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Carmen Lundy creates a new American songbook

Carmen Lundy took a circuitous route to becoming a great jazz singer and composer. The soulfully seductive songstress is still on a unique road, with dates in Spain and South Africa after she headlines the Isthmus Jazz Fest at the Memorial Union Terrace on Saturday, June 22. Her free set is 8 p.m. at Mills Hall in the UW Humanities Building. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2013 turns UW Memorial Union Terrace into a chilled-out getaway

With Make Music Madison, Solskinn and the Madison Area Music Awards, this weekend is a flurry of tuneful activities. The Isthmus Jazz Festival on the Terrace at the UW Memorial Union is probably the most relaxing option. Most of it is outside, swathed in Lake Mendota breezes and the brat stand's tantalizing aromas. >More
 All Tiny Creatures evolve: The experimental band bring vocals to the fore

All Tiny Creatures' new album, Dark Clock, is pretty accessible, so it's strange to think that it might alienate some fans. The local experimentalists insist that this was not part of the plan. Like many creatures, they're just evolving. >More
 Trombonist Darren Sterud fills the Fountain with bold jazz shows

When Branford Marsalis performed at Overture Center in February, he got wind of the Fountain, a live-music venue across the street that's reinvigorating the city's jazz scene. After rehearsal, he stopped in to check it out, pronouncing the back bar a "cool little space." Darren Sterud, a 27-year-old professional trombonist, was bartending that day. >More
 Launchpad Wisconsin 2013 finals put talented young bands in the spotlight

Dozens of young musicians and their friends, fans and families flocked to the UW Union South Sett on June 8 for the Launchpad Wisconsin finals, a battle of the bands for high school students. Thirteen groups participated, and each brought a unique playing style to the stage. Here are some highlights from the event. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society starts summer 2013 with a bang

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society presented "Follow Suit" from its Deuces Are Wild series on Friday Night at Overture Center's Playhouse. This diverse program began with lighthearted commentary about the group's mission. Then colorfully dressed performers commanded the stage, displaying an impressive array of rich, jewel-toned pieces. >More
 Can Make Music Madison and the MAMAs get along?

Next weekend may be one of the noisiest in Madison history. Most of the noise will be joyful: live music at more than 100 pop-up venues on Friday, June 21, for Make Music Madison, and nearly a dozen performances at the Madison Area Music Awards at Overture Center on Sunday, June 23. >More
 Greater Madison Jazz Consortium takes pulse of city's scene

After launching last October, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium began collecting data about the health of the local jazz community. Local nonprofit guru Boris Frank was recruited to survey nearly 300 local fans, performers and music educators, and the results arrived in early June. >More
 Son Volt turn the High Noon Saloon into a rockin' honky-tonk

Jay Farrar's voice is like a rock in the middle of the mighty Mississippi River, which separates his hometown of Belleville, Illinois, and his current residence of St. Louis. The Son Volt frontman's almost-monotone delivery sits firmly in the middle of the songs. Everything else swirls around it, whether the instruments rock hard or are quiet as a whisper. The band played the High Noon Saloon Thursday night. >More
 The sounds of Marquette Waterfront Fest

It all begins with a smoke signal of sorts, the scent rising from the sausages at Madison's many brat celebrations. Whether you're at World's Largest Brat Fest, Wurst Times or the People's Brat Fest on Memorial Day weekend, it's clear that festival season has begun. >More
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