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I knew coming into this past weekend that Forward Music Festival (FMF) would be fun and a chance to return to the city of my college years, but I was also impressed at how easily that fun was had. It was one of the better weekends that Madison has ever had to offer me, and that's coming from a...
The Duo are one of those bands. They sing barely a sound during their entire set, but they converse with each other through casual banter with the audience. They drink Maker's Mark convincingly. They turn cartoons themes into anthems. They are addictive. This only my third time seeing the two Italians, Andrew said it was near his tenth. All...
I wrote to FMF organizer and Dane101 editor Jesse Russell for some comments on the slew of updates coming from Madison in anticipation of the September music festival. He seemed pleased. The tickets are selling out quickly, Killdozer is still on board and the local music scene seems to be rallying around the fest. He also mentioned that at...
The concept of the super television screen is hardly unfamiliar to anyone. Better known to the populous as a JumboTron, the screen that changed the way we look at live events can be seen everywhere from Times Square to Tokyo. While the word JumboTron is technically a brand name developed by Sony in the 80's, it has become synonymous...
On Friday it was pretty clear what the modus operandi of All Points West is: There is Radiohead and there is everybody else. By day, All Points West was a nice festival with some strong sets. Andrew Bird played to an adoring audience, mixing old favorites ("Fake Palindromes," "Plasticities," "Tables and Chairs") with a couple new songs in a...
Yesterday I plugged a documentary airing on the Sundance Channel, Wetlands Preserved. I've been exchanging emails with the producer and director about the film, and he agreed to answer some questions. Dean Budnick is a name all jam fans should know, if they don't already. He created (with he help of others) Jambands.com, The Jammys and a documentary profiling...
Just what is it about Madison Square Garden that makes it so special? I heard someone pose this question the other day, and it got me thinking. After all, it is just a basketball stadium (and ice rink); there are 29 other NBA stadiums in the country, and countless college stadiums. But it’s more than just a basketball...
The last few installments of the The Union Forever dealt with the possibility of a cinema that is purely online. Not a reproduction of the movie industry on the Internet, but an entirely different mode of creation. The medium is so similar to that of the traditional cinema that few make a distinction or even care to entertain...
Poster by Erin Dosh Photographs by Haley Van Dyke Dear readers of the LMB, Martin Dosh is a marvel of a musician and an even greater gentleman. Harken back to Bonnaroo 2006 when, drenched in sweat from the Tennessee sun, I yelled through the wire fencing that separated the artists from the crowds, "Hey! Were you the guy drumming with Andrew...
After a few technical difficulties, our full review of the Jammys. Better late than never. Had I studied Cultural Anthropology in school rather than Architecture I would have been fascinated by the scene outside Madison Square Garden last Wednesday night as the hippy masses and Jay-Z fans stormed the gates. Actually I was fascinated by it, but I...

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