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Pianist Emanuel Ax sparkles with the Madison Symphony Orchestra

For its March 28-30 concerts in Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra's mandatory guest soloist is pianist Emanuel Ax, a fine musician always welcome. Would that his vehicle had been better chosen. >More
 Crustacean Records: Label on the loose

They were five guys in their 20s, all from different Wisconsin towns, and all bitten by the rock 'n' roll bug. And by the time they met each other at a gig in Shawano on a spring night in 1997, they were all restless for change. >More
 Jose and Sumlimes: Summing up a Sublime experience

It's just about midnight, and the beaming blond girl with the stubby pigtails and richly inked tattoos on both arms is on a serious Sublime high. When Jose & Sumlimes, the Sublime cover act that's holding forth at Mr. Roberts tavern, jogs into "The Wrong Way," the long-defunct Long Beach trio's biggest hit, she nearly pushes a girlfriend into one of the small wedge-shaped monitors that cordon off the band's gear from the rest of the bar's tiled floor. >More
 Scoops for the week of March 28 - April 3

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 Emanuel Ax: Teenager in love

Chopin's love for an old flame will warm the air this weekend when the Madison Symphony Orchestra and pianist Emanuel Ax present his "Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor" in Overture Hall. The F minor is numbered as the second piano concerto, but it is the first of the two that Chopin composed between 1828 and 1830. He wrote the concerto at 18 while madly infatuated with the young singer Konstancja Gladkowska. Too shy to approach Konstancja himself, Chopin poses a question in a letter to a friend: "Does she love me, does she not?" >More
 Watch Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons play at SXSW 2008

The Madison-based record label Crustacean Records hosted its first showcase at the 2008 South By Southwest music and multimedia festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 13. Punk quartet Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons was one of three local bands to play at the show. This live concert video of their performance was created by Hinckley Design & Production. >More
 Watch Droids Attack play at SXSW 2008

The Madison-based record label Crustacean Records hosted its first showcase at the 2008 South By Southwest music and multimedia festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 13. Metal trio Droids Attack was one of three local bands to play at the show. This live concert video of their performance was created by Hinckley Design & Production. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Back in the U.S.S.R.

The stage pulsed with energy when the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra played its Masterworks concert in the Capitol Theater last Friday. The political drama of 20th-century Russia took center stage with Shostakovich's "Prelude and Scherzo" and Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No. 2." >More
 Kicksville: Welcome to our world

Let's start with the essential fact you need to know about Kicksville. They're a group of seven musicians who put on a musical stage show grounded in production and theatrics, similar to the Blue Man Group. >More
 Blueheels: Rock 'n' roll eccentrics

When they gave their 5-year-old son Robby a Smurf drum set, Neenah's Mark and Cindy Schiller could little have suspected that two decades later he would be the King of Pop - or at least the songwriter, singer and de facto leader of Madison's best original rock 'n' roll band, Blueheels. >More
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