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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
 Music Biz 101

When you picture someone booking bands, you think of a hardened pro, wheeling and dealing and probably smoking a cigar.But the people booking one of the state's busiest music venues are in their teens and early 20s, with little to no business experience. >More
 WAMIs pass by Madison again as MAMAs continue to grow

Does anybody in Madison really care about the WAMIs? Perhaps as much as the WAMIs care about Madison. Maybe that's not fair, but it's a widely held attitude in town towards the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. >More
 Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons is playing SXSW!!!!

Shane and our dear friend Grace have been going to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas for fun for a few years now. I went last year for the first time. My two favorite things about this year are: one, Steve and Christian are coming too; and two, I don't have to pay for a wristband. The way the wristband works is a bit complicated, and I might not have all the details down, but hey, I'm a blogger, not a journalist. >More
 Three Madison bands on Crustacean Records gear up for SXSW 2008

A trio of Madison bands is gearing up for the Crustacean Records showcase next week at South By Southwest, the annual springtime music and multimedia conference held in Austin, Texas. The local independent label is presenting its inaugural showcase at the festival, which has grown over the last two decades into a massive spectacle drawing international interest and participation. Diving into this maelstrom are local rock darlings Droids Attack, The Gusto, and Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons, all taking their bows along with Crustacean amidst the spectacle. >More
 The rock pile

The six weeks or so after Christmas aren't supposed to be a strong period for music, local or otherwise. But this winter the Isthmus mailbox has overflowed with what may be a record number of new CDs by local artists. I'm not sure why that is, but it's sure made cabin life a little more bearable as the snow has piled up level with the windowsills. With luck, you'll find some of these homegrown albums as enjoyable as I have. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra & Manuel Barrueco: Strings attached

If there must be a guitarist as guest soloist, just as well it be the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's latest choice, Cuban-born Manuel Barrueco - clearly one of today's leading masters of his instrument. Still, his pair of offerings were quite uneven last Friday at the Capitol Theater. >More
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