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Brad Hawes ventures beyond the kit with Echo Island

Until last year, Brad Hawes knew little about writing his own songs. Hawes, 29, has played drums for more than half his life, most recently in Madison bands including Revolving Doors, the Projection People and the Cemetery Improvement Society. With former Awesome Car Funmaker bassist Justin Taylor, he puts an accomplished hard-rock rhythm section behind the fake German accents and intentional buffoonery of Butt Funnel. >More
 Return of Scott & Mike's Organ Night

Mike Cammilleri's Hammond organ and Scott Beardsley's drums were once a Wednesday-night fixture at the Avenue Bar. The duo's residency stopped last spring, but they recently emerged for a few shows at the Wise restaurant on Monroe Street and Tempest Oyster Bar downtown. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2012 features free performances at Memorial Union on June 1-2

The Isthmus Jazz Festival will feature more than a dozen performances on June 1 and 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union, all of them free. The headliner is vocalist Mary Stallings, who's worked with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. >More
 Scenes from SBTRKT and Willis Earl Beal at the Majestic (slideshow)

Masked DJ SBTRKT (think "subtract") blew the roof off the Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison Sunday night with help from soul revivalist and iconoclast Willis Earl Beal. >More
 Instrumental acts are busting out all over Madison this spring

If you just don't have the words to say it, you're in good company. At least when it comes to Madison music lately. For whatever reason, it's gotten easy to fill up one's time with solo electronic projects and sprawling jazz adventures. >More
 Falling in love with Itzhak Perlman

When violinist Toby Friedlander heard Itzhak Perlman play Ravel's Tzigane in 1963, she rushed backstage, introduced herself and asked him to marry her. They married four years later. Now Madison will get a chance to fall in love with the violinist's sound when he plays Overture Hall on April 19. >More
 Ben Sidran's book There Was a Fire traces Jewish influences on American song

I was sure Ben Sidran's new book, There was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, was going to be over my head. The title intimidated me, like the titles of PBS documentaries (the ones that have colons in them). Of course, I forgot that the University of Sussex-educated musicologist is first, foremost and forever...a hipster. >More
 Drumming up business with Williamson Street Drum Works

Adam Cargin's dining room is filled with drums. So is most of the rest of his near-east-side apartment. That's what happens when you put together an online drum business. These aren't any old drums. They're your father's drums, literally. Gorgeous, vintage sets and pieces of all makes and models. >More
 Garbage premieres 'Blood for Poppies' video, first single from Not Your Kind of People

Madison rock legends Garbage have released a video for "Blood for Poppies," the first single from the band's new album, Not Your Kind of People, due out May 15. It's the first Garbage album since 2005's Bleed With Me. >More
 Count This Penny produce 'big, tall sounds' on A Prairie Home Companion

It was a proud two hours for Wisconsin listeners of Saturday night's broadcast of the public radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, as Madison-based Appalachian pop duo Count This Penny gave a powerful trio of performances and mixed it up with legendary host and creator Garrison Keillor. >More
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