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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
 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
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