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Ben Sidran's book There Was a Fire traces Jewish influences on American song

I was sure Ben Sidran's new book, There was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, was going to be over my head. The title intimidated me, like the titles of PBS documentaries (the ones that have colons in them). Of course, I forgot that the University of Sussex-educated musicologist is first, foremost and forever...a hipster. >More
 Drumming up business with Williamson Street Drum Works

Adam Cargin's dining room is filled with drums. So is most of the rest of his near-east-side apartment. That's what happens when you put together an online drum business. These aren't any old drums. They're your father's drums, literally. Gorgeous, vintage sets and pieces of all makes and models. >More
 Garbage premieres 'Blood for Poppies' video, first single from Not Your Kind of People

Madison rock legends Garbage have released a video for "Blood for Poppies," the first single from the band's new album, Not Your Kind of People, due out May 15. It's the first Garbage album since 2005's Bleed With Me. >More
 Count This Penny produce 'big, tall sounds' on A Prairie Home Companion

It was a proud two hours for Wisconsin listeners of Saturday night's broadcast of the public radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, as Madison-based Appalachian pop duo Count This Penny gave a powerful trio of performances and mixed it up with legendary host and creator Garrison Keillor. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, pianist Bianconi yields to temptation

Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto is a tricky work. It is the gentlest and most thoughtful of his scores in the form, yet it contains enough fancy passage work to tempt soloists to push it in the direction of the flamboyant "Emperor" Concerto, the Fifth. >More
 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
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