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Let us now praise hip-hop producers

MCs and DJs may be the face of Madison hip-hop, but producers ' those individuals who compose the beats and sound arrangements behind the rap ' are the invisible artists essential to turning out great tracks. >More
 Bob Dylan rips it up at the Kohl Center

Bob Dylan used to be famous for changing up youth culture with every new album and every new sartorial look. That's not true anymore, of course. But the 65-year-old Dylan is still the biggest folk-rock icon the world will ever know. And if the long, spirited set of oldies and hard-charging blues material from his recent Modern Times album he dashed through with his slick, five-piece backing band at the Kohl Center on Halloween night is any indication, he certainly won't be mumbling his way off this mortal coil. >More
 Who's your Daddy?

Despite the fact that he took the stage to a chorus of hallelujahs from backing vocalists the Diplomettes, Andre Williams is certainly no angel. In the course of his hour long set Friday night at the High Noon Saloon, the septuagenarian didn't hesitate to tell us what was on his mind. And it seemed to just be one thing, sex. With blush generating songs like "Let Me Put It In" and "Agile, Mobile, and Hostile" -- which asks "Hey baby, do you wanna make love?" and then tells you the three essential elements (hence the title) -- he managed to entertain as well as discomfit.

 Andy AdamsWarming up the room

The album makes an especially strong case for the keyboard skills of Vincent Fuh, who penned five of the album's eight tracks. Whether he's offering up stabbing block chords, ruminating Bill Evans-style on his flamenco-flavored ballad 'Andalucia' or rolling through syncopated rhythmic figures on 'Salome,' Fuh is always impressive. >More
 Choke me in the shallow water: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians with Joe Purdy

The guy-with-a-guitar act gained popularity a few years back, especially with the frat-boy crew looking to score that perfect, heart-wrenching ditty -- and the perfect, number-one blonde. Last night, in collegiate-coated Madison, Joe Purdy showed the boys what they can't pick up from John Mayer or Jason Mraz: a lack of agenda will entrance a crowd of attractive ladies. >More
 Hip-hop haters

While the Majestic situation may seem more or less resolved now, the violence that happened there reflects deeper issues about Madison. And these deeper issues ' racism, gentrification, the lack of communication between different cultures ' are going to be with us for a long time. >More
 The Bo Diddley beat shakes Overture Hall

Overture Hall was crowded for Oct. 18's Bo Diddley concert. And not just with people, but with ghosts. The shades of rock, blues and R&B greats hovered over the proceedings. >More
 Late-night love story

The lonely world of graveyard-shift radio DJs on noncommercial stations like WORT may not seem glamorous. But this married couple find enough meaning in the experience to volunteer for one exhausting unpaid night every week. >More
 Optometri celebrates Touch & Gogol's 26th anniversary

About a month ago in Chicago, venerable indie record label Touch & Go celebrated their 25th anniversary with a three-day music festival. On Saturday night in Madison, the label that inspired T&G had their own party at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. >More
 Cozying up with Mojave 3

On their first visit to Madison Thursday night, Brits Mojave 3 got a chilly reception. Not from the audience -- they couldn't have been more appreciative or more attentive--but from the weather. "It's cold here, we weren't expecting that," lead singer Neil Halstead protested. Even though it was an unusually cold, blustery night outside of the High Noon Saloon, it was warm and cozy inside for the second night of their US tour supporting their recent release Puzzles Like You with Tim O'Reagan in support. >More
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