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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
 Lou and Peter Berryman give New Yorkers a taste of Madison-made folk music

Lou and Peter Berryman and their witty, Wisconsin-themed folk tunes are known far beyond the state's borders. They've been recorded by notable folkies like Claudia Schmidt, and Pete Seeger said "A Chat With Your Mother" is "one of the great American folk songs of the 20th century." Now the accordion-toting act will be honored in New York City's Greenwich Village, where the folk revival of the 1960s took shape. >More
 Local Love Fest is a passionate ode to Madison's music scene

There's no shortage of love songs around Valentine's Day, but what about odes to local musicians who create those songs? Enter Local Love Fest, a yearly compilation album that features local bands covering other local bands. The fourth edition debuts at a Feb. 7 show at the High Noon Saloon and one on Feb. 8 at the Crystal Corner Bar. >More
 Vanishing Kids resurface in Madison after a long, mysterious hiatus

Vanishing Kids is an apt name for the band led by Fitchburg's Nikki Drohomyreky and Jason Hartman. After forming in Madison in 2000, they released a flurry of dark, complex rock records and relocated to the West Coast multiple times. They eventually settled in Portland, Ore., where they put out a split 7-inch in 2009. Then there were no new songs or concerts. Years went by, and still nothing. It looked like they had disappeared. >More
 Signal Dreams joins roster of Madison-based record labels

Madison's experimental-music catalog is about to expand. On Feb. 1, a new record label called Signal Dreams will release recordings by far-out local synthesizer act Noxroy and avant-garde violinist Troy Schafer. Noxroy will perform at Good Style Shop the same night. >More
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