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The best Madison music video of 2011: 'Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest, Part 2'

Last year, my favorite local music video was the well-known, Badger-boosting short film, "Teach Me How to Bucky." The mood of this year's winning video is altogether different. >More
 The 10 best Madison songs of 2011

Madison musicians created another bucketload of great recorded music this year. They put out more than 100 long and extended play albums during the last 12 months, cutting across all genres. >More
 The best Madison albums of 2011

Sound waves pierced the Capitol Square more than usual this year. Between the protest chants, there was music. Sometimes the two were inseparable. Nine monotone notes, distinguished by a one-of-a-kind time pattern, became a clarion call across downtown: "This is what democracy looks like!" The anthem was tapped out on car horns. It was beaten on drums. It was wheezed by snarky kazoos. >More
 The German Art Students mark 12 years of rocking out

You could say the German Art Students are now in grad school. Twelve years into their study of punk, pop and cracked cultural philosophy, the Madison band have slimmed down to a trio, thanks to the 2010 departure of bassist Andy Larson, and released a new EP, The Power and the Trust. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble dazzles in Thanksgiving weekend concert

So many cities larger than Madison would be proud and fortunate to have the good early-music activity we have. We are blessed with not just one permanent ensemble, but two. >More
 Madison independent record stores roll out specials for Black Friday

It's the morning after Thanksgiving and you've awakened from your post-turkey coma in relatively decent condition. Sure, your pajamas might be a little snugger and part of you is regretting that second (or third) portion of pumpkin pie, but that's all the more reason to get out and work off those excess pounds while supporting your local record stores during the retail shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday. >More
 Isthmus Band to Band Combat 2011 makes musical love, not war

Finding the local band that's right for you is a lot like finding a romantic partner. You want one that's talented, looks good and doesn't sound too abrasive. And since everyone seems to be finding romance on the Internet these days, why not venture online to discover your musical soulmate? >More
 Natty Nation's Black Friday show is a tradition now

"This show will be the fourth annual Black Friday show. It started out as our coming home party when we did a tour of the Middle East and Africa. Since all of the musicians in the group live in or close to Madison, it's the perfect time and place for us to have a show for our families and long time Madison fans." >More
 Composer Shannon Mason, a.k.a. Pongball, unveils soundtrack for eco-themed videogame

Without music's bravery-summoning powers, Super Mario might not rescue Princess Toadstool, and Contra's commandos would struggle to foil the Red Falcon Organization's nefarious world-domination plot. Local composer Shannon Mason knows this cardinal truth. That's why she lives, breathes and sleeps videogame music. It inspires acts of heroism. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, Midori plays Shostakovich with eloquence and passion

Last weekend we had the appearance in Memorial Union concerts of Caroline Goulding, the 19-year-old violinist who is making the transition from child prodigy to mature artist, on a pattern already followed by Midori and Hilary Hahn. So it is appropriate that this weekend we should have Midori herself with us, as a guest soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. >More
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