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The Sharrows find a home away from home at the North Mississippi Allstars' legendary studio

The Sharrows didn't get a chance to meet music legend Jim Dickinson, whose storied career included working with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements. But last month the local roots quintet contributed to the legacy of the late producer and performer at his Zebra Ranch Studios in Coldwater, Miss. There they recorded their recently released EP, Days of Yore. >More
 Jeremiah Nelson carves memorable folk songs out of sundry memories for Whittier

Jeremiah Nelson is forever revising his work. It's one reason the local folk artist is such a strong songwriter. But at some point, the meticulous tune-whittling must stop. This was the case with his new EP, Whittier. >More
 Lydia Loveless stands up to the man

When 23-year-old country punk Lydia Loveless recorded a single for Record Store Day 2014 -- a nationwide event happening this Saturday, April 19 -- she shocked some fans by releasing a cover of Kesha's "Blind." In addition to identifying with the pop star's irreverent spirit, Loveless wants to show her own music's great variety of influences, many of which come from the pop world. >More
 German Art Students find a goofy new groove as a trio

Last year Madison's German Art Students celebrated 15 years together, but if you ask them about their latest LP, Time Machine, you might mistake them for a band just starting out. They're that enthusiastic. >More
 Black Joe Lewis crafts Electric Slave, a concept album about a society addicted to electronic devices

"I broke my foot in Vancouver trying to do a stage dive, and nobody caught me," says Joe Lewis, frontman of Black Joe Lewis, a blues, funk and soul band based in Austin, Texas. He seems to be boasting, not complaining. If he takes the plunge during his Feb. 26 show at the High Noon Saloon, an enthusiastic Madison crowd is bound to catch him. >More
 Stephen Malkmus sings about sports stars' mind games on the Jicks' new album Wig Out at the Jagbags

Stephen Malkmus redefined the term "rock star" for music fans in the 1990s, when his band Pavement released legendary lo-fi tunes like "Cut Your Hair." The titles of several Pavement albums, in particular Slanted and Enchanted, are fitting descriptions of Malkmus' off-kilter approach to songwriting. >More
 The Black Angels join the 13th Floor Elevators' Roky Erickson for a whirlwind winter tour

Chilly, high-speed winds have battered Wisconsin the past few weeks, but they're nothing compared to the blast of gloomy, mysterious psychedelic rock that will hit Madison on Feb. 4, when the Black Angels and Roky Erickson bring their Winter Psych Storm Tour to the Majestic Theatre. >More
 Damien Jurado relocates a Wisconsin landmark to the cover of new album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Singer-songwriter Damien Jurado reinvents himself constantly. Since the late '90s, he's released tracks that range from hardcore punk to acoustic folk. Maraqopa, his 2012 release, and this year's follow-up, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, are his first concept albums. >More
 Paper Bird: Rooms

"These arms were made for lifting up," sing Sarah Anderson and Genny and Esme Patterson on "As I Am," the opening track of Paper Bird's Rooms. That statement may be true, but a rich combination of vocal harmonies, banjo picking and guitar strums does most of the heavy lifting on the album. Also at work is the band's chemistry, which stems partly from the fact that this seven-piece contains two sets of siblings. >More
 Horseshoes & Hand Grenades gallop into Madison music scene with This Old Town

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades made a big mark on Madison's concert calendar in 2013, gigging with local bands as well as national acts like the Infamous Stringdusters and Pert' Near Sandstone. Every show, it seems, is a celebration. They'll headline the Majestic Theatre's Wisconsin Bluegrass Festival (Saturday, Jan. 11) then bring down the Stoughton Opera House with Charlie Parr (Saturday, March 15). >More
 Joseph Huber aims for honest, forthright folksongs after .357 String Band's demise

Milwaukee's .357 String Band spent many sweaty nights playing "streetgrass," a sped-up form of bluegrass, at venues around the world. The band broke up in 2011, but the music hasn't stopped. Since then, singer and banjo player Joseph Huber has released Tongues of Fire, a solo album full of Americana, folk and singer-songwriter influences. >More
 Bonnie 'Prince' Billy makes a music video about the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise

Will Oldham sings with honesty so blunt that it tends to make a mark. The folk iconoclast has released a dozen albums since adopting the stage name Bonnie "Prince" Billy in 1998. In October, he unveiled a self-titled album, which he'll bring to the Majestic Theatre on Friday, Dec. 13. >More
 Charles Bradley turns hard knocks into compelling soul music

For much of his life, Charles Bradley battled hardship upon hardship. At times, he found himself living on the streets. Soul music was a bright spot during these rough periods. Watching his hero, James Brown, convinced him to perform even when the going got tough. Then lightning struck in 2002: Gabriel Roth, cofounder of Daptone Records, caught one of Bradley's shows and quickly signed him to the label. >More
 Grammy nominations take JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound to cloud nine

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are walking on air following their European tour, and not just because they blew audiences away with their blend of spiky minimalist rock and passionate R&B. The singer and his band recently received exciting news: Their latest album, Howl, has earned several Grammy nominations. Expect the crew to be in a celebratory mood at the Majestic Theatre on Nov. 18. >More
 FIDLAR make an unabashedly crude video with Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman

When L.A. rockers FIDLAR hit the High Noon Saloon on Nov. 1, don't be surprised if something outrageous happens. After all, the band's name is an acronym for "Fuck it, Dog, life's a risk," a phrase picked up from one of their skateboarding friends. >More
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