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Project M goes to the bands

Scott Lamps' Bello is among the groups competing in Project M: Band Edition, a songwriting challenge hosted by Madison radio staple 105.5 Triple M. "We have done three seasons of solo singer-songwriters," says Triple M program director Pat Gallagher. "We just thought it was time for a little twist." >More
 MadTracks: 'RR' by Control

Schulte, A, the latest EP by Control, reveals the Madison trio's happier side. So often with post-punk, there's something qualified, something nagging, something waiting to go wrong. >More
 With its podcast, online startup Murfie highlights Madison tunes

When Kayla Liederbach graduated from UW-Madison in May 2011, she worried about what would become of her WSUM radio show, U-Dub. She'd been hosting it for two years, and she could hardly imagine life without it. Each Wednesday night, she morphed into a music ambassador as she basked in the tropical sounds of reggae and dub. >More
 Another round of songs inspired by Walkermania

Last week, I provided a sample ballot of local protest songs specific to the Scott Walker era. Here are a few more write-in candidates in the running for best, most earnest, or craziest protest song of the recall period. >More
 Daniela Mack dazzles in Madison Opera's incoherent Cinderella

Madison Opera's closing production this season is something entitled Cinderella. It opened Friday night in Overture Hall. If you close your eyes, you hear Rossini's wonderful comic opera Cenerentola, essentially complete, and in the original Italian. If you open your eyes, you see a wildly incoherent spectacle with a new plot (and frequently distorted surtitles). >More
 Garbage is ready to rock again

Butch Vig's home studio in East L.A. is a converted bedroom, a "stocked-out closet." Seated at the console, Vig can look up from his work and gaze out the window where Silver Lake, at the base of Carson Creek, shimmers in the sunlight. Beyond, a web of trails leads hikers from the heart of the Sierra basin up into the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, then higher, above the tree line, toward the snow-capped peaks of Yosemite. >More
 Who is recording the best Wisconsin-themed protest songs?

As Wisconsin goes queasily to the polls to choose a recall candidate, can Madison musicians help steady voters' hands? Here's a sample ballot of local tunes of and about the Walker era, from sturdy anthems to messy sermons. You can hear songs by several of these artists on the compilation Cheddar Revolution: Songs of Uprising, whose release is celebrated at the High Noon Saloon on May 6. >More
 Smart Studios is closing -- no, really

So what's the deal with Smart Studios now? Is it closed, as was announced in 2010, or what? I asked the guy who still has the keys, longtime Smart engineer and producer Mike Zirkel. He said it is closed. Sort of. >More
 Madison Opera announces 2012-2013 season

Madison Opera has announced the three productions it will stage in the 2012-2013 season, the company's 52nd. It's the first season planned by general director Kathryn Smith, who joined Madison Opera midway through the 2010-2011 season. >More
 At the Brink Lounge, Duluth bluesman Charlie Parr sings of rough characters

Saturday night at the Brink Lounge, you could buy a tea towel with a woolly mammoth on it and the name of Duluth acoustic bluesman Charlie Parr. A man at the merch table explained that Parr ran across this musical-tea-towel tradition while touring in Australia, but he couldn't explain what the woolly mammoth was about. >More
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