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My most memorable concerts of 2008 in Madison and Milwaukee

It was a marvelous moment, yet another reason why I love live music. The pleasures are visceral, surprising and life affirming. It's why I headed for the concert hall and the clubs 50-plus times in 2008, culminating New Year's Eve at Uihlein Hall watching the Milwaukee Symphony and Chorus performing Beethoven's awe-inspiring 9th Symphony. >More
 Organ, harp and piano players are the orchestra's loners

A symphony orchestra is like a nesting doll. Under the orchestral umbrella are smaller sections -- strings, woodwind, brass and percussion -- and further divisions within those get smaller and smaller. Then come the loners, which have no like creatures around them: harp, piano and organ. Far from being antisocial, though, these instruments help their neighbors by adding depth and texture. Their pitch range is uniquely wide, so much so that they can support any instrument in the orchestra. >More
 Zebras: Animal instincts

Local prog-punk trio Zebras is only a year old, but it's managed to play some of the most rocking local shows of 2008 and assemble a fan base that stretches from Madison to Milwaukee. >More
 A musical whirlwind of my favorite albums from 2008

If there's one thing I'm sure of, it's that my taste in music is pretty eclectic, if not eccentric at times. As such, my take on this past year's releases veers slightly off the beaten path. >More
 BoDeans faithful rock the Barrymore for Boxing Day

Twenty years ago the BoDeans created a logo to say something about who they are. It's a circle with a heart in the middle and a cross on top. Like everything BoDeans, it's a symbol of fidelity. >More
 The top ten stories in Madison music of 2008

In 2007, the revival of the Majestic Theater as a concert space was my Madison music story of the year. This year, a few people with an awesome vision for a major musical festival made my choice easy. >More
 Winning spins: My top ten Madison albums of 2008

Here are my 10 favorites of 2008. Here's something else: I've lived in this town for 16 years. I've spent 12 of those years writing about local music. And there are more great Madison recordings from this year than any year I can remember. >More
 Guitars for Vets: Lessons for veterans suffering from PTSD

Together with his guitar teacher, Patrick Nettesheim, Dan Van Buskirk founded a nonprofit organization called Guitars for Vets, which aims to bring music instruction to veterans with psychological disorders like PTSD and schizophrenia. >More
 Droids Attack annihilates holiday cheer in Destroy All Christmas V

To many of us here in Madison, Christmas is a symbol of a number of things we'd prefer to avoid: church services, children's choirs, two-ton fruitcake and the soul-crushing stress of gifting. Luckily, local stoner-metal outfit Droids Attack has created just the antidote: a yearly celebration called "Destroy All Christmas." >More
 Sunspot are on tour, endlessly

Like all things Sunspot, my interview with the wayfaring Madison rock trio was just another stop on their crowded weekend itinerary. >More
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