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Innocence and experience: Late spring music tours stopping in Madison

If the late-spring concert lineup is any indication, Madison's live-music scene doesn't plan on slowing down until the dog days of summer. While there are lots of great indie-rock bands on the docket, from Stnnng at the High Noon April 24 to the Sea & Cake at the Frequency May 18, artists who've shaped music history and influenced scores of other musicians rule the roost this season. Here's a smattering of highlights from both the oldies-but-goodies category and the trendsetters-of-today camp. >More
 Madison Opera unveils 2011-2012 season

Madison Opera has announced the three productions for 2011-2012, which will be the company's first complete season since the departure of general director Allan Naplan. >More
 Police hound a family in UW Opera's satisfying The Consul

First produced in 1950, Giancarlo Menotti's "Broadway opera" The Consul has stood, with its predecessor, The Medium, as his most enduring work of lyric theater. They are recurrent favorites among student opera companies. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, pianist Christopher Taylor brings songlike nuance to Schumann concerto

For the Madison Symphony Orchestra's April program, music director John DeMain brings us three novelties and a warhorse. The warhorse, Schumann's Piano Concerto, is made to prance, to be sure. >More
 In new Union South, flamboyant Of Montreal play Varsity Hall's inaugural show

Walking into Varsity Hall, in the newly opened Union South, was a little like stepping back in time. Between the stage centered toward the back of the vast space and the shined, narrow, wood-panel flooring, Varsity Hall resembles a high school gym -- the last place you might expect to see a sold-out Of Montreal concert. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: UW MadHatters a cappella group (video)

With its sold-out concert at the Orpheum coming up this weekend, UW-Madison's all-male a cappella group rehearses a brand new Adele song and reveals a few secrets. >More
 Big voices on campus: Madhatters sing their way to UW-Madison stardom

Back in high school, not all of the MadHatters were the kinds of guys you'd expect sorority girls to be swooning over in college. David Redick, 22, grew up in St. Louis and says he was a "massive theater nerd" as a teenager. He still knows every word to the rock opera Rent. Bob Pierce, 19, grew up in Mukwonago. His crowning teen accomplishment was starring as Tree #3 in The Wizard of Oz. >More
 Union South to charge for some live music shows

This Friday's inaugural Union South music show featuring Of Montreal comes at a price: $10 for students and $20 for non-students. That's not business as usual for Wisconsin Union Directorate music programming, which has long been defined by free shows at the Rathskeller, the Terrace and the now-defunct Club 770 (the tacky old Union South cafeteria that doubled as a club). >More
 Sunspot: Deus Ex Machina

Sunspot is the Madison party-rock band that relentlessly tours Wisconsin and captures the energy of its travels in the zany podcast Sunspot Road Mania. But on its new three-song EP, Sunspot ventures way beyond party rock. Deus Ex Machina takes on lyrical themes both deep and dark, and it adds rock riffs rough enough to match the mood. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announces 2011 Concerts on the Square season

Summer is nigh. No, really. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's announcement of its 2011 Concerts on the Square season provides scientific confirmation that despite the wild meteorological mood swings of recent weeks, summer will indeed grace Wisconsin's Capitol a couple months hence. >More
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