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Wilco members to play free concert on Saturday at Madison rally for Obama

Barack Obama may have canceled his campaign appearance in Madison, but some fellow Illinoisans will present a "Concert for Change" this Saturday at the Wisconsin Union Theater -- Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. >More
 Go-Go's guitarist and Wisconsin native Jane Wiedlin falls in love, buys a house and whips up a Madison band

The quiet Madison suburb of Maple Bluff is known for stately homes, old money and the Wisconsin Governor's Mansion. When I drove through Maple Bluff recently, fall leaves accented the perfectly manicured village lawns. McCain/Palin yard signs bobbed and glowed in the windy afternoon sunshine. >More
 Madison Music Foundry's Rock Workshop teaches teen bands the basics

Starting a band in middle school isn't easy. Take it from Carson Bell, the 15-year-old singer for Boulderfist, an up-and-coming local metal band. >More
 Cellist Alban Gerhardt finds the sadness with the Madison Symphony Orchestra

The German cellist Alban Gerhardt has a dramatic vibrato, and it seemed to shake the very platform he sat on Friday night in Overture Center's Overture Hall. That is where he and the Madison Symphony Orchestra performed Edward Elgar's "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E Minor." >More
 Lucas Cates looks for all the pieces of success

Standing by the exit of the Bar Next Door, Lucas Cates looks out at the twilight horizon and talks earnestly to his bandmates. They've been on the road for five weeks, and the regulars at this Olin Avenue tavern are happy to welcome them back. This is the place, after all, where they've played most Thursday nights for the past three years. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra cancels Halloween concert

Amid the ongoing labor dispute with its musicians, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has cancelled its popular Halloween concert, which was to have taken place October 24 with music of Hector Berlioz, Engelbert Humperdinck and Bernard Herrmann. >More
 Sublime and uncomfortable moments with Stephin Merritt as The Magnetic Fields play Madison

The singer and songwriter Stephin Merritt has crafted an astonishing and sweeping body of work. He has done so most notably with his group The Magnetic Fields, as well as with various other projects including The Gothic Archies and The 6ths, and as a solo artist. He drew widely from his repertoire in the Magnetic Fields concert Saturday night at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
 More Madison musicians find their way in the Big Apple

The challenges and opportunities faced by musicians gravitating to the promise of New York City and their experiences upon arriving in the metropolis is a universal but constantly renewing story. Here are five more Madisonians who have made their way east over the last few years, and now find themselves navigating this musical maelstrom through the varied tunes and scenes populating the city. >More
 Madison musicians seek the big time in New York

There comes a time when young musicians consider making the leap to a larger venue. For some, it may be from Cafe Montmartre to the Majestic. For others, however, the destination is much larger: New York City and its promise of opportunity. >More
 Nick Lowe grows older gracefully

Nick Lowe is nervous about returning to Madison. He stopped in the city regularly during his brief run of pop stardom, when he hit the Top 20 with "Cruel to Be Kind," toured with the famed Rockpile and shepherded the career of a young Elvis Costello. But he has not visited in many years. >More
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