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Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Larkin'

Larkin' is a quintet that performs acoustic Celtic music, or as the band puts it, "Live Music for the Digitally Weary!" Members Mark Hutchins, Tom Blain, Sheila Shigley, Laura Parmentier, and Blaine McQuinn each play more than one instrument, taking their turn at everything from the familiar guitar, cello and whistle to the Irish bodhran drum and the Greek bouzouki, which is akin to a mandolin. >More
 Afro-Cuban All Stars hit Madison after years of delay

The Afro-Cuban All Stars are back! The show I've been waiting for since 2002 brings aché to Overture Hall Friday night. The buzz on the street? The All Stars are on fire. The crowd that packed UC-Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall last week was dancing on top of the seats. >More
 North Coast label puts Madison hip-hop musicians on the map

When Brent Hoffman started the music label North Coast Entertainment 10 years ago, hip-hop's East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry was still fresh in the public's mind. Two leaders of the feud, Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., had died of gunshot wounds just a few years earlier. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Casey and Greg

Casey Day and Greg Matysik have been performing together in Madison as Casey and Greg for more than two decades. Getting its start as a kids-oriented group, the acoustic duo has broadened its repertoire and now plays a broad spectrum of traditional and contemporary folk songs, popular tunes, and Irish standards. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish music in Madison: Sean Michael Dargan

Sean Michael Dargan is a one-man musical dynamo, singing and playing electric guitar across Madison with his trio and as a member of The Kissers. Along with a trio of albums behind his belt, he can also boast more than three decades of experience as a highland bagpiper. Fans can find him and his pipes on the Capitol Square busking at the Dane County Farmers' Market, and at various venues around Madison. >More
 Who needs U2? A guide to Irish bands in Madison: StoneRing

The four members of StoneRing play traditional Celtic acoustic music. Each plays more than one instrument, allowing the group a broad range of styles, from impassioned war songs to Scottish and Irish ballads. Based in Madison, the band has played shows throughout Wisconsin, with a decade of gigs at Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Midlothian Scottish Fair. In addition to its live performances, StoneRing has released four albums, each featuring a broad array of Celtic standards. >More
 Exuberant Yoav Talmi conducts Madison Symphony Orchestra with violinist Julian Rachlin

It was clear from the start of this past weekend's Madison Symphony program at Overture Hall that visiting conductor Yoav Talmi meant to make a strong impression. In that respect he was joined by the other guest, violin soloist Julian Rachlin. Lithuanian-born, still very young-looking at age 35, Rachlin chose as his vehicle not a traditional 19th-century workhorse but the prickly and unconventional "Concerto in D" by Igor Stravinsky. >More
 Peaking Lights' minimalism was made for cassette

Experiencing a Peaking Lights show is a bit like flying in a spaceship from a 1970s sci-fi movie, with meditative bits of space-age psychedelia. When the duo of Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes performed Feb. 23 at the Frequency, their show was just the remedy after a lineup that ranged from insanely loud (Milwaukee's the New Loud) to just plain insane (Madison's Alex DeGroot). >More
 Tom Hanson lands tunes on network TV shows

During the past year, Hanson has sold two of those songs to the network TV shows One Tree Hill and Ghost Whisperer. Now collaborating with New Zealand's John White, of Mestar, Hanson remains one of the best-kept secrets of the Madison music scene. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: JAH Boogie

JAH Boogie has been making music for decades and is a busy member of two prolific Madison bands. In addition to playing bass in the local reggae outfit Natty Nation, he is also a vocalist and drummer in dumate. >More
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