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Madison Symphony Orchestra tackles problematical Prokofiev

The Madison Symphony Orchestra is playing music of widely varied demands at Overture Hall the weekend of Feb. 8-10. Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra is one of the last and most problematical of his works. For all its drawbacks, it is a work that still deserves hearing, especially when its champion is guest soloist Alban Gerhardt, who is emerging as one of today's leading cello virtuosos. >More
 Rental agreement may have prompted Frequency's kibosh on hip-hop acts

It's a frustrating and familiar story here in Madison: A few people start a fight at a hip-hop show, and then fans and artists suffer when venues stop booking this type of music. Early in the morning on Jan. 28, two men began fighting during one such show at the Frequency. The conflict culminated in one shot fired outside the downtown music venue's doors. As a result, hip-hop artists aren't allowed to perform there anymore. >More
 Celebrate or protest Valentine's Day in Madison with these concerts

Is romance in the air this Valentine's Day, or are you romancing the idea of saying to hell with the holiday? Whether you've been struck by Cupid's arrow or you're aiming a middle finger at the chubby cherub, Madison has plenty of musical options to ensure the week ahead plays whatever tune your heart desires. Here are my top picks for the Valentine's-obsessed and the Valentine's-averse. >More
 Yo La Tengo show their loud and soft sides at the Barrymore

There are two distinct sides to Yo La Tengo. They're so distinct that one side served as an opening act for the other at the Barrymore last night. The band's first set was languid, peaceful collection of their quieter material. One standout was a hybrid version of "Return To Hot Chicken" from 1997's I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and "Decora" from 1995's Electr-O-Pura. >More
 Buddy Holly's last days in Wisconsin

Buddy Holly's death is usually associated with Clear Lake, Iowa, where he played his final concert on Feb. 3, 1959. The pioneering rocker chartered a small plane to get to his next date, bringing along tour mates Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. They went down in a snowstorm -- a tragedy known as the Day the Music Died. Though the crash site is in Iowa, Wisconsin plays a big part in this story. >More
 31 live concert acts you've gotta see in Madison over spring 2013

Have you listened to music while texting, tweeting and watching a movie? Have you spent an entire weekend hogtied by the invisible lassos of YouTube's "Gangnam Style" spoofs? Drop your smartphone, and step away from the laptop. You need some human contact or you're going to sprout a trackpad. Here are 31 ways to trade soul-sucking screens for the life-affirming screams of fellow music fans. >More
 Those Poor Bastards set nightmares to music

Madison has greeted many young, friendly acoustic outfits lately, including Count This Penny, Anna Vogelzang and Evan Murdock & the Imperfect Strangers. Such acts may put a fresh face on folk and country, but Those Poor Bastards want nothing to do with it. This Madison project began releasing albums of morbid country dirges in 2004, drawing on the earnest Christian warnings of the Louvin Brothers and the sordidness of the Misfits and Tom Waits. >More
 How did F. Stokes end up playing a gig at Bendyworks' downtown Madison office?

When asked why the software development firm Bendyworks hosted a spontaneous hip-hop gig from Madison native F. Stokes in its downtown Madison offices Monday night, Jim Remsik, one of the firm's principals, eagerly offers up absolutely no justification. >More
 The Toasters heat up Madison's Frequency (slideshow)

The Toasters are New York ska pioneers with a 33-year history of electrifying dance floors. They took over the Frequency in Madison last Thursday night, thrilling fans of third wave ska. >More
 Beyond powdermilk biscuits: A sampling of musical moments from A Prairie Home Companion

Of all the things that come out of Garrison Keillor's gnarled root vegetable of a head, his velvety tenor singing voice may be the most surprising. The songs Keillor sings on his long-running public-radio show A Prairie Home Companion often pair commentary on current events with the comforts of his Midwestern wisdom. The ring of audiences laughing it up is the ideal accompaniment. >More
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