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The Sharrows find a home away from home at the North Mississippi Allstars' legendary studio

The Sharrows didn't get a chance to meet music legend Jim Dickinson, whose storied career included working with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements. But last month the local roots quintet contributed to the legacy of the late producer and performer at his Zebra Ranch Studios in Coldwater, Miss. There they recorded their recently released EP, Days of Yore. >More
 Lords of the Trident to represent Madison in BandSwap 2014

BandSwap, a musical exchange program sponsored by the Colorado-based nonprofit SpokesBuzz, will feature Madison acts for a second time in 2014. This week SpokesBuzz announced that it has chosen five local bands for this year's sonic adventure, which includes a trip to Fort Collins for one lucky group, album-release parties for several others, and a variety of performances and networking opportunities. >More
 Strollin' Monroe Street brings global jazz sounds to Madison's near-west side

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium wants locals to soak up spirits and song on the near-west side for its second musical pub crawl. The event, called Strollin' Monroe Street, runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19, and comes on the heels of Strollin' Schenk's Corners, a near-east side event that took place on May 23. >More
 La Fête de Marquette brings French and Cajun acts to a grassier version of Central Park

La Fête de Marquette is going home. On July 10-13, the annual celebration of French-speaking cultures will head back to its original spot between Baldwin and Ingersoll after six years of sweating it out on a patch of blacktop off East Washington Avenue. But the rocky lot La Fête made do with in 2006 has been replaced with the new Central Park. >More
 Story Behind the Song: 'I Get Even' by Whitney Mann

Story Behind the Song is a new Isthmus feature where Madison-area songwriters tell the origin stories of their tunes through short videos. The instructions are simple: Once the video camera is up and running, introduce your act, spend a minute or so telling a story about the song you've chosen, and then perform it. >More
 Clutch Sound brings music back to the old Smart Studios space

The battered brick building at 1254 E. Washington Ave. will finally hang a sign out front this summer. The former Smart Studios has a brand new gig: Veteran recording professional and lifelong musician Brian Liston opened Clutch Sound in September, with plans to focus not only on music production but also advertising, television and independent film. He's also giving the decades-old building a sign, something Smart never had. >More
 Moving speeches and topnotch performances make for a memorable Madison Area Music Awards 2014

The 11th annual Madison Area Music Awards were filled with moving moments and heartfelt speeches, and more than a few laughs, especially as presenters and genial host John Urban made the best of a few technical issues regarding the teleprompter and the screen that listed the award recipients. >More
 The city welcomes summer with hundreds of outdoor concerts during Make Music Madison 2014

The second annual Make Music Madison was a rousing success, so rousing that it had locals singing and dancing on sidewalks, in parks and even at the library. Nearly 400 concerts took place at more than 100 local venues, including the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater, where Isthmus Jazz Festival headliners Richard Davis and Willie Pickens performed. >More
 Little Red Wolf find their niche in the twangy pop of Junk Sparrow

"What's amazing to me is that all four of us got along so well, pretty much instantly," Emily Mills says of her four-piece folk-pop band, Little Red Wolf. The group's members all performed in other local acts before joining forces in 2008. On June 26 they'll release Junk Sparrow, their follow-up to 2010's If Only We Were Just Like We Are. >More
 Duke Ellington's love letter to the University of Wisconsin-Madison

In the early 1970s, the University of Wisconsin-Madison made an extraordinary gesture for the time. It granted jazz composer Duke Ellington an honorary doctorate and mounted a weeklong festival of his music. It even gave Duke and the members of his orchestra the rare opportunity to conduct master classes. >More
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