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Per Ole Hagen

Kirby Nelson, brewmaster for Wisconsin Brewing Company, recently asked for permission to name a new Maibock after the Jon Dee Graha song "Big Sweet Life." The singer-songwriter doesn't drink, but he was thrilled by the request. Read more

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Michael Doyle Olson

It took quite a while for Matt Holmen, Jason Sean Krunnfusz, Monica Martin, Dave and Matteo Roberts, and Zach Johnston to get to this point. Despite growing up in the same town, a lot of things had to fall into place to bring the six musicians... Read more

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John Shadle

It's mid-afternoon on a spring day when I speak with Kelly Hogan, Neko Case's star backup singer. She's at her home in Evansville, Wis., about a half-hour drive from Madison, and she apologizes for seeming a little groggy. Read more

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How much you enjoy Drive-By Truckers' new album may hinge on which of the band's vocalists you normally gravitate toward. But if you're new to this pioneering alt-country act, "English Oceans" is a good chance to get acquainted with both performers. Read more

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Leslie Schoen

Whitney Mann has had a busy couple of years. Although the country singer and songwriter has laid low for the first part of 2014, that's about to change. She recently started a vlog where she performs and discusses her songs, one video at a time. And on March 28, she'll record her first live album at the High Noon Saloon. Read more

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There's a certain kind of chemistry when two performers are connected by both love and song. It often comes across onstage, as when husband-and-wife duo Over the Rhine performed at the Majestic Theatre last fall. The couple's charm and affection went beyond their lyrics and melodies, bringing additional depth to their songs. Read more

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John Margaretten

Mardi Gras will last a little bit longer than usual in Madison this month. New Orleans' jubilant Rebirth Brass Band perform at the UW Union South Sett on Thursday, March 13, as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series. Read more

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"Give the People What They Want" is aptly named. For more than 10 years, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have put out soul and funk albums that are as good as late-'60s material from Motown and Stax. Because the group very rarely stray from that formula, it's easy to overlook what a treasure each record is. Read more

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Summer 2011. Brett Newski lost his job, his girlfriend and his band, UW party regulars the Nod. Faced with these circumstances, many musicians hang up their instruments or spend a summer writing songs in a cabin in the woods. Instead, Newski bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand. He hasn't looked back since, though he does visit Madison from time to time. He'll perform with his latest band, the Kind Assault, on Feb. 28 at the Dragonfly Lounge. Read more

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Connie Ward

It's all about perspective. In architecture and art, perspective is the key to making an object spring to life before your eyes or lay flat on the page. It can come in the form of a vanishing point that pulls you into the middle of a picture. It can be in details that give a song's character flesh and blood in three minutes or less. Read more

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When Springsteen releases a new album, it's usually a major event. But because his newest effort, "High Hopes", is a grab bag of new recordings, rerecordings and old recordings gussied up, it's easy to dismiss. Don't. There is some standout material that deserves a listen, even if "High Hopes" doesn't qualify as a "proper" Springsteen record. Read more

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Building on Buildings recently released the first single from its forthcoming album, which doesn't have a title yet. Recording began in November with engineer Jamie Hansen at Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Read more

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When Field Report take the Majestic's stage for the Wisconsin Folk Fest on Jan. 4, the performance won't just mark their first show of the year. It will demonstrate just how far Milwaukee's Chris Porterfield and company have come as they march toward the release of their second album. Read more

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If you're assembling a "top albums of 2013" list, be sure to consider "Southeastern" by former Drive By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell. It's his best album and, in my opinion, one of the best of the year. Read more

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The term "country music" is a lot broader than it used to be, even a few years ago. When you turn on country-pop radio and hear Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker, you may think you mistakenly landed on a '90s rock station. Read more

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It's all here, folks. Every "official" album by His Bobness, and then some. Read more

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Ivonne Catrejon Miller

Talking Heads were one of the most interesting bands to come out of the late-1970s post-punk scene. Combining a New Wave sensibility with influences as diverse as funk, Americana and world music, their catalog still stands out even though they broke up in 1991. And images of frontman David Byrne in the oversized white suit he wore in the concert film "Stop Making Sense" remain iconic. Read more

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Joe Engle

The digital revolution has made it easier than ever to record songs at home and share them on the web. But if you're looking to build a music career, it still helps to have the backing of the music industry, whether it's through a well-known label or a national booking agency. Read more

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On the surface, a collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots seems like a novelty. After all, Costello did an album with Burt Bacharach, so there's a precedent for this sort of one-off indulgence. Read more

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Elizabeth Galewski

Countless ideas have been tossed around over a game of pool and a glass of whiskey, but few have actually come to fruition. The Bubble Music Festival is one such notion that will become a reality this weekend. Read more

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