Introducing Local Sounds Music Scenes

January 22nd, 2011 was a milestone in the redesign and conversion process of Madtown Lounge to Local Sounds. It was the day we updated and rebranded the City Pages section as Music Scenes!

One of the major ideas behind the Local Sounds ecosystem is that local music should stay local to its own city or region, yet have the ability to network with other areas and have a ripple effect to promote everwhere. Live Locally. Promote Globally. Seem like a basic concept? :)

Here is the rough definition that we established for this idea: is a network of connected local music scenes that cross promotes areas from one region to another, allowing independent artists to reach farther with their music by creating their own network of fans and other artists from their home base.

So the goal with the Local Sounds Music Scenes is to have a city-centric landing page or homepage that summarizes and collects all the information from for a particular city and display it as a quick reference for fans and artists alike. For example, visiting the Local Sounds Madison music scene allows me to review the top shows or events going on today/tonight, the most popular artists in Madison (according to, the most popular venues in Madison (and where they’re located on the map), the most recent activity from Madison users on, recent news from Local Sounds, and the top album releases in Madison. Pretty nice huh?

We would love to hear some feedback from our users. If you have comments, concerns or other suggestions to help us make the new Music Scenes section even better, let us know! You can leave your comments below, on our Local Sounds Facebook page, or email us at!

Matt is one of the co-founders behind Local Sounds, a non-profit organization that helps promote, preserve and develop Madison's local music scene. He has played drums for several bands and was formerly on the MAMAs board.

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