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Artists ponder health of hip-hop in Madison circa 2009

A casual glance at entertainment listings in Isthmus these days yields little in the way of hip-hop acts. A few DJs are active here and there, but it's rare to see hip-hop artists headlining shows at Madison's major venues. >More
 East Village Opera Company funks up the classics

Roll over, Beethoven! The East Village Opera Company brings operatic arias that rock with rhythm and blues to Overture's Capitol Theater next Thursday, Jan. 29. Don't expect Tommy or Rennie Harris' hip hopera Rome and Jewels, and don't think kitsch. The EVOC deconstructs arias from the 18th and 19th centuries with a brainy palette of pop dance beats, and the results are seriously sophisticated. >More
 Will WSUM make the most of its newfound wealth?

Can $400,000 buy UW-Madison a better campus radio station? Former chancellor John Wiley thought so. Last year he earmarked an unrestricted grant to help WSUM move from its former location in the Towers on State Street. The station's posh new studio is inside the newly constructed University Square multipurpose monolith. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra: Daniel Hege, Henning Kraggerud, and James DeVita

Three guests brought a triple-treat at the Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts last weekend. Syracuse Symphony conductor Daniel Hege, making his second podium visit here, opened things with Mozart's "Paris Symphony", No. 31 in D, a frothy first treat. >More
 Madison's Imitations were the sound of '60s radicalism

Last summer, on the Union Terrace, Big Apple sax player Michael Moss dropped a CD in my lap. Moss is married to modern dancer Judith Moss, who teaches a popular summer class through UW Continuing Studies. All three of us were undergrads here in the '60s. "This'll take you back," Moss said, eyeing the disc. The hand-done letters sprawled across the Memorex said "Fabulous Imitations, Great Hall '65." >More
 Whither jazz? Musicians search for venues in Madison

Jazz isn't dead, especially if you're a fan of TV soundtracks. Shows such as Cowboy Bebop and even Sex and the City wouldn't be the same without it. In the real world, however, it's tempting to question the genre's relevance if people don't go to hear it performed live. >More
 Bobby McFerrin and the simplest form of expression

Bobby McFerrin is happy about Obama, but don't expect him to sing his famous "Don't Worry, Be Happy" when he unleashes those rangy pipes at Overture Hall next Thursday night. >More
 Marty Finkel: Chasing the melodies

Marty Finkel, 22, can't stop writing songs. He's already written and recorded more than 50 of them since he graduated from Middleton High School in 2004. This Saturday at the Frequency he releases The Good Life, a collection of 14 alt-country and rock songs that establish Finkel as one of the best new music artists in Madison. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra to vote on union

After decades of operating on their own in negotiations with orchestra management, Madison Symphony Orchestra players will vote Feb. 2 on whether to affiliate with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). >More
 New to Irish music? Here's a primer

For some, Irish music is synonymous with the Irish Tenors and Riverdance; for others, it means the soul music of Van Morrison and the hard-rocking anthems of Thin Lizzy. No matter your preferred genre or artist, the folkier side of Irish song has most likely influenced your listening habits as a forerunner of American bluegrass, country, blues and, to some extent, rock 'n' roll. >More
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