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The Jimmys take turns stealing the spotlight

For an eight-piece ensemble with a big band horn section, a hell-raising blues guitarist, several strong vocalists and keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli of the Grammy-nominated Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, it's hardly surprising that the Jimmys' first live record would be 10 pounds of sound in a one-pound bag. >More
 Rap duo Run the Jewels radiate enthusiasm at UW Memorial Union Terrace

The UW Memorial Union Terrace is filled with people who live in Madison, so it's easy to forget how rare a space it is out of context. It's a scenic hangout, a place to eat ice cream and rent paddleboards, a place for families to waste an afternoon. It's also a place that books three-hour rap shows by acts like Run the Jewels, a new duo composed of El-P and Killer Mike. >More
 Summer 2013 heats up at Live on King Street with Chicago indie rockers Smith Westerns

Smith Westerns, Tapes 'n Tapes, Kopecky Family Band and DJ Nick Nice entertained a sea of fans on King Street on Friday, July 19. This was Madison's first Live on King Street concert of summer 2013. >More
 Madison Savoyards' Iolanthe is a sprightly take on Gilbert & Sullivan's zany tale about fairies and politicians

To begin its next half-century, Madison Savoyards opened its 51st annual production of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with Iolanthe on Friday at UW Music Hall. The typically zany G&S plot mixes woodland fairies with members of the British House of Lords for a tale of troubled lovers and conflicted matchings. >More
 Youthful troubadour Max Dvorak is blazing a trail to Nashville

Max Dvorak appreciates heartbreak just as much as happiness. Well, almost. As the local singer-songwriter, 17, prepares for life after high school, he appreciates what it's taken to get to where he is now. He knows that the good and the bad have shaped who he is today, and that both can inform the songs he writes tomorrow. >More
 Oberhofer offer a sound-layering lesson at the Memorial Union Terrace

Brooklyn's Oberhofer brought their untraditional take on pop music to the Memorial Union Terrace last Thursday evening, kicking off a tour of the U.S. and Canada. They describe themselves as a "coincidental pop" band, drawing influences from chance encounters and an underlying sense of uncertainty. For what it's worth, the genre's name sounds like an oxymoron. >More
 Opera in the Park 2013 honors Verdi with selections from Otello, Macbeth and Rigoletto

Madison Opera's 12th annual Opera in the Park concert proceeded at Garner Park on Saturday, blessed by perfect weather and a massive audience turnout. The roster of four soloists was unusually strong: Sopranos Caitlin Cisler and Alexandra LoBianco, tenor Brian Jagde, and baritone Nmon Ford all offered powerful singing that was well suited to outdoor projection. >More
 Madison's classical groups celebrate New World composers in 2013-14

America's musical heritage shines bright in Madison's 2013-14 classical season. The American orientation is due, in part, to John DeMain's 20th anniversary as Madison Symphony Orchestra's music director and conductor, and Madison Opera's artistic director. DeMain is known for his insightful interpretations of American music, in particular American opera, so celebrating homegrown compositions honors his legacy. >More
 TL;DR court Madison nerds with surfy rock and seductive scents

UW-Madison graduate students are known for many things, from ambitious dissertations to headline-making activism, but rocking out isn't one of the first descriptors that come to mind. Local band TL;DR have been working to change this since 2011. Their new debut album, TL;DR Is Everything You Are, brings them one step closer to this goal. >More
 Ancora Coffee brings more live music to King Street

With the addition of an Alterra coffee shop and Majestic Theatre's Live on King Street concert series, the Capitol Square's southeast corner has upped its cool factor over the past year. Now the block's other java joint, Ancora Coffee Roasters, 112 King St., is joining in as well. >More
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