Interview: Is PHOX the best new Madison band?

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Who is this PHOX band? A common question from Madison music affectionados over the last few weeks. Anchored by the the stunning vocals of Monica Martin, the six-piece collective expresses a dynamic spontaneity that is both original and captivating. The type of sound that raises eyebrows, with unbridled excitement, from musicians near and far.

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Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath cover Patti Smith at Madison rally

Tom Morello

Madison is a liberal political bastion that attracts activist musicians from around the country. The recall election between Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, has fired up the grassroots revolutionary spirit. Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath, Brother Ali and Mike McColgan stopped by the Labor Temple in Madison to play for a "Get Out The Vote" rally.

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Surgeons in Heat fires up der Rathskeller crowd for vinyl release party

Johnathon Mayer of Surgeons in Heat
Johnathon Mayer

The weather may not have cooperated for the first Memorial Union Terrace show of the year, but that didn’t stop Surgeons in Heat from displaying an infectious indie hybrid of blue-eyed soul and R&B funkiness that kept the energetic Rathskeller crowd dancing indoors until midnight.

Lead Singer and songwriter Johnathon Mayer with essentially Madison’s Pioneer, Tyler Ditter, Kenny Monroe and Shawn Pierce, as a  well-oiled accompaniment were wrapping up a string of 12 dates including a trek down the East Coast.

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Peaking Lights on mixtapes, psychedelics and lucifer

Peaking Lights with Mikko 
Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis of Peaking Lights bid farewell to Madison late last year, but not before becoming a dub-psych trio with the birth of their son Mikko. The young lad has become an unofficial member of the band, guesting on the just released track "LO HI" from the eagerly anticipated new album "Lucifer" due out in June.

Madison's loss is L.A.'s gain as the couple headed back to the golden state, with little Mikko in tow, to set-up camp. Last year's brilliant "936" from Peaking Lights was our number one local Madison album for 2011.

Aaron Coyes recently spoke with indie music blog Adhoc:

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Watch Willis Earl Beal’s one-man show

Willis Earl Beale

Beck may have had “two turntables and a microphone.” Willis Earl Beal has a “reel-to-reel and a microphone.” A Sunday night gathering at the Majestic Theatre paid tribute to the troubadour’s one-man show. Yes, it was a bizarre scene with Beal opening for the electronic dance act SBTRKT. Fortunately, the glow stick contingent was not present at the Majestic. None-the-less everyone in the building apparently wanted to dance. I was there to see Beal.

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