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Monday, July 23, 2012

July 20, 2012

In hindsight, Gucci Mane would have been better off at a smaller venue. In a sign of either the Atlanta rapper's falling star or the many miscalculations of the promoters who booked the show on short notice and did little to advertise it, the en...
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rogue Nation

Celtic rock has usually followed two paths. Bands either infuse the islands' folkloric influence into the expansive art-mindedness of prog (Horslips, Tempest) or use fiddle and bodhran to add righteous ethnic rootsiness to punk (The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys)...
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Milwaukee's Exotics stir the tiki revival

The Exotics were already together when people started talking to them about this cool new movie called Pulp Fiction. It wasn't so much the plot, or John...
Monday, July 16, 2012

Live + In Performance (Shout! Factory)

Donny Hathaway was only 33 when he died in 1979, cutting short a successful career in '70s soul. The singer-keyboardist's pair of live albums, Donny Hathaway Live (1972) and the...
Monday, July 16, 2012

Songs and Dances of Madisonia (Omnium)

If Madisonia were a country, it would lie somewhere in the Balkans, maybe east of the Carpathians—judging by Reptile Palace Orchestra's CD. On Songs and Dances, the longtime...
Monday, July 16, 2012

Elemental Journey (Landfall)

In what may be best described as progressive swamp blues, Louisiana six-string maestro Sonny Landreth eschews his well-practiced brand of down-home boogie, muscled-up roadhouse rock...
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Jan. 30, 2014

When he played an acoustic show at a Madison club in 2001, Kip Winger took requests from the rambunctious crowd, with one caveat: “I won’t play ‘Seventeen,’ because she’s now 30,” he sa
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Breaking free from something and pursuit of freedom are not faceless phrases for Sulek singer Patrick Hoctor, his co-singer wife Ruthie and drummer Chris Winberg. It's something quite dear and real to them. Each member...

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