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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
 Go on a circuit bender at the Madison Pop Fest

Fans attending the Madison Pop Fest can be artists themselves on Saturday, when the hands-on "Circuit-Bending Madness" takes over Memorial Union. Presented by Kyle Pfister of the music blog and local label Tiger Claw Records, this extravaganza includes both a basic and an advanced workshop for the curious music maker, complete with free circuits and an electronic toy buffet. >More
 M.O.T.O. love all across the Crystal Corner

Masters of the Obvious, better known as M.O.T.O., is the best rock 'n roll band many people have never heard. Seriously. And I'll stand on Bob Pollard's four-track recorder in my boots and say that. For going on two decades, the band has been based just a few hours' drive away, in Chicago. So they make regular pilgrimages to Madison clubs and basements, dispensing their blend of '60s pop, punk energy and at times gleefully scatological lyrical content. >More
 It's showtime for Pale Young Gentlemen

On stage, drama comes easily to Pale Young Gentlemen singer Mike Reisenauer. Gesticulating wildly as he simultaneously pounds his electric keyboard from a half crouch and gooses the pop-cabaret act's louche local hit "Me & Nikolai" with his flamboyant falsetto, the 6'5" Wisconsin native is a commanding, charismatic presence. >More
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