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Red Rose create a sleek fusion of analog and digital sounds

Dave Randall calls himself Captain Smooth when he performs with local band Red Rose. Maybe that's because he helps fuse lots of textures into a sleek and fluid whole. >More
 El Reventonazo uses music to mobilize the Latino community

For the past four years, El Reventonazo has joined social justice issues and the arts in a celebration of Latino culture. This year's event, which concludes with live music on the UW Memorial Union Terrace the evening of Sept. 13, may be more vital than ever as the nation discusses immigration and workers' rights. >More
 As Ironman winds down, Jim James completes a marathon of mystical rock at the Majestic

Jim James skated back and forth across the Majestic stage in his little, brown leather boots like some hip Hobbit. His new project, Regions of Light and Sounds of God, sounds like it could be the title of a Presbyterian sermon, but the music is pure mysticism and, even at the deafening volume he performed it, redemptive and soothing. >More
 College rock 101: Five bands that provide a first-rate intro to Madison's music scene

If you're new to Madison, it can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to local music. Sure, venues like the Frequency, the High Noon Saloon, the Majestic, the Orpheum and the Barrymore host acts that tour the country, but how do you get a sense of the homegrown scene? >More
 Audio for the Arts challenges artists to document their finest performances

Visions are emerging at Audio for the Arts, a recording studio in the funky, colorful building at 7 S. Blair St. These aren't psychedelic experiences, but they can alter a musician's reality profoundly. They're creative visions developed with the help of studio co-founders Buzz Kemper and Steve Gotcher and sound engineer Mike Zirkel. >More
 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival concludes its 2013 program with thrilling pairings

The Token Creek Chamber Music Festival concluded this past weekend, and its final program was titled "Finale: The Old & Unfamiliar." It might also be called "Three Pairings." >More
 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals show off their wild side with blues-infused rock at the Barrymore

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals make working a crowd look so easy it's almost disturbing, but you're not likely to hear any complaints. >More
 45 nights out: Put these touring bands on your Madison concerts to-do list for fall 2013

When the humidity wanes and the leaves start to blush, getting out of the house is a must, whether you're headed to a rock-fueled street festival or a booming dance club. Check out these touring acts before Jack Frost settles in and holiday commitments fill your calendar. >More
 Purple Haus combines recording and homebrewing under one roof

In Madison's DIY climate, fusing passions can often lead to unexpectedly exciting collaboration. In the case of Purple Haus, all it took was a fresh look and a combination that's universal: music and beer. Randall Stewart, Adam Macintosh and Brian Kaphingst met as Madison Media Institute students who'd taken a leap of faith, leaving dead-end jobs to pursue their dreams of making music. It just so happened that they also liked making beer. >More
 Nine sizzling acts to catch at the 2013 Orton Park Festival

The "warm-up" for the Orton Park Festival, an Aug. 10 concert at Overture Center by Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto, left a lot of music fans cold, and not in that exhilarating, shivers-down-the-spine kind of way. The singer is famous for her jazzy, sensuous take on bossa nova, but this show was filled with snafus, from out-of-tune vocals to peculiar rambling and stumbling over cords. Luckily, the musicians at the fest itself should yield a much warmer response. >More
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