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Six classical works that may surprise Madison listeners in spring 2013

Unexpected discoveries often illuminate Madison's musical life. A number await us this winter and spring. Here are six examples of wonderful novelties to come. >More
 Madison Opera's Acis and Galatea gives demigods the emotions of mortals

Madison Opera is about to make history. Acis and Galatea, running Jan. 10-13 at Overture Center's Playhouse, is its first production of an opera by George Frideric Handel. The opera premiered in England in 1718, but its story intrigued Handel as early as 1708, when he set a version of it to different music in Italy. >More
 Nick Brown's Slow Boat traverses stormy emotions with clever country music

Nick Brown trades lots of smart-assed banter with his bandmates when playing bass in Madison-based country act Brown Derby. Those who've enjoyed the band's playful honky-tonk at the Crystal Corner Bar might not expect to find a nuanced persona and quiet arrangements on Brown's first solo album, Slow Boat. He'll celebrate its release Friday, Jan. 11, at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 A fantastic voyage through the Producers' 1980s music videos

Videos were canvases for new-wave artists, many of whom brought an art-school education and a fascination with technology to the music industry. The Producers, the new-wave band of Madison resident Kyle Henderson, were among the first to tackle the medium. They'll perform Friday night at the High Noon Saloon. But first, here's a tour of some of their vintage music videos. >More
 '80s wonders the Producers bring their latest album In the Blues to Madison

It's hard to imagine the 1980s without visualizing early MTV videos by new-wave bands like Devo and the Buggles. A video stuck on repeat back then was "She Sheila" by the Producers, a group that sprang from the same Georgia music scene that spawned the B-52s. Though the Producers never achieved Blondie-level stardom, they came painfully close with a string of MTV hits and substantial radio play in the South and Midwest. >More
 My top 2012 concerts in Madison were led by up-and-coming artists

One of my favorite things about Madison is that you can catch promising acts headed to Minneapolis and Chicago at small venues where it's easy to see the stage and hear every word of the performance. In 2012, these acts included the Head & the Heart, Blind Pilot and Heartless Bastards. >More
 My top five albums of 2012

I felt this past year was underwhelming new-music-wise. Up until September, my favorite release of the year was a reissue of Sugar's Copper Blue with the Beaster EP included. The remastering and packaging are great. But leave it to Bob Mould himself to make one of the best albums of the year, and the best of his solo career. >More
 Madison expat Shane Shane delivers 'Teenage Santa' for the holidays (video)

Madison cabaret-punk band Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons are no more, but their singer, Shane O'Neill (a.k.a. Shane Shane), is making lots of joyful noises in Brooklyn, N.Y., these days. Just in time for the holidays, he's put a new spin on the legend of St. Nick with a video called "Teenage Santa." >More
 The Moore Family wishes Madison 'Merry Christmas, Ya Hey!' (video)

What's that we hear? Madison's version of the Carter Family? The Osmonds? The Jacksons? The Roe Family Singers? Nah, it's Isthmus' own Andy Moore and his clan wishing us all a Merry Christmas in the 'Sconnie way. Turn it up! >More
 My favorite concerts of 2012, in Madison and beyond

I was gobsmacked and awestruck. Like Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, I was in the thrall of a greater power. That was my reaction this fall (and it lingers to this day) to witnessing the nearly five-hour revival of Einstein on the Beach at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I'm close to speechless trying to explain Phillip Glass' operatic meditation on the birth of the nuclear age. >More
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