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Zola Jesus has the buzz

Before last week, I'd never sent an email to a national publicist to line up an interview with a Madison musician. But that's what I had to do to ask a few questions of Nika Danilova, who performs as Zola Jesus. The 20-year-old goth singer-songwriter has become a phenomenon in the national alternative music press. Danilova is so frequently on tour out of state or overseas, I wasn't even sure if she still considered Madison home. >More
 On the road again, maybe

If you've been following concert announcements, you may have noticed something strange on May 25. Two of the world's most popular acts, U2 and Christina Aguilera, canceled their tours almost simultaneously. While U2 stated that singer Bono will be recovering from back surgery, Aguilera told MTV.com that the show's setup just "felt wrong." This seems like an odd about-face for someone who has a brand-new CD to promote and legions of staffers to plan her stage act. >More
 Mac 'n' cheese 'n' tunes with Project M

Many locals refer to the radio station 105.5 FM as Triple M, but the nickname's taken on a new meaning. In recent days Ian's Pizza has been topping pies with three M's -- macaroni, Manchego cheese and meat (prosciutto, to be exact) -- to promote the radio station's Project M talent competition, and to raise money for the Madison Area Music Awards. >More
 The Handsome Family brings old-school romanticism to the High Noon

"We're celebrating our 22th wedding anniversary," Rennie Sparks said, grinning at her grammar gaffe as she picked up her banjo Saturday night at the High Noon Saloon. "My parents sold me to him when I was 3," she added, nodding toward her husband, Brett, who was swigging one of the many Miller High Lifes lined up by his feet. >More
 Better than ever, Ancora Quartet plays rarities by Mendelssohn, Dvorák

The Ancora String Quartet finished its season with a concert on June 12, in its home at the First Unitarian Society. The program consisted of two nicely contrasted works, by composers whose music in this idiom is not nearly enough appreciated by the public. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society's novel program features Schumann, Mendelssohn, C.P.E. Bach

At the Stoughton Opera House, one of my favorite performing venues hereabouts, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society opened its 19th season with its first program on June 11, fielding a pool of six musicians. >More
 Tierney Sutton is a master interpreter at Isthmus Jazz Festival

Tierney Sutton wasted no time, last Saturday night, explaining to a Wisconsin Union Theater audience just what it is her band does. "We take standard songs you know on some level and do things with them that are unique," said the Wisconsin-born jazz singer. >More
 A look at the summer 2010 live music series on the Memorial Union Terrace

Live music on the Memorial Union Terrace is part of Madison's summertime mystique. The 2010 lineup recently announced by the Wisconsin Union Directorate features diverse styles, including blues, punk, world and hip-hop. But indie rock is the main attraction. >More
 Jazz ace Clay Lyons proves the benefits of a Madison education

Phil Lyons is set to have one helluva Father's Day present. The Madison Area Music Awards' Brass Instrumentalist of the Year will leave his horn at home in order to watch his son Clay Lyons play his alto sax with the Jazz Tellers at the Brink Lounge on June 16. >More
 Sights and sounds from the 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival (slideshow)

From after-work to after-midnight, scenes from the Memorial Union Terrace on Friday night of the annual showcase for jazz in Madison. >More
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