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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
 Sunspot's live act evolves into a multimedia spectacle

Astronomers know sunspots as cool, dark areas of the sun's surface that result from a mother lode of magnetism. But here in Madison, stargazers of the musical variety think of local band Sunspot before they look to the heavens. The trio have established their reputation as cool, dark and funny rockers over the past 14 years, and their magnetism is on the rise thanks to a new project that's redefining what it means to go to a concert. >More
 Neko Case gets the love as the New Pornographers play the Orpheum Theatre

A.C. Newman may be the leader of the New Pornographers, the eight-piece Canadian indie wonder that cruised through the Orpheum last night, but the spotlight sure loves vocalist Neko Case. >More
 Folk-rocker John Statz finds his muse on the road

From Alaska, John Statz sent me an urgent message last week: If we didn't talk by phone soon, we might not be able to for days. He was leaving Anchorage for parts of the state where cell service was no sure thing. It didn't surprise me to find the Madison folk-rock musician a few thousand miles away from home. Statz has built a reputation as one of Madison's most adventurous touring musicians. His blog is called There Is Nothing That the Road Won't Heal. >More
 High Noon honeymoon

The High Noon Saloon is a popular place for Madison couples to meet and fall in love, according to owner Cathy Dethmers. She didn't think it would happen to her, though. Not there, anyhow. Well, fate has a sly sense of humor: Dethmers and her new fiancé, Dan O'Brien of local western-swing band North Country Drifters, met at the High Noon during a Tift Merritt show in the spring of 2008. >More
 Bingo for barflies at the Frequency

Sunday nights are notoriously slow for many Madison bars, especially during the summer. So Darwin Sampson, owner of the Frequency, 121 W. Main St., has been using a senior center staple -- bingo -- to get folks off their porches and to his downtown club. He calls it Band Bingo. >More
 Steve Martin proves a banjo powerhouse at Overture Hall

Actor/comedian/writer/wise guy Steve Martin unpacked his Grammy award-winning package of original banjo songs called The Crow Tuesday night to a nearly-sold-out Overture Hall. What The Crow delivers is proof that Martin is a certifiable banjo picking machine. >More
 Madison Savoyards stages pleasing and zany H.M.S. Pinafore

For its 2010 production, Madison Savoyards turned to one of the most popular of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, H.M.S. Pinafore. As presented its first weekend, July 24-26, at Music Hall on the UW campus, it proved a well-planned crowd-pleaser. >More
 Orphan Bloom blends cultural influences on new album

In 2005, Saigopal Nelaturi came to Madison from Bangalore, India, to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Since arriving here, he's pursued another interest, too -- his passion for rock. "When I was a kid I had lessons in classical Indian percussion," says Nelaturi, 28. "Then I discovered rock 'n' roll, or Western music as we call it back home, and I really got into it." >More
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