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Isthmus Jazz Fest on the Terrace Schedule

Now in its 19th year, the Isthmus Jazz Festival takes place at the UW Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., on June 7-10. It features free sets from some of Madison's top performers outdoors on the Terrace, as well as a ticketed concert by international star Madeleine Peyroux in the Wisconsin Union Theater. >More
 Wednesday night magic

In an early scene from Cork n' Bottle String Band: The Ken's Bar Story, banjo player Andy Moore describes the now defunct Madison tavern that was home to his amateur bluegrass band for six years: "It was spectacularly unspectacular. The same can be said of this Madison movie about a bunch of guys who worked at the Cork n' Bottle Liquor Store on East Johnson Street in the early 1990s. >More
 A new way to swing

After two decades of creating music together, Madison's Harmonious Wail continue to evolve. Their upcoming album finds them moving from their staple, Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy swing, to underground pop to classic rock and even Taiwanese melodies, all woven into a decidedly Harmonious Wail. >More
 Aswah Greggori and the Enforcers cool down at Jolly Bob's birthday party

Each member of the band played expertly, incorporating the upbeat grooves of reggae with occasional rock and jazz influenced guitar solos. The rhythms were tight and highly danceable, with easy melodies interwoven throughout. >More
 I'm just saying do it yourself

Over the last couple of years, music bloggers in Madison have swiftly established themselves as a growing force promoting local concerts for touring artists that otherwise would have likely passed by the city. Organizing shows in clubs, basements, and anywhere else that might work, these music lovers are among the latest to embrace the DIY ethic to broaden the audience of their favored artists. >More
 Art and politics

Stephanie Rearick feels no need to draw distinctions between her art and her politics. "I don't feel like anything is 'just musical,'" she says. "I don't feel like I can separate my music from anything in particular." >More
 JAVA reunites after two decades in a benefit for Lynnea Godfriaux

JAVA may have played their last show with original singer Lynnea Godfriaux twenty years ago, but they certainly haven't forgotten her. And judging by their reunion set Sunday night at the High Noon, they haven't forgotten a note either. >More
 Blogging the 2007 MAMAs at the Barrymore

Every spring over the last four years -- both before and after the actual show -- tongues start wagging around town about the Madison Area Music Awards and how they could be improved. >More
 At 84, Doc Watson is as entertaining as ever

Just how beloved is Doc Watson, the 84-year-old legend of acoustic guitar? When the Deep Gap, N.C., native stepped before the audience in Overture Hall Saturday night, he was greeted by a long, loud ovation that saw many people rise to their feet before the man had played a note. >More
 The Hold Steady preaches to the faithful at the Stage Door

Finn has been accused of shouting testimony to his listeners, rather than singing, and he often gestures and rants as he moves around the stage. But when he attempted quieter fare, reserved for the start of the encore, he was successful in not only hushing his raucous fans, but also providing some contrast to the full-tilt rock for which his band is known. >More
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