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Sharp and Harkins branch out on new album

"A lot of our songs are carefree and upbeat," says Andy Sharp, "but this time we were ready to try different emotions." >More
 Chang and Tali shine with the Madison Symphony Orchestra

Two visitors enlivened the latest Madison Symphony concerts. The hyped one was Sarah Chang, undeniably one of today's top violinists, who appeared in the "Violin Concerto in D" by Brahms. I risk stereotypes and cliché when I say I have long thought of Brahms' concertos as "masculine," reflecting his own burly playing style. Against that, Chang proposed a valid "feminine" perspective on this massive, challenging score. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Holiday Pops concert is on

Here's an early holiday present for Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra subscribers and fans. Despite an ongoing labor dispute, which saw musicians go on strike last month, the orchestra will perform its holiday pops concert on Nov. 29 and 30 as scheduled. >More
 Homegrown Hip-Hop Festival focuses on Midwestern innovation

This year, planners of the free, three-day fest hope to illustrate just how much the Midwest contributes to hip-hop across the country, from the small towns of Wisconsin to the clubs and record labels of New York and L.A. >More
 Wilco exhorts UW students and Madison fans to GOTV for Obama

A seemingly unlikely candidate for the political limelight, the usually disheartened Jeff Tweedy offered a lot of low-key, tongue-in-cheek humor and just enough heart at a "Concert for Change" in Madison on Saturday. >More
 Kill Junior targets election night to release their debut

Besides making a go of it as a local heavy metal band, the five members of Kill Junior are trying to keep time with their dayjobs. Trouble is, they say, lately the economy has been as bruising as some of their songs. >More
 Angelique Kidjo set to dazzle Wisconsin Union Theater

Angelique Kidjo, Afropop's Amazon queen, brings her towering stage presence and global goodwill back to the Wisconsin Union Theater next Thursday night. This show is pitch-perfect post-election medicine, win or lose. >More
 Wilco members to play free concert on Saturday at Madison rally for Obama

Barack Obama may have canceled his campaign appearance in Madison, but some fellow Illinoisans will present a "Concert for Change" this Saturday at the Wisconsin Union Theater -- Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. >More
 Go-Go's guitarist and Wisconsin native Jane Wiedlin falls in love, buys a house and whips up a Madison band

The quiet Madison suburb of Maple Bluff is known for stately homes, old money and the Wisconsin Governor's Mansion. When I drove through Maple Bluff recently, fall leaves accented the perfectly manicured village lawns. McCain/Palin yard signs bobbed and glowed in the windy afternoon sunshine. >More
 Madison Music Foundry's Rock Workshop teaches teen bands the basics

Starting a band in middle school isn't easy. Take it from Carson Bell, the 15-year-old singer for Boulderfist, an up-and-coming local metal band. >More
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