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In 20 years, John DeMain has built an electrifying Madison Symphony Orchestra

John DeMain, the Madison Symphony Orchestra's music director, is known for his skillful conducting. But what is he like off the podium? In a word, gracious. He and his wife, Barbara, and their boisterous little dog, Max, welcomed me into their west-side home recently. I came to discuss his professional achievements on the occasion of his 20th season with the symphony, but I also glimpsed his rich personal life. >More
 Madison's folk musicians serve up creativity and generosity at Wintersong

Music can nourish the soul and provide food for thought, but unfortunately, it can't be eaten when times get tough. Luckily, a group of local musicians have found a way to turn songs into sustenance: Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show at the Majestic Theatre on Dec. 6. >More
 Compact Duo turn the Fountain into a time machine with live music and vintage films

The videocamera is an instrument in organ-and-drums act Compact Duo. The local two-piece combines music and film to create a multi-sensory experience at the Fountain on Tuesday nights. >More
 Make Music Madison to target Dane County Farmers' Market in 2014

The inaugural Make Music Madison, a citywide festival of song on the summer solstice, drew many locals out of their homes and offices with the promise of melodies and memories. The biggest obstacle to participation was probably the weather, which included a few downpours and a lot of gloomy clouds. The other was something that can be improved upon: explaining what this event is, and why locals should give it a try. >More
 Golden Donna takes synths out of the dance club and into the psyche

If you're a regular at local rock concerts, you've probably encountered Joel Shanahan. His driving-capped head bobs in the crowd at many metal shows, and he's played guitar in at least a half-dozen groups, including faux-German comedy act Butt Funnel and the backing band for lo-fi artist Julian Lynch. But these days, Shanahan rarely picks up a guitar. Instead, he heads for the synthesizers, where he turns into Golden Donna. >More
 With violinist Augustin Hadelich, the Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Spanish rhythms of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole

A burst of enterprise can be found in the November program by the Madison Symphony Orchestra, launched on Friday, Nov. 15, at Overture Hall. >More
 Cut Copy set hearts on fire with electronic pop at the Majestic Theatre

Wednesday nights are not known for their dance parties, but Australia's Cut Copy are magical music makers. The electronic-pop group packed Madison' Majestic Theatre last night with movers and shakers, turning Hump Day into a holiday of sorts. >More
 Tyranny Is Tyranny mix left-wing politics with epic post-metal

Named after Chapter 4 of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Madison quartet Tyranny Is Tyranny make their agenda clear from the jump. But they prefer to spread their beliefs with music rather than manifestos. >More
 Jesus "Chuy" Negrete shares Mexican labor songs with Wisconsin workers

With a guitar, a harmonica and a sweet croon, Jesus "Chuy" Negrete brings to life the history, culture and political movements of Mexico with folk music. He'll explore Mexican labor songs in a free presentation at the Madison Labor Temple on Nov. 21. >More
 Superchunk to headline FRZN Fest 2014

True Endeavors annual FRZN Fest returns to the High Noon Saloon this January with a roster designed to send shivers down the spines of local music fans. >More
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