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Six of the best Madison-made songs of 2012

I'm not about to let you forget that 2012 was a supremely strange-sounding year in local music. There's even more adventure and dissonance beyond my list of 2012's best Madison-made albums, either on albums that didn't quite make the cut or from artists that slipped under my radar for most of the year. Here's a short playlist to help you close out the year on a compelling and head-scratching note. >More
 Sights and sounds from the End of the World Moustache Bash at the Majestic (video)

If you're reading this, then it's safe to say the world didn't end. Take a moment to celebrate this fact. Go ahead and hug the nearest person in the room, but then consider the following: How you chose to spend the apocalypse says a lot about who you are as a person. >More
 'Glitz, glamor, Las Vegas showgirls and Santa Claus': An interview with Waylan St. Palan (video)

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas around Madison, all the children, good and bad, start to anticipate the arrival of Waylan St. Palan and the Magic Elves for their annual holiday lounge show. >More
 Middleton Community Orchestra enchants with dance-themed program featuring stellar soprano Emily Birsan

Last night, the Middleton Community Orchestra presented "An Evening of Song and Dance" at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center. Under the tight and steady stewardship of conductor Steve Kurr, this orchestra dazzled. >More
 400 Saturdays shares Madison music fans' stories about vinyl

When working at MadCity Music Exchange from 2002 to 2010, Kim Johnson-Bair got to know the unassuming eccentrics one meets in local record shops. "The punks would come in, and they're easy to recognize, but what about the guy standing way over there in the Carhartt jacket and the baseball cap?" she asks. >More
 Milkhouse Radio cranks out 'Christmas on the Isthmus,' a bluegrass ode to Madison (video)

Despite being what guitarist Russ Cannon calls a "ridiculous idea," local bluegrass band Milkhouse Radio has managed to write and record an original Christmas song in less than a month. The result is "Christmas on the Isthmus," which is as much a string-band carol as a love note to Madison. >More
 Take a delightful 'Sleigh Ride' with Madison expatriates Nate Palan and Kari Bethke (video)

Please step out of the frame, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. We've discovered a far more adorable Christmas-caroling duo. >More
 The August Teens turn traditional Christmas carols into festive surf-rock experiments

The August Teens' decision to mark Christmas with a Surf Holiday Dance Party at the High Noon Saloon on Saturday, Dec. 15 -- and with a similar show at the Frequency on Tuesday, Dec. 18 -- might strike some fans as eccentric. But this local band isn't really that peculiar. As it turns out, the connection between Christmas and surf-rock is much older than Trans-Siberian Orchestra's histrionic holiday noodlings. >More
 The top ten Madison albums of 2012

Madison music felt especially disorienting in 2012. I often think it's silly to look at local music in terms of broader trends or themes. Then again, it's no mistake that my list of the year's most compelling albums is heavy on electronic, instrumental and avant-garde releases. Heady, abstract music reared its head in a way I've never seen before. >More
 DJ Nick Nice digs the 1960s at the Majestic's Mad Men Holiday Soiree

Scalissi morphs into the King of Cool. There are many things you could call the Majestic Theatre's Mad Men Holiday Soiree on Saturday, Dec. 15: extravagant, sophisticated, awash in martinis. But don't even think of calling it inaccurate. The venue will indulge in 1960s-inspired holiday revelry for the second year in a row, and its emphasis on correct period details is nothing short of exacting. >More
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