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The Flavor That Kills turn retro-rock parodies into funky showpieces

The Flavor That Kills have only been together since 2012, but they've gone through an impressive amount of change between then and now. With members of Awesome Car Funmaker and Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons, two hilarious bands from Madison's past, it's no surprise that the group began as a humorous homage to '70s rock. >More
 My first Madison house concert

It's natural to head to a bar or club for live music, but sometimes you don't have to look any further than your own backyard. Concerts are thriving in living rooms, basements and, yes, backyards all over the Madison area. After a friend took me to my first house concert this past summer, I was hooked. >More
 Communion concert series comes to Madison

Madison appears on many "best of" lists, in part because it has such a large number of concerts by touring acts each year. Having many live music options is a good thing, but it can be hard for an unknown artist to bring in an audience when famous performers come to town regularly. >More
 WheelHouse bring a modern rock approach to old-fashioned country music

The term "country music" is a lot broader than it used to be, even a few years ago. When you turn on country-pop radio and hear Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker, you may think you mistakenly landed on a '90s rock station. >More
 In 20 years, John DeMain has built an electrifying Madison Symphony Orchestra

John DeMain, the Madison Symphony Orchestra's music director, is known for his skillful conducting. But what is he like off the podium? In a word, gracious. He and his wife, Barbara, and their boisterous little dog, Max, welcomed me into their west-side home recently. I came to discuss his professional achievements on the occasion of his 20th season with the symphony, but I also glimpsed his rich personal life. >More
 Madison's folk musicians serve up creativity and generosity at Wintersong

Music can nourish the soul and provide food for thought, but unfortunately, it can't be eaten when times get tough. Luckily, a group of local musicians have found a way to turn songs into sustenance: Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show at the Majestic Theatre on Dec. 6. >More
 Compact Duo turn the Fountain into a time machine with live music and vintage films

The videocamera is an instrument in organ-and-drums act Compact Duo. The local two-piece combines music and film to create a multi-sensory experience at the Fountain on Tuesday nights. >More
 Make Music Madison to target Dane County Farmers' Market in 2014

The inaugural Make Music Madison, a citywide festival of song on the summer solstice, drew many locals out of their homes and offices with the promise of melodies and memories. The biggest obstacle to participation was probably the weather, which included a few downpours and a lot of gloomy clouds. The other was something that can be improved upon: explaining what this event is, and why locals should give it a try. >More
 Golden Donna takes synths out of the dance club and into the psyche

If you're a regular at local rock concerts, you've probably encountered Joel Shanahan. His driving-capped head bobs in the crowd at many metal shows, and he's played guitar in at least a half-dozen groups, including faux-German comedy act Butt Funnel and the backing band for lo-fi artist Julian Lynch. But these days, Shanahan rarely picks up a guitar. Instead, he heads for the synthesizers, where he turns into Golden Donna. >More
 With violinist Augustin Hadelich, the Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Spanish rhythms of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole

A burst of enterprise can be found in the November program by the Madison Symphony Orchestra, launched on Friday, Nov. 15, at Overture Hall. >More
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