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MUSIC

Cut Copy set hearts on fire with electronic pop at the Majestic Theatre

Wednesday nights are not known for their dance parties, but Australia's Cut Copy are magical music makers. The electronic-pop group packed Madison' Majestic Theatre last night with movers and shakers, turning Hump Day into a holiday of sorts. >More
 Tyranny Is Tyranny mix left-wing politics with epic post-metal

Named after Chapter 4 of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Madison quartet Tyranny Is Tyranny make their agenda clear from the jump. But they prefer to spread their beliefs with music rather than manifestos. >More
 Jesus "Chuy" Negrete shares Mexican labor songs with Wisconsin workers

With a guitar, a harmonica and a sweet croon, Jesus "Chuy" Negrete brings to life the history, culture and political movements of Mexico with folk music. He'll explore Mexican labor songs in a free presentation at the Madison Labor Temple on Nov. 21. >More
 Superchunk to headline FRZN Fest 2014

True Endeavors annual FRZN Fest returns to the High Noon Saloon this January with a roster designed to send shivers down the spines of local music fans. >More
 A big suit to fill: Two bands bring Talking Heads songs to Madison

Talking Heads were one of the most interesting bands to come out of the late-1970s post-punk scene. Combining a New Wave sensibility with influences as diverse as funk, Americana and world music, their catalog still stands out even though they broke up in 1991. And images of frontman David Byrne in the oversized white suit he wore in the concert film Stop Making Sense remain iconic. >More
 Madison Opera pulls off that demanding crowd-pleaser Tosca

The Madison Opera opened its season on Friday at Overture Hall with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser: Puccini's Tosca, the tale of a Roman singer who loves a painter, both of whom fall into the clutches of a violent chief of police. >More
 The fight for Rock en Español: DJ Mexkalito pushes for local acceptance of a stigmatized genre

It's pretty easy to find a salsa band or flamenco guitarist in Madison, but what about other types of Spanish music? Geovani González wants to make sure the answer is "yes." As DJ Mexkalito, he's been adding Spanish ska, reggae and alt-rock to local clubs and airwaves for a decade. >More
 University Opera turns in strong rendition of Handel's demanding Ariodante

University Opera opened its 2013-14 season with Handel's Ariodante at UW Music Hall this weekend. >More
 Dietrich Gosser builds folk-pop from fractured narratives

Singer-songwriter Dietrich Gosser moved back to Madison about two years ago, after five years playing shows in Chicago and touring the country with drummer Dan Kuemmel. Something about returning home just felt right. It was refreshing, even inspiring, and quickly led to his latest album, Oh to Begin!, which he released earlier this month. >More
 Pianist Philippe Bianconi and Madison Symphony Orchestra emphasize the ensemble to stunning effect

The Madison Symphony Orchestra achieved a particular triumph as an ensemble in its concert at Overture Hall on Friday, Oct. 18. Acknowledging the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth, conductor John DeMain made a sensible opening choice of his Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell, more widely known as The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. >More
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