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Madison hip-hop: Examining the past and preparing for the future

How can local hip-hop artists get the respect they deserve? It's a question that comes up again and again as Madison struggles with stereotypes about "urban" music. Julia Burke investigates the issue in the March 14 issue of Isthmus, shining a spotlight on several people who are helping cultivate performance opportunities for these artists. >More
 Hip-hop heroes: DJs and emcees demand respect for Madison's scene

You don't have to look far to find hip-hop thriving in Madison. So why is it so hard to find local artists on the radio, in concert venues and in positive publicity for the city? >More
 German Art Students find a goofy new groove as a trio

Last year Madison's German Art Students celebrated 15 years together, but if you ask them about their latest LP, Time Machine, you might mistake them for a band just starting out. They're that enthusiastic. >More
 Madison folk-pop band PHOX sign to Partisan Records

Today PHOX climbed another rung on the ladder to fame by announcing that they've signed with Partisan Records, the record label Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards and the Dismemberment Plan call home. The local sextet are currently preparing for a series of concerts at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, but their biggest event of 2014 will likely be the release of a self-titled album in June. >More
 A Madisonian's guide to SXSW 2014

This week marks the start of the musical portion of South By Southwest, the annual event that's drawn bands, fans and music-industry insiders to Austin, Texas, since 1987. Many corners of the Madison music community have been represented there, with acts like Zola Jesus, Droids Attack, F.Stokes and Peaking Lights attending in years past. >More
 Ex-Madisonian Brett Newski has hair-raising adventures around the world

Summer 2011. Brett Newski lost his job, his girlfriend and his band, UW party regulars the Nod. Faced with these circumstances, many musicians hang up their instruments or spend a summer writing songs in a cabin in the woods. Instead, Newski bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand. He hasn't looked back since, though he does visit Madison from time to time. He'll perform with his latest band, the Kind Assault, on Feb. 28 at the Dragonfly Lounge. >More
 A dozen more spring 2014 concerts in Madison by must-see touring acts

Keeping up with Madison's concert calendar could be a full-time job. New shows are constantly being announced, often just after an Isthmus seasonal concert preview, the most recent being just over a month ago. Here are three best bets for the last few days of winter, plus 10 must-see acts visiting town this spring, which begins on March 20. >More
 Chewing the fat with Bobby Bones

Station-surfing in my car recently, I stopped at 96.3 FM, Star Country. The DJ was talking about growing up as a "food-stamp kid" in a trailer park. He had a soft Southern drawl and recounted details about his mother's substance-abuse problems, explaining why he'd never had a single alcoholic drink in his life -- and might never have one. >More
 Building on Buildings' founders bring an artistic perspective to indie rock

It's all about perspective. In architecture and art, perspective is the key to making an object spring to life before your eyes or lay flat on the page. It can come in the form of a vanishing point that pulls you into the middle of a picture. It can be in details that give a song's character flesh and blood in three minutes or less. >More
 Take Me Tick Tock build a dark fantasy world with heavy metal and hard rock

Take Me Tick Tock's four members aren't accustomed to doing interviews. But, man, can they talk. They're eager to answer a question many fans have asked: What's up with the name? Credit a late-night viewing of Walt Disney's 1985 cult classic Return to Oz. >More
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