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Live coverage of the Peter Bjorn and John concert on King Street

Join us here for live-coverage of the Peter Bjorn and John free outdoor concert in downtown Madison on Friday evening. Presented by the Majestic Theatre, the show will be held along the 100 block of King Street just off Capitol Square, with the stage just downhill from its marquee. >More
 Don't call it nerdcore

Nerdcore hip-hop is a curious beast. Some of its stars have eschewed the label even as they've built an empire of raps about Star Wars, Legos and giant robots. Others, such as MC Frontalot, love the term so much that they claim they invented the genre. >More
 Ted Nugent: Love him or leave him

National musicians from Tom Morello to Arlo Guthrie to Ted Leo supported Wisconsin's union protest movement earlier this year. Now a musician is coming to town to declare that "government employees are rip-off artists that demand more than they produce." Madison, are you ready for Ted Nugent? >More
 For Aaron Williams, a life on stage seems too good to be true

On Aug. 13, Madison blues band Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo will celebrate the release of their new album, 10:49, at the Harmony Bar. For Williams, it's a place that feels like home. "The Harmony really caters to Americana, roots, blues music," he says. "You can go there any weekend and see someone great. I've grown up seeing shows there." >More
 Jeremiah Nelson embarks on a playcation

Madison singer-songwriter Jeremiah Nelson embarks on a national tour next month. Nelson sold out his March album-release show at the Frequency, and he continues to gain momentum as a songwriter and performer. >More
 This is what creativity looks like: 'Scott Walker Blues' by Bonobo Secret Handshake

The spirit that inspired musicians to write songs focusing on the Wisconsin solidarity movement last winter and spring continues in this summertime recall season, as the Madison-based blues-rock band Bonobo Secret Handshake recently released the video for its new tune "Scott Walker Blues," an eight-and-a-half minute funk epic set to footage from the height of the Capitol demonstrations. >More
 Kidz Bop goes too far

Without a doubt, pop music lyrics have grown more decadent. Among this summer's hottest hits, Katy Perry sings about the ménage à trois she had "Last Friday Night," and Nicki Minaj raps about dropping her panties on "Super Bass." Billboard's current number-one pop song is "Party Rock Anthem" by a group called LMFAO. >More
 Tragedy and triumph fuel Phat Phunktion's new album Real Life .:. High Fidelity

Phat Phunktion got together in 1996, but the roots of their sound stretch back much further, to the funk-laced 1970s. The nine-piece ensemble formed when its members were just UW-Madison music students looking for an outlet for their Tower of Power fixation. Today the group is a major-label act in Japan and a local legend that can draw thousands of fans to the Memorial Union Terrace. >More
 Poor diction diminishes Madison Savoyards' Utopia, Limited

Utopia, Limited (1892) was the next-to-last collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan. It has long been among the least known of their operettas, but the brave Madison Savoyards, who have already staged it once before, join other companies in giving it increasing attention in recent years. >More
 Madison musicians to appear in Adam Sandler film

Drummer Scott Beardsley, bassist Chris Boeger and keyboardist Mike Cammilleri, mainstays on the Madison music scene, will grace movie screens across the country next summer. The three flew to Cape Cod last week for the filming of an Adam Sandler movie, tentatively titled I Hate You, Dad. >More
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