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Joe Uchill

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Joe Uchill

It is unclear whether Toby Lightman keeps her eyes closed throughout her set because she, too, is captivated by the intimacy of her concert, or if the short, petite singer just needs all that focus to support a guitar that appears to be twice her size. more

Feb 16, 2007 4:44 PM MUSIC

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"That was really nice the way you sung that," says Crackerjack, a local roller derby queen and Crapioke judge. "You're totally missing the point." more

Dec 20, 2006 6:16 PM Stage

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Joe Uchill

There is an elephant in the room whenever Brother Ali plays a show. The emcee, perhaps the finest from the Minneapolis Rhymesayers scene, is an albino. Though it's impossible not to notice this as he lurks around Club 770's more intimate theater Saturday night (and even if it were, his lyrics repeatedly refer to it), his albinism is the kind of fact that seems more profound than it is. more

Dec 10, 2006 8:16 PM MUSIC

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Joe Uchill

To the right of contemporary country singer Eric Church is a mohawked guitarist in a tight black shirt, ear pierced up and down, arms covered in tattoos. The plucked and inked picker embodies the theme of this one act show: Just how close to the rock 'n' roll border can Church move his familiar North Carolina country? more

Nov 30, 2006 7:32 PM MUSIC

The show, built around producers battling for a $500 prize, drew a surprisingly diverse crowd. Middle aged parents carrying toddlers were packed next to college kids. Local emcees who came to support their beats shared tables with card players who abandoned their games once the music began to fill Memorial Union. It was a fitting audience for a pleasantly varied show. more

Nov 6, 2006 4:00 PM MUSIC

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Joe Uchill

"We've been trying to come up with a name for the tour," Tilly and the Wall guitarist Derek Pressnall told the crowd at the half-full Club 770 Sunday night, "because every time we've gone on tour before we've had a name." Perhaps they are better off without the theatricality of a title. When the indie-pop group played Madison last year they emphasized their gimmick -- that all percussion comes from the feet of tap-dancer Jamie Williams. But Tilly and the Wall aren't just a novelty act. Sunday they proved it. more

Oct 9, 2006 8:06 PM MUSIC