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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
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: A.D.

A.D. is an emcee in The Crest, a Madison hip-hop institution that has been on the scene for well over a decade. Since forming in 1997, the group has released 13 albums, with a new release titled Cheerful Robots on the way. Over the last several years, the group has won a pair of Madison Area Music Awards, while its beats were featured in the video game NBA 2K7. >More
 Stirring performances on period instruments by Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble

Madison has become a surprisingly lively center of early music performance, for a city of its size. More and more, singers and instrumentalists have not only been discovering a rich literature of Renaissance and Baroque music, but they have been learning how to bring it to vibrant life in its own period styles. >More
 Madison roots musicians sing between the lines at benefit for the Literacy Network

Kristy Larson traces her earliest consciousness of literacy to childhood. "I remember being read to as a kid by my grandma," she remembers. The veteran country-roots chanteuse remembers the shelves of her grandmother's home being stacked with books. "Her world was books," Larson recalls. That environment left an impression, introducing Larson to her life-long love for books. >More
 Mad Toast Live keeps it clean

Playing in groups like Harmonious Wail, the Common Faces, the Moon Gypsies, the Bob Westfall Band and the Stellanovas over the past two and a half decades, they've picked up enough stories to write a book, perhaps a whole series. But, being sonically inclined, they didn't opt for the printed word. They give these kinds of stories a voice in a live performance and talk-show series called Mad Toast Live. >More
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