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Entries from August 2010

Episode 147 - Whim Po & Emili

August 24th, 2010 · Comments

Playing what they describe as "Experimental Folk / Orchestral Pop",  Whim Po and Emili's Colin Weaver (vocals/strings) and Emily Robertson (vocals/piano) began as an acoustic duo playing small shows in and around Northfield, Minnesota in 2007. As their following grew in Northfield’s basement bar and college scene, other members were added and WPE released their debut album, "Whim, Po, & Emili," in November of 2009, followed soon after by their EP, Maybe Baby, in May 2010. Their music, while diverse, is most easily classified as orchestral pop. It takes the words and images so powerful in the folk tradition and imbues them with the melodies and rhythms of popular music. Intoned with the stories and imagery they encounter, they create music that embodies the textured world around them. Over the last two years WPE has played shows throughout the upper Midwest. Their diverse sound easily lends itself both to large, high-energy, electric sets and smaller, quieter acoustic shows.  Shades of Radiohead....you're gonna enjoy this one!
whimpoemili.com/
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Episode 146 - Yid Vicious

August 24th, 2010 · Comments

A Madison favorite--from ramshackle bars and luxurious ballrooms, on high festival stages or on bare sod, Yid Vicious often drives crowds into flurries of freylekh-fueled dancing fury. With repertoire drawn mainly from traditional secular Yiddish music but infused with their collective aesthetic and experience, celebrating the long-standing tradition of klezmorim but incorporating new musical ideas into an organic and ever-evolving art form. Yid's musical arsental consists of clarinets, saxophones, fiddle, horn, vocals, guitar, accordion, tuba, drums and sometimes theremin.

yidvicious.com

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Episode 145 - Cork & Bottle String Band

August 10th, 2010 · Comments

One of Madison's long-time favorite bluegrass bands, it's not far from the truth to say that The Cork and Bottle String Band single-handedly turned on a whole new generation of bluegrass fans and revived the flagging folk and bluegrass scene in Madison over the past 14 years they've been together.  Their long-standing regular gigs have been a second home to hundreds of sweating, dancing, fun-loving C & B SB fans.  We're excited to finally have them on the MTL stage!
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Episode 144 - Guy Fiorentini

August 10th, 2010 · Comments

GUY FIORENTINI

A very talented musician/writer/producer/teacher (and good friend of ours) based out of Milwaukee, WI, Guy sings and plays guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, harmonica and percussion, and has toured nationally and internationally playing everything from hardcore and reggae to bluegrass and gypsy jazz. A founding member of the 3 time WAMI Award winning Salt Creek, he is currently playing guitar and bass with several working bands, recording and performing solo under his own name, and is also a recording producer and engineer at his own Milwaukee-based studio, Fly Studios.  Guy was actually our very first guest on Mad Toast Live--literally Episode One!
www.guyfi.com
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