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A big suit to fill: Two bands bring Talking Heads songs to Madison

Talking Heads were one of the most interesting bands to come out of the late-1970s post-punk scene. Combining a New Wave sensibility with influences as diverse as funk, Americana and world music, their catalog still stands out even though they broke up in 1991. And images of frontman David Byrne in the oversized white suit he wore in the concert film Stop Making Sense remain iconic. >More
 Madison Opera pulls off that demanding crowd-pleaser Tosca

The Madison Opera opened its season on Friday at Overture Hall with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser: Puccini's Tosca, the tale of a Roman singer who loves a painter, both of whom fall into the clutches of a violent chief of police. >More
 The fight for Rock en Español: DJ Mexkalito pushes for local acceptance of a stigmatized genre

It's pretty easy to find a salsa band or flamenco guitarist in Madison, but what about other types of Spanish music? Geovani González wants to make sure the answer is "yes." As DJ Mexkalito, he's been adding Spanish ska, reggae and alt-rock to local clubs and airwaves for a decade. >More
 University Opera turns in strong rendition of Handel's demanding Ariodante

University Opera opened its 2013-14 season with Handel's Ariodante at UW Music Hall this weekend. >More
 Dietrich Gosser builds folk-pop from fractured narratives

Singer-songwriter Dietrich Gosser moved back to Madison about two years ago, after five years playing shows in Chicago and touring the country with drummer Dan Kuemmel. Something about returning home just felt right. It was refreshing, even inspiring, and quickly led to his latest album, Oh to Begin!, which he released earlier this month. >More
 Pianist Philippe Bianconi and Madison Symphony Orchestra emphasize the ensemble to stunning effect

The Madison Symphony Orchestra achieved a particular triumph as an ensemble in its concert at Overture Hall on Friday, Oct. 18. Acknowledging the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth, conductor John DeMain made a sensible opening choice of his Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell, more widely known as The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. >More
 PHOX on the run: The Madison band sharpen their instincts on their first big tour

PHOX may be Madison's musical success story of 2013. The purveyors of folky pop and whimsical electronic rock built an enthusiastic local fan base in 2012, but this year has taken them to high-profile gigs at Lollapalooza in Chicago and iTunes Fest in London. >More
 Overture Hall brims with wailing guitars, powerhouse vocals when Tedeschi Trucks Band hits the stage

It's not every night you see an audience busting out standing ovations only two songs in, but the Tedeschi Trucks Band is no ordinary act. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble highlights flutes and vocals in its 2013-14 season opener

The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble opened its season with a concert at the Gates of Heaven on Saturday, Oct. 12. The program represented two intermingled categories of Baroque music. >More
 With the WCO, pianist Bryan Wallick shows why Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian" Symphony deserves greater exposure

The 2013-14 season opener by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at Overture Center's Capitol Theater on Friday, Oct. 11 was another demonstration of what conductor Andrew Sewell has made of his group, and of what concerts he can work up with it. >More
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