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MadTracks: 'A Kiss in Wisconsin' by The August Teens

Few things compare to holy trinity of big guitars, pretty harmonies and pop hooks aplenty. The August Teens know it well and worship it often. Heck, they've been doing it for 10 years now. >More
 MadTracks: 'I-94 Blues' by the Cash Box Kings

There are numerous reasons I-94 might give you the blues, whether it's 5:00 gridlock or the recently announced resurfacing project that's bound to create headaches this summer. For Joe Nosek and the rest of the Cash Box Kings, I-94 is the highway to love gone wrong. >More
 MadTracks: 'Ascension' by Ridley

When Jon Schoepke and Billy Morehouse, bandmates from a small-town metal group, reunited in Madison in the fall of 2008, they weren't just looking to hang out and worship Black Sabbath. They had a vision. "We wanted to make some non-traditional sounding albums with looping, rock guitars and driving synths," Schoepke says. And thus, Ridley was born. >More
 MadTracks: 'Tantz Tantz Allemin' by The Shtetlblasters

At first glance, electro jams and klezmer songs don't seem to have much in common. Electro sprang from funk musicians' fascination with programmable drum machines in the 1980s. Klezmer, on the other hand, sprang from the synagogues of southeastern Europe in the 1380s or thereabouts. Now the two have come together in Madison, of all places, thanks to The Shtetlblasters, a five-piece ensemble that got acquainted at Middleton High School a few years ago. >More
 MadTracks: 'Caprihina' by Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

Made from limes, sugar and a distilled, fermented sugarcane juice called cachaa, Brazil's national cocktail, the caprihina, is deceptively simple. It squeezes a ton of flavor out of just three ingredients, much like a song of the same name. >More
 MadTracks: 'Kite' by New People

Last year Madison trio New People unveiled one of the best power pop discs from a local band I've heard in recent times, their debut The Easy Thing. >More
 MadTracks: 'Salt, Blue & Bone' by The Getaway Drivers

Lots of songs tell stories, but few tell them quite as well as the tune "Salt, Blue & Bone" by The Getaway Drivers. The song, from the group's about-to-be-released EP The Truth is Where it's Always Been, tells the tale of a Nantucket woman whose lover has gone on a whaling voyage. >More
 MadTracks: 'Body & Bones' by Mark Harrod

Madison singer-songwriter Mark Harrod isn't big on the idea of fate. At least he wasn't until he competed in the Project M songwriting contest hosted by 105.5 FM earlier this year. >More
 MadTracks: 'I Rise' by Roots Collective

For Michelle Flood, one of three vocalists in local roots-reggae six-piece Roots Collective, the social conscience of reggae keeps her singing and writing new songs, including "I Rise," a track from the group's newest album, Rising. >More
 MadTracks: 'Oort Cloud' by The Earthling Invasion

Madison quintet The Earthling Invasion will unveil its debut album A Star is Born this weekend. Star showcases the fully-realized sound of a band with their own idiosyncratic take on synth-pop. >More
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