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Flat Atom: The show must go on

The temperature was still below zero at noon, and the day was only going to get colder. Inside the Great Dane Brew Pub, three guys named Nick, Thump and Spank were drinking cold Bloody Marys and hot tea, mulling over the odds stacked against local rock bands in 2008. >More
 Scoops for the week of Jan. 25-Jan. 31

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 Clyde Stubblefield and Funky Mondays get ready for a third decade in Madison

Last weekend marked the final night of live music at the King Club before its temporary closing and renovation in advance of its reopening as Woof's. Once the new bar opens its doors come late February, though, it will once again serve as home for Funky Mondays, the weekly show led by drumming legend Clyde Stubblefield. >More
 The Walkmen and White Rabbits stir up freezing fans at the High Noon

A tour for an album that hasn't been released comes with risk. But for The Walkmen, who unapologetically avoid playing their most popular songs, it is not a task they shy away from. A packed crowd came out in frigid temperatures to the High Noon Saloon on Saturday night. Announcing that the New York group was in full support of Green Bay in the NFC Championships, singer Hamilton Leithauser made an unconvincing attempt for the crowd's support. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra overcomes a weak start at the Capitol Theater

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra managed this year to evade by one day its annual date with a January blizzard. And, after a weak start, its concert over Overture's Capitol Theater on Friday evening turned into a most worthwhile event. >More
 The Project Lodge art gallery and music space to open in Madison

The first few weeks of the year have been tumultuous when it comes to music venues in Madison, and the scene is set to change once again as a new space prepares to take its bow. That would be The Project Lodge, a combined DIY art gallery and music venue that is scheduled to open in an East Johnson Street storefront at the beginning of February. It will be all ages, will not serve alcohol, and is already the site of regular gatherings for artists and musicians in the city. >More
 The Walkmen: Do as Bob does

Hamilton Leithauser doesn't downplay the idea that he sounds a lot like Bob Dylan. The lead vocalist of the Walkmen covered "Subterranean Homesick Blues" on the New York band's 2006 release, Pussy Cats. And the latest batch of Walkmen tracks being recorded for the quintet's forthcoming album brim with semi-spoken, sliding-pitch deliveries reminiscent of "Like a Rolling Stone." >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Toil and Trouble

On Jan. 18, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will start the New Year with two robust masterpieces -- Franz Schubert's "String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor" ("Death and the Maiden") arranged by Mahler, and Johannes Brahms' "Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor." The evening's lighter but no less challenging fare will be Rodion Shchedrin's "Chamber Suite," composed in 1961. Shchedrin weaves Russian folklore with colorful orchestration and creates a soundscape that's both meditative and edgy. >More
 Joe Strummer's rise and fall

Julien Temple's film Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten makes one thing abundantly clear: the late Clash frontman and all-around musical explorer liked people of all kinds. Indeed, re-stagings of the communal bonfires that Strummer organized for friends and strangers during the latter part of his life form the organizing visual trope of this amiable, at times self-consciously arty biopic, opening at the Orpheum Theatre on Jan. 18. >More
 Hugh Masekela: The horn of Africa

he most memorable groove from that hot Mifflin Street summer of '68 -- on the heels of the Dow riots on Bascom Hill the previous fall and Otis Redding's plane crashing into Lake Monona in December -- was legendary South African trumpet/flugelhorn master Hugh Masekela's now-immortal "Grazin' in the Grass." >More
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