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MadTracks: 'Hook Up' by Primitive Culture

Madison world-music ensemble Primitive Culture invites listeners to "break on through to the other side" in "Hook Up," a single off of the band's new album, Fantasy. However, this isn't the psychedelic "other side" of Jim Morrison and the Doors. It's more of the "drop everything and move to Latin America" variety. >More
 MadTracks: 'Hold On' by Former Ghosts

Madison's Nika Roza Danilova has been very busy with music the past couple years. She has released solo recordings as Zola Jesus, and another album featuring Danilova appeared in October on London's Upset the Rhythm label: Fleurs by Former Ghosts. >More
 MadTracks: 'Moving On' by Flame Shark

Justin Jahnke came to the Madison area from Louisiana, so Flame Shark's sound has always had some Southern roots. This time around, the band took the extra step of recording the basic tracks for Raw Flowers live during a 20 hour session at Piety Street Recording in New Orleans. >More
 MadTracks: 'Dark Surf' by Helliphant

Madison metal-rockers Helliphant aren't shy about their love affair with Glenn Danzig. Their song "Dark Surf," the third track on their new disc Powdered Tusk, dives into the guts of the best stuff by the musician's legendary metal band and finds a bit of shrapnel from the Misfits as well. >More
 MadTracks: 'That's That' by Mad Trucker Gone Mad

Mad Trucker Gone Mad's name might sound redundant, but it's a fitting description for music that starts out one shade of crazy and morphs into white-hot insanity. This is especially true of their latest love song, "That's That," the third track on their new album, Born To Be a Trucker. >More
 MadTracks: 'We Will Bury You' by Optometri

Part of the fun of being in a band is developing a stage presence, be it slightly different or wildly divergent from one's usual personality. Madison's been graced with many performers dedicated to onstage antics and fanciful band back stories; currently one of the most developed "biographies" surfaces on stage a few times a year in the form of Optometri. >More
 MadTracks: 'Hits Like Hail' by His & Her Vanities

Many parents of infants are ready to pass out -- and understandably so -- after tending to their kid all day. But when Terrin and Ricky Riemer put their baby in his crib for the evening, they didn't pass out: They started to rock out. >More
 MadTracks: 'Exorcist' by The Antiprism

It's just about showtime on a Wednesday night at the Frequency, and the stage room contains only a few folks with pints ... and a band dressed in hooded black capes, forbidding sunglasses and a bit of dark makeup. >More
 MadTracks: 'It's Our Time' by Fortune and Glory

While the name of local pop-punk five-piece Fortune and Glory conjures up images of war heroes and perhaps pirates, their song "It's Our Time," off of their about-to-be-released debut EP S/T, is more about partying than pillaging. >More
 MadTracks: 'Rattled' by Flatbear

Confidence is a great thing to have, but only if it's balanced by a little self-doubt. Occasional bouts of less-than-optimal self-esteem can give you the humility you need to empathize with others and keep you from becoming a snob -- if you don't let them get the best of you. >More
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