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Oh, the pain

Frankly, part of Peyroux's appeal is that she doesn't simply overlay her own emotions on cover material; she takes possession of it. You can feel her ruminating on the meaning of each song as it unfolds, discovering new dimensions of the lyrics as she goes along. Even she doesn't seem to know where the next verse will lead. >More
 The sounds of summer

Sure, Summerfest is fun. But don't forget about Hot Summer Nights, the UW Memorial Union Terrace's annual lakeside music series. Unlike Milwaukee's big gig, it lasts through August. It's also free, and if you bike or walk down to the Union to catch the local bands and name touring acts on the calendar, you'll barely be adding to your carbon footprint. >More
 John Butler Trio's show in Madison was choice, bro!

Anyone who attended the group's sold out concert at the High Noon Saloon Tuesday night knows that those words barely scratch the surface of the Aussie Butler and his group. This show was, as they say Down Under, "good as." >More
 The Madison Made Music Project takes over State Street

Despite the intermittent rain falling through much of Saturday morning, the afternoon started downtown with plenty of rousing music in the kick-off of the Madison Made Music Project. >More
 Digibot, The Kites, and Bang! Bang! explode at the High Noon

A few years back I somewhat infamously called The Kites the worst band in Madison (unfairly actually, because even then I knew there were worse bands). After seeing them Thursday night for their CD release show at the High Noon with Digibot and Chicago's Bang! Bang!, I'm not quite ready to admit I was completely wrong, but I will say maybe I was a little harsh. >More
 Melancholy baby

When Madeleine Peyroux first emerged in the mid-'90s with her bluesy Dreamland, she came across as a Billie Holiday analog who happened to have an affinity for Edith Piaf. She was an interesting talent, and her early years busking on the streets of Paris made for an exotic backstory. But her sources obscured her personal voice. >More
 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
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