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Danny Brown leads a fantastically filthy hip-hop sing-along at the High Noon Saloon

When Danny Brown performed for a sweaty, sold-out High Noon Saloon Saturday night, all the chips stacked against him toppled. There's no reason -- well, except for his filthy lyrics -- that this guy shouldn't be the biggest rapper on Earth. His electric live show falls somewhere between Mötley Crüe's live ribaldry and a hardcore-punk thrasher. >More
 Madison Opera's Don Giovanni is a fully realized portrayal of a libertine and his many victims

The final production of the 2012-13 season for Madison Opera, Mozart's Don Giovanni, opened most impressively at Overture Hall on Friday night. >More
 Colias 1 gathers ambient music from Madison and beyond

Colias 1, a new album from Madison's Mine All Mine Records, is proof of how focused yet ragtag our city's electronic musicians can be. The double-disc compilation will be released at Bright Red Studios at a show on Friday, April 26. >More
 The Hussy blow this popsicle stand

Psychedelic garage rockers Bobby and Heather Hussy aren't a romantic couple, but they are a couple of turkeys. They're goofy, wild and, at times, quite noisy. It took them four years to learn how to fly, but they've been defying gravity ever since. >More
 Carolina Chocolate Drops find success with their version of traditional folk

The Carolina Chocolate Drops have hit it big with their contemporary take on old-time folk music. So big that life on the road can be discombobulating. "I knew we were hitting it hard on the road when I wouldn't remember what room I'd be in at a hotel, just because there'd been too many in a row," says multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons. >More
 Revelry is latest attempt to create a major music festival for Madison

Come May 4, some students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will no doubt have some decisions to make as they consider how to best spend a spring Saturday. They could fight for their right to party and head to the one on West Mifflin Street or any other shindig in the downtown area, risking police confrontation along the way. Or, they could check out the debut of the Revelry Music and Arts Festival. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2013 features acclaimed vocalist Carmen Lundy on June 21-22

The Isthmus Jazz Festival will feature nine regional acts on June 21 and 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union Terrace. The headliner is acclaimed vocalist Carmen Lundy, who plays at UW Music Hall on June 22. All the performances are free. >More
 Shabazz Palaces electrify Union South with celestial electronic meltdowns

For a group that started in relative anonymity, Shabazz Palaces have become a road workhorse. Mastermind Ishmael Butler released the duo's first two mini-albums online in 2009, with no fanfare or information. The group have toured pretty much constantly since 2011's critically acclaimed Black Up, turning into something more than the shrouded-in-mystery act they were at the start. >More
 Ants in his pants: Why folk-rocker Langhorne Slim cannot sit still

Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim can't stay in one place for long. A restless spirit, he strives for adventure. He bears a resemblance to musical drifter Woody Guthrie, but he's more rock 'n' roll rambler than itinerant folksinger. >More
 Josh Ritter works through his divorce on his deeply personal new album The Beast in Its Tracks

Josh Ritter didn't let his 2011 divorce from fellow singer-songwriter Dawn Landes stop his creative process. In fact, the split -- and the sequence of events that led up to it -- prepared him to create his latest album, The Beast in Its Tracks. But there was a moment of hesitation at the start. >More
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