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MadTracks: 'My Darling Adeline' by Paul Otteson

Stoughton's Paul Otteson seems an unlikely fit when he plays shows with fellow local singer-songwriters like Dietrich Gosser or Jeremiah Nelson. Otteson comes off a bit more delicate and mild-mannered than most others who play acoustic, inward-looking music around here. He has a high voice that he tends to use in melodies that bounce or flicker and can be a little tough to catch on to. >More
 MadTracks: 'Rude Oud' by Reptile Palace Orchestra

For American listeners, the sounds of the Balkans often get channeled through young fellows with aspirations of moody elegance. Madison's Reptile Palace Orchestra has been at it longer, and tends to approach the music with screwball exuberance. You'll never see Beirut drop an album called On The Wings Of A Skink, for instance. >More
 MadTracks: 'Atlas Wings: Infinity' by Noxroy

Andrew Fitzpatrick goes in an unusual direction, for him, with Cotyledon Observatory, his first solo full-length under the name Noxroy. >More
 MadTracks: 'Once and Always' by Treefort

It's nice to be reminded of the Velvet Underground's Loaded, and that happens for a few moments on Trés Fort, the new album by Madison duo Treefort. Not that Elsa Nekola and Wes Doyle (who also makes music as Slow Loris) make any grand gestures as they move through various modes of friendly guitar pop, sometimes with a little, but just a little, extra post-punk kick. >More
 MadTracks: 'Fantástico' by Defcee

Madison rapper Defcee gives himself plenty room to explore on December's free mixtape Out From Under. He incorporates spoken-word collaborators on "(Advice to a Younger Adam) On Handling Heartbreak," recounts a trip to London on "Postcard," spins a tale of the suburban drug trade on "The Herb in Suburban." As a member of UW-Madison's First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Learning Community, he's got the mandate and the means to stretch the form a little. >More
 MadTracks: 'How Do You Talk to a Lady?' by Cribshitter

Since 2007, Cribshitter has forced Madison show-goers to ask themselves some difficult questions. Namely, does this really require a tuba and a lion mask, and is that local guitar hero John Masino jumping onstage to play squealing leads on a song called "I Got Hot Sauce In My Pussy"? (Answers: of course and yes.) >More
 MadTracks: 'Black Fog' by John Praw (video)

Madison-based ambient-electronic music-maker John Praw wears many hats, and now he can add "soundtrack composer" to his headwear collection. The artist formerly known as [praw] teamed with filmmaker friend Raquel Salazar to create a video before releasing his new self-titled album, which explores the finer points of minimalism. >More
 MadTracks: 'Take It' by The Shabelles

For musicians, nothing makes a song better than a heated debate. While you won't hear anyone arguing in "Take It" by The Shabelles, it could be the soundtrack for a brawl in slow motion. The fracas surrounding this ditty has to do with the opening keyboard part. >More
 MadTracks: 'All The Sun That Shines' by Peaking Lights (video)

Peaking Lights, a collaboration between dub lovers Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, bring a whimsical, left-field approach to music-making with the video for "All The Sun That Shines," a track from their recently released album 936. >More
 MadTracks: 'Nothing to Lose' by Jeremiah Nelson (video)

There's something about the music of Jeremiah Nelson that makes the world seem like a vintage home movie, one with the rich colors and sun-stained glow of Super 8 film. A video for "Nothing to Lose," a track from the local singer-songwriter's new album, Drugs to Make You Sober, taps into this aesthetic and explores it visually, using found footage from decades-old trips to beaches, amusement parks and Disney World. >More
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