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Sonnyboy brings his music back home

Sheldon Riser says he was "tricked" into playing the organ at Parklawn Church in Milwaukee when he was still in grade school. "I didn't want to do it," he says. "I wanted to be outside playing on a Sunday." His family owned an organ. In his spare time, Riser taught himself how to play. Unwittingly, he was training himself for Sunday performances. >More
 All Tiny Creatures cut a cassette with Justin Vernon

All Tiny Creatures are not your average rock band. While others have gotten their start playing empty bars and friends' birthday parties, this Madison-based quartet have aimed for the big time from the get-go, touring the country and consorting with famous friends like Justin Vernon, founder and front man of Bon Iver. >More
 Your fall 2010 guide to the Madison sound

Pocket schedules make football season easy to track, but the wide array of clubs and artists makes local music harder to navigate. Isthmus is here to help. Our fall 2010 local music roundup puts a sonic itinerary in your hands. This 10-week guide steers you to 10 different venues featuring 10 different artists who play 10 very different styles. >More
 Carnival of Sorts isn't your average summer fair

When Adam Gregory Pergament talks about his approach to art, he likes to use the term cross-pollination. It means the transfer of pollen from one plant to another. It's nature's way of promoting genetic diversity. In his quest to further artistic diversity, Pergamente has been spreading spoken-word poetry around Madison music venues since 2005, first as a member of Stonefloat, and now with Venice Gas House Trolley. >More
 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
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