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Global sounds

The fifth annual Madison World Music Festival, brought to you by the Wisconsin Union Theater, is on tap this weekend and next at various venues (Memorial Union Terrace, the Willy Street Fair, the Annex and more). This year's fest is free as always and bigger than ever, with more events spread out at more sites over more days than you'll remember from previous years. >More
 School of rock

She attended high school in Middleton, but Y Mae Sussman's musical tastes span the globe. Most recently, she's been making sonic journeys to exotic pop landscapes like Sweden and Denmark. For Sussman, the names of Scandinavian artists - Jens Lekman, the Figurines and Peter, Bjorn & John - come as easy as John Mayer and Coldplay. >More
 Scads of CDs

Judging from the abundant number of summertime releases by Madison-area musicians, very few local players are worried about the slumping market for recorded music. Here at Isthmus, we've received a dozen new CDs by local acts over the course of August, a month that usually sees half the city's population take off on vacation. >More
 Classical-era masters

The annual chamber music festival held in the Festival Barn on the property of John and Rose Mary Harbison near Token Creek has become one of our special summer treasures. This year it runs Aug. 23-31, with each of four programs given twice. The programs range from adaptations of Bach, to jazz, to music by Harbison himself. >More
 Jazz and jam reunite at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Fitchburg

The fifth annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, held on Friday and Saturday at a farm in Fitchburg, felt more like a family picnic of talented jazz musicians than a festival. They played at Art in the Barn, with plastic chairs and bales of hay set up for seating. There were no aggressive sponsors, and the bathroom was located through the horse stall, next to a horse named Ringo. >More
 Freshman class

It's that time of year again, when Madison reinvents itself. Old stuff gets set out at curbsides. New gear arrives by the truckload. Matriculating students settle in and re-energize downtown. >More
 Madison goes electronic as Reverence Festival heats up

Look no further than the MySpace page dedicated to Madison's Reverence Festival for proof that the three-day electronic music event has developed a niche following nationwide. >More
 Will Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians strike?

After seven bargaining sessions, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's 34 core musicians and the WCO aren't close to hammering out the terms of a new contract. In fact, musician representative Todd Jelen says that the players became so discouraged with the WCO's unwillingness to bargain on key issues they requested that a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service join the proceedings. >More
 WSUM brings Snake on the Lake Fest back to the Union Terrace

The sophomore year of the Snake on the Lake Fest should have a lot of penurious students grinning from ear to ear next month. The free annual music festival put on by the student radio station WSUM announced the lineup on Wednesday afternoon for this year's party on the Memorial Union Terrace. Formerly known as "Party in the Park" when it was held at James Madison Park, the fest moved onto campus last year, guaranteeing more student interest. But the lineup of acts featured this year is so strong that the lakeside biergarten is likely to attract a capacity crowd. >More
 An exit interview with Nate Palan of Hometown Sweethearts

Look, Madison, Nate Palan is moving to New York, okay? The sooner you come to grips with that fact, the better. That means no more Tuesday nights spent dancing as his celebrated cover band, Hometown Sweethearts, pumps out the best party set ever pulled together at the Crystal Corner. So instead of blubbering about it, let's celebrate the luck we've had to be in the same town as the Sweethears lo, these many years. >More
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