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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 75.0° F  A Few Clouds
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MUSIC

Opening night at inaugural Forward Music Fest a success

Opening night at the two-day Forward Music Festival on Friday was not without a few glitches. But I have to applaud the organizers of this event for pulling off such a large undertaking in a city that to bands and promoters can feel small and unwelcome to change. A multi-venue event like this must take an incredible amount of work, unselfishly put in out of a love for music and a desire to see Madison assert itself on the national music stage. >More
 Will the Forward Music Fest transform the Madison music scene?

It's been the long-talked-about dream of local music fans -- that we here in Madison should do something like South by Southwest, that we should become the Austin of the North. >More
 Todd Rundgren returns to Madison

Frank Productions has announced that legendary songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren will return to Madison for the first time in a decade, playing the Barrymore on October 7. >More
 Digibot assaults the senses and right-wing shenanigans at The Frequency

If there's one thing Digibot proved at their show at The Frequency Thursday night, it's that those who lean to the left need to grow a pair and make a racket when their opponents attempt to lie, cheat and steal their way to another electoral victory. >More
 On the road

The fall can be a glorious season in these parts. That is, until the remnants of a hurricane spin up from the Gulf of Mexico and drop two or three inches over a couple hours. Or the north wind blows a taste of winter our way a day or two after the autumnal equinox has put an official end to summer. Which makes the ever-expanding schedule of touring acts booked at area clubs, theaters and sports arenas such an essential amenity. After a week of cold, gray, wet weather, a night out with Ryan Adams & the Cardinals or MURS or Carrie Underwood can brighten the gloomiest mood. >More
 Global sounds

The fifth annual Madison World Music Festival, brought to you by the Wisconsin Union Theater, is on tap this weekend and next at various venues (Memorial Union Terrace, the Willy Street Fair, the Annex and more). This year's fest is free as always and bigger than ever, with more events spread out at more sites over more days than you'll remember from previous years. >More
 School of rock

She attended high school in Middleton, but Y Mae Sussman's musical tastes span the globe. Most recently, she's been making sonic journeys to exotic pop landscapes like Sweden and Denmark. For Sussman, the names of Scandinavian artists - Jens Lekman, the Figurines and Peter, Bjorn & John - come as easy as John Mayer and Coldplay. >More
 Scads of CDs

Judging from the abundant number of summertime releases by Madison-area musicians, very few local players are worried about the slumping market for recorded music. Here at Isthmus, we've received a dozen new CDs by local acts over the course of August, a month that usually sees half the city's population take off on vacation. >More
 Classical-era masters

The annual chamber music festival held in the Festival Barn on the property of John and Rose Mary Harbison near Token Creek has become one of our special summer treasures. This year it runs Aug. 23-31, with each of four programs given twice. The programs range from adaptations of Bach, to jazz, to music by Harbison himself. >More
 Jazz and jam reunite at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Fitchburg

The fifth annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, held on Friday and Saturday at a farm in Fitchburg, felt more like a family picnic of talented jazz musicians than a festival. They played at Art in the Barn, with plastic chairs and bales of hay set up for seating. There were no aggressive sponsors, and the bathroom was located through the horse stall, next to a horse named Ringo. >More
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