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Sam Lyons goes from MAMAs winner to college

Playing instruments is almost as natural as breathing for Middleton's Sam Lyons. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter, who performs in local bands Stereocolor and Moonjelly, comes from a very tuneful family. His father, Philip, is Primitive Culture's bassist; his oldest brother, Clay, is a jazz saxophonist; and his other brother, Isaac, is a hip-hop artist. The hard part was finding his voice. >More
 Madison and Fort Collins musicians to join forces this fall for BandSwap 2013

This fall, one local band will represent Madison in BandSwap, a collaborative effort that highlights the music scenes of eight American cities. The project is a partnership between the city of Madison and SpokesBUZZ, a nonprofit that promotes the music scene of Fort Collins, Colo. >More
 'I got a shotgun': Comparing the dueling songbooks of the Solidarity Sing Along and the Permit Singers

The Solidarity Sing Along has protested Gov. Scott Walker's right-wing agenda weekdays at noon since March 11, 2011, when collective bargaining was on the chopping block. But some locals from the other end of the political spectrum are raising their voices in song as well. These songbirds, David Blaska and the We Got a Permit Singers, are trying to be the loudest choir on the block, even if they're the smallest. >More
 The Jimmys take turns stealing the spotlight

For an eight-piece ensemble with a big band horn section, a hell-raising blues guitarist, several strong vocalists and keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli of the Grammy-nominated Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, it's hardly surprising that the Jimmys' first live record would be 10 pounds of sound in a one-pound bag. >More
 Rap duo Run the Jewels radiate enthusiasm at UW Memorial Union Terrace

The UW Memorial Union Terrace is filled with people who live in Madison, so it's easy to forget how rare a space it is out of context. It's a scenic hangout, a place to eat ice cream and rent paddleboards, a place for families to waste an afternoon. It's also a place that books three-hour rap shows by acts like Run the Jewels, a new duo composed of El-P and Killer Mike. >More
 Summer 2013 heats up at Live on King Street with Chicago indie rockers Smith Westerns

Smith Westerns, Tapes 'n Tapes, Kopecky Family Band and DJ Nick Nice entertained a sea of fans on King Street on Friday, July 19. This was Madison's first Live on King Street concert of summer 2013. >More
 Madison Savoyards' Iolanthe is a sprightly take on Gilbert & Sullivan's zany tale about fairies and politicians

To begin its next half-century, Madison Savoyards opened its 51st annual production of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with Iolanthe on Friday at UW Music Hall. The typically zany G&S plot mixes woodland fairies with members of the British House of Lords for a tale of troubled lovers and conflicted matchings. >More
 Youthful troubadour Max Dvorak is blazing a trail to Nashville

Max Dvorak appreciates heartbreak just as much as happiness. Well, almost. As the local singer-songwriter, 17, prepares for life after high school, he appreciates what it's taken to get to where he is now. He knows that the good and the bad have shaped who he is today, and that both can inform the songs he writes tomorrow. >More
 Oberhofer offer a sound-layering lesson at the Memorial Union Terrace

Brooklyn's Oberhofer brought their untraditional take on pop music to the Memorial Union Terrace last Thursday evening, kicking off a tour of the U.S. and Canada. They describe themselves as a "coincidental pop" band, drawing influences from chance encounters and an underlying sense of uncertainty. For what it's worth, the genre's name sounds like an oxymoron. >More
 Opera in the Park 2013 honors Verdi with selections from Otello, Macbeth and Rigoletto

Madison Opera's 12th annual Opera in the Park concert proceeded at Garner Park on Saturday, blessed by perfect weather and a massive audience turnout. The roster of four soloists was unusually strong: Sopranos Caitlin Cisler and Alexandra LoBianco, tenor Brian Jagde, and baritone Nmon Ford all offered powerful singing that was well suited to outdoor projection. >More
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