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El Hound Dog

El Vez is less a novelty than it is performance art. Latin-arranged and lyrically changed Elvis, Lennon and Bowie 'covers' mix freely with mash-ups and mariachi and original works of rock 'n' roll. >More
 Working up a sweat

They play a gumbo of good-natured, upbeat Dixieland Cajun-grass funk-folk rhythm and blues now fortified with 100% of your USRDA of gospel, courtesy of producer Keb' Mo'. >More

The Windham Hill label, featuring mostly New Age instrumental music, is practically a genre in itself. You know if you pick up a Windham Hill CD, be it pianist George Winston or some Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, you're gonna get soothed. >More
 Barenaked Ladies yuk it up at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum

There is a new trend in live music worse than boy bands, novelty rap and the Zimbrick jingle combined. I'm talking about rock-band cruises. >More
 The Amazing Snider

Musicians come and go, but every so often Madison is visited by a talent so great it can only be called one thing: Witchcraft. >More
 Right song, right time

The Texican trio of brothers, whose guitar work recalls Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan as much as their singing recalls the Everly Brothers or Ritchie Valens, are a new band with a short set list. But the result fills an evening remarkably well. >More
 The good Dylan

Following the modern Dylan means that for everything good, something horrible must follow. For every Oh Mercy you get that 'Dylan and the Dead' tour. For every Traveling Wilburys (first album) there will be a Traveling Wilburys (second album). Luckily, we're on the good side of the cycle. >More
 Folk psychologist

I'm speaking of Lucy Kaplansky. Never heard of her? You've heard her. Her intoxicatingly rich suede harmonies (with obligatory twang) have improved many a Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, John Gorka or Nanci Griffith song. >More
 Tull with strings

Good morrow to ye, m'lords and ladies of Madisonshire. Pray sit as I give tell of a minstrel of goodly repute a-visiting our fine village. 'Tis Ian Anderson, noble flautist of the wandering band known as Jethro Tull, named after a medieval inventor of plowing tools. Huzzah! Some goatish fat-kidneyed apple-john might claim Anderson's cultural relevance is as dead as his band's namesake. >More
 Time after time after time

There are things that should end your career. Top of the list? Having, or covering up, an affair with a 16-year-old congressional page. Next one down? Trading your New Wave dance-bop fame to hang out with professional wrestlers. That's what Cyndi Lauper did (the wrestler-singing, not the page-stalking) when last I paid attention to her. >More
 New highs in music

Is pot still illegal? I'm curious because I just saw the new ad from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America ' you know, the folks who were behind the frying-egg 'this is your brain on drugs' commercials, and who frequently imply that weed leads to homicide and terrorism. Except now. Its new ad has a teen admitting: 'I smoked weed and nobody died' and 'I didn't OD,' leaving only the cautionary threat that, if high, you might forget to go skateboarding or paragliding as often. >More

Greetings from Nashville! Yes, Music City, U.S.A. ' rich with famous labels, studios and superstars ' none of which I've seen since I spent the weekend in the woods at a wedding. >More
 No show, new show

During her last visit to our fair burg, singer-songwriter Iris DeMent created a tempest in a teensy teacup when she refused to perform. >More
 Mindcrime of the century

 Indie at heart

Throughout his short career, Jennings has been an indie paragon, someone who, as a talented teenager in Minneapolis, eschewed copious major-label interest for the artistic control and integrity of an independent. >More
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