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Punk, funk, bluegrass and folk fests at Majestic place regional artists on a big stage

January can be a slow time of year for music venues. Touring acts are largely on hiatus until a bit later in the season, and customers can still be recovering from the whirlwind of the holiday season. >More
 Har Mar Superstar and the Pizza Underground team up to throw a post-Thanksgiving party

Sean Tillmann isn't going to let an early winter chill cool down his spirits when he visits the High Noon Saloon on Nov. 30. As Har Mar Superstar, Tillmann has turned heads with his zany yet sultry mix of R&B, soul and pop, as well stage antics like stripping down to his underwear. >More
 Tennessee native Rosanne Cash shares songs of the South with Madison-area friends and family

Sometimes a change of scenery can yield unexpected revelations. For Tennessee native Rosanne Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, recent journeys to the South were more than just a chance to check out the sights. The trips opened their eyes to the power and spirit of the region. >More
 Sonny Knight & the Lakers urge fans to forget their troubles and savor the present

Sonny Knight is a man on a mission: He wants you to know he's alive and kickin' at age 66. When the singer and his band, the Lakers, perform at the Frequency on Nov. 8, they won't hold back even a drop of sweat. With raw emotion coming from voices and instruments alike, this group are the musical definition of living in the moment. >More
 Duo turned quartet Count This Penny dazzle with a fuller folk sound on Wolves Are Sheep

Country-folk outfit Count This Penny began as a songwriting duo in East Tennessee and grew into a full-fledged band after moving to Madison in 2009. Each day they strive to improve themselves musically and otherwise. This idea appears time and again on their new EP, Wolves Are Sheep, along with the notion of finding one's true self. >More
 A sneak peek of Wolves Are Sheep by Count This Penny

Isthmus asked Count This Penny vocalist Amanda Rigell to tell the story behind three tracks on the band's forthcoming EP, Wolves Are Sheep. Here's what she told us. >More
 Flannel Fest celebrates Americana while supporting the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund

Sometimes music and charity go together like a Wisconsin fall and a snuggly flannel shirt. For many, staying warm is just a matter of pulling out a thicker piece of clothing and going to a toasty house or apartment. Others, of course, don't have this luxury. >More
 Pixies for a new generation

Many Pixies fans thought they'd never see the alt-rock pioneers perform live after the band broke up in 1993. But lo and behold, the group returned to the stage in 2004. They didn't return to the studio much, though, not until recently, when they started recording tracks for their new LP, Indie Cindy. The band visit the Orpheum on Sunday, Oct. 12. >More
 The softer side of J Mascis

J Mascis is synonymous with the monstrous, fuzzed-out guitar jams of Dinosaur Jr., a band known for their pounding wall of rock 'n' roll sound. But if you ever get a chance to talk to Mascis, you might find him rather quiet. The contrast makes him even more intriguing. >More
 Old Crow Medicine Show buddy up with Bob Dylan, then write a song about it

When Nashville's Old Crow Medicine Show return to Overture Center on Oct. 3, they'll be riding high on two recent accomplishments: the release of a new album, Old Remedy, and their induction into the Grand Ole Opry. >More
 The Emperors of Wyoming play live after an unconventional recording process

A band's homecoming is often a special occasion to celebrate the city where everything started. For the Emperors of Wyoming -- which features Madison natives Phil Davis, Pete and Frank Anderson, and Butch Vig -- their homecoming at the High Noon Saloon next Wednesday has extra significance: It'll be their first live performance in the same room. >More
 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
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