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MUSIC

B.B. King gets chatty at Overture Hall

When I saw B.B. King a couple decades ago, he and his band rolled into Madison as an all-conquering blues machine. King's electric guitar was piercing, his singing passionate. He paced the concert like a master showman, with the goal of driving the crowd mad. He more than lived up to his legend as one of the greatest blues artists of all time. >More
 Hip-hop, house and local acts spice up Memorial Union Terrace's summer 2013 music lineup

This summer's characteristically diverse music slate at Memorial Union Terrace will feature stellar rappers El-P and Killer Mike, electronic musician Maxmillion Dunbar, and even a respectable showing from Madison-based acts. >More
 Make Music Madison to host about 300 performances on June 21

Make Music Madison sounds like fun. It's a mini-festival where local people perform at pop-up venues on Friday, June 21. It's part of a larger event that involves more than 500 cities around the world, so participating could help put Madison on the map. But it's been hard to tell if locals are aware of the event and intend to participate. >More
 Pondamonium won't return to Duck Pond in 2013

The Pondamonium music festival won't return to the Duck Pond in 2013, according to Madison Mallards president Vern Stenman. The event's website indicates that "more information on Pondomonium 2013 [is] to be released in January," but that clearly hasn't happened. >More
 Reinventing classical music: These six ensembles are breaking boundaries in Madison

These days, Madison's classical music scene is a movable feast that travels from bars to coffeeshops to traditional venues. Its new look is more casual, its sound more American, and its mission more humanitarian. Boundaries between genres have crumbled, and audiences like it. Here are snapshots of six local groups that put a new spin on the time-honored art form. >More
 UW Union ends WUD-organized concerts early, frustrating bookers

Madison's Dharma Dogs were one of the first bands to play the Memorial Union Terrace this year. They opened for touring bands Pleasure Leftists and Heavy Times in late April. As they delivered their spirited take on grunge and punk, abrasive sounds almost felt normal at UW venues. >More
 Wisconsin jazz genius Woody Herman deserves props on his centennial

I don't know what made me buy a Woody Herman album at age 12. Maybe it was because the name sounded fun, like Woody Allen or Woody Woodpecker. Maybe it was because the record cost only a dollar in the bargain bin. But no matter why I bought Woody Herman's Greatest Hits, it's one of the luckiest things I ever did. >More
 Madison Opera's 2013-14 season features diverse works by Puccini, Donizetti and Heggie

Madison Opera has announced its offerings for the 2013-14 season, an interesting mix of the familiar and the novel, the old and the new. All performances will be conducted by artistic director John DeMain, who is celebrating his 20th season at the organization's helm. >More
 METZ make ears ring with joy at the Frequency

Canadian power trio METZ have just one gimmick: They make livewire, chest-pummeling hardcore punk that's turned up to 11. They don't wear matching outfits (unless you count blue jeans), they don't have a xylophonist, and they don't have alter egos. They don't even have an entry on Wikipedia. They're just three regular guys who spent their formative years listening to Drive Like Jehu and Jesus Lizard records and now make a living punching holes through eardrums with their sonic assault. >More
 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club jumpstart their career with the inspired album Specter at the Feast

Leather-clad rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sound tough in a Hell's Angels sort of way, but they're just as emotional as the rest of us. The death of lead singer Robert Levon Been's father, Michael Been, who was also frontman of new wave band the Call, was a loss for the entire group. Luckily, the loud and pouty group found solace in creating music. >More
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