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Winter gets funky in Madison with Chafo and Ra Fury

"I think they're one of the best jam bands in town," comments a patchwork-clad lass at the King Club last Tuesday. Out of the darkness, another, higher pitched voice declares, "They're not a jam band!," with the disdain of someone who's heard it straight from the group. >More
 Against Me!'s Tom Gabel matures as an artist

No one remains a kid forever. Not even heart-on-the-sleeve punk-rockers like Tom Gabel, who started Against Me! back in Gainsville, Fla., as a furious one-man acoustic act. >More
 Dawn Upshaw is a rare beauty

One of today's finest singers, American soprano Dawn Upshaw may not have a large voice, but she uses it with tonal beauty, artistic sensitivity and genuine humanity. Last weekend at Overture Hall, for her first appearance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, she demonstrated her wide, even unconventional range of repertoire. >More
 Feist delivers a homespun show at the Orpheum

Fans of all types gathered in waves in front of the sold-out Orpheum Theatre on Friday night for a chance to see "that chick from the iPod commercial." At least one person standing in line described indie darling turned commercial superstar Feist in this way as he shivered out in the cold before the stage doors opened. Hard-core Broken Social Scene fans and followers of the chanteuse before her TV breakthrough tasted for themselves success' bittersweet palate as they surveyed the capacity audience that ranged from Diesel-wearing hipsters to elementary school students. >More
 La Bohème: Looking the part

The Madison Opera's production of Puccini's La Bohème at Overture Hall last weekend was surely one of the company's most successful ventures. Telling the story of four struggling bohemians and the two women they love in 19th century Paris, it offered the audience both a visual and musical treat. >More
 Scoops for the week of Nov. 16-23

 From Down Under to Dairyland with Felicia Alima

Felicia Alima desperately wanted to move to America, but Madison wasn't what she had in mind. From her hometown of Perth in Western Australia, Alima fell in love with the American pop, hip-hop and R&B she heard on the radio during her school years. "When I graduated from college, I applied for every internship I could find in America," says Alima. "I wanted to move to New York or L.A., but the first company to make me an offer was located here in Madison." >More
 Everything you always wanted to know about sax with Paquito D'Rivera

One of the world's great reed players, Cuba's Paquito D'Rivera swings high 'n' mighty with his regular quintet at the Wisconsin Union Theater on Nov. 17. What a start to this season's Isthmus Jazz Series. Right now I'm listening to his new Funk Tango CD (with pretty much the same band), and I'm blown away. >More
 Marcus King and Thee Royalty get ready to rule

Madison musician Nate Palan is adept in many styles. He performs, among other things, jubilant '80s covers with the Hometown Sweethearts, sneering Irish rock with the Kissers and several sets' worth of Christmas tunes with Waylan St. Palan and the Magic Elves. With his latest act, the soul band Marcus King and Thee Royalty, Palan added a genre to his repertoire. "I'm making soul my new favorite music," he says. >More
 Modest Mouse gets rowdy in Madison

This was the most cutthroat, kickass, hardcore drumming extravaganza I've seen. Two drum kits towered over the rest of the stage, with Jeremiah Green and Joe Plummer lashing into them like a drum corps summoning the apocalypse. The sheer volume made the building shiver and your guts vibrate. >More
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