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Tyranny Is Tyranny mix left-wing politics with epic post-metal

Named after Chapter 4 of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Madison quartet Tyranny Is Tyranny make their agenda clear from the jump. But they prefer to spread their beliefs with music rather than manifestos. >More
 Kevin Gates: Stranger Than Fiction

Kevin Gates has been a hip-hop star in Louisiana for a while, but he only started to get national attention after his release from prison in 2011. His latest album builds on the momentum he created with The Luca Brasi Story, the mixtape he put out earlier this year. >More
 Lost City Music Festival 2013 is a musical getaway that's close to home

Deadheads have been searching for the next Woodstock since 1969, but road-tripping to festivals isn't just for the jam-band set anymore. Many people attend these events to catch acts they've loved for a while and discover up-and-comers they can introduce to their friends when they head home. But what about those of us who can't hit the road for days at a time? Enter the Lost City Music Festival, a four-day event that highlights Madison-made indie rock and experimental music. >More
 Caspian offer a dramatic introduction to instrumental post-rock

Caspian's instrumental post-rock is both epic and pretty. The band's latest album, Waking Season, is filled with huge crescendos, striking melodies and intelligent arrangements that incorporate keyboards, bass, drums, samples and three guitars. In fact, it's so impressive that Spin named it the best post-rock album of 2012. I asked guitarist Erin Burke-Moran about the group's approach to their craft before their March 13 show at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Hot Tuna saturate the Barrymore with two hours of enjoyable acoustic blues

Since branching off from Jefferson Airplane in 1969, Hot Tuna's musical style has been split between unadorned acoustic blues and electrified blues-rock. Friday night's performance was an exhaustive exploration of the acoustic side. >More
 Jazzman Ray Kamalay adds live blues and ragtime to historical lectures about slavery

Performance and philosophy go hand in hand for Detroit native Ray Kamalay. When he visits the Goodman South Library tonight, he'll draw upon his degree in political philosophy and his experience as a professional jazz guitarist and singer. During a lecture titled "World Slavery: The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music," which explores the history of slavery and some of the musical traditions slaves pioneered, he'll perform old-time blues, ragtime and minstrel songs to illustrate the evolution of American music. >More
 Yo La Tengo show their loud and soft sides at the Barrymore

There are two distinct sides to Yo La Tengo. They're so distinct that one side served as an opening act for the other at the Barrymore last night. The band's first set was languid, peaceful collection of their quieter material. One standout was a hybrid version of "Return To Hot Chicken" from 1997's I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and "Decora" from 1995's Electr-O-Pura. >More
 MadTracks: 'Lost Along The Way' by Samantha Glass

Samantha Glass is not a woman but the name of the electronic music project of Madison musician Beau Devereaux, who uses old analog drum machines, a few synthesizers, a heavily processed bass guitar and his own effects-encoded singing to create a self-sufficient sonic world. >More
 DJ Nick Nice digs the 1960s at the Majestic's Mad Men Holiday Soiree

Scalissi morphs into the King of Cool. There are many things you could call the Majestic Theatre's Mad Men Holiday Soiree on Saturday, Dec. 15: extravagant, sophisticated, awash in martinis. But don't even think of calling it inaccurate. The venue will indulge in 1960s-inspired holiday revelry for the second year in a row, and its emphasis on correct period details is nothing short of exacting. >More
 Scott Walker: Bish Bosch

There's a twisted sense of humor on Scott Walker's latest album that was missing - or much harder to discern - on the 69-year-old musician's bleak and difficult 2006 masterpiece, The Drift. >More
 DJ Shadow's superb technique is easy to see but hard to hear at the Majestic Theatre

"If you're not open-minded, if you're uptight, then you're gonna struggle," said DJ Shadow before his prophetically titled "All Basses Covered" DJ set at the Majestic Theatre last night. I appreciate his honesty, but I doubt that my complaints about the show spring from closed-mindedness. Mostly, they have to do with my struggle to hear what he was doing. >More
 Dinosaur Jr. blow the roof off the Majestic with eardrum-shattering rock

Great bands have a signature sound, and Dinosaur Jr. have it in spades. Sure, these three musicians play loud enough to shatter dental fillings, but their chemistry is truly unique. Friday night at the Majestic Theatre, they bulldozed through new material and old classics alike, which made for an amazing set. >More
 Saxophone phenom Tia Fuller lights up the Sett with ebullient improvised jazz

Though she's best known for being Beyoncé's saxophonist, Tia Fuller returned to her roots for an evening of straight-ahead, marvelously improvised jazz Friday at the UW Union South Sett. I caught the first of the evening's two Isthmus Jazz Series concerts, which proved why this 36-year-old musician is a rising star in the jazz world. >More
 Gossip turn down the synths and crank up the guitars at the Majestic Theatre

Gossip have received mixed reviews for their latest album, A Joyful Noise, which flirts heavily with Europop and synthpop while dropping much of the rock their fans are used to hearing. But rock was definitely present at last night's concert at the Majestic Theatre, even if the subversively political band's garage-rock past was only accounted for once. >More
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