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Madison Symphony Orchestra: All together now

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With its Web-based, pay-what-you-want distribution of In Rainbows, Radiohead demonstrated that it's easy for established acts to take control of their own releases. Last week, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor went the Englishmen one better. To prime the pump, he gave away a quarter of the tracks on his new album, Ghosts I-IV, for free over NIN's website and charged a measly $5 for downloads of the whole thing. But Reznor didn't stop there. He also beat music thieves to the punch, making the entire album available through PirateBay, the prominent (and controversial) Sweden-based access point for peer-to-peer file-sharing of illegal copies of music, films and more. >More
 Firecracker Studios and Sunspot join in the fun at SXSW

When the Crustacean Records showcase at South by Southwest ends early Friday morning, the three Madison bands opening the show will have played before an audience boasting enthusiastic local supporters. Members of the rock band Sunspot, the artists behind Firecracker Studios, and WORT music director Sybil Augustine each made plans to attend the show at the Molotov Lounge opening with sets by Droids Attack, The Gusto, and Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: Catching shows at Emo's and Ms Bea's, and playing one at the Music Gym

Everyone in the crowd had big smiles on their faces and the band looked like they were doing what made them happiest. When I'm chatting with people in my normal life, I always have a moment where I open my mouth to say something dull about band life and close it again. At SXSW, people like to talk about touring and bands and great shows. And we all like watching fun bands more than just about anything else. Maybe it was the sunshine or the band or the Lone Star, but I felt a euphoric sense of camaraderie with everyone. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: 6th Street, Lone Star, and getting Spunk'd

6th Street is the main bar district here, and while it was nowhere near the volume of people that it will be later with week, it was already rocking pretty hard. It's a State Street-esque type stretch, but bigger and with a lot of live music instead of just college bars. There was plenty of shouting and public displays of affection. The cops were gathered around chatting about a Coen brothers movie, while a guy was yelling at another guy that he has to have his number, since didn't he see him on VH1? >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn from SXSW 2008: The trip to Texas

Christian and Shane are currently outside Tulsa in the van, hereby referred to by its proper name: Vanity 6. This van is brimming with all our equipment, bikes (to avoid the costs of cabs and time restrictions of the buses), Firecracker Studios art, sleeping bags, and clothing. My normal clothes don't take up much space, but I found it challenging to compress the various prom dresses and crinolines into my suitcase. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra announces its 2008-09 season

The Madison Symphony Orchestra announced the details of its 2008-09 season at a gracious press reception at Overture Hall, replete with a tasty buffet luncheon and lovely live musical interludes -- from the Fantasie String Quartet, and from organist Sam Hutchison. >More
 North Country Drifters wow with their Western swing

Over the last few years, Madison has produced a notably fertile country-music scene, featuring numerous talented artists who entertain local audiences with styles ranging from honky-tonk to bluegrass. One niche has been less well-served, though: Western swing, the playful alchemy of country, Western and jazz that came to be defined by the music of Texas-based bandleaders like Bob Wills and Milton Brown. >More
 Tender Land: Teen idyll

With several of his orchestral scores now staples in performances and recordings, Aaron Copland was particularly successful among composers who sought to develop an identifiable but accessible "American" style of music, drawing freely on folk and traditional tunes. Despite the popularity of some of his songs, Copland was never as comfortable with the human voice (solo or choral) as with instruments. He was slow to venture into opera. His initial effort, The First Hurricane (1937), is a simplistic show for students. His only full-length opera, The Tender Land (1954), came late in his "American" stylistic period. Written for television, it was developed in alternative versions, none of which have found a firm place on the national operatic scene. >More
 El Guante: The Beats Generation

Hip-hop beats are a spur for social change among a new breed of independent musicians, and a former Madisonian is at the forefront. Kyle "El Guante" Myhre, 25, is a UW-Madison graduate who relocated to the Twin Cities last fall. During his six years here, he co-founded the Madison Observer and organized campus antiwar efforts. >More
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