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Friday, December 26, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 36.0° F  Fair
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Indie Coffee, indie music

If you brew it, they will come. So it seems at Indie Coffee, 1225 Regent Street, which has attracted a string of national acts since its opening in 2004. "They call us," says J.J. Kilmer, owner and manager. "We haven't had to seek anybody out." >More
 The New Kentucky Quarter says farewell to Madison

The swell of applause that brought TNKQ back to the stage even after Walters announced he only had the voice left for the final song indicated that Madison wasn't quite ready to let them go. I know I certainly wasn't. >More
 Hey, local musicians: The Madison Made Music Project wants you!

Fifteen of the best tunes from local artists will be selected and compiled on one CD with future sales to benefit Porchlight Inc. and Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin. Both nonprofit organizations are dedicated to fighting homelessness and poverty around Dane County by providing community shelters and support services to families and individuals in need. >More
 Picnic basket full of blues

The Madison Blues Society's annual Blues Picnic has always been a fund-raiser for the organization. But society president Catherine DeValk says the free event hasn't always raised much in the way of funds. >More
 Here comes the son

Seun Kuti, son of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late, legendary king of Nigerian Afrobeat and revolutionary politics, brings the sound of Lagos to the shores of Lake Mendota. >More
 Hot enough for ya?

It's sweet 16 for Madison's Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and Saturday's performance at Overture Center's Playhouse was a party with birthday cake, cash bar and some jaw-dropping-good playing. >More
 Music in the air

Five hours into the Isthmus Jazz Festival's Friday night sets, the passion of the music momentarily sparked trouble. >More
 Playing it cool

It was hard to tell whether Isthmus Jazz Festival headliner Madeleine Peyroux was in a good mood last Saturday night at the Wisconsin Union Theater. She certainly seemed upbeat and engaged when she introduced "Blue Alert," the first tune of her 80-minute set, with a conspiratorial: "My first song is a Leonard Cohen song, so it's a little dirty." >More
 Life is beautiful at the Isthmus Jazz Festival

It's almost eerie, really, just how pleasant the Memorial Union Terrace can be on a warm night. Thursday evening the dire weather forecast apparently kept many revelers away from the Isthmus Jazz Festival on the terrace, but Friday night everything was clicking. When the High School Jazz All-Stars began playing at 5:30, the sun was bright, the breeze pleasant, the bratwurst lines manageable. >More
 An interview with Madeleine Peyroux

The New York Times said you're "oblivious to fashion," yet both your sound and look, in videos and press pictures, is so artistically charged and evocative of a mood. Is this something that comes naturally or is it something you've learned? >More
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