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André Watts brings fireworks, delicacy to Madison Symphony Orchestra performance

I have long had reservations about André Watts: undeniable technique, but, I felt, a certain superficiality in repertoire and interpretation. His latest guest appearance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Overture Hall last weekend swept aside past doubts, however. >More
 Rhythm section of American Hi-Fi powers Madison band Sun Dried Truth

Pete Gargano likes to invite his brother-in-law to come over to his house and jam with him while he plays keyboard and sings. Gargano co-owns Bellini's restaurant on East Washington Avenue. His house is right behind the restaurant. Gargano's brother-in-law isn't any old Madison drummer. >More
 Mariza sings Portugal's roots music

Fadista diva Mariza brings her mesmerizing voice and enormous Euro-chic charisma back to the Wisconsin Union Theater on April 8, nearly five years after her Madison debut. >More
 Seeing double at Analogy Records

Despite the odds, two experimental, mostly instrumental bands with a heavy dose of electronics, Madison's Cemetery Improvement Society and Revolving Doors, are poised to achieve the double-double: a collaborative label launch and a double CD release of Revolving Doors' Songs for Car Commercials and the Cemetery Improvement Society's Lonely Dog Island. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra looks ahead to 2009-2010 season

The established pattern of three performances of each program over a weekend (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoon) will be maintained. Six of the eight programs will be conducted by maestro DeMain, the other two by guests. There will be 10 visiting soloists: some new talents but mostly established stars. >More
 The Eau Claire scene is a family of bands

Today there is still a vital push-pull between the modest and the lofty in Eau Claire. Some there believe it's at the heart of what is transforming this solid Wisconsin city into one of the most fertile music spots in the country. >More
 Crustacean Records adds four acts, returns to SXSW

Madison's Crustacean Records has been around for 15 years now, and it still has its finger on the pulse of punk rock. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: The Pints

"Two parts Irish music, one part whiskey," declare The Pints. This Madison-based seven member band got its start early this decade, and has been entertaining audiences with its attitude ever since with a repertoire of rebel songs, drinking tunes, and of course, traditional Irish music. At home on the stage, the group has performed in numerous clubs and festivals all across Wisconsin. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Rising Gael

Over barely five years, the four members of Rising Gael have made a name for themselves around Wisconsin and beyond. Fusing new and old Celtic styles, Peter Tissot, Jeff Olson Katie Dionne, and Erin Ellison have integrated the guitar, fiddle, drums, vocals, other instruments to create rich and varied arrangements on their three albums. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Larkin'

Larkin' is a quintet that performs acoustic Celtic music, or as the band puts it, "Live Music for the Digitally Weary!" Members Mark Hutchins, Tom Blain, Sheila Shigley, Laura Parmentier, and Blaine McQuinn each play more than one instrument, taking their turn at everything from the familiar guitar, cello and whistle to the Irish bodhran drum and the Greek bouzouki, which is akin to a mandolin. >More
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