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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
 Rhett Miller delivers energy and charm at the High Noon Saloon

It would be easy to dismiss the Rhett Miller who played Thursday night at the High Noon Saloon as a sell-out. His two solo records, The Instigator and The Believer, have completed the transformation from the ragged country punk of the Old 97's' earliest (and still best) work to the high-gloss, commercially viable pop their last records hinted at. >More
 Miles of styles

Dianne Reeves wraps up this season's new Isthmus Jazz Series with supple songs on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Wisconsin Union Theater. The sumptuous songstress has scaled new peaks since she sang for Mad City in 2000. She's picked up four Grammys for best vocal jazz in the last five years. >More
 Scene queen

Jessica Thompson, 28, is remaking the Madison music scene with the help of her adopted persona, Contessa. Tagged with that nickname by a local musician (Dan Clark of Null Device and Stromkern) more than a year ago, Thompson has since used it as an emblem of her style and the goals of her work. >More
 The Blueheels and Wandering Sons impress at Montmartre

The Blueheels claim Neenah is the "rock-n-roll capital of the world," but until you've actually seen one of their incendiary live shows, that proclamation may be hard to believe. For two raucous, glorious, and maybe a bit drunken, hours on Friday night at Café Montmartre they pled their case quite convincingly. >More
 A pained P.O.S. surfaces in Madison

If you've passively decided you don't belong at a Madison hip hop show, you're both mistaken and missing out on the richest lyrical experiences you'll hear. Those who put their dependents to bed after seizing the 9-5 day in order to seize the night as well were rewarded with an inspiring lineup of Midwestern-bred social critics. >More
 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
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