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jAMZ-FM: MC Starr and DJ Pain 1 keep radio real

It's 10 o'clock on a Saturday night, and most of Madison's broadcast radio dial is swimming in a sea of pre-recorded programming. But at 106.7 FM ("Madtown jAMZ"), two local hip-hop artists, MC Starr and DJ Pain 1, are live and at the mike, passing along shoutouts from one Madisonian to another >More
 Scoops for the week of May 30-June 5

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 Roy Haynes: The Master Blaster

Roy Haynes is the greatest drummer alive, period. Don't take my word for it -- Gary Giddins, the greatest jazz writer alive, said it first. With Max Roach, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Philly Joe Jones gone, Haynes alone is the keeper of the flame. For over 60 years he's been playing the bejezus out of bop in all its glory -- bebop, hard-bop, post-bop and fusion. At 82 he's still on top of his game. The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Quartet brings its swing to the Wisconsin Union Theater on Saturday, June 7 -- a stunning headliner for this year's Isthmus Jazz Festival. >More
 The Frequency nightclub set for debut in downtown Madison

Live music in Madison is about to get a much-needed boost with the opening of The Frequency just off Capitol Square in June. The music scene in the city has seen the departure of multiple small clubs recently, including the King Club and Adair's Lounge over the winter and The Klinic earlier this spring. The pendulum is also swinging in the other direction, though, with the spring opening of The Project Lodge and now with this new venue. Owned and operated by local musician and promoter Darwin Sampson, the club is getting ready to embark upon a busy summer as the only regularly booked small venue to be found downtown. >More
 The gas-price blues

As gas prices approach $4 per gallon, local touring musicians are being forced to adapt. Some say they're cutting back on travel. Others are compensating by trimming what they spend on hotels, marketing and CD production. >More
 Scoops for the week of May 23-29

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 WSUM: Wiley to announce major gift to UW student radio

Sources say an announcement set for Thursday afternoon involves a "six figure" cash donation that will be used to help WSUM move into a new studio this summer. >More
 Madison's Klinic Bar gets the needle

After Mike Meier, owner of the Klinic Bar on South Park Street, preemptively canceled all of the bar's hip-hop shows earlier in May, rumors about the fate of the bar, its unsteady financial situation and troubles with the Alcohol License Review Committee led to speculation that it would soon close. These rumors became reality Monday. >More
 Blake Thomas wants your liver

Over the course of their weekly two sets each at Mickey's Tavern, Robby Schiller and Blake Thomas had, as was their wont, kept their whistles very wet -- so wet, in fact, that they wound up not at the house on Ingersoll Street they share with other musicians and dumpster-divers and dogs and girlfriends and folksingers, but at B.B. Clarke Beach on the shore of Lake Monona, on whose frozen surface they decided to cavort. >More
 Lucia di Lammermoor: Crazy love

Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor reduced its source, Walter Scott's complex and densely populated novel The Bride of Lammermoor, to a romantic melodrama of skeletal simplicity. But Donizetti's richly tuneful score, plus the irresistible challenges of its title role, sustained its popularity through long years when most of his other 70-odd operas were ignored. >More
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