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Kick winter to the curb with these 40 touring pop concerts in Madison

Now that the days are getting a tad longer and warmer, you can put a bit of your heat-and-electricity budget toward something truly hot and electrifying: live music by some of the most exciting touring acts in the business. >More
 UW music professor Richard Davis to receive prestigious jazz award at Lincoln Center

Richard Davis, a UW music professor and world-renowned jazz bassist, will be honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship at New York City's Lincoln Center on Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The NEA will livestream the awards ceremony and a related concert that evening. >More
 Horseshoes & Hand Grenades gallop into Madison music scene with This Old Town

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades made a big mark on Madison's concert calendar in 2013, gigging with local bands as well as national acts like the Infamous Stringdusters and Pert' Near Sandstone. Every show, it seems, is a celebration. They'll headline the Majestic Theatre's Wisconsin Bluegrass Festival (Saturday, Jan. 11) then bring down the Stoughton Opera House with Charlie Parr (Saturday, March 15). >More
 Andrew Sewell, the malleable maestro of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

A passion for conducting doesn't always develop in glamorous concert halls packed with admirers. It's often passed down from masters to fledglings on drafty stages and in rooms cluttered with music scores. That's how it happened for New Zealand-born Andrew Sewell, music director and conductor of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. >More
 A polar vortex of rock at FRZN Fest 2014

Now in its third year, FRZN Festival has solidified its role in Madison's music scene, bringing up-and-coming acts to town at a time of year the concert calendar gets mighty sparse. It also serves as a kickoff for the awesome shows to come in the early part of 2014. >More
 Field Report show off their local roots at the Wisconsin Folk Festival

When Field Report take the Majestic's stage for the Wisconsin Folk Fest on Jan. 4, the performance won't just mark their first show of the year. It will demonstrate just how far Milwaukee's Chris Porterfield and company have come as they march toward the release of their second album. >More
 My top Madison albums of 2013

Madison has cultivated great blues, jazz and jam rock for ages, but electronic music and new breeds of psychedelia have adopted larger roles in recent years, especially in 2013. While several of my favorite albums from the past 12 months traverse well-worn guitar-rock territory, I was pleasantly surprised by many local recordings featuring programming, synths and sounds culled from field recordings. >More
 Thirty 2013 concerts to remember -- and a few to forget -- from Madison and beyond

Leonard Cohen was old -- 33 -- when he released his first album in late 1967. A respected Canadian poet and fiction writer, he put aside a proper literary career at a critical cultural moment. This was risky. Many of his musical compatriots from the groovy "Summer of Love" were a good decade and a full generation younger. Forty-six years later, I saw Cohen perform in Milwaukee, and it was easily my favorite show of 2013. >More
 Middleton Community Orchestra avoids Christmas music, to good effect, in 2013 finale

The Middleton Community Orchestra concert on the night before Christmas Eve was marked by novelties and exceptionalities. As is now its tradition, the December program studiously avoided any Christmas music, such a relief for seasonally battered ears. Also, as is now standard for the ensemble, the concert was set on a weekday evening, instead of adding stress to our overtaxed weekends. >More
 F.Stokes wraps up a monumental 2013 by showering a Madison family with songs and gifts

After F.Stokes finished his post-Christmas show in Madison last year, he hopped a plane to London to record with alt-rock act Bastille. It wasn't long before that band got big, setting the tone for one of the most important years in the hip-hop artist's career. Now the Madison native, whom some locals know as West High grad Rodney Lucas, has returned for another after-Christmas show. >More
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