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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 71.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival dances through the rain

Held at Lake Farm County Park, just south of Madison, this fourth edition of the annual late-summer music festival saw its largest Friday night crowd yet, topping 460 attendees. Over 600 music fans passed through the gate by 5 p.m. on Saturday, despite some steady precipitation. But no one complained about the rain. It has been so dry in fact that, despite an all day soaking; there was very little mud. >More
 The Go energize a small crowd at tour kickoff in Madison

The so-called garage rock takeover of the '00s came and went pretty quickly, at least as a pop culture touchstone. The White Stripes may have gone on to somewhat shocking mainstream popularity as an island of rock 'n' roll on the pop charts, but many of the bands in the wave as Detroit conquered the world have disappeared from the general public's radar. >More
 Traditional values

Now in its fourth year, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is on a roll. Ticket sales are strong, Web sites that follow traditional American music are taking notice of it, and The Chicago Tribune tapped it as a good opportunity to catch American sounds in a relaxed, bucolic setting. >More
 Glowing with the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet

"The lead dude on the congas looks like the happy guy who owns the cabana in old Bogart and Hepburn movies; the one who's all 'Hey, how you doing!'" a friend said to me Saturday night at the CD release party for the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit charm Madison at the Union Terrace

A particular highlight of the first set was to watch the band take turns chugging from a bottle of Jack Daniel's. Isbell took over the right hand rhythm of the bassist and then snare duties for the drummer so that the music would continue as the bottle went from nearly full to nearly empty in a quick and inebriating minute. >More
 'On the second day of Reverence, my true love gave to me...'

Maybe it was the rain dance of thumping tribal beats and sweat soaked bouncing bodies that convinced the skies to open up and break their weeks-long drought. If so, we can thank night two of the fifth annual Reverence festival, which played host to three regional bands and a swarm of dedicated revelers. >More
 Hip-hop with a conscience

Kyle "El Guante" Myhre says goodbye to Madison next week, six years after he moved here from La Crosse to attend UW. >More
 El Guante takes leave of Madison

Myhre: It seems that as tuition rises and the average UW student is more wealthy and privileged, the overall student body is becoming less interested in activism. The people and organizations who are making a difference are amazing and inspirational, but it's going to be a huge challenge for them to recruit from a seemingly shrinking pool of interested people. >More
 Tim Whalen's farewell tour

Tim Whalen checks in with the news that he is leaving Madison. The jazz pianist-composer-arranger-producer has taken a faculty post with the University of Toledo, and plans to depart next month to assume his first college teaching position. >More
 #1 Fan

On Jan. 29, 1996, Ben Folds Five played a show at Madison's Club de Wash - three weeks before the esteemed venue was destroyed in the Hotel Washington fire. Kiki Schueler thought about going to that show, but she couldn't convince any of her friends to come along. So she stayed home. It's a decision that has shaped her life ever since. >More
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