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Acoustic Africa's guitar masters tell intense truths

Listen to the music of African guitarist Oliver Mtukudzi and you might begin to suspect American pop is intellectually and spiritually empty. Mtukudzi, 58, has written songs for more than 30 albums over the past 30 years. He is arguably Zimbabwe's most accomplished musician. >More
 Madison bands and musicians take on Scott Walker

No political protest is complete without music. Thanks to the demonstrations that have gripped the city the past two weeks, Madison bands and songwriters have been busy. Lou and Peter Berryman's late-afternoon Capitol performance on Feb. 18 featured new lyrics to traditional folk songs. The duo turned "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" into "Bring Back Wisconsin to Me." The final verse declares: "They're trying to stifle our voices/They're trying to keep us derailed/They'll find it's not easy to do, though/McCarthy once tried and he failed." That's not Mike McCarthy, Packers fans. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part XI: Ken Lonnquist's 'Weasel'

To Madison troubador, Gov. Scott Walker doesn't fit the description of a Badger, but rather a less-celebrated woodland animal. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part X: Ida Jo and the Show's 'No (We Won't Take It)'

An original from Ida Jo, a Madison original herself, written and recorded during the protests. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part VIII: VO5's 'Cheddar Revolution'

You had to know it was only a matter of time before Madison's disco queens and kings got involved in the goings-on at the Capitol. >More
 Recording in Madison, Julian Lynch turned down the volume

Music bloggers across the country began going gaga for local multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicology Ph.D. student Julian Lynch in 2009, when Pitchfork reviewed his album Orange You Glad. Now Lynch, whose music is a swirl of dreamy pop with a touch of psychedelic sugar, is about to release his third full-length album. >More
 Concert for Compromise draws small crowd, lively discussions

Majestic Theatre organizers' hearts were in the right place Monday night when they put together a fundraiser concert for the 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to delay a vote on Gov. Walker's highly controversial "budget-repair" bill. However, a few wrinkles prevented music-loving protesters from packing the house. >More
 Mama Digdown's, more Madison artists play 'Concert for Compromise' at Majestic

What if, after Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer and others perform at the Capitol this evening, you still need a political music fix? You're in luck. After the Morello show is over (it starts at 5 p.m.), the Majestic Theatre will host a benefit for the 14 Democratic senators who have fled the state. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays impressive if over-thought Beethoven concerto

Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto, his fifth and last for piano and orchestra, is one of the great masterpieces of the literature. Its guest soloist this weekend with the Madison Symphony Orchestra is the acclaimed young pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who is not only a very interesting personality but a highly intelligent if still-idiosyncratic musician. >More
 Pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays otherworldly Beethoven

This weekend in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra will play a concert of fifths -- Elgar's Fifth March, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony and Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto -- with the sensational Simone Dinnerstein. Originally, Beethoven's introspective Fourth Piano Concerto was slated for performance, but when it was switched for the epic Fifth, the concert became a raucous and sublime celebration of humanity rarely heard in a single program. >More
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