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Yahara Music Library is a new way to check out Madison albums

In recent years Madison Public Library has transformed into an innovation hub that draws all sorts of creative types. The new Central Library teems with forward-thinking features, including a media lab where patrons can design videogames and maker-focused Bubbler programming that ranges from audio engineering workshops to community art projects. It's also the birthplace of the Yahara Music Library, a collection of locally made music that cardholders can stream online and download to a variety of devices. >More
 How Bob Dylan bombed in Madison

Once upon a time, Bob Dylan wasn't good enough for Madison. The budding singer briefly lived here in the early 1960s. Dylan had left the University of Minnesota after only a year, ready to conquer the national folk scene. His friends scoffed, since he hadn't even conquered the Minneapolis folk scene yet. >More
 Anna Laube's catchy folk-pop is designed to lift spirits

"It's the biggest project I've ever worked on, including my college thesis, and probably college in general," says local singer-songwriter Anna Laube. She's referring to her yet-to-be-titled third album, which she hopes to release within the next few months. >More
 Brat Fest nights start early on Lifest Christian rock stage

When the World's Largest Brat Fest returns to the Alliant Energy Center's Willow Island May 23-26, it will sound a bit different than usual. Tim Metcalfe, president of event sponsor Metcalfe's Market, has added Christian rock and a Sunday worship service to the celebration of sausage, songs and charitable giving. >More
 Madison musicians, comedians and dancers explore the concept of affection at the Acts of Love Old-School Variety Show

Love plays muse to a variety of creative expressions, so it's fitting that local artist Mallory Shotwell organized a variety show featuring music, dance and comedy for her most recent project, A Discourse on Love. >More
 Wooing the WAMIs: Madison musicians make a strong showing at the statewide awards gala

Milwaukee musicians tend to dominate the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards, the statewide equivalent of the Madison Area Music Awards. But Madison artists stole the 34th annual awards show, which took place in Appleton on April 27. PHOX was crowned best new band, Sexy Ester's Lyndsay Evans earned the title of best female vocalist, and Volcano Choir's Repave was named Wisconsin album of the year. >More
 Kelly Hogan, belting tunes and blowing minds

It's mid-afternoon on a spring day when I speak with Kelly Hogan, Neko Case's star backup singer. She's at her home in Evansville, Wis., about a half-hour drive from Madison, and she apologizes for seeming a little groggy. >More
 Strollin' Schenk's Corners jazz pub crawl to debut May 23

Many Madison acts hit the road in June and July, taking their latest songs to fans in other states. But a new mini-fest organized by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium will make sure local music fans get a hearty helping of live jazz before summer begins. >More
 Dub experimentalists Peaking Lights return to Madison to give fans a glimpse of their upcoming album

After a short hiatus to double down on parenting, Peaking Lights almost have their new album finished. Dub experimentalists Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis made the music together, Coyes produced it and Matt Thornley from LCD Soundsystem is mixing it. Ahead of the band's May 6 stop at the High Noon Saloon, Isthmus talked with Coyes about touring with kids, opening for Panda Bear and making the new album. >More
 Ten years of tunes at the High Noon Saloon

The High Noon Saloon celebrates its 10th anniversary with -- you guessed it -- live music this Sunday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Take a journey back through the venerable venue's history, from the early years following the demise of O'Cayz Corral to recent shows like FRZN Fest, complete with pictures and memories. >More
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