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MUSIC

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
 Afro-Cuban All Stars hit Madison after years of delay

The Afro-Cuban All Stars are back! The show I've been waiting for since 2002 brings aché to Overture Hall Friday night. The buzz on the street? The All Stars are on fire. The crowd that packed UC-Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall last week was dancing on top of the seats. >More
 North Coast label puts Madison hip-hop musicians on the map

When Brent Hoffman started the music label North Coast Entertainment 10 years ago, hip-hop's East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry was still fresh in the public's mind. Two leaders of the feud, Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., had died of gunshot wounds just a few years earlier. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Casey and Greg

Casey Day and Greg Matysik have been performing together in Madison as Casey and Greg for more than two decades. Getting its start as a kids-oriented group, the acoustic duo has broadened its repertoire and now plays a broad spectrum of traditional and contemporary folk songs, popular tunes, and Irish standards. >More
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