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MUSIC

Ticket to ride

If you decided to forgo your road trip this year because of soaring gas prices or bad weather, Madison's classical groups are offering a new season that will help make up for that. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, for example, will take us to the Arctic Circle in "Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra." For the Madison Opera, it will be Japan in Madama Butterfly. And if you want to leave earth altogether, the Madison Symphony Orchestra will guide you to "The Planets."

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 Blowing up a storm

Maestro Andrew Sewell's efforts to include a certain amount of classical music in the programs for this year's Concerts on the Square were weakly evident in the third of them, on July 9. It was mainly a show for the guest soloist, trumpeter Ryan Anthony, undoubtedly one of today's most spectacular virtuosi on his instrument.

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 Jentri Colello: The real deal

It's 9:45 on a muggy Friday night, and the High Noon Saloon is hosting maybe 30 patrons for the first of three bands on a bill featuring country-rock-shaded up-and-comers the Blueheels. Most are lost in casual summertime chatter fueled by the first few rounds of the weekend. Consequently, hardly anyone notices when Jentri Colello mumbles some words of welcome into her microphone and begins singing about her own private Idaho in a soft, husky voice. >More
 8889

8889's brisk, at times introspective pop-rock recalls several '80s acts that embraced ringing, slightly reedy guitars and trebly production that highlighted all that purposeful strumming. In fact, if you crossed guitar-savvy neo-psychedelians the Church with Hall & Oates and added a touch of earnest folk-rock, you'd come up with something very similar to what 8889 are doing on Zoology.

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 Madison Senior Scenester Potluck reflects on a bygone musical era

The mindset on State Street in the early '80s among a certain subculture was one of violent underground dissent against Reagan's America and an embrace of the DIY culture of 'zines, homemade flyer art and punk rock. Sunday, the Senior Scenesters Potluck at Tenney Park brought many of the members of that social scene together again. It was Bill Feeny's brainstorm. Feeny played with Appliances SFB, one of the better-know Madison acts of the early '80s. >More
 Trumpeter Ryan Anthony goes over the top at Concerts on the Square

Maestro Andrew Sewell's efforts to include a certain amount of classical music in the programs for this year's Concerts on the Square were weakly evident in the third of them, on July 9. It was mainly a show for the guest soloist, trumpeter Ryan Anthony, undoubtedly one of today's most spectacular virtuosi on his instrument. >More
 Hard guys: Lucha Libre raps with an edge

On Lucha Libre's new album, The Takeover. The title track wanders into the aggressive side of male sexual bravado ("penetrate your ass until you hyperventilate"), arguably in a satirical context intended to be ridiculous and funny. >More
 Belleville American Music Festival: Strings attached

Geoff Wilbourn makes no bones about it. The 3rd annual Belleville American Music Festival, which takes place July 11 and 12, conforms to the personal tastes of its founders. >More
 Freedy Johnston: Native son

At the Inn on the Park lounge last Friday evening, Freedy Johnston sipped a beer and looked out the window. His eyes fixed on the faade of Genna's Lounge, and his mind rewound to 1994. That's when his longstanding part-time relationship with Madison began. >More
 Scoops for the week of June 27-July 3

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