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A little bit country

To the right of contemporary country singer Eric Church is a mohawked guitarist in a tight black shirt, ear pierced up and down, arms covered in tattoos. The plucked and inked picker embodies the theme of this one act show: Just how close to the rock 'n' roll border can Church move his familiar North Carolina country?< >More
 Starlight and standards at the Ivory Room in Madison

At 25, Jack Sosnowski, co-owner of the new Ivory Room piano bar at 116 W. Mifflin, is hardly a member of the core demographic for the music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. But he admits he's always had a soft spot for the golden throats of the Rat Pack and the songs they helped cement in the standard repertoire of club and lounge performers everywhere. >More
 Otherworldly circus punk

Members of the Chicago ensemble Mucca Pazza style themselves an "astounding circus punk marching band," and they are indeed astounding. Last night at the High Noon Saloon, Mucca Pazza treated a (sadly small) audience to a lavish, energetic, at moments bewildering show that, sure enough, brought a punk sensibility to marching band music a genre that is, let's face it, badly in need of retooling. >More
 Rock of (all) ages

My American Heart's brand of emo-rock is muscular enough to sound tough. But listen close and you'll hear plenty of angst ' lyrics that yearn for substance over superficiality. >More
 Shine on you crazy diamond

Had Edward Gorey written The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy would have been named Shara Worden. In her sparkly heels, wild hair, doll dress, and red tights, she single handedly saved my dying faith in the music industry with her pure, vocal raindrops and mystical songs. Worden, on tour supporting her most current release, Bring Me the Workhorse, as My Brightest Diamond, has been showcasing her amalgamation of styles for years, first as AwRY and most recently as one of Sufjan Stevens' Illinoisemakers. >More
 The Pernice Brothers gorgeously focus on the mundane

Joe Pernice has the look of a history professor on his day off, white T shirt, graying beard, small, scholarly glasses, but once he and his band took the stage at the High Noon Saloon Friday night it was obvious he wasn't going to lecture us about ancient civilizations. >More
 The Who...but why?

Endless Wire doesn't distill all the creative frustrations and interpersonal conflicts of those lost years. It would be a better album if it did. But it does prove that the sixty-something Townshend and Daltrey still have some spunk left in them. >More
 Da Ricanstruckta claims victory

The show, built around producers battling for a $500 prize, drew a surprisingly diverse crowd. Middle aged parents carrying toddlers were packed next to college kids. Local emcees who came to support their beats shared tables with card players who abandoned their games once the music began to fill Memorial Union. It was a fitting audience for a pleasantly varied show. >More
 Fulks, Escovedo preside over raucous night

Fulks' formidable guitar skills were on display, while Escovedo mixed in a few Townsend-style windmills of his own >More
 John Popper sits in...

It's a familiar story on the local club scene: A famous music act comes to Madison for a concert, and rumors begin to circulate that one of our nightspots will get a visit from The Great Entertainer. I once hung around the Slipper Club well past my bedtime because of whispers that Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, in town for a booking at the Kohl Center, might show. He didn't. >More
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