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Token Creek Chamber Music Festival concludes its 2013 program with thrilling pairings

The Token Creek Chamber Music Festival concluded this past weekend, and its final program was titled "Finale: The Old & Unfamiliar." It might also be called "Three Pairings." >More
 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals show off their wild side with blues-infused rock at the Barrymore

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals make working a crowd look so easy it's almost disturbing, but you're not likely to hear any complaints. >More
 45 nights out: Put these touring bands on your Madison concerts to-do list for fall 2013

When the humidity wanes and the leaves start to blush, getting out of the house is a must, whether you're headed to a rock-fueled street festival or a booming dance club. Check out these touring acts before Jack Frost settles in and holiday commitments fill your calendar. >More
 Purple Haus combines recording and homebrewing under one roof

In Madison's DIY climate, fusing passions can often lead to unexpectedly exciting collaboration. In the case of Purple Haus, all it took was a fresh look and a combination that's universal: music and beer. Randall Stewart, Adam Macintosh and Brian Kaphingst met as Madison Media Institute students who'd taken a leap of faith, leaving dead-end jobs to pursue their dreams of making music. It just so happened that they also liked making beer. >More
 Nine sizzling acts to catch at the 2013 Orton Park Festival

The "warm-up" for the Orton Park Festival, an Aug. 10 concert at Overture Center by Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto, left a lot of music fans cold, and not in that exhilarating, shivers-down-the-spine kind of way. The singer is famous for her jazzy, sensuous take on bossa nova, but this show was filled with snafus, from out-of-tune vocals to peculiar rambling and stumbling over cords. Luckily, the musicians at the fest itself should yield a much warmer response. >More
 Mad Toast Live podcast takes a vacation

Mad Toast Live, a Madison-made podcast hosted by husband-and-wife string players Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines, is going on holiday. Wagoner says producer Andrew LaValley, who records the show at the Brink Lounge on selected Tuesdays, will piece together previously unreleased performances and interviews with the show's musical guests. >More
 Susan C. Cook writes a new tune for the UW music school

The UW School of Music will have a new leader as it begins the fall 2013 semester. Though she's just stepping up to the helm, her face is familiar to students who study subjects ranging from viola to Victorian poetry. Susan C. Cook replaces retiring tuba professor John Stevens as the school's director. >More
 Meaghan Owens is a rebel on the road

Madison-born singer-songwriter Meaghan Owens is running for her life. Sometimes away from danger and sometimes toward it, with a rebellious spirit that won't stay put. She longs to create music that is meaningful and goes against the grain. >More
 Sights and sounds from Lost City Music Festival 2013

Here's a glimpse inside the 2013 edition of the Lost City Music Festival, which took place at Bright Red Studios, Dragonfly Lounge and High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin. >More
 How Elvis Presley performed a rock and roll miracle in Madison

The Elvis Presley story has religious overtones. A poor boy is endowed with divine talent, then rises from obscurity to become an almost godlike figure via rock and roll. I'm a true believer, myself, and that involves pilgrimages to the two major Elvis shrines in the South: his birthplace in Tupelo and Graceland, his home in Memphis. >More
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