 1,000 copies of its second independently released CD, Rogue Nation, in four months. >More
 Invasion of the touring bands

Another season, another club closes. This time it's Club Majestic that's moved off the club calendar, and its loss will be felt. Without it, the Barrymore Theatre and the Orpheum's narrow Stage Door Theater will see more action, which is good for those rooms but not exactly a sign of robust growth in the live-music scene. >More
 Crafty instrumentalists Cougar roared and purred for a big hometown crowd at the High Noon

I admit it, I'm a lyrics girl. I can listen to Bob Dylan for hours on end, but I quickly lose patience with anything that doesn't feature clever wordplay. So I wasn't quite sure what I would think about Cougar's headlining hour set of "emergency rock" at the High Noon Saloon on Monday night in front of an impressively large crowd. >More
 An introduction to OX's debut video

"It was the funky beat that really hooked me," says filmmaker Jesse Land about selecting the song featured in his debut music video production. The track is "Introduction of Hate Music," which was written and recorded by Madison hip-hop artist OX for his 2005 album Syllabus. Land and his team at Brickhouse Pictures worked with the emcee nearly a year ago to shoot the video around the Bassett neighborhood in downtown Madison. >More
 Summer Hymns pleasant listening, but buck stops there

May I preface this by saying that I did not see the reunion tour of The Police at the King Club tonight. Nor did I see the tour of one of their roadies. Thus, can you please play your set on time? Or just a half hour late? Maybe I am a square, or maybe I am just a working woman without a coke habit. Just sayin'. >More
 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
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