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MUSIC

Ken Lonnquist spoofs Sarah Palin in 'Brain to Nowhere'

Sarah Palin and her candidacy to become the next Vice-President of the United States has been a nigh-inexhaustible saga of comedic absurdity since her selection by John McCain a month ago. The latest pinnacle of farce came over the weekend, when Tina Fey continued her celebrated multiweek cameo lampooning of the Alaska governor on Saturday Night Live with a spoof of Palin's interview with Katie Couric on CBS, using the candidate's own words for a near-verbatim skewering. These kinds of antics are infectious, though, and Madison songwriter and performer Ken Lonnquist has joined in on the fun. >More
 Forever Lou and Peter Berryman

If you live in Madison, you almost certainly know Lou and Peter Berryman. They're that smiling man and woman who, for many years, have been singing jolly songs about cheese and snow. Peter plays 12-string guitar, and Lou plays accordion. They're east-siders who came here for college in the 1960s, and they look it. They're so Madison. >More
 Far from the beach, the Pistols at Dawn rock out

As Alex E. Smith, drummer for the Madison-bred instrumental act the Pistols at Dawn puts it: "Yeah, you say surf and people go, 'Oh, the Beach Boys.' We go, 'Nah, like Pulp Fiction.' Then a few of 'em get it." >More
 Trombone Shorty brings New Orleans north

Last September, on the night the Badgers beat Washington State 42-21, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews played New Orleans superfunk for a rapturous post-game crowd on the Memorial Union Terrace. There's no game on Thursday, Oct. 2, when Andrews returns, but he doesn't need football pheromones to blow the roof off the Wisconsin Union Theater. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra's season begins

The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates John DeMain's 15th year on its podium with a rousing season opener this weekend, Sept. 26-28. Has it been that long since the maestro conducted his first concert here of Mozart, Bernstein and Mahler? How time flies and how things have changed for the MSO since the Oscar Mayer Theater days - new hall with a magnificent organ, new Steinway, new repertoire, new level of musicianship, expanded programming and on and on. >More
 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
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