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Shonen Knife's guide to the small pleasures of life

Japanese band Shonen Knife brings thirty-plus years of goofy, formulaic, yet consistently catchy guitar pop to a Union Terrace show this Friday, August 3. Naoko Yamano and a rotation of bandmates have inspired fans from Kurt Cobain to the recently returned Redd Kross to offer praise, and inspired online lyrics transcribers to safely add conjunctions and articles so as not to excessively mock their tendency toward choppy English diction. >More
 Scenes from Live on King Street with The Budos Band, Natty Nation and Nick Nice (slideshow)

After an early, but brief, rain shower Friday, King Street once again filled with music fans looking to fill up on reggae and Afrobeat sounds. >More
 Photos and tweets from Live on King Street with Budos Band, Natty Nation

Despite a bout of early evening rain, the skies cleared for the Live on King Street concert with the Budos Band and Natty Nation. Crowds once again gathered in front of the Majestic Theatre to enjoy an evening of reggae and funk sounds. >More
 Budos Band menaces the Live on King Street crowd

The Budos Band played itself a dark fanfare Friday night before its five-person line of percussion fully kicked into its deft blend of funk, soul and Afrobeat rhythm. The New York City group brought 10 of its members, nearly all of them dark-haired and black-shirted. Even the trumpet and baritone sax onstage looked worn to a dirty copper color, and sounded with a harsh buzz. >More
 Blueheels just want to have fun

The idiosyncratic combination known as Blueheels is convened at the Weary Traveler on Willy Street. Three of them, anyway: drummer Adam Cargin, guitarist Justin Bricco and singer/songwriter Robby Schiller. It's been two years since the group's last record, and the rockers who once played five shows per week have been in a rare live-performance hiatus as well. >More
 Cole Markland returns to Madison

The trail of Madison rock history passed directly through the door to Merlyn's, the 1980s State Street nightclub. Now the venue and its denizens are a deservedly huge slab of "Smart Sounds, Alt Music, Mad Scenes," the exhibit about Madison music that's currently on display at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. >More
 Madison Music Collective's fall 2012 series aims to blend audiences, genres

This year keeps promising to upend jazz in Madison, and the effects will spread beyond its usual audience. While the Wisconsin Union Theater spreads its jazz and other bookings in its 2012-13 season to other campus venues during major renovations, and the Surrounded By Reality series brings the noisier side of jazz to Madison, the Madison Music Collective will be presenting a series that has as much to do with hip-hop, R&B and pop music as it does its usual realm of jazz and improvised music. >More
 Cloud Cult takes over King Street (video)

Madison's King Street was a happy place to be Friday night as music fans took in a post-work, pre-bars concert from Cloud Cult. >More
 Singers sample upcoming roles at Opera in the Park 2012 with Madison Opera

This year's Opera in the Park -- on Saturday night in Garner Park -- brought together an unusually fine group of guest soloists, all with excellent voices and seasoned experience. >More
 Cloud Cult kicks off Live on King Street concert series

During Cloud Cult's sound check and DJ Nick Nice's initial spinning early Friday evening, the first block of King Street became something of a bass canyon. The band's drums and some of Nice's selections established a wubba-wubba zone that stretched at least from the Tipsy Cow to GEF 3. >More
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