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Madison classical groups will soothe recession-frazzled spirits in 2009-2010

Comfort and revival are in store for us as Madison's classical groups gear up for their 2009-2010 seasons. Like many classical groups, the Madison Opera, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra are taking a nurturing approach to their audience, offering music to massage frayed nerves and revive our spirits in an uncertain economy. >More
 Crustacean Records celebrates 15th anniversary with showcase blowout

Crustacean Records has expanded beyond Wisconsin's borders during the last 15 years, and seems well-positioned to unleash many more albums from their ever-growing roster of aggressive and inventive rock, metal and punk bands, whatever the dominant release format may be in the future. >More
 John Statz couch-surfs around the world

After graduating from Waunakee High School in 2002, John Statz found himself in a dorm at UW-Oshkosh surrounded by musicians. So he did what friends do. He played with them. >More
 A.J. Love builds a Chicago blues revival at the Frequency

Local blues guitarist A.J. Love doesn't just like Chicago blues; he lives it and loves it. Though he has family and work responsibilities here in town, he drifts down to the Windy City a few times a week simply to listen to its stars and learn from them. >More
 Forward Music Festival 2009 has Andrew Bird in hand, and Low as a high point

Madison music fans, get ready to raise the roof and dance your asses off -- or, OK, maybe just sway in place and clap occasionally -- following today's announcement of headliner Andrew Bird for the second annual Forward Music Fest. >More
 How did the Optometri arrive in Madison?

I went to meet the members of Optometri at the Local Tavern on King Street last week, but none of them showed up. They all sent their personal assistants instead. It was no surprise. The six Russian emigrants who make up this Madison band have largely avoided the local media since they were secretly discovered here five years ago. >More
 Rhapsodic Russians open Concerts on the Square 2009 season

Madison's Concerts on the Square are a far cry from the small-town concerts at the village bandstand of a century ago. But they have become an institution, now in its 26th season. >More
 Senior Scenesters gather at High Noon for potluck, punk rock (audio slideshow)

These are the kids who stapled hand-made band flyers to telephone polls in the snow and only knew each other's first names. They were Madison's "scene" in the days of Sonic Youth and Nirvana. And, as the self-proclaimed "aging hipster" Blunt Rapture puts it, "these are the people who aren't dead yet." >More
 Arts & Crafts stands out among high school bands to win Launchpad 2009 finals

As a 12-year-old in a rock band with high hopes for my own career in the Launchpad competition, I was excited to check out the statewide finals on Saturday, June 20, at the Wisconsin Union Theater. I'm not yet eligible for Launchpad, but as I sat through the 12 finalists I definitely got an idea of what to do and what not to do. >More
 WPT's 30 Minute Music Hour rocks the airwaves

When Andy Moore first pitched the idea of a live-music program to the management of Wisconsin Public Television, he never imagined it would revolutionize the way the station airs its goods. His project, 30 Minute Music Hour, turned out to be WPT's first venture into online broadcasting, and it seems to grow more ambitious with each episode. >More
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