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Heartless Bastards deliver bracing, blues-laced rock at the High Noon Saloon

A little country and a little rock 'n' roll, Thursday night's show at the High Noon was a perfect audio appetizer for the weekend. When Heartless Bastards passed through town last October, they brought along indie openers Futurebirds and Dana Falconberry. Last night's show provided a contrast with a strong country-rock vibe that suited the packed, western-themed venue. This was a show to throw back beers and stomp your feet to. >More
 Ablaze with live music, Revelry is a bright spot on a stormy Mifflin Street Block Party weekend

The UW's first Revelry Music & Arts Festival was a tame success, proving to be a welcome addition to the Madison music scene. Off to a questionable beginning with rainy weather, the energy and audience grew as the sun came out mid-day. The festival's music ranged from hip-hop by Chance the Rapper and peppy pop-rock by The Mowgli's to indie folk from locals PHOX, who proved they could hold their own among national touring artists. >More
 Rapper Hoodie Allen to headline Revelry, UW-Madison's new outdoor music festival

Revelry, a new music festival that UW students are organizing for May 4, announced its lineup yesterday. The student-oriented event will begin at 11 a.m. at Engineering Mall and Union South Plaza, far from the Mifflin Street Block Party, which has drawn criticism from the mayor and the university after two stabbings and multiple injuries in 2011. Both beer and police will be present at both events, but Revelry aims to provide more structure than chaos. >More
 Tips for exploring the outer reaches of the FM dial in Madison

These days, Rihanna is nearly everywhere in Madison -- everywhere you turn the radio dial, that is. Even if you're a fan of her dancehall-infused pop, you've got to get away before the repetition drives you crazy. Luckily, there's an escape hatch at your fingertips: Just direct your dial -- or your web browser -- to a local station such as 89.9 WORT FM or 91.7 WSUM FM. >More
 Donora: Play Nice

Is sugar a musical genre? I think it is. Donora's five-song EP Play Nice is so sticky-sweet that it almost makes your teeth hurt. >More
 My top 2012 concerts in Madison were led by up-and-coming artists

One of my favorite things about Madison is that you can catch promising acts headed to Minneapolis and Chicago at small venues where it's easy to see the stage and hear every word of the performance. In 2012, these acts included the Head & the Heart, Blind Pilot and Heartless Bastards. >More
 Wild International: Lake Tones EP

On their new, six-song EP, this trio of 20-year-old guys exhibit classic Millennial characteristics: They're fast, noncommittal and easily distracted, with an ease for combining seemingly discordant cultures. A genre-undecided brood, they voyage between the melodies of Afrobeat-inspired indie-pop and the screams of warrior punk. Though these elements suggest exciting, high-energy live performances, the songs themselves have almost no structure, which can make the album feel messy and frustrating. >More
 Alt-country rowdies Shovels & Rope sing, shout and impress at the High Noon Saloon

A couple of couples performed at High Noon Saloon last night. In a somewhat cheesy scenario, this show featured two married acts, Shovels & Rope and Shivering Timbers. So who won the Best Couple award? I'd say the award goes to headliners Shovels & Rope. >More
 Milo Greene and Bahamas are a study in indie-folk contrast at the High Noon Saloon

Milo Greene is a group of people, and Bahamas is just one person. It sounds a little backwards, but those, in fact, were the two acts that performed at High Noon last night. This was a show that demonstrated the pros and cons of lead singers; the first act involved someone who was formerly a backup musician but has since moseyed upstage to become a frontman. In contrast, the other act is composed of former lead singers and no designated frontman. >More
 Hey Rosetta! turn the Frequency into a miniature arena with their lush, anthemic rock

Though their name suggests that they're a pop-punk band for teenagers, Hey Rosetta! is a symphonic rock band that creates anthems, much like Coldplay and the Fray. You know, the types of songs that cause tears to well up in your eyes while watching an episode of Grey's Anatomy. They're good, they're emotional, and they translate well live. Really, really well last night at the Frequency. >More
 Pearl and the Beard charm fans with harmonies and cuteness at the Majestic Theatre

A folk-pop trifecta -- Pearl and the Beard, PHOX and Anna Vogelzang -- won over the Majestic Theatre's crowd Friday night with sweet harmonies, cute instruments and even cuter melodies. >More
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