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The name game

Guitarist Bill Frisell doesn't worry about genres and musical classifications. He has a Promethean command of harmony and can improvise in pretty much any context. From pop to free jazz, from American folk to world music-he's played it all in an evolving style that's gauzy and ambient one minute, muscular and elemental the next. >More
 The hits keep on coming

In last weekend's concerts at Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra offered music by three mainstream composers of the 19th century, in a program designed both to appeal to, and to tease, mainstream tastes. >More
 Minneapolis and Madison meet up at the High Noon

Cultures clashed and genres collided during the second annual Minnie-Mad Fest at the High Noon Saloon on Friday. Seven -- count 'em -- seven bands took the stage at the High Noon sponsored event, with Pale Young Gentlemen and Birthday Suits being surprise guests. >More
 Reverence with a beat

Madison boasts a rich community of traditionally minded musicians. These players and songwriters explore various strains of America's musical roots with a vigor and proficiency that make them both loving preservationists and active participants. A recent addition to this community is the Cajun Strangers, whose lively brand of traditional Cajun music has led them from local dance floors to international acclaim. >More
 Scoops for the week of Oct. 19-26

 Crazy old coots

If money actually mattered to Eugene Chadbourne and Jimmy Carl Black, they might hire an agent and book a place like the Barrymore or the Majestic for their upcoming Madison appearance. >More
 Name that band!

Before settling on the explosive name Ka-Boom!Box, members of the Madison dubtronica-pop collective were on a band retreat near Black River Falls when a Wal-Mart built on an old landfill blew up -- the result of a careless employee taking a cigarette break out back. >More
 Alabama music comes to Madison this fall

For a period of 20 years, the recording scene in Muscle Shoals, Ala. produced a near-bottomless trove of classic hit records that not only spanned genres, but often helped create them. In the coming weeks, Madison audiences will be treated to several shows by Shoals-based artists, each of whom bridges the eras of its musical history. >More
 Madison Music Project: Two cents on the local scene

In the annual Isthmus Madison Music Project guide published last week, the band registry was accompanied by a trio of items asking several folks active in the local scene to answer three questions. Their complete responses follow. >More
 And the Gates of Heaven opened...

In a dimly lit, sparsely furnished venue that could alternately be classified as quaint or modish, Quebec native Woelv (the alter ego of Genevieve Castree) and Madison's own Vid Libert put on a timeless and dreamy show Thursday night at the Gates of Heaven synagogue in James Madison Park. >More
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