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FRZN Fest to grow and evolve in 2013

FRZN Fest, a live-music event organized by local concert promoter True Endeavors, will return in 2013 with bigger lineup and a Saturday-night dance party. >More
 With UW Madrigal Singers and Festival Choir of Madison, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs a jubilant Messiah

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra made a jubilant noise last night with George Frideric Handel's Messiah. This was the orchestra's fourth performance of the epic oratorio, and the house was sold out. It joined its chorus, plus the UW Madrigal Singers, the Festival Choir of Madison and four soloists, at Middleton's Blackhawk Church. >More
 DJ Shadow's superb technique is easy to see but hard to hear at the Majestic Theatre

"If you're not open-minded, if you're uptight, then you're gonna struggle," said DJ Shadow before his prophetically titled "All Basses Covered" DJ set at the Majestic Theatre last night. I appreciate his honesty, but I doubt that my complaints about the show spring from closed-mindedness. Mostly, they have to do with my struggle to hear what he was doing. >More
 PHOX celebrate an eventful year on Madison's music scene

For the alt-rock collective PHOX, the holiday season marks the anniversary of their move to Madison and a curious incident that brought them closer. After forming in their hometown of Baraboo, PHOX plunged into Madison's music scene when they started getting offers to bring their eclectic sound to the area. >More
 How Madison venues, labels and performers have evolved in 2012

Year-end lists tend to be nice and trim, while local music is messy: provincial yet sprawling, repetitive yet ever-changing, frustrating yet exciting. To provide some perspective, I'll discuss a few factors that altered Madison's music community in 2012, and what these changes mean for the future. >More
 Heat Aid benefit concert series hits close to home for some Madison musicians

This Saturday, the Madison music community will gather to launch a free concert series called Heat Aid. Taking place at local record store MadCity Music Exchange three Saturdays in a row -- Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. -- the performances will feature a variety of Madison musicians, with all proceeds going to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a statewide nonprofit that helps low-income residents get the heat and air conditioning they need. >More
 Lost City Winter Series 2012-13 concerts highlight Madison-based and regional acts

The winter concert season hasn't officially begun, but there's been a flurry of activity among local bookers, promoters and show organizers as of late. The newest event comes from the crew that launched the Lost City Music Festival this past July. >More
 How DJ Shadow helped Man Mantis embrace instrumental hip-hop

Legendary producer DJ Shadow will play lots of other people's music during his "All Basses Covered" DJ set at the Majestic Theatre Thursday, Dec. 6. But his landmark contributions to instrumental hip-hop, namely his 1996 debut album, Endtroducing..., still resonate the most with his fans. One of those fans is Man Mantis, a similar-minded DJ and producer who will open the show. >More
 The Coup pair political polemics with funk, rap and dancing at the Majestic Theatre

Despite the recent presidential election cycle, the funk-rap blasting I received last night at the Majestic Theatre last night may be the most political 90 minutes I've had this year. That's to be expected of the evening's headliner. The Coup might be, at this point, the best funk band on the planet, but first and foremost, it is a soapbox for frontman Boots Riley to decry the social ills of America. >More
 St. Vinny's on Willy Street unveils rare '60s vinyl for Collectible Records Sale

Vinyl hunting can be a drag when it doesn't turn up anything good. That's why the team at Saint Vincent de Paul on Williamson Street has been saving the really good stuff for their 15th annual Collectible Records Sale, which takes place Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Saturday, Dec. 1. >More
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