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What are you doing for New Year's in Madison?

The schedule of touring bands all but dries up this time of year. Happily, New Year's Eve is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the best in local music, whether your thing is live rock, folk, jazz, blues or DJs' dance-floor-motivating sets. Rich Albertoni and Jessica Steinhoff pick highlights for Dec. 31. >More
 On the Madison music scene, 2010 was quite the year

Local music is a window on Madison culture. The major events, sounds and trends that affected our scene this year reflected our collective mood, the new ways we're using technology, our racial relations, our pursuit of meaning through art, our approach to play and humor. On the brink of a new year, here are 10 music stories that shaped the character of our city the past 12 months: >More
 Madison music retailers share holiday gift-giving ideas

Christmas is just a week away, and chances are there's someone you haven't checked off your gift list. A musical present can be a great option if you're in a pinch and don't want to be a Grinch. Plus, shopping at a locally owned record store can help make Madison's economy a bit more jolly. >More
 'Tis the season for Steez's annual Last Day of Class Mustache Bash

Sure, Steez has reinvented the Madison jam-band sound since it formed in 2003, blending synth and electronica with improvisational funk-rock. But here's the band's most unrecognized accomplishment: It has revolutionized the role of facial hair in the local scene. >More
 All Is Calm by Cantus recalls an unlikely truce

On Christmas Eve 1914, English and German soldiers on the muddy battlefields of the Western Front went against orders and established a temporary truce. They sang Christmas carols back and forth to each other across no man's land, and even met to exchange gifts and fraternize. A soccer match was held. Artillery fell silent for the night. Each side took advantage of the peace to collect its wounded. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Visiting with the 2010 Band to Band Combat bands

Watch shots from before, during and after the 2010 Band to Band Combat live finals at the Majestic Theatre featuring Sleeping in the Stereo, the media., Crane Your Swan Neck and the Lucas Cates Band. >More
 Sleeping in the Stereo triumphs at Isthmus Band to Band Combat 2010

True to form, this year's Isthmus Band to Band Combat yielded an exciting night of local music. The musicianship and the variety were impressive. The winner of the contest, which went down Thursday night at the Majestic Theatre, was Sleeping in the Stereo, the high schoolers whose lively pop-rock bested the punkish churn of the media., the indie brooding of Crane Your Swan Neck and the skillful jam stylings of the Lucas Cates Band. >More
 Mine All Mine Records brings you the world, for free

The magazine scribes and middle managers who've accused the millennial generation of being lazy have never met John Kruse, founder of Mine All Mine Records. The fifth-year UW-Madison student started the label in 2006, as a high school student, adding a band, a radio show and a double major as the basement project grew into a global enterprise. >More
 DRUMLine Live's marching-band moves get Overture audience dancing

Capitalizing on the success of the 2002 film Drumline, about the marching band of a historically black college, DRUMline Live is a high-energy musical revue that on Saturday night brought a 40-piece marching band off the football field and onto the stage of Overture Hall. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble draws its largest-ever audience to Gates of Heaven

For 20 years now, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble has blazed a trail in these parts for the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, played on period instruments in appropriate style. Its concert on Friday, Nov. 27, before a packed house in the old Gates of Heaven hall, showed that the ensemble is enjoying, if a bit belatedly, the benefits of the general surge of interest in early music on the part of the Madison public. >More
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