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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
 Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony steals the show at MSO's concert with violinist Henning Kraggerud

Last night at Overture Hall, the Madison Symphony Orchestra launched its March concert program with high promise, partly fulfilled. >More
 A trio of new Madison avant-garde music releases by Second Family Band, Pelt and Lens

It's often hard to tell if Madison's avant-garde musicians are trying to obscure themselves or make themselves bizarrely conspicuous. Their habits tend to accomplish both at once. There are sporadic live shows that often aren't at the usual clubs, the dribble of cassette and vinyl releases, and album titles that outdo Cormac McCarthy's book titles with their stately pomp and arcane vocabulary. >More
 A Haircut haul their wild and crazy punk out of the basement

Andrea Lutz and Andrew Trester seem as huggable as a couple of thrift-store sock monkeys. They match up well in their big, plastic-framed glasses and hand-me-down sweaters. They're playful in conversation, asking me if I grew up near alligators when I tell them I'm from Florida. They even study clothing design and textiles in UW-Madison's design studies department. >More
 UW-Madison honors jazz legend Dexter Gordon

The great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon died in 1990, and UW-Madison will commemorate his life and legacy this month, when he would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Several Gordon-themed activities complement the university's efforts to build a new jazz program. >More
 Why the Madison Symphony Orchestra keeps bringing back violinist Henning Kraggerud

"Champagne and Vodka," the title of the Madison Symphony Orchestra's upcoming weekend of concerts, may be too light for hearty works by two classical heavyweights. It's not entirely off target, though. The program will offer many musical flavors, including Mozart's ambrosia-like melodies. >More
 Madison yogis find bliss through live music and 'raves'

Ida Jo Pajunen learned she was a prodigy soon after picking up a violin at age 7. Before long, the Duluth, Minn., native was performing in Canada and Europe. But growing up can be humbling for someone who discovers so much talent at such a young age. Perhaps that's why she's found great meaning in yoga, which she began practicing in earnest about three years ago, mostly at Madison's Inner Fire Yoga. >More
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