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The Mighty Underdogs raise the temperature and roof at the Majestic

Tuesday nights tend to be on the slower and quieter side here in Madison. There are usually a few low-key concerts by local groups, but nothing that gets mobs of people off their couches, into the icy weather and over to the clubs. Last night's concert by alt-hip-hop supergroup The Mighty Underdogs was an exception -- and well worth the hassle of standing in line outside the Majestic Theatre. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra musicians vote to unionize with AFM

Players in the Madison Symphony Orchestra voted 43 to 36 on Monday to affiliate with the American Federation of Musicians union, in the Local 166 chapter. The vote was supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, which will certify the results in a week if no objections are filed. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: DJ Fusion

DJ Fusion won "DJ of the Year" in the 2008 Madison Area Music Awards and serves as DJ for the L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S. He works as a promoter, graphic designer, and recording engineer, and is also CEO of Speakerboxx DJZ and Mad City Studios. >More
 Ancora String Quartet comes into its own with Haydn, Beethoven, Shostakovich

For the latest of its concerts this season the Ancora String Quartet, resident at the First Unitarian Society, chose to play in the original meeting house, rather than in the Society's new and larger auditorium. >More
 Zola Jesus' anxious minimalism to shine at SXSW

For one-woman home-recording powerhouse Zola Jesus -- a.k.a. Madison's Nika Danilova, 19 -- being an enigma isn't just an amusing side effect of being a performer, it's a necessity. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is back in action with Masterworks II

Belated but joyful was the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's first full Masterworks concert of the season on Saturday, January 24. Transcending ongoing contract negotiations, the strike that scotched the first concert last October has been suspended so that the scheduled concerts remaining can be given. Appropriately, high spirits were evident, expressed in a program in which two avian delights framed an exciting local solo debut. >More
 Artists ponder health of hip-hop in Madison circa 2009

A casual glance at entertainment listings in Isthmus these days yields little in the way of hip-hop acts. A few DJs are active here and there, but it's rare to see hip-hop artists headlining shows at Madison's major venues. >More
 East Village Opera Company funks up the classics

Roll over, Beethoven! The East Village Opera Company brings operatic arias that rock with rhythm and blues to Overture's Capitol Theater next Thursday, Jan. 29. Don't expect Tommy or Rennie Harris' hip hopera Rome and Jewels, and don't think kitsch. The EVOC deconstructs arias from the 18th and 19th centuries with a brainy palette of pop dance beats, and the results are seriously sophisticated. >More
 Will WSUM make the most of its newfound wealth?

Can $400,000 buy UW-Madison a better campus radio station? Former chancellor John Wiley thought so. Last year he earmarked an unrestricted grant to help WSUM move from its former location in the Towers on State Street. The station's posh new studio is inside the newly constructed University Square multipurpose monolith. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra: Daniel Hege, Henning Kraggerud, and James DeVita

Three guests brought a triple-treat at the Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts last weekend. Syracuse Symphony conductor Daniel Hege, making his second podium visit here, opened things with Mozart's "Paris Symphony", No. 31 in D, a frothy first treat. >More
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