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Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest: Central Park
Pomplamoose: High Noon Saloon
Black Lips: High Noon Saloon
Spoon: Orpheum Theater
The People Brothers Band: High Noon Saloon
Isthmus Pregame: Budget Bicycle Center
Neil Zaza: The Frequency
Sebadoh: High Noon Saloon
Movits!: High Noon Saloon
Yakov Smirnoff: The Capitol Theater

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  • News & Opinion: Judith Davidoff explores how an influential conservative judge may get the Supreme Court to take up Wisconsin's same-sex marriage case. Dave Cieslewicz calls Paul Soglin's capital budget a mess.
  • TV: Dean Robbins recoils in horror from the Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts.
  • Movies: Marc Savlov reviews The Drop, in which The Sopranos' James Gandolfini portrays a Mafia target rather than a Mafioso.
  • Tech: Liz Merfeld outlines the best places for geeks to get together and nerds to network.
  • Food & Drink: Andre Darlington finds some steaks to like at Rare, but sides slide. Plus: The Madison Meat Matrix tells you all about value per your steak ounce.
  • Sports: David Petroff gets all rah-rah about Badger women's volleyball (hint -- they're going places).
  • Tell All advises a man looking for romance at a dry cleaners.

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Midas Bison
Bubble Music Festival
Multiple venues, through Sept. 13
The Bubble grows bigger for its second year, with more than two dozen shows spread across 11 venues. Get a crash course on the local scene by riding a B-cycle between venues, free with an all-fest pass. Thursday bills feature Nashville roots act Humming House with Madison singer-songwriters Oedipus Tex and Anna Vogelzang (High Noon Saloon, 6 pm), vocal powerhouse Vanessa Tortolano (Fountain, 7 pm), electronic-music producer Midas Bison with metal act Meat Faucet (Rigby basement, 8 pm), and noise-making notables the Garza and Birthday Suits (Mickey's, 10 pm). Friday adds stages at Overture Center and Brink Lounge, but the show to see is at Willy Street Pub (aka the Wisco), with a five-band tilt anchored by punk duo Damsel Trash and raucous rockers Old Buffalo Money (7 pm). Those looking for more soothing sounds on Friday should check out the folk-rock of Owls, Foxes & Sebastian, and the Sharrows (30 on the Square, 5 pm). Saturday boasts the most diverse lineup, with spoken-word artist Flowpoetry, power-pop purveyors Heavy Looks and the old-timey sounds of Bones Jugs N Harmony (Overture Center's Rotunda Stage, 6 pm). Hewn's eerie folk-blues closes a Saturday show that also features Cowboy Television's garage-psych-folk music (Frequency, 7 pm).

Calypso Rose
Madison World Music Festival
Friday, Sept. 12, UW Memorial Union, 4 pm-midnight. Also Saturday, Sept. 13, UW Memorial Union & Williamson Street, noon-midnight
The UW's free, annual celebration of global music and culture takes over Memorial Union on Friday and Saturday, and adds some international flavor to Willy Street Fair's Saturday festivities. Bandaloop's aerial dance displays above the Terrace (Friday, 4:30 & 6:45 pm; Saturday, 4:30 & 7 pm; see page 15) should be a hit, and musical highlights include Trinidad's Calypso Rose & Kobo Town (Memorial Union, Friday, 9:45 pm), Argentine singer La Yegros (Willy Street, Saturday, 7:45 pm) and Cuban fusion ensemble Mezcla (Memorial Union, Saturday, 9:45 pm).

Rob Kitsos
In Tune
Thursday, Sept. 11, UW Lathrop Hall, 8 pm. Also Friday (8 pm) & Saturday (2:30 pm), Sept. 12 & 13
UW dance professor Jin-Wen Yu presents work inspired by pop music like Ozzy Ozbourne's "Crazy Train," with a little help from guest artist Rob Kitsos, a Canadian dancer and musician.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Named after the French word for grapefruit, this zesty group adheres to the principles of "what you see is what you hear" (no lip syncing) and "if you see it, you will hear it" (no hidden sounds) in their popular YouTube videos. With Danielle Ate the Sandwich and John Schroeder.