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UW Union ends WUD-organized concerts early, frustrating bookers

Madison's Dharma Dogs were one of the first bands to play the Memorial Union Terrace this year. They opened for touring bands Pleasure Leftists and Heavy Times in late April. As they delivered their spirited take on grunge and punk, abrasive sounds almost felt normal at UW venues. >More
 Wisconsin jazz genius Woody Herman deserves props on his centennial

I don't know what made me buy a Woody Herman album at age 12. Maybe it was because the name sounded fun, like Woody Allen or Woody Woodpecker. Maybe it was because the record cost only a dollar in the bargain bin. But no matter why I bought Woody Herman's Greatest Hits, it's one of the luckiest things I ever did. >More
 Madison Opera's 2013-14 season features diverse works by Puccini, Donizetti and Heggie

Madison Opera has announced its offerings for the 2013-14 season, an interesting mix of the familiar and the novel, the old and the new. All performances will be conducted by artistic director John DeMain, who is celebrating his 20th season at the organization's helm. >More
 METZ make ears ring with joy at the Frequency

Canadian power trio METZ have just one gimmick: They make livewire, chest-pummeling hardcore punk that's turned up to 11. They don't wear matching outfits (unless you count blue jeans), they don't have a xylophonist, and they don't have alter egos. They don't even have an entry on Wikipedia. They're just three regular guys who spent their formative years listening to Drive Like Jehu and Jesus Lizard records and now make a living punching holes through eardrums with their sonic assault. >More
 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club jumpstart their career with the inspired album Specter at the Feast

Leather-clad rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sound tough in a Hell's Angels sort of way, but they're just as emotional as the rest of us. The death of lead singer Robert Levon Been's father, Michael Been, who was also frontman of new wave band the Call, was a loss for the entire group. Luckily, the loud and pouty group found solace in creating music. >More
 Ablaze with live music, Revelry is a bright spot on a stormy Mifflin Street Block Party weekend

The UW's first Revelry Music & Arts Festival was a tame success, proving to be a welcome addition to the Madison music scene. Off to a questionable beginning with rainy weather, the energy and audience grew as the sun came out mid-day. The festival's music ranged from hip-hop by Chance the Rapper and peppy pop-rock by The Mowgli's to indie folk from locals PHOX, who proved they could hold their own among national touring artists. >More
 Ancora String Quartet bring powerful Shostakovich to First Unitarian Society's new performance space

The Ancora String Quartet gave their final performance of the 2012-13 season at the First Unitarian Society on May 4. The novelty was that the performance was given not in the usual setting in the building complex, the original meeting hall that is now called the "Landmark" auditorium, but in the new "Atrium" hall. >More
 Cowboy Winter combine Detroit's soul and garage-rock traditions

Cowboy Winter take a novel approach to soul and R&B on their debut album, Magic or Tragic. Instead of polishing their Motown influences like a session band would, the local group give them the bare immediacy of garage-rock. Lead vocalist Kevin Willmott declaims songs like "The Difficult One" with both achy sincerity and theatrical screams. >More
 Luna Mortis are back in action

Madison metal band Luna Mortis recently announced that they'll reunite after nearly three years of silence. >More
 Ian MacKaye takes fans behind the scenes of the early hardcore punk movement at UW talk

Before giving a talk Tuesday night at the UW's Red Gym, Ian MacKaye chatted with Robin Davies, bassist of Tar Babies, a Madison hardcore band from the 1980s. The group crossed paths with MacKaye's band Minor Threat in the early '80s. During two hours of Q&A with the audience, MacKaye's most entertaining remarks drew on other relationships he's formed during his years touring with Minor Threat and Fugazi and running the estimable Dischord Records. >More
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