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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
 Sound engineers cook up music in Madison

Jon Chvojicek hates to admit it, but when a band sounds good, it's because that band knows how to sound good. "You can't polish a turd," he says during a moment of downtime between early and late shows at the High Noon Saloon, the well-regarded Madison music club where he is lead sound engineer. >More
 Galactic rocks the Majestic from the corner to the block

Digging the family Pinto out of a snow bank is a helluva lot different than seeing it float down the street. Each situation could certainly inspire a somber lyric, though one would more likely spark a heart wrenching minor key riff. As the New Orleans based band Galactic recorded their last album a few years back, From the Corner to the Block, Hurricane Katrina hit and scattered band members around the country. But instead of changing their tune to echo the devastation to their home, they picked up the pieces, went to the Poconos and pumped out a pulsating fusion LP that screams change louder than an Obama rally. >More
 Cho-Liang Lin: Adult in charge

As an antidote to the overhyped Joshua Bell, the Madison Symphony Orchestra presented a responsibly mature artist as its guest soloist at Overture Hall last weekend. Cho-Liang Lin, among the world's leading violinists, brought his refinement to Beethoven's "Violin Concerto," the first grand example of the form. >More
 Christopher Taylor: A great adventure

Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas are the backbone of his output. As with no other genre in which he composed, they run through his life documenting his creative capacities in evolution. >More
 Steve Poltz: This time it's personal

Charm and wit have always come easy for Steve Poltz, dating back to his days fronting the '80s comedy-rock band the Rugburns. But Poltz admits there's a dimension of songwriting he's typically shied away from because it makes him uncomfortable. >More
 Gretchen Parlato and Esperanza Spalding: Dynamic duo

The Isthmus Jazz Series double bill featuring the Gretchen Parlato duo and the Esperanza Spalding trio is your chance to check out some ascending stars of the 21st-century New York sound. The pair of young heirs to the legacy of bebop, hard bop, post-bop and Latin jazz who'll take the Wisconsin Union Theater stage on Feb. 15 are proof positive that America's definitive art form has escaped the formidable jaws of commercial radio and hip-hop culture. >More
 Adam Isaac & the People: The Prince of the city

Adam Isaac & the People don't care much about labels. But all four members are sure about one thing: The groove rules. Born from the ashes of Universal Sound, the 18-month-old Madison quartet gets its spark from singer/bassist Isaac, a tall, effusive Wisconsin native with an unquenchable jones for the Prince songbook. He's got a knack for penning urgent pop-funk grooves that often rise above the usual dance-floor fodder, and his bandmates are smart enough to realize that his eclectic musical vision pulses with a special kind of energy. >More
 Forever Changes with The Low Czars

In 1967, the Los Angeles rock band Love released perhaps the greatest album you've never heard: Forever Changes, a cult classic that features inscrutable lyrics and dreamy arrangements of 12-string guitar, violins and horns. Your chance has arrived to dig in to the music of Love, reportedly a favorite of Doors front man Jim Morrison. >More
 Madison says 'Yay' to Basia Bulat and Pale Young Gentlemen

"I love it when people say 'yay!' for sad songs," bubbled Canadian chanteuse Basia Bulat midway through her Madison premiere at the High Noon Saloon on Friday night. Her enthusiastic embrace of emotional paradoxes was welcomed by the endeared crowd. >More
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