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Madison yogis find bliss through live music and 'raves'

Ida Jo Pajunen learned she was a prodigy soon after picking up a violin at age 7. Before long, the Duluth, Minn., native was performing in Canada and Europe. But growing up can be humbling for someone who discovers so much talent at such a young age. Perhaps that's why she's found great meaning in yoga, which she began practicing in earnest about three years ago, mostly at Madison's Inner Fire Yoga. >More
 Madison musicians remember Marques Bovre

Madison's music scene lost a leader and a friend when Marques Bovre passed away on Feb. 11. Local artists have been sharing their memories of the singer-songwriter on Facebook and Bovre's website, which is collecting photos and gig posters for a digital memorial. This week, Isthmus gathered memories of Bovre from several members of the local music community. >More
 UW-Madison's Blue Note Ensemble to pay tribute to Dexter Gordon

Though the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon died of liver failure in 1990, the UW will celebrate his life and legacy this winter, when he would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Several Gordon-themed activities complement the university's efforts to build a new jazz program. Gordon's widow, biographer and former manager, Maxine Gordon, will visit the UW's Morphy Hall on March 11 for an event dubbed "Dexter Gordon @ 90." >More
 Hot Tuna saturate the Barrymore with two hours of enjoyable acoustic blues

Since branching off from Jefferson Airplane in 1969, Hot Tuna's musical style has been split between unadorned acoustic blues and electrified blues-rock. Friday night's performance was an exhaustive exploration of the acoustic side. >More
 Scenes from the Passion Pit and Matt & Kim show at Madison's Orpheum (slideshow)

It's no longer news that the Orpheum Theatre is back as a Madison music venue, but an act like Passion Pit can still draw hordes of young first-timers to the venerable State Street theater, which they did Saturday night. >More
 Scenes from WHY? performing hip-hop-infused indie rock at the UW Union South Sett (slideshow)

Proving that the still-new-feeling campus venue is a force to be reckoned with in terms of presenting acts on tour, WHY? took over the UW Union South Sett Friday night. Here's how it looked. >More
 Violinist Tasmin Little delivers loving, lyrical solos with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

In past years, weather has made for a run of blizzard-cursed January concerts for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. But, undeterred by the weather this time, the ensemble offered a real treat of a program last night at the Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
 Jazzman Ray Kamalay adds live blues and ragtime to historical lectures about slavery

Performance and philosophy go hand in hand for Detroit native Ray Kamalay. When he visits the Goodman South Library tonight, he'll draw upon his degree in political philosophy and his experience as a professional jazz guitarist and singer. During a lecture titled "World Slavery: The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music," which explores the history of slavery and some of the musical traditions slaves pioneered, he'll perform old-time blues, ragtime and minstrel songs to illustrate the evolution of American music. >More
 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
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