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Make Music Madison festival launches matchmaking system for performers and venues

The summer solstice festival Make Music Madison took its first steps toward fruition this week. Organizers have launched an online "matchmaking" system to connect performers with venues all over the city. Performances will take place all day on June 21. >More
 Harmony Bar's Keith Daniels is off the grid, Michelle Shocked show remains booked

No one knows where Keith Daniels is. The peripatetic Harmony Bar owner's whereabouts are a mystery to his brother Ken who is tending bar Thursday night. Brad Czachor, the guy who Daniels handed the door keys to before he left town doesn't know either. "See you in ten days," is what Daniels told him before he split for his annual Mexican beach vacation. >More
 Sexy Ester channel their passions through sultry rock songs

Rock bands aren't known for being quiet or humble. Oddly enough, singer Lyndsay Evans and guitarist Adam Eder are both of these things. Offstage, anyway. The couple helm Madison band Sexy Ester, which earned a WAMI nomination this year and picked up four MAMAs in 2011, including Alternative Artist of the Year. >More
 Pianist Shai Wosner joins the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for a groundbreaking Mozart concerto

This Friday in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will showcase works by two of classical music's edgiest composers: Mozart's sublime Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, and Anton Bruckner's controversial Symphony in D Minor (Nullte). Both works unveiled new sounds, forms and expressions when they were introduced. >More
 University Opera's L'amico Fritz is an enjoyable tale about a wealthy bachelor and a shy peasant girl

The spring production by University Opera, which launched Friday night at Music Hall, is a seldom-heard work by a composer famous for only one. In 1891, in the immediate wake of his smash hit, the one-act Cavalleria rusticana, Pietro Mascagni was commissioned to compose this new, three-act opera, which became L'amico Fritz (vaguely translatable as "our friend Fritz"). It was based on a play, in turn based on a novel set in Alsace-Lorraine. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season honors John DeMain's 20th year at the helm

Today the Madison Symphony Orchestra announced its plans for the 2013-14 season, which will celebrate John DeMain's 20th anniversary as conductor and music director. >More
 Shitty Barn's 2013 schedule ranges from Americana to math-rock

The Shitty Barn, a popular live-music venue in Spring Green, released its 2013 schedule today. Though there will be fewer performances than last year, the lineup of musicians is at least as diverse. >More
 Julian Lynch trades rushed recording for a measured approach in Lines

Julian Lynch possesses a staggering work ethic. The New Jersey native will study anthropology at UW-Madison for another five years, until he earns his doctorate. In the last five years, he's finished four albums, including Lines, a new record due out March 26. I talked with the ethereal pop songwriter about how he's taking it all on. >More
 Madison Arts Commission creates committee to give hip-hop a makeover

Hip-hop will return to several Madison music venues if a new group has its way. An ad hoc committee the Madison Arts Commission launched Tuesday will partner with venue owners, police, and members of the local hip-hop scene to improve the genre's image. Commission member Anthony Brown II, a local R&B artist who performs as Anthony Lamarr, proposed the committee in response to anxiety venues have expressed following violence in the audience at a few hip-hop shows. >More
 Madison musicians, promoters descend upon SXSW 2013

South by Southwest's annual music-industry dog pile wouldn't be complete without representatives from Madison's music scene. Plenty of bands from our cozy hamlet have made the journey to Austin, Texas, over the years, but the Majestic Theatre is making sure a few more will join the mix this year. >More
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