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Sweden's Movits! blend hip-hop with humor that transcends cultural differences

Madison crowds aren't always eager to dance, but they won't be able to stand still at the High Noon Saloon on March 31. That's when Movits! -- a group from Luleå, a town near the cold northern border of Sweden -- will hit the stage. For the past seven years, they've been making a unique brand of hip-hop mixed with big-band horns and a gradually increasing amount of electronic dance music. >More
 A Madisonian's guide to SXSW 2014

This week marks the start of the musical portion of South By Southwest, the annual event that's drawn bands, fans and music-industry insiders to Austin, Texas, since 1987. Many corners of the Madison music community have been represented there, with acts like Zola Jesus, Droids Attack, F.Stokes and Peaking Lights attending in years past. >More
 Local Love Fest is a passionate ode to Madison's music scene

There's no shortage of love songs around Valentine's Day, but what about odes to local musicians who create those songs? Enter Local Love Fest, a yearly compilation album that features local bands covering other local bands. The fourth edition debuts at a Feb. 7 show at the High Noon Saloon and one on Feb. 8 at the Crystal Corner Bar. >More
 Vanishing Kids resurface in Madison after a long, mysterious hiatus

Vanishing Kids is an apt name for the band led by Fitchburg's Nikki Drohomyreky and Jason Hartman. After forming in Madison in 2000, they released a flurry of dark, complex rock records and relocated to the West Coast multiple times. They eventually settled in Portland, Ore., where they put out a split 7-inch in 2009. Then there were no new songs or concerts. Years went by, and still nothing. It looked like they had disappeared. >More
 Signal Dreams joins roster of Madison-based record labels

Madison's experimental-music catalog is about to expand. On Feb. 1, a new record label called Signal Dreams will release recordings by far-out local synthesizer act Noxroy and avant-garde violinist Troy Schafer. Noxroy will perform at Good Style Shop the same night. >More
 Four nights at FRZN Fest 2014: From Lizzo to Superchunk

When the third annual FRZN Fest stormed into Madison this past weekend, it was anything but frigid. Ranging from hip-hop to desert folk to Diarrhea Planet, four nights of shows at the High Noon Saloon kept the crowd's eardrums toasty. >More
 A polar vortex of rock at FRZN Fest 2014

Now in its third year, FRZN Festival has solidified its role in Madison's music scene, bringing up-and-coming acts to town at a time of year the concert calendar gets mighty sparse. It also serves as a kickoff for the awesome shows to come in the early part of 2014. >More
 Beastmilk: Climax

A weathered skull and a margarita glass overflowing with milk on a baby-blue background: That's the first impression you'll get of Climax, the debut LP by Finnish post-apocalyptic post-punk band Beastmilk. >More
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