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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
 Madison tribute bands let musicians be fans

The phrase "same old song and dance" doesn't have positive connotations, and in the world of local live music, bands that play hits by other musicians are equally loved and loathed. The thing is, how much of the loathing is warranted? >More
 Tracy Nelson and Ben Sidran join for a cause

Hard-core Madison boomers like me will be thrilled to hear that two of the most famous musicians to come out of this town -- Tracy Nelson and Ben Sidran -- reunite Oct. 9 at the Barrymore Theatre. It's the quintessential Mad City event -- a benefit for a great cause, the Hackett Hemwall Foundation, which takes medical care to our sisters and brothers in the Third World. >More
 The Metropolitan Opera is in HD at Point Cinema

On Saturday Marcus Theatres begins the fourth season of "The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD." Now a welcome annual fixture at Point Cinema, these high-definition video transmissions parallel the familiar radio broadcasts. >More
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