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With his ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro stuns at Stoughton Opera House

The ukulele is a complex, wondrous little thing. Silly and serious. Manic and musical. Recent mainstream attention has created a wave of interest, a wave ukulele virtuoso / Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro is riding across the mainland like an 18-foot barrel on the Banzai Pipeline. >More
 Keefe Klug's new album is all about getting down

You may remember Keefe Klug as a finalist from Project M, the songwriting reality show hosted by 105.5 FM (Triple M). His soulful pop tunes made fans swoon, and his cover of the BoDeans' "Do I Do" drew comparisons to Prince and the Black Crowes from the judges. While Klug didn't win the competition in June, he's been quite busy since then, blazing a trail toward the big time. >More
 The Trickster: Biff Blumfumgagnge is an irreverent shape-shifter, and also a hell of a musician

"He is really an enigma," says Bill Feeny, who met Biff Uranus Blumfumgagnge more than 20 years ago and has played alongside him in Reptile Palace Orchestra for the past 16. "He is a massive performer and musician, and he has this incredible voice. But we all wonder, what's Biff's real voice? Because he can imitate anybody." >More
 Whitney Mann opens for country icons

November is shaping up to be an amazing month for local alt-country songstress Whitney Mann. Mann and her band just completed their second gig supporting country music icon Willie Nelson, and they will open for another country legend, George Jones, this Friday and Saturday in Rockford, Ill. >More
 With confetti and hugs, OK Go wins over costumed crowd at Freakfest 2010

You could say Madisonians were a little skeptical of OK Go as the headliner of Freakfest 2010, the Halloween party on downtown Madison's State Street. "Have you really ever met a person who, when you ask them their favorite band, says OK Go?" one woman, dressed as Mario, asked. >More
 Pianist sisters perform delightfully at Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concert

Music director Andrew Sewell has felt a heavy commitment to contemporary music, so it was no surprise, Friday night at Overture Center's Capitol Theater, that he opened the latest Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concert with a composition by Milwaukee-born Michael Torke (b.1961), known as a "post-minimalist." >More
 Chatty Dar Williams makes herself at home in lively Barrymore Theatre set

If, say, a pair of travelers had gotten completely lost Wednesday night and stumbled into the Dar Williams show at the Barrymore Theatre, seeking to orient themselves, all they'd have had to do was wait for a song to end to ascertain that they were indeed on the east side of Madison. >More
 Madison bands pretend to be famous bands once again for Halloween 2010

Kids may be donning their favorite ninja suits and invading neighborhoods in search of candy this weekend. But at local venues, Madison bands will be testing new instrumental tricks and presenting familiar musical treats. That's because a whole lot of Madison groups plan to cover famous national bands and play tribute shows, mostly on Saturday. >More
 Arts Beat: Classical Revolution arrives in Madison

Classical Revolution goes where no classical music has gone before: bars, nightclubs and cafes. The international movement has recently taken root in Madison. "It's an opportunity for musicians to play for audiences that might not normally decide to buy a ticket for a symphony hall or more formal venue," says Madison organizer Andrea Kleesattel, a cellist and doctoral student at the UW School of Music. She also performs with the Madison Symphony. >More
 Bob Dylan has no voice, lots of heart at Overture Hall

Bob Dylan is in his post-articulation phase. Monday at Overture Hall, his voice was little more than an ambient rumble. He can't sustain a melody anymore, but rather reduces classic songs like "Desolation Row" to a series of short, stabbing phrases. Reaching for a low note, he sometimes winds up in a gruff register he shares only with Cookie Monster. >More
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