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Madison Music Scene & Heard: Smart Studios documentary; reuniting bands, Smart tapes

The recent announcement that Madison institution Smart Studios is closing reverberated throughout the local music scene and triggered memories of the nondescript building at 1254 E. Washington Ave. A call for materials was issued by filmmaker and musician Wendy Schneider, who has started work on a documentary about the storied recording space. >More
 Anna Wang finds a calling in guitar pop

Anna Wang spends a lot of time shrugging off the silly things that concern other people. "I can remember being in high school," she says, "and all my girlfriends were crying because their boobs weren't as big as other girls', and I would always be like, 'Can you stop talking now so I can go back to writing songs?'" >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: The Wizenhiemers reunite

When you think about Madison's 1990s rock scene, one of the first acts that comes to mind is The Wizenhiemers. The group's career spanned the decade, and they played everywhere from local rooms like the Club de Wash to New York's CBGBs. They'll hit the stage for a reunion show this Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Bean. >More
 Madison musicians are passionate about their favorite love songs

In the pop canon there are songs about death, surfing and job-stealing Japanese robots, but music's most enduring theme is love. >More
 Brazil's Luciana Souza looks to poets for inspiration

If you're looking for a fun way to start your Valentine's Day weekend, you could do worse than Brazilian singer Luciana Souza's concert Friday night at the Wisconsin Union Theater, as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series. But the evening will cover a lot more than just romance. >More
 Fall in love with Django this Valentine's Day

Which style of music is best suited for Feb. 14? Last year, many locals made a valentine of the Alliant Energy Center's Mötley Crüe concert. Others found Journey on the jukebox, locked lips to Iron & Wine or serenaded a sweetie with a Neil Diamond karaoke tune. >More
 Madison guitarist Andrew Harrison makes good

Andrew Harrison, guitarist for Madison acts Whitney Mann and Brown Derby, has been snatched up by one of Chicago's fastest-rising stars, singer-songwriter Joe Pug, for a five-week tour that includes more than 20 gigs supporting Justin Townes Earle. >More
 Wild Hog in the Woods averts disaster

Wild Hog in the Woods recently survived a close call that threatened to shut down operations. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: Freedy Johnston on his part-time Madisonian status (video)

Ben Reiser catches up with Freedy Johnston at The Frequency where the singer-songwriter talks about the closing of Smart Studios, among other topics. >More
 Husband and wife soloists Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth join MSO in a musn't-miss concert

On its opening night, Friday in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra's latest program yielded that rarity, the perfect concert, when everything comes together just right. >More
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