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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
 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.

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 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
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