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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 63.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
The Daily


Think locally, tour globally

For many Madison bands, the open road is beckoning. And not just the American freeway'the Autobahn, the English roadway, even the Japanese superhighway. More and more, Madison musicians have been taking advantage of international distribution, exposure via the Internet or record deals in other countries to find success abroad, sometimes at a higher level than they are able to reach in their own country. >More
 Suddenly legal

June 21 was the day that Madison's Center for Visual and Performing Arts ordinance amendment was passed by the Common Council. The new rule provides a licensing system and conditions for nightclubs to legally open their doors to patrons between 18 and 20. >More
 The little label that could

The iPod age hasn't been kind to record labels big and small. But the Madison-based co-op label Sector Five Records has found a way to thrive on its own terms. >More
 Carl Johns: The next new thing

The plan was to move to Madison for one year. Instead, Carl Johns will say goodbye to Madison next week after a nine-year run in which he arguably emerged as our most high-profile link to the national indie-rock circuit. >More
 MadCity's survival secret

As digital tracks continue to downsize the sale of compact discs nationwide, Dave Benton says that MadCity Music Exchange is hanging in there. >More
 Who is that masked man?

The Bonnie "Prince" Billy show at MadCity Music Exchange (Friday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.) won't be the first time storeowner Dave Benton has hosted a national artist. But this show might be his best attended. >More
 Liner Notes: MadCabaret

 Blues brothers

The Cash Box Kings translate the spirits of Waters, Little Walter, Robert Johnson and other blues giants into quality recordings that rely on feel rather than studio trickery to make an impression. >More
 Rockabilly queen

Wanda Jackson, who performs at the High Noon Saloon on Sunday, Aug. 6, met Elvis Presley in 1955 when both singers were performing on a package tour. Jackson was just 17 at the time and pursuing a career in country music. But Presley advised her to start singing rockabilly, and she listened. >More
 Adventures in listening

As we enjoy the long days of summer, Madison's classical groups wind down their summer programs and may even get a little vacation, but not without their music. Instruments, metronomes and scores get packed in the car along with road snacks and suitcases because musicians can't afford to go more than a few days without practicing, especially in light of the challenging season ahead. >More
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