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MadTracks: 'Mess Around' by Trent Fox & the Tenants

Madison's Kind Turkey label shines the spotlight on musical acts from Madison, Milwaukee and other Midwestern enclaves. This Thursday at 10 p.m., Kind Turkey will transform Mickey's Tavern into a garage rocker's paradise with a stacked bill featuring Milwaukee's Trent Fox & the Tenants, Appleton upstarts Orange Iguanas, catchy and jangly local project the Honey Slides and the Hussy. In particular, this show is a celebration of Mess Around, a new LP by Trent and the gang.

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 MadTracks: 'The Boy and the Nettles' by Paul Otteson

February is a special month for many songwriters. The season of blizzards and valentines is also Album Writing Month, an annual songwriting challenge launched by Madison expat Burr Settles. It has inspired many great tunes, including "The Boy and the Nettles," a selection from February Fables, a new album by Stoughton-based songwriter Paul Otteson >More
 MadTracks: 'A Fossil' by Flame Shark

Chicago-via-Madison alt-country quartet Flame Shark has reached new artistic heights with their new song, "A Fossil." If this tune is any indication, they've got many more peaks in their future. >More
 MadTracks: 'Hospital Food' by So So Radio

Wisconsin rockers So So Radio are beginning 2011 with a short tour celebrating the release of the band's debut album, Dustcovers. It's a catchy listen that should immediately appeal to most indie pop listeners who encounter it, showcasing carefully constructed songs that at times are as steady-building as the buzz around the group. >More
 MadTracks: 'A Whore Is a Whore' by Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys

Madison country songstress and band, Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys, are kicking manners to the curb, along with trashy ex-boyfriends and lots of empty beer cans. Or, as the title of their debut album puts it, they're Taking the "O" Out of Country. >More
 MadTracks: 'Perfect' by Sunspot (video)

Back in August, I discussed a Madison rock band's efforts to take its live shows into the realm of multimedia theater as it toured the country. Now this group, Sunspot, is back in town, offering the fruits of its travels to local fans in a DVD called Major Arcana. >More
 MadTracks: 'Colors' by Ida Jo and the Show

Not everyone realizes a fiddle is the same as a violin. It's how the instrument is being played that determines what it's called. Local violin diva Ida Jo says people ask her about the difference all the time. The thing is, it's easier to show the answer than to tell it. >More
 MadTracks: 'Ooh Aah' by Baghdad Scuba Review

Since its genesis as an informal coalition of players helping out singer-songwriter John Schneider at gigs, Madison progressive rock band Baghdad Scuba Review has grown into a consistent presence in the scene. By now local music followers have probably just about gotten used to the group's unusual name -- "all the good ones were taken so we just made something up," says bassist Erik Riedasch. >More
 MadTracks: 'Last Kiss on a Sinking Ship' by Sleeping in the Aviary (video)

Ahoy! Sleeping in the Aviary, the whimsical, Madison-bred garage-pop band that moved to Minneapolis a little while back, has crafted a high seas tale as part of its new album, Great Vacation! At first, the video looks like a parody of Titanic but if you watch the whole thing, you'll realize it's more clever than most spoofs of James Cameron's film. >More
 MadTracks: 'Been Thinkin a Ways' by Whitney Mann (video)

Sometimes pure, honest simplicity is what makes a song great. Local alt-country songstress Whitney Mann has mastered the art of artlessness with her new song, "Been Thinkin a Ways," whose unpretentious charm has mesmerized audiences at her recent gigs opening for country legends Willie Nelson and George Jones. >More
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