Man of mystery Tom Laskin on Thursday 10/12/2006 In 2002, with the release of the saturnine breakup CD Sea Change, Beck went from cuddly weirdo to bona-fide grownup. The disc was a jolt for critics and fans alike, but in retrospect, a deeply melancholy Beck made a lot of sense. >MoreTilly and The Wall transcend their gimmick at Club 770 Joe Uchill on Monday 10/09/2006 3:06 pm "We've been trying to come up with a name for the tour," Tilly and the Wall guitarist Derek Pressnall told the crowd at the half-full Club 770 Sunday night, "because every time we've gone on tour before we've had a name." Perhaps they are better off without the theatricality of a title. When the indie-pop group played Madison last year they emphasized their gimmick -- that all percussion comes from the feet of tap-dancer Jamie Williams. But Tilly and the Wall aren't just a novelty act. Sunday they proved it. >MoreThe Damnwells are damn good Emily Denaro on Friday 10/06/2006 11:00 am CafÃ Montmartre may reckon itself a Parisian throwback, but the silent crowd, sweat-glistening band and deep-fried rock 'n' roll turned it into dusty saloon on Thursday night as The Damnwells transported their respectful and infatuated audience. >MoreSwing survivor Susan Kepecs on Thursday 10/05/2006 Jazz piano giant McCoy Tyner's no stranger in this town.
Over the years he's played several Madison gigs, including two at the Wisconsin Union Theater, in 1973 and '78. It's been a while, but Tyner returns to the WUT on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. It's the first act in the classy new Isthmus Jazz Series, which later this season brings in Eddie Palmieri and Dianne Reeves. >MoreLatin pop, Madison-style Rich Albertoni on Thursday 10/05/2006 It's past eight o'clock on a Friday night, and all 10
members of Kali Kalor are crowded into a two-room basement studio at the Martinez house in Fitchburg. They're about to play 'Mi Nuevo Amor' ('My New Love'), the song that's currently number eight on the Top 10 Hit List of Madison's Spanish language radio station, La Movida. On this chart, Kali Kalor stands in the company of major-label Top 40 artists like Shakira. >MoreEnter the Franks Tom Laskin on Thursday 09/28/2006 Forty-year-old Frank Productions has a long history in
Madison promoting concerts at the Coliseum and, more recently, the Kohl Center. At one time or another, the family-owned company has booked dates around the country ' and sometimes entire tours ' for everyone from Johnny Cash to Metallica to Bruce Springsteen to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. But in the past two years, Larry and Fred Frank (sons of founder Herb Frank) have begun bringing rock, pop, R&B and even squeal-inducing teeny-bopper acts to modest venues
like the Majestic Theater and the tiny CafÃ Montmartre. >MoreCountry-music psychologist Rich Albertoni on Thursday 09/21/2006 Owen Temple, 30, is a Ph.D. psychology major at UW-Madison.
Here's one of the ways he uses all that knowledge of human nature: He writes country music. The Kernville, Texas, native was a staple of the Austin and Dallas music scenes for nearly a decade before he moved here last year. He's sold 25,000 copies of his first three albums. The Dallas Morning News named his 2002 release, Right Here and Now, as one of the Top 5 Texas albums of that year.
>MoreCharting her own course Rich Albertoni on Thursday 09/21/2006 A few years back, the musical domain of Scottish
singer/songwriter KT Tunstall was a grassroots experimental folk outfit called the Fence Collective. This year, she's been a fixture on the Billboard pop chart alongside tabloid names like Justin Timberlake. Her smash single, 'Black
Horse and the Cherry Tree,' has spent the past 27 weeks on the Hot 100. >MoreDJ sampler Kyle Myhre on Thursday 09/21/2006 >MoreThe DJ as artist Kyle Myhre on Thursday 09/21/2006 A UW-Madison classroom at 9 a.m. is probably the last place
most people would expect to see DJ Kres hauling in his record crates and setting up his turntables. To most of us, the academy is as far from the club as possible. But Kres, one of Madison's oldest and most respected hip-hop DJs, is the day's guest speaker for Curriculum and Instruction 630: Spoken Word and Hip-Hop in the Classroom, a new UW course designed to help teachers at all levels make their academic material more relevant to the current generation of students. >More