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Alt-country rowdies Shovels & Rope sing, shout and impress at the High Noon Saloon

A couple of couples performed at High Noon Saloon last night. In a somewhat cheesy scenario, this show featured two married acts, Shovels & Rope and Shivering Timbers. So who won the Best Couple award? I'd say the award goes to headliners Shovels & Rope. >More
 Mayor Soglin's town hall meeting yields vague but promising discussion about local music scene and Make Music Madison festival

Mayor Paul Soglin emphasized three big themes during the "Strengthening Madison Music" town hall meeting last night at the Bartell Theatre: Madison's untapped musical potential, making sure local musicians can get paid and the refreshing power of music in new contexts, especially public spaces. >More
 Madison's Little Legend look out for the little guy on a new EP

Madison has been rich in garage-rock and power-pop lately but lacks bands that follow the earnest, Gaslight Anthem school of rock revivalism. Enter the misfit crew Little Legend. >More
 Dan Deacon embodies hope and empowerment at the Majestic Theatre

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that Bob Dylan's show at the Alliant Energy Center last night was great. And I bet Bruce Springsteen's cameo at the Obama rally was pretty good, too. But let's be frank: They're fossils, and they're no longer relevant -- to me, at least. To quote a Dylan lyric, neither of them is "really where it's at" anymore. This is why I spent my pre-election evening at the Dan Deacon show at the Majestic Theatre. >More
 Bob Dylan gets political at Madison concert on the eve of Election Day

An animated, even playful, Bob Dylan added some unexpected political commentary to an excellent election eve show at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum last night. "We tried to play good tonight since the President was here today. He's a tough act to follow," Dylan said during "Blowin' in the Wind," the encore to his 15-song set. "I think he's gonna still be the President," he said, predicting, to loud cheers, "It's gonna be a landslide!" >More
 Bruce Springsteen backs up President Obama with songs about hope, faith and the American Dream

Nearly half of the voting population in Wisconsin faces a big bummer come Wednesday morning. It's a tough situation and a real divide for our state to face, but today, we were able to enjoy one of the perks of being an election battleground as Bruce Springsteen shut down Capitol Square with a morning rally for President Obama. "He gets embarrassed when you talk about him that way," said President Obama, referring to when he called Springsteen a national treasure. >More
 Milo Greene and Bahamas are a study in indie-folk contrast at the High Noon Saloon

Milo Greene is a group of people, and Bahamas is just one person. It sounds a little backwards, but those, in fact, were the two acts that performed at High Noon last night. This was a show that demonstrated the pros and cons of lead singers; the first act involved someone who was formerly a backup musician but has since moseyed upstage to become a frontman. In contrast, the other act is composed of former lead singers and no designated frontman. >More
 Madison-raised pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton flaunt their technique and charm with the Madison Symphony Orchestra

"Twice as Nice," the Madison Symphony Orchestra's program for the first weekend of November, features a pair of soloists -- twins, in fact, and local ones to boot. I took in Friday night's performance at Overture Hall. >More
 Anthony Lamarr transcends musical boundaries with faith and ambition

Whatever Anthony Lamarr is, he's not just an R&B singer. It's easy to mistake him for that, considering his high-profile moment singing the hook in the Wisconsin Badgers rap anthem "We're Smelling Roses." Dig deeper and you'll find that Lamarr has released three albums in three years, beginning with 2010's sprawling Opening Night: A Symphony from Sorrow and culminating with Act Two: The Way of the World, the new LP he unveils at the Froth House on Nov. 1. >More
 Madison turns up the metal and noise music in November and December

Madison's selection of heavy music isn't always as diverse as it should be, but that stands to improve over the next couple of months. Bookers here seem to have a safe zone that doesn't often extend beyond the red meat of doom- and stoner-metal riffs. That means we hear from decent acts like Weedeater, Witch Mountain and the mighty Skeletonwitch on a fairly regular basis, but rarely see many other varieties of heavy music performed live. Luckily, November and December offer some more compelling angles on metal, noise and post-hardcore. >More
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