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Madison's Imitations were the sound of '60s radicalism

Last summer, on the Union Terrace, Big Apple sax player Michael Moss dropped a CD in my lap. Moss is married to modern dancer Judith Moss, who teaches a popular summer class through UW Continuing Studies. All three of us were undergrads here in the '60s. "This'll take you back," Moss said, eyeing the disc. The hand-done letters sprawled across the Memorex said "Fabulous Imitations, Great Hall '65." >More
 Whither jazz? Musicians search for venues in Madison

Jazz isn't dead, especially if you're a fan of TV soundtracks. Shows such as Cowboy Bebop and even Sex and the City wouldn't be the same without it. In the real world, however, it's tempting to question the genre's relevance if people don't go to hear it performed live. >More
 Bobby McFerrin and the simplest form of expression

Bobby McFerrin is happy about Obama, but don't expect him to sing his famous "Don't Worry, Be Happy" when he unleashes those rangy pipes at Overture Hall next Thursday night. >More
 Marty Finkel: Chasing the melodies

Marty Finkel, 22, can't stop writing songs. He's already written and recorded more than 50 of them since he graduated from Middleton High School in 2004. This Saturday at the Frequency he releases The Good Life, a collection of 14 alt-country and rock songs that establish Finkel as one of the best new music artists in Madison. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra to vote on union

After decades of operating on their own in negotiations with orchestra management, Madison Symphony Orchestra players will vote Feb. 2 on whether to affiliate with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). >More
 New to Irish music? Here's a primer

For some, Irish music is synonymous with the Irish Tenors and Riverdance; for others, it means the soul music of Van Morrison and the hard-rocking anthems of Thin Lizzy. No matter your preferred genre or artist, the folkier side of Irish song has most likely influenced your listening habits as a forerunner of American bluegrass, country, blues and, to some extent, rock 'n' roll. >More
 My most memorable concerts of 2008 in Madison and Milwaukee

It was a marvelous moment, yet another reason why I love live music. The pleasures are visceral, surprising and life affirming. It's why I headed for the concert hall and the clubs 50-plus times in 2008, culminating New Year's Eve at Uihlein Hall watching the Milwaukee Symphony and Chorus performing Beethoven's awe-inspiring 9th Symphony. >More
 Organ, harp and piano players are the orchestra's loners

A symphony orchestra is like a nesting doll. Under the orchestral umbrella are smaller sections -- strings, woodwind, brass and percussion -- and further divisions within those get smaller and smaller. Then come the loners, which have no like creatures around them: harp, piano and organ. Far from being antisocial, though, these instruments help their neighbors by adding depth and texture. Their pitch range is uniquely wide, so much so that they can support any instrument in the orchestra. >More
 Zebras: Animal instincts

Local prog-punk trio Zebras is only a year old, but it's managed to play some of the most rocking local shows of 2008 and assemble a fan base that stretches from Madison to Milwaukee. >More
 A musical whirlwind of my favorite albums from 2008

If there's one thing I'm sure of, it's that my taste in music is pretty eclectic, if not eccentric at times. As such, my take on this past year's releases veers slightly off the beaten path. >More
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