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Lovely Socialite channels formal training into turbulent instrumentals

Six self-confessed "music-major types" have built an omnivorous mutant of a band. At performances, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps -- or just Lovely Socialite, for sanity's sake -- provides some of the more unusual sights in Madison music. >More
 A new wave of rave: Electronic dance music gets the party started, 2012-style

In October 1992, nearly 1,000 music fans were arrested at a rave in Milwaukee's Third Ward, sparking a controversy about electronic dance music and its purported influence on young people. In those days, DJs spun records imported from Europe as crowds in warehouses danced until sunrise, glow sticks raised. >More
 Announcing nominees for the 2012 MAMAs

Saturday night at the Brink Lounge, nominations were announced for the Madison Area Music Awards. Nominees compete in more than 50 categories, including Album, Song and Performer nods in numerous music genres, as well as Artist of the Year and various instrumentalist and business categories. >More
 Megafaun is tight but at ease in a High Noon Saloon performance

Early in Megafaun's set Friday at the High Noon Saloon, Brad Cook played counter to the mellow feel of "Get Right," from the North Carolina band's 2011 self-titled album, indulging in a noisy guitar solo of feedback barks and harsh, percussive picking. Abrasive moments like that were rare. >More
 For Anna Vogelzang, South by Southwest was an endurance test

Anna Vogelzang has tweeted what could be the lyrics to the world's shortest country song: "Broke my phone screen, broke my boot soles, but did manage to catch a cab home!" It's Sunday, March 18, and the Madison-based singer-songwriter has wrapped up her sixth and final performance at this year's South by Southwest. >More
 Cursive serves up a dark concept album with I Am Gemini

Omaha indie-rock outfit Cursive avoids categorization, creating music that teeters between literary exercises and rock 'n' roll epics. On their latest full-length, I Am Gemini, a haunted house filled with devils, angels and feuding twins is the setting for one of the band's darkest works to date, a surreal concept album structured as a two-act musical. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announce 2012-2013 seasons

Do you have plans for April 2013? If you're a classical fan, it's time to start making them. The city's premiere ensembles, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, have announced their 2012-2013 seasons. Both schedules feature a wealth of guest artists, most of them returning visitors. >More
 University Opera's Don Giovanni peaks with late, great arias

I had to miss the Friday evening performance by University Opera of Don Giovanni, Mozart's tale of a decadent nobleman. I caught instead the one on Sunday afternoon, March 18, in UW Music Hall. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and pianist Christopher Taylor unearth a melodious rarity

Friday night in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra devoted its March 16 concert to a "Celtic Celebration," a designation covering three of the four programmed works. Otherwise viewed, it offered two very familiar pieces framing two quite rare ones. >More
 Tefman, Icarus Himself, The Hussy, Sugar Stems share latest videos

Check out YouTube for the latest from Madison musicians, including some collaborations -- not always intentional. >More
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