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How DJ Shadow helped Man Mantis embrace instrumental hip-hop

Legendary producer DJ Shadow will play lots of other people's music during his "All Basses Covered" DJ set at the Majestic Theatre Thursday, Dec. 6. But his landmark contributions to instrumental hip-hop, namely his 1996 debut album, Endtroducing..., still resonate the most with his fans. One of those fans is Man Mantis, a similar-minded DJ and producer who will open the show. >More
 The Coup pair political polemics with funk, rap and dancing at the Majestic Theatre

Despite the recent presidential election cycle, the funk-rap blasting I received last night at the Majestic Theatre last night may be the most political 90 minutes I've had this year. That's to be expected of the evening's headliner. The Coup might be, at this point, the best funk band on the planet, but first and foremost, it is a soapbox for frontman Boots Riley to decry the social ills of America. >More
 St. Vinny's on Willy Street unveils rare '60s vinyl for Collectible Records Sale

Vinyl hunting can be a drag when it doesn't turn up anything good. That's why the team at Saint Vincent de Paul on Williamson Street has been saving the really good stuff for their 15th annual Collectible Records Sale, which takes place Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Saturday, Dec. 1. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble delivers a Thanksgiving feast of German and Italian works

The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble gave its annual Thanksgiving-weekend program at the Gates of Heaven on Saturday evening. The program offered an interesting menu that matched music by three German composers against that of four composers of Venice. >More
 Ninety Miles Project uses jazz to mend U.S.-Cuba relations

Though Havana is about 90 miles from Florida's southernmost tip, most Americans have never experienced its wonderful sights and sounds. Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. ended more than 50 years ago, and trade and travel restrictions have existed ever since. But the ice has started to thaw, thanks, in part, to a partnership between jazz musicians in both countries. >More
 Make Music Madison would put local performers in public places for a full day

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to strengthen Madison music, but the most promising initiative he's backing comes from outside his office. During a Nov. 8 town-hall meeting, he and Ald. Scott Resnick struggled to explain why the city should spend $50,000 on a video to promote Madison as a destination for out-of-town music lovers. Only one of the night's panelists had many satisfying ideas about how to support local performers: Michael Rothschild, a retired UW marketing professor who's organizing an event called Make Music Madison. >More
 The Exclusive Company to leave State Street storefront

The Exclusive Company will vacate its space at 508 State St. on New Year's Day, after 24 years at the location. But the small record-store chain, which was founded in the Milwaukee suburb of West Bend, isn't giving up on Madison. >More
 Fiery string band Old Crow Medicine Show flies high at Capitol Theater

Madison got "wheeled" at 9:47 last night at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. That's the term string-band snobs use to describe the unexpected radio play of the Old Crow Medicine Show megahit "Wagon Wheel." It's not a term of endearment. Tell that to the audience at last night's nearly sold-out show at Overture Center's Capitol Theater, who, when the song began, jumped to their feet and wagged their asses in pure country bliss. >More
 The Bin Men get silly and political on debut EP, Sensible Hair Cuts

The Bin Men come from all over Madison's musical landscape. Singer-guitarist Jim Goronson plays with Seven Stone Weaklings, singer-guitarist Maggie Weiser sings with Reptile Palace Orchestra, bassist Kenny Stevenson plays with Jim Schwall, and drummer Nate Onsrud sings and plays guitar for Sir!NoSir! Altogether, Weiser and Stevenson play in nearly 10 bands, yet they seem to get something new out of playing in their rock band the Bin Men. >More
 Baldwin Street police shooting is doubly tragic for Madison's music community

Paulie Heenan was looking forward to "lighting this town up." That's what the musician and sound engineer told his friend Mark Whitcomb in a text message late Thursday night, after visiting Whitcomb's recording studio, DNA Music Labs, on Winnebago Street. Early Friday morning, Whitcomb learned that Heenan, 30, had been shot dead in an altercation with a Madison police officer. >More
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