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Sufjan Stevens, Osso and DM Stith explore wild things and concrete jungles at Project Lodge

People often joke that the Midwest is a few years behind the coasts when it comes to adopting the newest cultural trends, overlooking that many of these innovations stem from the Midwest in the first place. A fine example is the work of Sufjan Stevens, who visited the Project Lodge Friday night to share his film about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. >More
 Alison Margaret links jazz improvisation with activism

Alison Margaret's arms are adorned with as many tattoos as the punk and metal musicians who play at venues like the Annex or the Frequency. But Margaret leads a jazz quartet backed by a soothing vibraphone and a stately upright bass. She gigs at places where wine and fine dining are in vogue, the Brink Lounge and Restaurant Magnus. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra is relentless with violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Friday night in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra opened its second concert program with the ebullient overture to Glinka's opera Ruslan and Ludmilla. The well-drilled string players brought off their fiendishly fast parts triumphantly. >More
 Time Since Western mines for gold in Portland

Many local concertgoers know Andy Brawner as the original bassist of chamber-pop heroes Pale Young Gentlemen. Many don't know that a couple of years ago, Brawner traded his bass for a guitar and launched his own project, Time Since Western, which blends Midwestern alt-country with West Coast indie rock and daydreams about cross-country car chases, Pacific Ocean-bound railroad tracks and other westward-ho themes. >More
 Jane Monheit's songbook spans decades

At the dawn of the new century, ex-Village Voice jazz critic Gary Giddins called Big Apple songstress Jane Monheit, then making her debut, a wannabe. Monheit's come a long way. Her last two CDs, Surrender (2007) and The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me (this year), both on Concord, put her in the big leagues. Monheit appears Oct. 23 at the Wisconsin Union Theater with her regular band of hubby Rick Montalbano on drums, Michael Kanan on keys and Neal Miner on bass. >More
 The Avett Brothers play heart-bending set at the Barrymore

Mountain impressionists Seth and Scott Avett brushed a thick coat of music over a blissed-out, sold-out Barrymore Theatre last night. Their uplifting music seems to come out of thin air, but it's anything but thin. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: A.N.T. & Kinfolk, Commentaraoke, Whitney Mann

Hip-hop continues to cross over into all musical genres, due both to bands under its influence and rappers trying out something different. New Madison band A.N.T. & KinFolk was formed in April by local emcee Anthony Ward (who performs as A.N.T.); they'll be playing at R Place on Park Thursday, Oct. 22 (note corrected date). >More
 His & Her Vanities cross the finish line

This Saturday, Oct. 17, His & Her Vanities will release their third album, The Mighty Lunge, with a show at the Frequency. The CD, five years in the making, is a collection of eight well-honed indie-pop songs that showcase the Riemers' perfectionist approach to making music. "At the end it was like, 'We've got to get it done this year or it's never going to come out,'" says Terrin. >More
 Madison Music Scene and Heard: Wheels on Fire, Wilco, Halfway Hootenanny

Athens, Ohio's Wheels on Fire makes a first Madison appearance on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Frequency. What makes this show unmissable for garage pop fans is the trio of Madison bands on the bill: The Hussy, The Honey Slides and The Hemlines. >More
 WCO performs splendid opener to its post-strike season

How wonderful to approach this new season with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra thankfully freed of the labor disputes that disrupted the last one. Friday night at Overture Center's Capitol Theater, there was a palpable mood of festivity as the reinvigorated ensemble offered its first concert of the season. >More
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