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At Mickey's Tavern, SST Party revives Minutemen, Hüsker Dü and more

Madison's roster of obsessively specific cover bands gets a a new addition Friday, May 11, at Mickey's Tavern, when Stephen Burke, Tim Sullivan and Michael Brenneis debut their project SSTParty. >More
 The new business model for bands

For musicians, selling songs to corporate interests used to mean selling out. That notion has been replaced by a new one. These days, licensing songs for TV shows and ads is simply smart, 21st-century business sense, a way for artists to earn extra cash -- and find more listeners from a single 30-second ad than an entire year of touring can attract. >More
 Scott Lamps moves easily between pop, classical and musicals

Madison has more than its share of musical chameleons, songsters who switch effortlessly between rock, country, jazz and more. You have to look harder to find people who work not only in pop but also in more complex musical genres, like classical. An example is multi-instrumentalist Scott Lamps. One of the most prolific Madison musicians right now, the UW graduate works in widely divergent genres. >More
 Project M goes to the bands

Scott Lamps' Bello is among the groups competing in Project M: Band Edition, a songwriting challenge hosted by Madison radio staple 105.5 Triple M. "We have done three seasons of solo singer-songwriters," says Triple M program director Pat Gallagher. "We just thought it was time for a little twist." >More
 MadTracks: 'RR' by Control

Schulte, A, the latest EP by Control, reveals the Madison trio's happier side. So often with post-punk, there's something qualified, something nagging, something waiting to go wrong. >More
 With its podcast, online startup Murfie highlights Madison tunes

When Kayla Liederbach graduated from UW-Madison in May 2011, she worried about what would become of her WSUM radio show, U-Dub. She'd been hosting it for two years, and she could hardly imagine life without it. Each Wednesday night, she morphed into a music ambassador as she basked in the tropical sounds of reggae and dub. >More
 Another round of songs inspired by Walkermania

Last week, I provided a sample ballot of local protest songs specific to the Scott Walker era. Here are a few more write-in candidates in the running for best, most earnest, or craziest protest song of the recall period. >More
 Daniela Mack dazzles in Madison Opera's incoherent Cinderella

Madison Opera's closing production this season is something entitled Cinderella. It opened Friday night in Overture Hall. If you close your eyes, you hear Rossini's wonderful comic opera Cenerentola, essentially complete, and in the original Italian. If you open your eyes, you see a wildly incoherent spectacle with a new plot (and frequently distorted surtitles). >More
 Garbage is ready to rock again

Butch Vig's home studio in East L.A. is a converted bedroom, a "stocked-out closet." Seated at the console, Vig can look up from his work and gaze out the window where Silver Lake, at the base of Carson Creek, shimmers in the sunlight. Beyond, a web of trails leads hikers from the heart of the Sierra basin up into the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, then higher, above the tree line, toward the snow-capped peaks of Yosemite. >More
 Who is recording the best Wisconsin-themed protest songs?

As Wisconsin goes queasily to the polls to choose a recall candidate, can Madison musicians help steady voters' hands? Here's a sample ballot of local tunes of and about the Walker era, from sturdy anthems to messy sermons. You can hear songs by several of these artists on the compilation Cheddar Revolution: Songs of Uprising, whose release is celebrated at the High Noon Saloon on May 6. >More
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