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Shabazz Palaces electrify Union South with celestial electronic meltdowns

For a group that started in relative anonymity, Shabazz Palaces have become a road workhorse. Mastermind Ishmael Butler released the duo's first two mini-albums online in 2009, with no fanfare or information. The group have toured pretty much constantly since 2011's critically acclaimed Black Up, turning into something more than the shrouded-in-mystery act they were at the start. >More
 Ants in his pants: Why folk-rocker Langhorne Slim cannot sit still

Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim can't stay in one place for long. A restless spirit, he strives for adventure. He bears a resemblance to musical drifter Woody Guthrie, but he's more rock 'n' roll rambler than itinerant folksinger. >More
 Josh Ritter works through his divorce on his deeply personal new album The Beast in Its Tracks

Josh Ritter didn't let his 2011 divorce from fellow singer-songwriter Dawn Landes stop his creative process. In fact, the split -- and the sequence of events that led up to it -- prepared him to create his latest album, The Beast in Its Tracks. But there was a moment of hesitation at the start. >More
 Madison musicians and venues score four WAMI awards

Madison artists swept several categories at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry's annual awards show last Sunday in Milwaukee. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and soprano Susanna Phillips enchant with Mozart arias to conclude the 2012-13 season

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra closed its 2012-13 season with a splendid finale in Overture Center's Capitol Theater last night. The guest soloist was rising British soprano Susanna Phillips. >More
 Scenes from Watsky at the High Noon Saloon (slideshow)

Slam poet, rapper and viral hip-hop star Watsky took over the High Noon Saloon Thursday night with his rapid-fire delivery and witty verses. >More
 Green bluegrass: Graminy cultivate an eco-friendly 'symphony'

It's not unusual for nature to inspire songwriting, but few musicians call their work eco-friendly. A score can be printed on recycled paper, but a melody can't stop global warming. But maybe we're not having enough faith in music's power. Just ask Graminy, a local band that fuse bluegrass and classical music. >More
 UW's Gamelan Ensemble re-creates songs and dances from ancient Javanese kingdoms

The students in UW's Javanese Gamelan Ensemble learn notation that seems almost impenetrable compared to straightforward Western concepts such as sheet music and chords. This traditional Indonesian music challenges them to focus and adjust, and it asks the same of the audience. >More
 Bunny Berigan's 'I Can't Get Started' remains one of the greatest jazz performances by a Wisconsin native

A man from Fox Lake did an extraordinary thing -- so extraordinary that the state of Wisconsin erected a historical marker in his Dodge County hometown, population 1,400. The man was Bernard "Bunny" Berigan, a jazz trumpeter from the 1930s and '40s. >More
 From Baroque music to beatboxing, Wisconsin Flute Festival shows woodwind instruments' versatility (slideshow)

Flutes probably aren't the first thing that come to mind when discussing hip-hop, but Sam Hartley knew he could change the conversation. The UW-Madison sophomore brought extra rhythm and bass to his performance at the Wisconsin Flute Festival on Saturday. During "Three Beats for Beatbox Flute," he incorporated vocal melodies and percussion, drawing an enthusiastic response from the audience. >More
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