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DLO creates an instrumental hip-hop series in his basement

Rapper DLO, real name Bradley Thomas, is one of Madison's strongest hip-hop voices. That's thanks in part to his work with dumate, the hip-hop band that released We Have the Technology in 2009. Thomas also pairs with producer Man Mantis as IceMantis and helps fellow dumate MC Laduma Nguyuza produce the James Baldwin-inspired Billie James Project. >More
 Dragonfly Lounge hosts winter music series

The Dragonfly Lounge, under Bellini Restaurant at 401 E. Washington Ave., finally announced its presence last Wednesday, when an awning went up over what had looked like a door for deliveries. In recent months, the 75-capacity space has been increasingly busy -- but easy to miss. >More
 Boccherini pastiche mars Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concert

As so often happens, a wonderful concert by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has been blighted by the contribution of a guest soloist. Amit Peled is a gifted musician and outstanding cellist. But Friday night in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, he displayed total irresponsibility in devoting his major appearance to a completely fake and utterly discredited work. >More
 Scientists study music's effects on our brains and bodies

As we lie under the stars and listen to a Puccini aria or tap our toes in a nightclub to some earthy jazz, we're probably not thinking about how the music affects our brains. We're just feeling good and enjoying the moment. But it turns out that music is a good subject for brain research because it affects so many neurological pathways. >More
 The Project Lodge grows up

Madison's brave, all-ages performance and art space Project Lodge was on the ropes last summer. Noise complaints from neighbors of the East Johnson Street storefront sparked scrutiny from the city. Suddenly, instead of happily flying below the radar, Lodge executive director Bessie Cherry was in the crosshairs. >More
 Wired for Love is an opera for the Internet (scam) age

We are accustomed nowadays to operas on contemporary themes. But an opera about Internet fraud? About the results of an electronic duel between a Nigerian email scammer and his would-be victim? That is the subject of the opera Wired for Love. >More
 Madison landmarks co-star in F.Stokes' video for 'My Simple'

The relentlessly positive, Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist F.Stokes has dropped a nuclear bomb of goodness onto his adopted hometown of Madison. Shot here over 12 hours between two live shows last October, "My Simple" is a video valentine featuring Madison people and Madison locations, like the Crystal Corner Bar. This is the second "My Simple" video, the only public version. >More
 Music Tuesdays get eclectic at Mickey's Tavern

Not long ago, Tuesday nights at Mickey's Tavern featured a rotation of local singer-songwriters, including Josh Harty, Blake Thomas, Robby Schiller and Jeremiah Nelson. It was enjoyable but never jarring, except perhaps the time Schiller roused the crowd into a National Anthem sing-along. >More
 DJ Nick Nice spins tunes and fights Gov. Walker

Dedicated protester by day, in-demand club DJ by night: It might strike some that Nick Nice is living a double life. He's even got the Clark Kent glasses. The longtime Madison-based DJ won't make any superhero claims, though. Nice has simply found a way to balance -- and even mix -- his love of music and art with a newfound commitment to activism. >More
 Album art lives: The download era doesn't mean the end of lively design

You might worry that digital releases and the newfound trendiness of cassettes will crowd out the possibilities of gorgeous cover art. Well, two Madison bands went the digital and cassette route on recent releases, and if anything, they went to greater lengths to get strong visuals. >More
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