What happens when former members of the Wallflowers, Spacehog and Cibo Matto team up with a young, vivacious chanteuse? A band with a criss-cross of retro New York City rock, ' ¦'
Many conscientious shoppers in Madison avoid Wal-Mart like the plague. Mercury Players Theatre brings the nefarious big box store and all of its loathsome policies in their farcical production, 'Walmartopia.' ' ¦'
With a Brit-pop sensibility that hearkens back to the late '90s and channels Blur with a dash of Oasis, local Madison band 8889's first full length album My Music Plan shows a healthy disregard for all trends indie and moves decidedly into the genre of smooth guitar pop. 8889 clearly demonstrates potential and the possession of songcraft building blocks necessary to become lasting musicians.
With incest, revenge, lovers' quarrels and murderous plotting galore, University Theatre heats its winter season with a tale of lust and evil in ''Tis Pity She's A Whore,' the 17th-century drama by English playwright John Ford.
Madonna: dancer, sex icon, philanthropist, 47-year-old mother of two, children's author, and most importantly, a pop music icon. With an unparalleled career under her belt spanning two decades and myriad interests consuming her life, it could have been very easy for Madonna to take a relaxed approach on Confessions on a Dance Floor and put out a well-produced and polished album that lacked inspiration.
Lately there's been a resurgence of time-honored artists releasing new music. From old-timers Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney to the hipper Pixies and Green Day, established artists have been hitting ' ¦'
Get out your striped off-the shoulder top, chunky accents and some eyeliner-if you have it. Stellastarr* hits a new wave artery with their sophomore album, Harmonies for the Haunted. Whether ' ¦'