Eric F. Lipton

El Vez is less a novelty than it is performance art. Latin-arranged and lyrically changed Elvis, Lennon and Bowie 'covers' mix freely with mash-ups and mariachi and original works of rock 'n' roll. more

Dec 7, 2006 4:45 PM MUSIC

They play a gumbo of good-natured, upbeat Dixieland Cajun-grass funk-folk rhythm and blues now fortified with 100% of your USRDA of gospel, courtesy of producer Keb' Mo'. more

Nov 30, 2006 8:48 PM MUSIC

The Windham Hill label, featuring mostly New Age instrumental music, is practically a genre in itself. You know if you pick up a Windham Hill CD, be it pianist George Winston or some Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, you're gonna get soothed. more

Nov 24, 2006 4:44 PM MUSIC

There is a new trend in live music worse than boy bands, novelty rap and the Zimbrick jingle combined. I'm talking about rock-band cruises. more

Nov 16, 2006 5:09 PM MUSIC

Musicians come and go, but every so often Madison is visited by a talent so great it can only be called one thing: Witchcraft. more

Nov 9, 2006 4:27 PM MUSIC

The Texican trio of brothers, whose guitar work recalls Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan as much as their singing recalls the Everly Brothers or Ritchie Valens, are a new band with a short set list. But the result fills an evening remarkably well. more

Nov 2, 2006 5:23 PM MUSIC

Following the modern Dylan means that for everything good, something horrible must follow. For every Oh Mercy you get that 'Dylan and the Dead' tour. For every Traveling Wilburys (first album) there will be a Traveling Wilburys (second album). Luckily, we're on the good side of the cycle. more

Oct 26, 2006 3:59 PM MUSIC

I'm speaking of Lucy Kaplansky. Never heard of her? You've heard her. Her intoxicatingly rich suede harmonies (with obligatory twang) have improved many a Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, John Gorka or Nanci Griffith song. more

Oct 19, 2006 4:05 PM MUSIC

Good morrow to ye, m'lords and ladies of Madisonshire. Pray sit as I give tell of a minstrel of goodly repute a-visiting our fine village. 'Tis Ian Anderson, noble flautist of the wandering band known as Jethro Tull, named after a medieval inventor of plowing tools. Huzzah! Some goatish fat-kidneyed apple-john might claim Anderson's cultural relevance is as dead as his band's namesake. more

Oct 12, 2006 5:17 PM MUSIC

There are things that should end your career. Top of the list? Having, or covering up, an affair with a 16-year-old congressional page. Next one down? Trading your New Wave dance-bop fame to hang out with professional wrestlers. That's what Cyndi Lauper did (the wrestler-singing, not the page-stalking) when last I paid attention to her. more

Oct 5, 2006 4:07 PM MUSIC

Is pot still illegal? I'm curious because I just saw the new ad from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America ' you know, the folks who were behind the frying-egg 'this is your brain on drugs' commercials, and who frequently imply that weed leads to homicide and terrorism. Except now. Its new ad has a teen admitting: 'I smoked weed and nobody died' and 'I didn't OD,' leaving only the cautionary threat that, if high, you might forget to go skateboarding or paragliding as often. more

Sep 28, 2006 3:41 PM MUSIC

Greetings from Nashville! Yes, Music City, U.S.A. ' rich with famous labels, studios and superstars ' none of which I've seen since I spent the weekend in the woods at a wedding. more

Sep 21, 2006 4:00 PM MUSIC

During her last visit to our fair burg, singer-songwriter Iris DeMent created a tempest in a teensy teacup when she refused to perform. more

Sep 19, 2006 7:48 PM MUSIC

Throughout his short career, Jennings has been an indie paragon, someone who, as a talented teenager in Minneapolis, eschewed copious major-label interest for the artistic control and integrity of an independent. more

Aug 31, 2006 6:33 PM MUSIC

The thoroughly awesome Cracker was launched by guitarist Johnny Hickman and front man David Lowery following the breakup of Lowery's pioneering "college rock" band Camper Van Beethoven. more

Aug 25, 2006 2:48 PM MUSIC

Classically trained, rock-influenced and inspired by everything in between, Henry Butler has the ability to conjure both the sweet memories and complicated realities of his city through deceptively straightforward piano playing. more

Aug 21, 2006 3:33 PM MUSIC

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this James Taylor kid's got the chops to make it big. After all, he's got a song on the soundtrack to the movie "Cars", and apparently has a few other albums people have purchased. I'm not sure if there is much of a market for his brand of soulful singer-songwriting, but if there is, I imagine former President James Taylor will do well. more

Aug 11, 2006 9:29 PM MUSIC

Research shows the letter E as the most commonly used in the English language, but that doesn't mean E has no standards. Entertainers have long used weird names or misspellings to try to stand out, but in Staind's case I suspect the E fled when it first heard their music. Don't you wish you were so lucky? more

Aug 10, 2006 8:37 PM MUSIC

Never hitting the mainstream so much as dying it purple, Ween's madcap mock 'n' roll savaged the way-too-serious indie '90s by taking the common musical tropes of prog, pop, rock and country and seeing them to their illogical conclusions. more

Jul 28, 2006 8:49 PM MUSIC