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Passion Pit try to figure out mainstream radio

Passion Pit is experiencing an identity crisis. The electro-pop band's last two albums -- 2009's Manners and 2012's Gossamer -- have received considerable airplay on alternative radio, but now that mainstream radio has noticed upbeat numbers like "Take a Walk," a whole new world is opening up. >More
 Evan Murdock eschews studio tricks on his first solo album, Feel Bad No More

Evan Murdock has been blazing a trail through Madison's music scene for nearly 13 years. Before striking out on his own in 2011, he played in acoustic duo Kentucky Waterfalls and bluegrass band the Lonesome Rogues, which was a fixture at Wonder's Pub, Alchemy Cafe's predecessor. But when it came to making his first solo album, Feel Bad No More, he was uncertain which direction to go. >More
 Check out these regular gigs at the Fountain and Mason Lounge

The regular gigs Madison musicians play on weeknights serve many important functions. They allow singer-songwriters to try out new material, and they allow jazz players to hone their skills as individuals and as ensembles. They give musicians of all stripes a low-pressure environment for collaboration. And just as importantly, they help reconcile the music community to Madisonians' ever-powerful love of creature comforts. >More
 Madison singer-songwriter Marques Bovre has died

Madison singer, songwriter, friend to many and devoted family man Marques Bovre passed away Monday morning. His two-year journey with a cancerous brain tumor was handled with courage, intelligence, wonder, humor, respect and irreverence; the same kinds of things his songs explored and revealed in life. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble brings the 18th century alive with Telemann, Vivaldi and Müthel

Attending a concert by the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble is like going to the parlor of a half-dozen old friends to hear them share unusual repertoire that they enjoy experiencing together. The austere but reliable interior of the Gates of Heaven is always an admirable music parlor, and was so again at the group's winter concert on Sunday. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra tackles problematical Prokofiev

The Madison Symphony Orchestra is playing music of widely varied demands at Overture Hall the weekend of Feb. 8-10. Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra is one of the last and most problematical of his works. For all its drawbacks, it is a work that still deserves hearing, especially when its champion is guest soloist Alban Gerhardt, who is emerging as one of today's leading cello virtuosos. >More
 Rental agreement may have prompted Frequency's kibosh on hip-hop acts

It's a frustrating and familiar story here in Madison: A few people start a fight at a hip-hop show, and then fans and artists suffer when venues stop booking this type of music. Early in the morning on Jan. 28, two men began fighting during one such show at the Frequency. The conflict culminated in one shot fired outside the downtown music venue's doors. As a result, hip-hop artists aren't allowed to perform there anymore. >More
 Celebrate or protest Valentine's Day in Madison with these concerts

Is romance in the air this Valentine's Day, or are you romancing the idea of saying to hell with the holiday? Whether you've been struck by Cupid's arrow or you're aiming a middle finger at the chubby cherub, Madison has plenty of musical options to ensure the week ahead plays whatever tune your heart desires. Here are my top picks for the Valentine's-obsessed and the Valentine's-averse. >More
 Yo La Tengo show their loud and soft sides at the Barrymore

There are two distinct sides to Yo La Tengo. They're so distinct that one side served as an opening act for the other at the Barrymore last night. The band's first set was languid, peaceful collection of their quieter material. One standout was a hybrid version of "Return To Hot Chicken" from 1997's I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and "Decora" from 1995's Electr-O-Pura. >More
 Buddy Holly's last days in Wisconsin

Buddy Holly's death is usually associated with Clear Lake, Iowa, where he played his final concert on Feb. 3, 1959. The pioneering rocker chartered a small plane to get to his next date, bringing along tour mates Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. They went down in a snowstorm -- a tragedy known as the Day the Music Died. Though the crash site is in Iowa, Wisconsin plays a big part in this story. >More
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