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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
 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
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