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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
 Madison musicians remember Marques Bovre

Madison's music scene lost a leader and a friend when Marques Bovre passed away on Feb. 11. Local artists have been sharing their memories of the singer-songwriter on Facebook and Bovre's website, which is collecting photos and gig posters for a digital memorial. This week, Isthmus gathered memories of Bovre from several members of the local music community. >More
 UW-Madison's Blue Note Ensemble to pay tribute to Dexter Gordon

Though the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon died of liver failure in 1990, the UW will celebrate his life and legacy this winter, when he would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Several Gordon-themed activities complement the university's efforts to build a new jazz program. Gordon's widow, biographer and former manager, Maxine Gordon, will visit the UW's Morphy Hall on March 11 for an event dubbed "Dexter Gordon @ 90." >More
 Hot Tuna saturate the Barrymore with two hours of enjoyable acoustic blues

Since branching off from Jefferson Airplane in 1969, Hot Tuna's musical style has been split between unadorned acoustic blues and electrified blues-rock. Friday night's performance was an exhaustive exploration of the acoustic side. >More
 Scenes from the Passion Pit and Matt & Kim show at Madison's Orpheum (slideshow)

It's no longer news that the Orpheum Theatre is back as a Madison music venue, but an act like Passion Pit can still draw hordes of young first-timers to the venerable State Street theater, which they did Saturday night. >More
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