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Madison Symphony Orchestra excels with Olga Kern and three from Beethoven

An all-Beethoven lineup is pretty much a guaranteed formula for success with today's audiences. That is what the Madison Symphony Orchestra could count on in its concerts last weekend. Not content with choosing three surefire hits for the program, Maestro John DeMain then threw more fuel on the fire with exuberant and assertive direction. >More
 Masses mob Der Rathskeller for Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus show in Madison

On certain nights it becomes obvious that the 80 year old Memorial Union was not designed for rock concerts. As hundreds of students and a few slightly stunned members of the general public packed into Der Rathskeller on Friday night to see buzz bands Los Campesinos! and Titus Andronicus, staff struggled to get tables and chairs out of the overcrowded room before the show started. >More
 The sound of the unraveling

Here are the three most compelling albums I've listened to so far this year. Their sound and presentation fit the disheveled feel of the times. They embrace sonic experimentation, even as they lament the lost order of yesterday. >More
 Dr. John and the Nevilles get Mardi Gras started in Madison

Mad City's Mardi Gras kicks off with a big-time Big Easy double whammy when Dr. John and the Neville Brothers put voodoo on you at Overture Hall Wednesday night. Are you ready? >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: Phonetic ONE

Phonetic ONE is an emcee and spoken word artist, and is a member of the First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He released an EP titled Phonetic Phenom on January 22. >More
 The Mighty Underdogs raise the temperature and roof at the Majestic

Tuesday nights tend to be on the slower and quieter side here in Madison. There are usually a few low-key concerts by local groups, but nothing that gets mobs of people off their couches, into the icy weather and over to the clubs. Last night's concert by alt-hip-hop supergroup The Mighty Underdogs was an exception -- and well worth the hassle of standing in line outside the Majestic Theatre. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra musicians vote to unionize with AFM

Players in the Madison Symphony Orchestra voted 43 to 36 on Monday to affiliate with the American Federation of Musicians union, in the Local 166 chapter. The vote was supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, which will certify the results in a week if no objections are filed. >More
 User's Guide to Madison Hip-Hop: DJ Fusion

DJ Fusion won "DJ of the Year" in the 2008 Madison Area Music Awards and serves as DJ for the L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S. He works as a promoter, graphic designer, and recording engineer, and is also CEO of Speakerboxx DJZ and Mad City Studios. >More
 Ancora String Quartet comes into its own with Haydn, Beethoven, Shostakovich

For the latest of its concerts this season the Ancora String Quartet, resident at the First Unitarian Society, chose to play in the original meeting house, rather than in the Society's new and larger auditorium. >More
 Zola Jesus' anxious minimalism to shine at SXSW

For one-woman home-recording powerhouse Zola Jesus -- a.k.a. Madison's Nika Danilova, 19 -- being an enigma isn't just an amusing side effect of being a performer, it's a necessity. >More
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