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Live music and wild costumes compete for partiers' attention at Freakfest 2012 in Madison

One of the main reasons to go to State Street last night was to see others' costumes and who -- or what -- you might bump into. During Freakfest, Madison's annual Halloween blowout, there's a sense that anything could happen, even though the festivities are much tamer than they were before 2006. >More
 Youngblood Brass Band brings the noise at the High Noon Saloon

Last night was a homecoming of sorts for Youngblood Brass Band, which was founded in 1995 by a group of Oregon High School students. It was also a send-off, as the band will soon tour of Europe, where they've headlined at least one major music festival. Ten of the group's members took the stage as fans filled the High Noon Saloon to capacity. >More
 Dillon Francis begets Moombahton madness at the Majestic Theatre

On my way to the Majestic Theatre for Wednesday night's Dillon Francis show, I noticed a group of lost-looking teens. They huddled together on Capitol Square, trying to find their way to the massive dance party they'd heard about -- the same one I was about to attend. Dressed like beach-bound fraternity pledges from the 1980s, they seemed marooned in the wrong decade. Apparently this is the uniform for fans of Francis, a brash young DJ from sunny L.A. >More
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