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John DeMain sticks with the Madison Symphony Orchestra while becoming one of the world's top conductors

When John DeMain raises his baton on the Madison Symphony Orchestra's podium, nearly 100 musicians come to attention, awaiting his mighty downbeat. During his 19 seasons as the orchestra's conductor and music director, DeMain has given our city masterpieces by the introspective Mahler, the flamboyant Strauss, the brooding Sibelius. >More
 Beyond Bright Eyes: Conor Oberst sheds his famous moniker for a solo tour

For a long time, Conor Oberst was synonymous with Bright Eyes, the manic folk project he often helmed alone. Only his birth name will appear on the bill when he comes to the Overture Center's Capitol Theater Sept. 23. At this show, he'll likely perform songs from his latest Conor Oberst releases: 2008's self-titled LP and Gentleman's Pact EP, and Outer South, his 2009 release with the Mystic Valley Band. >More
 The Avett Brothers' Gap ad doesn't sit well with some local musicians

When I was 10, a new coach was hired at my swim club. Mr. Buell came from Houston, a charming hustler in short pants. I was all in. Then one afternoon, during his first week on the deck, while I was swimming backstroke, I looked over on the sidewalk next to the outdoor lanes, and there he was smoking a cigarette. What? I flipped over onto my stomach and swam on, boiling with disappointment. >More
 Ancora String Quartet dazzles with classical gems by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann

The Ancora String Quartet concert on Saturday night at the First Unitarian Society, the first of the 2012-13 season, was a splendid survey of 19th century classical landmarks. The group explored the first half of the century via works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann. >More
 Synths, laptops and loops are slowly changing Madison music

Electronic music is not taking Madison by storm, nor is it creating a new scene. This year, it's been grabbing ears and imaginations one at a time. No one group is responsible for this surge in popularity, and the artists don't rally around the same set of musical clichés. They make cheery synth-pop songs, gloomy avant-garde soundscapes and nearly everything in between. >More
 The Jesus and Mary Chain have sweetened up their infamous live shows

Proto-shoegazers the Jesus and Mary Chain -- who'll hit the Majestic Theatre for a reunion concert Sept. 19 -- have changed some of the ways they pulverize crowds with distorted guitars and primal drum-pounding, even though they don't have much new material. >More
 Madison, you rock our world: A local music mixtape for fall 2012

Dear Madison, we think you're pretty dreamy. There's something about you that's irresistible. It's hard to describe, but it's impossible to ignore. Simply put, you rock our world. That's why we've made this mixtape of local music just for you. >More
 Musical thrill rides: Buckle up for 25 exciting concerts by Madison bands in fall 2012

Madison is in for a turbulent fall, musically speaking. And that's not necessarily a problem. Don't get me wrong: Peaceful times aren't bad for the arts. Madison residents create plenty of good music while grinding away at graduate degrees and retiling their bathrooms. But the next few months will make local musicians discover how resourceful and tenacious they are. Change is on the horizon. >More
 The Tiny Band enchants with wee instruments

Size matters to the Tiny Band, a local ensemble that includes Lisa Marine and Julia Ziemer of garage-waltz purveyors the Pointy Birds, Matt Appleby of klezmer outfit Yid Vicious, and Dan Hobson of proto-grunge trailblazers Killdozer. They play rock 'n' roll on the smallest instruments they can find. >More
 Frank Productions and True Endeavors merge to promote indie concerts in Madison and beyond

Frank Productions has tapped Tag Evers, founder and owner of the 20-year-old concert-promotion outfit True Endeavors, to lead a new division that books local and regional performances. >More
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