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Homegrown Hip-Hop Festival focuses on Midwestern innovation

This year, planners of the free, three-day fest hope to illustrate just how much the Midwest contributes to hip-hop across the country, from the small towns of Wisconsin to the clubs and record labels of New York and L.A. >More
 Wilco exhorts UW students and Madison fans to GOTV for Obama

A seemingly unlikely candidate for the political limelight, the usually disheartened Jeff Tweedy offered a lot of low-key, tongue-in-cheek humor and just enough heart at a "Concert for Change" in Madison on Saturday. >More
 Kill Junior targets election night to release their debut

Besides making a go of it as a local heavy metal band, the five members of Kill Junior are trying to keep time with their dayjobs. Trouble is, they say, lately the economy has been as bruising as some of their songs. >More
 Angelique Kidjo set to dazzle Wisconsin Union Theater

Angelique Kidjo, Afropop's Amazon queen, brings her towering stage presence and global goodwill back to the Wisconsin Union Theater next Thursday night. This show is pitch-perfect post-election medicine, win or lose. >More
 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
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