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MadTracks -- 'Water Walk' by Love Rhombus

For every local band playing out at the bars, there are probably two more squirreled away in their bedrooms and basements. One such band, Love Rhombus, makes quirky electro out of an attic hideaway on the isthmus. >More
 MadTracks -- 'The Tambourine Song' by Sexy Ester and the Pretty Mama Sisters

You'd never guess it from their sound, but Sexy Ester and the Pretty Mama Sisters got their start as a goth band. Well, sort of. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Zura' by Fermata

When talking about their craft, musicians tend to name other musicians as their influences, whether they're Jeff Buckley, Jeff Beck or DJ Jazzy Jeff. Not so with local five-piece Fermata. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Paper Planes' by Pale Young Gentlemen

When I discovered that my new neighbors -- Madison's Pale Young Gentlemen -- were covering the tune for Cokemachineglow's "Fantasy Covers" podcast, I scoffed a bit. What could a bunch of corn-fed white kids with violins and acoustic guitars possibly add to a song about identity politics by someone Chuck D has repeatedly described as "the future of music"? >More
 MadTracks -- 'The Greys Are Coming' by The Killer Dolphin With Rabies

While many of the band's songs explore some of rock's more raw and extreme permutations, its music isn't grindcore or even metal in the purest sense. The Killer Dolphin With Rabies has managed to blend a number of genres in a way that attracts fans of jazz as well as metal, prog, and math rock. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Down On A Bender' by the .357 String Band

There are some regional differences that simply can't be denied, especially when it comes to how we deal with life's ups and downs. Californians have exercise, New Yorkers have therapy, and here in Wisconsin, we've got booze. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Wonder Woman' by VO5

Windows Media Player -- thanks to the wacky, mutating psychedelic images that appear when it's used to play music -- can turn almost any song into a laughingstock for a few seconds. Strangely enough, the VO5 cover of the classic theme song "Wonder Woman" is one of few tracks that almost, just almost, seems to complement this aesthetic train wreck. >More
 My top ten Madison songs of 2008

We have already shared my ten favorite Madison albums of 2008, perhaps the best year in the city in at least the last decade. Now, we have assembled my favorite Madison songs from each one of those albums. So sit back, relax, start from #10 and take a listen to each one. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Maybe This Christmas' by Courtney Collins and Jeremy Ylvisaker

With the overabundance of cheesy, over-the-top Christmas songs in discount bins every December, it's easy to skip over the entire genre. But then you hear a one like Courtney Collins and Jeremy Ylvisaker's cover of "Maybe This Christmas," a wonderfully understated tune by Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, and kick yourself for being such a knob. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Tropic of Capricorn' by Oedipus Tex

Most people know Eric Caldera as a Ph.D. student in the evolutionary biology program at UW-Madison or as the guitarist in the instrumental post-rock trio El Valiente, which was voted Madison's Favorite New Band of 2008. They don't know that he can likewise sing, though. In fact, Caldera started making music through his one-man singer-songwriter act Oedipus Tex before getting going with the band. >More
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