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Randy Travis and the dream of Madison's Frank James

Dear Randy Travis, one of the great country music stories of southern Wisconsin involves an old acquaintance of yours from your early days in Nashville. >More
 It takes a village

Madison West High School counselor Len Mormino has been a musician most of his life, playing piano as a kid and cutting his teeth as a songwriter here in Madison, but he never dreamed he'd have a global impact. >More
 Concourse Hotel nixes live jazz in 2009

Planning on catching some jazz at the Concourse Hotel bar this holiday season? Better do it quick: The venue won't be swinging anymore -- well, not with live jazz -- after Dec. 31. >More
 Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings inspire Madison souls at the Barrymore

At its best, soul music has always affirmed the joy of existence. This affirmation doesn't navely deny life's complexity, but instead acknowledges the difficult process of putting one foot in front of another. All of soul's great figures, from Sam Cooke to Mary J. Blige, have tread this line, and -- Wednesday night at the Barrymore Theatre -- Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings claimed their place in this tradition. >More
 B-Side Records releases Best of the Year 2008 list

As December gets underway, so does the season for year-end best-of list-making in the worlds of music, movies, books, games, and just about every other type of media out there. One particularly rich list is the voluminous collection of album and local live show picks from B-Side Records, which released its 2008 edition on Monday. >More
 UW's Laura Schwendinger strikes a chord

Her hands are demonstrative. When Laura Elise Schwendinger talks about getting down to work, her hands mime the rolling up of sleeves. As she describes a violin composition, they play an imaginary violin in a manner that almost conjures it visible. >More
 Fine singing, problems elsewhere in Madison Opera production of Madama Butterfly

I feared Madison Opera's presentation of Puccini's Madama Butterfly would prove two incompatible productions running simultaneously, one musical and one visual. >More
 Natty Nation plays reggae for soldiers overseas

With the year in music just a few weeks away from ending, I'm already prepared to issue an award in a category I just invented -- most unique tour by a Madison band. >More
 The Schwendinger sound

Contemporary classical composer and UW-Madison School of Music faculty member Laura Elise Schwendinger agreed to share some audio samples of her work in conjunction with the story in Isthmus about her work. >More
 Pale Young Gentlemen and Sleeping in the Aviary mark Madison homecoming after fall tours

The Madison chamber-pop/indie-baroque group Pale Young Gentlemen is on a tear of late, thanks to the October release of their sophomore album Black Forest (Tra la la). Its melancholic, lushly string-suffused, very smart tracks have earned raves locally and beyond, once again racking up good reviews on Metacritic. To promote the release the band is on a fall tour that has taken it from Burlington to Lubbock to Los Angeles, and many more points in between. >More
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