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Sunday, September 21, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 61.0° F  A Few Clouds
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The Kissers, reinvigorated by Wisconsin political tension, talk Pogues and St. Patrick's Day

Madison hasn't been the same since The Kissers took a leave of absence back in 2008. Without the sounds of their enthusiastic protest songs played to the key of the Irish pub music that inspired them, the city has been missing their raucous sounds. But after a fresh break and reinvigorated by the political climate of the state, The Kissers have returned to action, brandishing their instruments at injustice in the morning and returning to the clubs after dark. >More
 Elton John's deep cuts serve up quirky rewards

Elton John and his band hit the Alliant Energy Center on March 22, but if you should lose out in the Ticketmaster stampede, there's consolation. The stadium-friendly hits may be great, but they make up just a fraction of a devoted listener's journey of discovery. >More
 Conducting the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Carl St. Clair pulls out all the stops

In his return to the Madison Symphony Orchestra as guest conductor, Carl St. Clair presents himself frankly as a podium showman, even down to lively choreography while at work. His is, in all, an approach that delights both the orchestra and the public. >More
 A mother lode of tunes: SiriusXM promises so much, and yet...

I had forgotten how much I like the Grateful Dead. I had also forgotten that I was a high-schooler shooting the peace sign in the audience at the Freedom Hall Louisville show on June 18, 1974. And hey! Here's that show on the friggin' radio! SiriusXM friggin' radio! >More
 Guitarists Kapsalis and Ivanovic accompany a silent Hitchcock classic

The Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo matched their free-form chemistry with the dark streets of Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent film The Lodger, in a Monday performance at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Spring Green's Shitty Barn Sessions readies 2012 schedule

A few years ago, the proudly rustic barn at 506 E. Madison St. in Spring Green was hosting occasional party/dinner/music/camp-out affairs sponsored by Furthermore Beer. But by last summer and fall, the Shitty Barn, as it's called, was operating as a seasonal venue on its own. >More
 Masked Intruder mix pop-punk and lawbreaking

The criminal life has its pitfalls, but it helps to revive the pop-punk genre on First Offense, the just-released debut 7-inch from the four-piece Madison pop-punk band Masked Intruder. >More
 Liam Ford, Madison musicians play tribute show to celebrate Johnny Cash's catalog one piece at a time

Johnny Cash's output was as big and conflicted as his character, so why celebrate his 80th birthday in anything like a tidy fashion? This Sunday's tribute show at the Majestic Theatre promises to embrace the sprawl of his catalog, or at least try. >More
 Count This Penny is inspired by Civil War letters

Count This Penny is a keen choice to awaken the voices of long-dead Union soldiers. The quartet's founders, Amanda and Allen Rigell, are East Tennessee transplants, Appalachian artists who bring rich, balanced sensibilities -- the kind of consideration the Civil War demands -- to a unique musical assignment. >More
 Shearwater emphasizes volume at High Noon Saloon

Shearwater's new album, Animal Joy, doesn't quite sacrifice the prettier moments of 2008's Rook or 2010's The Golden Archipelago, but certainly makes a point of rocking a little more bluntly. That was clear enough when the Austin band played a fierce set Sunday night at the High Noon. >More
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