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Hamell on Trial finds an eager new audience for his irreverent tunes

This year Ed Hamell is finding a younger audience for his improbably loud acoustic guitar and impishly profane rant-songs. The Uncluded, a duo composed of singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and rapper Aesop Rock, picked his one-man act Hamell on Trial to support their current tour. Hamell's delivery tends toward the frantic and nasal, so he'll sound at home opening for the deceptively jolly-voiced Dawson and the cryptic, thick-voiced Aesop when they visit the High Noon Saloon on June 29. >More
 More scenes from Make Music Madison 2013

Torrential rain greeted Madison the morning of Friday, June 21, just as the inaugural Make Music Madison got rolling. But this didn't deter dozens of musicians who signed up to play in venues ranging from parks to community centers to private homes. Isthmus entertainment scribes visited nearly every part of town, documenting what they saw and heard. Here are some of the scenes they captured. >More
 Glitz and hits at the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards

The local music community celebrated the Madison Area Music Awards' 10th anniversary Sunday night at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. Attendees also honored Madison performers, radio personalities, music venues and sound technicians with more than 70 awards. >More
 Singer Carmen Lundy delivers an exciting set of originals at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2013

Jazz singer and composer Carmen Lundy is outspoken about her desire to move jazz forward, not backward. Charting her own path, she's packed the 12 albums she's recorded since 1985 with her own compositions, winning rave reviews and great respect among her peers. So it came as no surprise that the jazz veteran's performance at Isthmus Jazz Fest Saturday night stayed true to that ideal. She and her band performed nearly all original material instead of the usual litany of standards. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society experiments with an unusual program about Brahms and the Schumanns

Last Saturday's performance at the Overture Center Playhouse was a novelty even for the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, which is noteworthy for experiments with the unusual. Instead of a program of chamber works, this experiment took the form of a kind of concert-documentary. >More
 Scenes from Make Music Madison 2013 (slideshow)

The inaugural citywide effort to place live performances in non-traditional venues (house porches, libraries, fire stations) had hundreds of people making music all over Madison Friday. >More
 On its first day, the 2013 Isthmus Jazz Festival puts a little love in your heart

I expected the Isthmus Jazz Festival on the Terrace to offer an evening's worth of great music on Friday, June 21. I didn't expect it to call for radical social change. >More
 35 ways to enjoy Make Music Madison in the rain

Make Music Madison -- a free, citywide music fest featuring more than 250 performances by about 200 local acts -- was built upon hopes that the sun would shine on the summer solstice. In other words, the event, which began early this morning, consists of many outdoor gigs. So what's a fan to do if the rain continues, as it has for much of the morning? >More
 Michelle DuVall plus eight

Madison has a lot of jazz vocalists for a town its size, but Michelle DuVall is the only one with a residency on the Mickey's Tavern patio. At those gigs, which take place the second and fourth Thursday of each month, she usually forms a stripped-down trio with guitarist Doug Brown and bassist Nick Moran. She'll change things up at Isthmus Jazz Fest, where she'll front the eight-piece band Get Down, Mr. Cat! at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. >More
 Vocalist Typhanie Monique brings classical chops to jazz

Typhanie Monique's fans know how versatile she is. The jazz vocalist's recordings have included forays into funk, soul and even house music. What they might not know is that she also loves to teach. She just completed her master's degree at Northeastern Illinois University, whose vocal pedagogy program has had a marked effect on her singing. >More
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