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Brat Fest nights start early on Lifest Christian rock stage

When the World's Largest Brat Fest returns to the Alliant Energy Center's Willow Island May 23-26, it will sound a bit different than usual. Tim Metcalfe, president of event sponsor Metcalfe's Market, has added Christian rock and a Sunday worship service to the celebration of sausage, songs and charitable giving. >More
 Madison musicians, comedians and dancers explore the concept of affection at the Acts of Love Old-School Variety Show

Love plays muse to a variety of creative expressions, so it's fitting that local artist Mallory Shotwell organized a variety show featuring music, dance and comedy for her most recent project, A Discourse on Love. >More
 Wooing the WAMIs: Madison musicians make a strong showing at the statewide awards gala

Milwaukee musicians tend to dominate the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards, the statewide equivalent of the Madison Area Music Awards. But Madison artists stole the 34th annual awards show, which took place in Appleton on April 27. PHOX was crowned best new band, Sexy Ester's Lyndsay Evans earned the title of best female vocalist, and Volcano Choir's Repave was named Wisconsin album of the year. >More
 Kelly Hogan, belting tunes and blowing minds

It's mid-afternoon on a spring day when I speak with Kelly Hogan, Neko Case's star backup singer. She's at her home in Evansville, Wis., about a half-hour drive from Madison, and she apologizes for seeming a little groggy. >More
 Strollin' Schenk's Corners jazz pub crawl to debut May 23

Many Madison acts hit the road in June and July, taking their latest songs to fans in other states. But a new mini-fest organized by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium will make sure local music fans get a hearty helping of live jazz before summer begins. >More
 Dub experimentalists Peaking Lights return to Madison to give fans a glimpse of their upcoming album

After a short hiatus to double down on parenting, Peaking Lights almost have their new album finished. Dub experimentalists Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis made the music together, Coyes produced it and Matt Thornley from LCD Soundsystem is mixing it. Ahead of the band's May 6 stop at the High Noon Saloon, Isthmus talked with Coyes about touring with kids, opening for Panda Bear and making the new album. >More
 Ten years of tunes at the High Noon Saloon

The High Noon Saloon celebrates its 10th anniversary with -- you guessed it -- live music this Sunday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Take a journey back through the venerable venue's history, from the early years following the demise of O'Cayz Corral to recent shows like FRZN Fest, complete with pictures and memories. >More
 Girls Rock Camp Madison develops a sound-tech training program for summer 2014

For many people, "camp" brings to mind tents, canoeing and s'mores, but for Girls Rock Camp Madison attendees, the word means so much more. Since 2009, this organization " the local chapter of the national Girls Rock Camp Alliance -- has been building bands and empowering young women through music education and performance. >More
 Revelry Fest 2014 adds more acts to lineup

On Saturday, May 3, the second annual Revelry Music & Arts Festival will bring more than 20 acts to Langdon Street to celebrate the end of the UW's spring semester. Though the fest is affiliated with the university, non-students can buy tickets at 821 University Ave. the day of the event, which kicks off near the Memorial Union at noon and runs until about 10 p.m. >More
 UW Choral Union brings magnificent sounds, but not enough power, to Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

The UW Choral Union gave its spring performance in Mills Hall on Saturday, ending this month’s crowded concert schedule with a landmark piece by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. >More
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