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Touring bands will light up Madison stages in fall 2010

When it comes to bringing concerts to town, Madison is happening. With our booming student population and proximity to Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee, we're able to attract big-name performers and under-the-radar talents alike, a rare feat for a city of 235,000 people. >More
 2010 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival commences with wonderful all-Beethoven program

Under a bit of a cloud of uncertainty over its future, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival opened its 2010 season on Aug. 28 with a wonderful all-Beethoven program, anchored by a favorite visitor, pianist Robert Levin. The concert took place at the Token Creek Festival Barn, in DeForest. >More
 The Selfish Gene revives the B-side

The members of local rock band the Selfish Gene are experts at changing course. Case in point: When they were just starting their engines in 2005, they chose the name Long Story Short, only to receive a cease-and-desist letter from another group with the same moniker. "They were already playing all the top bowling alleys in Baltimore, so we let them keep the name," jokes bassist and vocalist Eric Andraska. >More
 Madison is invested in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and vice-versa

You don't just have an orchestra for civic pride. You have it because of what it brings to the community, and I'm not talking about going to concerts now. I really believe it's not just concert attendance that creates the case for regional orchestras. The Madison Symphony Orchestra thrives because the community has a great investment in it. >More
 Joel Pingitore finds his musical playground northwest of I-43

When Joel Pingitore discovered the guitar at age 9, he was desperate to have one of his own. Before his parents agreed to buy him a six-string, Joel took matters into his own hands. "I got some boards and bought some strings and tried to make one," says Pingitore. "It never really worked as an instrument. It was just a toy to play with." >More
 Charlie Faye takes unique approach to touring

Singer/songwriter Charlie Faye knows the importance of staying put as well as the potency of travel.These days she manages to do both -- while on tour. The competing notions came together for her last year when she decided to pack up her battered Gibson J-45 and live and perform in ten cities in ten months. Ten back-to-back musical residencies. >More
 Sunspot's live act evolves into a multimedia spectacle

Astronomers know sunspots as cool, dark areas of the sun's surface that result from a mother lode of magnetism. But here in Madison, stargazers of the musical variety think of local band Sunspot before they look to the heavens. The trio have established their reputation as cool, dark and funny rockers over the past 14 years, and their magnetism is on the rise thanks to a new project that's redefining what it means to go to a concert. >More
 Neko Case gets the love as the New Pornographers play the Orpheum Theatre

A.C. Newman may be the leader of the New Pornographers, the eight-piece Canadian indie wonder that cruised through the Orpheum last night, but the spotlight sure loves vocalist Neko Case. >More
 Folk-rocker John Statz finds his muse on the road

From Alaska, John Statz sent me an urgent message last week: If we didn't talk by phone soon, we might not be able to for days. He was leaving Anchorage for parts of the state where cell service was no sure thing. It didn't surprise me to find the Madison folk-rock musician a few thousand miles away from home. Statz has built a reputation as one of Madison's most adventurous touring musicians. His blog is called There Is Nothing That the Road Won't Heal. >More
 High Noon honeymoon

The High Noon Saloon is a popular place for Madison couples to meet and fall in love, according to owner Cathy Dethmers. She didn't think it would happen to her, though. Not there, anyhow. Well, fate has a sly sense of humor: Dethmers and her new fiancé, Dan O'Brien of local western-swing band North Country Drifters, met at the High Noon during a Tift Merritt show in the spring of 2008. >More
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