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Dear August releases album and prepares to disband

In the Madison music scene, people move and babies happen. The scene marches to the beat of life's circumstances, and Dear August is a case in point. When the Americana band began recording its third album last fall, the members doubted they'd ever have the time or the money to make copies of it. >More
 At High Noon Saloon, Delta Spirit's Northern California soul punches hard

It would have been worth taking in the nearly sold-out Delta Spirit show at the High Noon Saloon Thursday night just to hear band leader Matt Vasquez's classic farewell at the end. "Hopefully next time we'll be back sooner than the last time!" he smiled. He had been smiling all night. The entire band had. >More
 JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound headline epic bill of soul and rock at the Frequency

"It'll be a test of endurance for the staff, that's for sure," says We Are Beatrice guitarist Mike Bacsi. The endurance test he mentions is a nine-hour, five-band stretch of music Bacsi's band leads off at the Frequency on Saturday, Nov. 20. Seven dollars at the door means 78 cents per hour. >More
 The 10 best Madison songs of 2010

Making my annual top 10 Madison songs list takes me back to the days when I made mix tapes at Christmastime for friends. MP3s may not be the same, but assembling this list was as much fun. That's because these 10 tracks are just as inspiring as any long-lost 1980s cassette compilation. >More
 The 10 best Madison albums of 2010

Not so long ago, Madison music was defined by the impressionistic pop-rock of Charlemagne, the socially conscious rap of El Guante and the intellectual indie of Pale Young Gentlemen. But this year, local music swerved in stark new directions. Rock got harder. Country went gothic. Hip-hop grew temperamental. Roots music was restless. The best albums of 2010 were, like the year itself, full of anxiety and urgency. >More
 The best Madison music video of 2010: 'Teach Me How to Bucky' by Zooniversity

This rap parody of the Cali Swag District hit "Teach Me How to Dougie" is the latest coup by the precocious, smug and endearing Zooniversity, the duo who asked "What's a Coastie?" last academic year. >More
 Jose R. Morales serves a mariachi feast

Friday evenings aren't just for feasting at Las Cazuelas, the Mexican eatery at 15 N. Butler St., just east of Capitol Square. They're for fiestas, but not because the margaritas pack a wallop. Arrive after 7 p.m. and a mariachi band will mesmerize you faster than a shot of Jose Cuervo. >More
 Next stop is Madison: Wisconsin Vets Museum explores Vietnam War era through music

A longtime leader in carefully compiled sets has been Bear Family in Germany, one of the pioneers of multi-disc sets dedicated to single artists or labels in rock and country music. The label's 35th anniversary year included one of their most elaborate productions ever, the 13-CD set Next Stop is Vietnam: The War on Record, 1961-2008. The collection will be the starting point of a symposium about music during the war, running November 18-20 at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Monona Terrace. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, cellist Alisa Weilerstein balances nuance and passion

Two distinguished but very different visitors brighten the season's second Madison Symphony Orchestra program, whose first performance was Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 Madison Opera general director Allan Naplan is Minnesota-bound

One of the local arts scene's most notable figures is moving up in the world -- and to Minnesota. Madison Opera general director Allan Naplan has been hired as the new president and general director of Minnesota Opera, the country's 15th largest opera company. >More
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