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James 'Curley' Cooke, 1944-2011

Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke, 66, passed away on May 16 after battling cancer for two years. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: What are you listening to, Madison? (video)

Our intrepid reporter takes to the street -- State Street, to be specific -- to find out what's coming out of those little buds stuck in everybody's ears. >More
 Brat festivals offer all-you-can-hear buffet

The Madison music scene is eclectic, offering everything from Art Paul Schlosser's streetwise kazoo to Luke Polipnick's experimental jazz. But for sheer variety, you've got to be impressed by the only event that dares to promote itself with this tagline: More bands than you can shake a bratwurst at. >More
 No hip-hop at Scatz?

Scott Piernot, owner of the recently closed Middleton music venue Scatz, says he's ready to stop booking hip-hop acts if the city of Middleton reinstates his liquor license. Piernot voluntarily relinquished his license in March. >More
 Ann Stanke leaves a legacy of humane musicality

The death last Wednesday of Ann Stanke deprived Madison of one of its most remarkable musical personalities. She joined Roland and Arlene Johnson in creating the Madison Opera almost 50 years ago, and it was fitting that in 1984 she became general director of the company herself. >More
 For Project M champ Frank Busch, the pressure was inspiring

Frank Busch's cool-as-a-cucumber reputation is his secret weapon when it comes to performing. The singer-guitarist's confidence endows him with instant star quality, helping him win fans. On May 11, it also helped him win the third season of Project M, 105.5-Triple M's songwriting competition and reality show. >More
 Cake electrifies Orpheum Theatre with generous performance

Thanks to a two-set-long show and no opener, Madison concertgoers got a big slice of Cake at the Orpheum Theatre Friday night. "We'll have plenty of time to take care of whatever needs to be taken care of," said lead singer John McCrea. >More
 Arts Beat: Madison Opera's new director looks to the future

Madison Opera has a new general director: Kathryn Smith, who currently serves as general director of Tacoma Opera. Smith, who starts July 1, looks forward to heading up the robust organization. >More
 The Weather Duo update the chamber ensemble

The Weather Duo are actually a trio, and they take an experimental approach to chamber music. The group's live performances feature sonic and visual elements, and they blend improvisation with contemporary classical music. The 10 compositions on their forthcoming album range in length from less than two minutes to more than 11. >More
 At Union South, appealing Felice Brothers preside over a chaotic hootenanny

My friend Katie may have best summed up The Felice Brothers show at Union South Saturday night when she leaned over and said, "I like these guys a lot. What the hell is going on up there?" >More
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