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PHOX on the run: The Madison band sharpen their instincts on their first big tour

PHOX may be Madison's musical success story of 2013. The purveyors of folky pop and whimsical electronic rock built an enthusiastic local fan base in 2012, but this year has taken them to high-profile gigs at Lollapalooza in Chicago and iTunes Fest in London. >More
 Overture Hall brims with wailing guitars, powerhouse vocals when Tedeschi Trucks Band hits the stage

It's not every night you see an audience busting out standing ovations only two songs in, but the Tedeschi Trucks Band is no ordinary act. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble highlights flutes and vocals in its 2013-14 season opener

The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble opened its season with a concert at the Gates of Heaven on Saturday, Oct. 12. The program represented two intermingled categories of Baroque music. >More
 With the WCO, pianist Bryan Wallick shows why Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian" Symphony deserves greater exposure

The 2013-14 season opener by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at Overture Center's Capitol Theater on Friday, Oct. 11 was another demonstration of what conductor Andrew Sewell has made of his group, and of what concerts he can work up with it. >More
 Madison bands and DJs try to get noticed at industry meet-ups

The digital revolution has made it easier than ever to record songs at home and share them on the web. But if you're looking to build a music career, it still helps to have the backing of the music industry, whether it's through a well-known label or a national booking agency. >More
 Spotlight on Tame Impala: Five questions with the Aussie psych rockers

Ask a music critic to name a standout album of 2012, and Lonerism by Tame Impala is likely to come up. Propelled by raging riffs and entrancing psychedelic breakdowns, the Australian act's sophomore album earned Isthmus' praise for its slew of "mind-opening effects." It was also named the year's best album by Rolling Stone, NME and Filter. >More
 The Bubble Music Festival tries to boost Madison music scene

Countless ideas have been tossed around over a game of pool and a glass of whiskey, but few have actually come to fruition. The Bubble Music Festival is one such notion that will become a reality this weekend. >More
 Singing specters haunt Overture Center in Fresco Opera Theatre's Paranormal Playhouse

Even if you don't believe in hauntings, Paranormal Playhouse by Fresco Opera Theatre made a pretty convincing case over the weekend that spirits of operas past have overrun the Overture Center's Playhouse, singing their hearts out to audiences who cannot hear them. >More
 With story and song, Over the Rhine make the Majestic feel like their rural farmhouse

You could say the Saturday-night performance by Over the Rhine at the Majestic Theatre went to the dogs. But it had nothing to do with the quality of the show or the reaction of a very appreciative audience. >More
 Conductor John DeMain puts the Madison Symphony Orchestra in the spotlight to begin his 20th season

John DeMain clearly designed the opening program of his 20th season with the Madison Symphony Orchestra to show off what a magnificent ensemble he has developed. That brought a festive air to the initial performance at Overture Hall on Friday, Sept. 27. >More
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