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Madison Area Music Awards 2014 are one small part of a big effort to empower local performers

With new honors for roadies and children's music, performances by acts like Kyle Henderson and Son Contrabando, and proceeds benefiting music education, the 11th annual Madison Area Music Awards will celebrate the talent, drive and diversity in the local music scene. The awards ceremony takes place on June 22 at Overture Center, after a red-carpet event that aspires to out-glitz the Grammys. >More
 Misfits member Jerry Only is dad of the year at Madison's Our Lady Queen of Peace School

Around the world, Jerry Only is best known as the cofounder, bassist and sometime vocalist of seminal horror-punk band Misfits. But in Madison his biggest claim to fame is being the father of Eva, a second grader at Our Lady Queen of Peace School. >More
 Jeremiah Nelson carves memorable folk songs out of sundry memories for Whittier

Jeremiah Nelson is forever revising his work. It's one reason the local folk artist is such a strong songwriter. But at some point, the meticulous tune-whittling must stop. This was the case with his new EP, Whittier. >More
 The Frequency hires concert promoter Shah Evans to book Madison hip-hop acts

Madison hip-hop artists may finally have a supportive local venue thanks to a collaboration between two local figures with a passion for the genre. Joining the payroll at the Frequency is Shah Evans, an independent concert promoter who's also the vice president of the Urban Community Arts Network, an organization that advocates for Madison-area hip-hop acts. >More
 BandSwap returns to Madison for 2014

Last year Madison participated in BandSwap, a project designed to enrich and publicize eight cities' music scenes. This year it will take part again, on a larger scale, with five bands representing the local music community. Musicians can nominate themselves on through June 8. After that, the Madison Arts Commission will select the 2014 participants. >More
 Headliners announced for summer 2014 outdoor concerts in Madison

Now that the start of summer is a few weeks away, live-music lineups for the season's outdoor events are popping up left and right. Touring acts are the centerpiece at the UW Memorial Union Terrace, Marquette Waterfront Festival and Live on King Street. >More
 Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl emerge as formidable songsmiths in the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Sean Lennon hasn't exactly shied away from associations with his famous parents. He works with his mother, Yoko Ono, in her Plastic Ono Band. With his own band, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, he courts comparisons with his late father, John Lennon, by creating psychedelic music reminiscent of late-period Beatles. >More
 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
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