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Milwaukee bands make a rare onslaught on Madison this week

Three Milwaukee bands are playing two Madison venues this week. You might think that's business as usual, but it's not a routine occurrence. That's surprising, considering only 70 miles separate the two metropolitan areas. Madison club owners say there's a musical disconnect between Mad Town and the Brew City. >More
 In Overture Hall, Ben Folds proves once again that piano pop can rock your socks off

A Ben Folds show isn't just a live performance of his latest album. It's a crackpot journey through the musician's past, musically and psychologically. Plus, it's one that turns the mirror on the crowd's inner weirdos and angry, dorky tendencies. But above all, it's fun as heck, as last night's show at Overture Center proved. >More
 Madison Hostel shelters traveling bands (fans, too)

Madison may have a lot of futons, but touring bands don't always know their owners, which can present a challenge when they need a place to crash after shows. Same goes for music fans who travel here to see performances. Lodging prices can make or break concert-going plans for those on a shoestring budget. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra brings Molly Barth and the Madison Ballet into the act

Rarely programmed as it is, the Third of Respighi's Suites of "Ancient Airs and Dances" was the most conventional item on the first concert of 2011 by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, presented on Friday at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. The shortest and most elegant of the three Suites, its scoring for just strings demands suavity of playing. >More
 Shake it up: A Madison live music preview for winter 2011

It doesn't make sense to devote yourself to one musical genre in a city like Madison. Sure, some towns are built upon a particular style of tunes, but ours is defined by its mammoth menu of choices, especially during the winter months. Make a late New Year's resolution to add a new sound to your concert list. >More
 Arts Beat: Thanks to Sound Health at the UW, music is medicine

A University of Wisconsin-Madison program is bringing live chamber music to hospital patients, families and staff. Sound Health's first performance was in February 2010. Since then it's offered 35 performances at UW Hospital & Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital. >More
 Nama Rupa looks to the East for its philosophy

If one story captures Nama Rupa's reflective approach, it is this: Members of the Madison reggae band came up with their name while browsing through Eastern philosophy books together on a Friday night. In doing so, they linked their artistic identity to a term grounded in Buddhist and Hindu thought. It's a term that describes the idea of physical and psychological duality. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra and violinist Henning Kraggerud triumph with Tchaikovsky

The first program of the new year by the Madison Symphony Orchestra is made up of three items, programmed in reverse chronological order. The program debuted Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 Electro rockers Ridley shoveled snow for studio time

Synth wizard Jon Schoepke didn't start out rocking a vocoder or tickling the electronic ivories. He wanted to be a guitar god, spending days at a time attached to an amp, experimenting with picks and pedals. He became so engrossed with hard and gloomy rock that his parents began to worry. >More
 My 17 favorite concerts of 2010, from Milwaukee to Stoughton to Madison

Chalk it up to one in a series of booking coups by the best venue of 2010 (in my opinion), the 475-seat Stoughton Opera House. I saw stellar jazz, country, blues and classical music in the beautifully restored hall, which occupies the third floor of the historic Stoughton City Hall. I didn't see a hipper show last year, for example, than jazz phenom Esperanza Spalding's stop. >More
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