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Madison Pop Explosion: We will never forget...

Underwear parties. The Imperial Palace. The Sunspot van. Luther's Blues. Rock Star Gomeroke. The Junkers. The old New Loft. The King Club. Jane Wiedlin. Kiki's house shows. Pooley's. >More
 Madison Pop Explosion: National events and music trends that shaped the local scene

At the beginning of this decade, local radio was mostly live and staffed 'round the clock. By the decade's end, broadcast radio was almost exclusively prerecorded outside of drive-time hours. With few music-loving DJs or music directors left to navigate our local airwaves, radio was no longer a taste-making medium for new music. >More
 Madison Pop Explosion: The 10 people who most influenced the direction of Madison music in the 2000s

After O'Cayz Corral burned on Jan. 1, 2001, Cathy Dethmers spent more than three years planning a replacement. When she opened the High Noon Saloon in 2004, the venue instantly defined the Madison club scene. The large, well-appointed room became a haven for indie-rock touring bands, and Dethmers kept her commitment to booking local shows, too. >More
 Madison Pop Explosion: The 10 most influential Madison acts of the 2000s

Carl Johns brought all the sensibilities of indie rock to Madison music, first through NoahJohn, then through Charlemagne. His impressionistic pop-rock meandered from acoustic folk to psychedelic rock, and national music websites like Pitchfork took notice. >More
 Madison Pop Explosion: The '00s were a revolution in Madison music

The music of Madison was transformed this decade in ways that mirrored broader changes in the identity of the city itself. >More
 Band to Band Combat field pared to eight, your questions answered!

One week ago, the Band to Band Combat ballot featured 38 songs from 38 bands. That's a lot of music and you're forgiven if you didn't listen to every song. But there's no doubt that eight songs are significantly easier to listen to than 38, especially if you're doing that listening at work. The expectation here is for some informed decision making, voters! >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Project Lodge, The Relics, Bach in a Backpack

Music/art space the Project Lodge was relatively quiet over the summer after the founders moved back to Portland, Oregon. But a group of new owner-coordinators have worked through the transition process, and the venue's calendar is beginning to fill up. >More
 Sufjan Stevens, Osso and DM Stith explore wild things and concrete jungles at Project Lodge

People often joke that the Midwest is a few years behind the coasts when it comes to adopting the newest cultural trends, overlooking that many of these innovations stem from the Midwest in the first place. A fine example is the work of Sufjan Stevens, who visited the Project Lodge Friday night to share his film about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. >More
 Alison Margaret links jazz improvisation with activism

Alison Margaret's arms are adorned with as many tattoos as the punk and metal musicians who play at venues like the Annex or the Frequency. But Margaret leads a jazz quartet backed by a soothing vibraphone and a stately upright bass. She gigs at places where wine and fine dining are in vogue, the Brink Lounge and Restaurant Magnus. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra is relentless with violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Friday night in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra opened its second concert program with the ebullient overture to Glinka's opera Ruslan and Ludmilla. The well-drilled string players brought off their fiendishly fast parts triumphantly. >More
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