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The Toasters heat up Madison's Frequency (slideshow)

The Toasters are New York ska pioneers with a 33-year history of electrifying dance floors. They took over the Frequency in Madison last Thursday night, thrilling fans of third wave ska. >More
 Beyond powdermilk biscuits: A sampling of musical moments from A Prairie Home Companion

Of all the things that come out of Garrison Keillor's gnarled root vegetable of a head, his velvety tenor singing voice may be the most surprising. The songs Keillor sings on his long-running public-radio show A Prairie Home Companion often pair commentary on current events with the comforts of his Midwestern wisdom. The ring of audiences laughing it up is the ideal accompaniment. >More
 Tips for exploring the outer reaches of the FM dial in Madison

These days, Rihanna is nearly everywhere in Madison -- everywhere you turn the radio dial, that is. Even if you're a fan of her dancehall-infused pop, you've got to get away before the repetition drives you crazy. Luckily, there's an escape hatch at your fingertips: Just direct your dial -- or your web browser -- to a local station such as 89.9 WORT FM or 91.7 WSUM FM. >More
 Pianist Gabriela Montero delivers uneven Beethoven concerto, impressive encore with Madison Symphony Orchestra

There are the makings of a great concert in the latest program of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, mostly fulfilled at last night's opening performance at Overture Hall. To begin with, there is a 1999 work by the rising American composer Jennifer Higdon. >More
 Red Dragon TV honors the kindness of a Madison musician

The story of Ari John White Wolf's early years overflows with more pain and sadness than anyone should have to endure. This darkness springs from the bio he's posted to his website,, but he beams when speaking about one person from his past: Mark Wiley. A musician who played in local bands like Side Effects and Figure 5, Wiley took a lost and lonely teenage White Wolf under his wing and into the Madison music scene in the 1980s. >More
 Madison Opera's Acis and Galatea trades dreaminess for grit, with crowd-pleasing results

The Madison Opera production of George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galatea had a combination of grit and charm last night at Overture Center's Playhouse. I never thought I would use the word "grit" when describing a Handel work, but when stage director David Lefkowich moved the action to World War I, the feeling of the opera shifted from dreamy to a little edgy >More
 With the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Claude Delangle proves that the saxophone can be a classical instrument

Andrew Sewell and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra once again demonstrated their penchant for adventurous novelty Friday evening at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. This was certainly so in their choice of a guest soloist. >More
 Six classical works that may surprise Madison listeners in spring 2013

Unexpected discoveries often illuminate Madison's musical life. A number await us this winter and spring. Here are six examples of wonderful novelties to come. >More
 Madison Opera's Acis and Galatea gives demigods the emotions of mortals

Madison Opera is about to make history. Acis and Galatea, running Jan. 10-13 at Overture Center's Playhouse, is its first production of an opera by George Frideric Handel. The opera premiered in England in 1718, but its story intrigued Handel as early as 1708, when he set a version of it to different music in Italy. >More
 Nick Brown's Slow Boat traverses stormy emotions with clever country music

Nick Brown trades lots of smart-assed banter with his bandmates when playing bass in Madison-based country act Brown Derby. Those who've enjoyed the band's playful honky-tonk at the Crystal Corner Bar might not expect to find a nuanced persona and quiet arrangements on Brown's first solo album, Slow Boat. He'll celebrate its release Friday, Jan. 11, at the High Noon Saloon. >More
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