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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra outshines the 5 Browns in season opener

For its season opener at Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra brought us not one guest soloist but five -- the two brothers and three sisters who make up the 5 Browns. >More
 MadTracks: 'Awesome Never' by Dharmonic Deluxe and 'Ledge' by Bi-Polar Bear

This weekend is filled with album-release shows by local bands, from the excellent Americana outfit Count This Penny to the funky Malian bluesman Tani Diakite and his band the Afrofunkstars. To help you assess tonight's live-music offerings, here are tracks by two groups that are a bit harder to describe: Dharmonic Deluxe and Bi-Polar Bear. >More
 Overture Center's MadCity Sessions kicks off with a free Corey Hart concert

The Overture After Work concert series has morphed into MadCity Sessions, a bigger, bolder attempt to acquaint local music fans with area musicians. The free series kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. with a performance by folk-rock singer-songwriter Corey Hart. MadCity Sessions shows take place on Thursday nights in the Overture Hall Lobby through May 16. >More
 Jazz musician Tia Fuller comes into her own after touring with Beyoncé

Two days before 9/11, a young jazz saxophonist named Tia Fuller moved from her native Colorado to Jersey City, N.J., a few miles from Manhattan, ready to make her mark. Then the local economy collapsed along with the Twin Towers. But she pressed on, landing a gig at a fish fry that very weekend. Soon she was in the funk band at a poetry slam, and before long, she was touring the world with R&B superstar Beyoncé. >More
 Furry friends lure musicians into Madison's recording studios

Sadie greets everyone like a rock star. As singer-songwriter Anthony Lamarr and his crew load into Madison's DNA Music Labs to record, the 3-year-old terrier mix ecstatically jumps into the air and skitters around their feet. She's a superfan. But she's careful not to trip people with armfuls of expensive instruments. She knows better. It comes from being a seasoned studio dog. >More
 WISC-TV pulls the plug on The Urban Theater

John Urban, host of WISC-TV's late-night local-music show The Urban Theater, today announced that the show will record its final episodes this year. >More
 When it comes to nerdy ballads, the Doubleclicks get specific

In their own brand of hyper-specific and slightly precious music about grammar gripes and dinosaurs' body-image issues, the Doubleclicks -- a Portland, Oregon-based pair of sister singer-songwriters who will play in Madison as part of their Ladies of Ragnarok tour -- exemplify the kind of creative potential that the Internet has created for musicians, particularly geeky ones. >More
 Scenes from Live on King Street: The Hold Steady, Henry Clay People and Nick Nice (slideshow)

On one of the most beautiful nights of the year, rock fans jammed King Street for the Majestic Theatre's fifth anniversary bash, a concert featuring The Hold Steady. >More
 The Hold Steady rocks the crowd to the core at 2012's final Live on King Street block party

It takes a village to stage a rock 'n' roll block party. Luckily, Madison is just the town for the job. Preparations began before 9 a.m. for the final Live on King Street bash of 2012, which featured music by the Hold Steady, Henry Clay People and DJ Nick Nice. Glimpse the before, during and after with this collection of photos and tweets from nearly every corner of the crowd. >More
 MadTracks: 'Death of Disco' by Venus in Furs (video)

Named after an S&M-themed Velvet Underground song, Madison's Venus in Furs are one whip-smart surf-punk outfit. A video for their new song "Death of Disco" shows off their dark side as they stage a funeral for the musical genre that spawned acts such as the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Chic. Don't freak out, though: Between grisly shots of a wake and a burial, you'll see an adorable bunny and other whimsical details that prove that these tough, tuneful gals are big ol' softies after all. >More
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