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Big Gigantic build youthful electronic tunes on the fly

The electronic dance duo Big Gigantic have sandwiched a Madison gig between stops on a two-month tour. The night before, they're in Tulsa, and the night after, they're in Columbia, Mo. Hauling their usual stage rig across the Midwest and back in two days' time is impossible, so the duo are flying light to Wisconsin and devising their stage production on the fly. >More
 Savoir Adore: Our Nature

Tide's ad people knew what they were doing when they tapped Savoir Adore for their latest laundry detergent spot, which featured the Brooklyn duo's cover of Men Without Hats' "Pop Goes the World." Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro play light, effervescent pop unstained by torment. On their third full-length release, ear-catching songs sail forward thanks to pristine production. >More
 Emily Wells: Mama Remixed

Emily Wells' album Mama, released in April, is a collection of the singer's silky originals. Now she's released remixes of Mama's 14 tracks by other musicians who unpack and reassemble them. >More
 Old standbys, new hangouts: These local haunts reflect Madison's past, present and future

Madison's identity is indebted to a colorful history. It's hard to imagine how the city might look and feel without its proud culture of protest and progressivism. Locals question and resist almost everything, from war to neighborhood zoning. Though this passion has given Madison its "surrounded by reality" reputation, it also makes the city great. >More
 John Paul Roney trades loud arena rock for quiet folk

Last year, as an experiment, Nashville musician John Paul Roney pulled the plug on his Twitter-driven existence. During this temporary hiatus, he discovered what he calls an "inherent lie to social media" -- that it's not very social at all. He's found a real connection onstage, with friends. >More
 Cloud Cult taps into gut emotions

Craig Minowa is jogging his teething baby girl down a country road near Viroqua when he takes my call about his band Cloud Cult and their show on Friday, July 20. "Sorry I'm kind of out of breath," he says, the beat in the background of his feet hitting gravel. "She just likes the movement of watching the leaves flying overhead." >More
 Old-school trappings go as Club 5 gets a makeover as Five Nightclub

The south-side venue rechristened last week as Five Nightclub & Showbar, formerly Club 5, has a new dance floor, stage and sound system. That's not all: Totally dismantled is the Barracks, a backroom leather bar that for years played porn on six screens and served as a refuge for gay men behind boarded-up windows. >More
 The great divide in Cross Plains

Jerome Esser grows corn, beans and alfalfa on a farm in Cross Plains that's been in the family for 113 years. Over the past decade and a half, he's watched in frustration as newcomers have moved into this rural community in western Dane County and tried to change it. >More
 The rebirth of Park Street

When Lindsey Lee applied for a loan to open Cargo Coffee in a converted gas station on Park Street in 2001, he got a cold reception. Five banks, he says, turned thumbs down. Park Street was a good place to sell scrap metal and used car parts, not cappuccinos, they told him. >More
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