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My top five albums of 2012

I felt this past year was underwhelming new-music-wise. Up until September, my favorite release of the year was a reissue of Sugar's Copper Blue with the Beaster EP included. The remastering and packaging are great. But leave it to Bob Mould himself to make one of the best albums of the year, and the best of his solo career. >More
 Madison expat Shane Shane delivers 'Teenage Santa' for the holidays (video)

Madison cabaret-punk band Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons are no more, but their singer, Shane O'Neill (a.k.a. Shane Shane), is making lots of joyful noises in Brooklyn, N.Y., these days. Just in time for the holidays, he's put a new spin on the legend of St. Nick with a video called "Teenage Santa." >More
 The Moore Family wishes Madison 'Merry Christmas, Ya Hey!' (video)

What's that we hear? Madison's version of the Carter Family? The Osmonds? The Jacksons? The Roe Family Singers? Nah, it's Isthmus' own Andy Moore and his clan wishing us all a Merry Christmas in the 'Sconnie way. Turn it up! >More
 My favorite concerts of 2012, in Madison and beyond

I was gobsmacked and awestruck. Like Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, I was in the thrall of a greater power. That was my reaction this fall (and it lingers to this day) to witnessing the nearly five-hour revival of Einstein on the Beach at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I'm close to speechless trying to explain Phillip Glass' operatic meditation on the birth of the nuclear age. >More
 Six of the best Madison-made songs of 2012

I'm not about to let you forget that 2012 was a supremely strange-sounding year in local music. There's even more adventure and dissonance beyond my list of 2012's best Madison-made albums, either on albums that didn't quite make the cut or from artists that slipped under my radar for most of the year. Here's a short playlist to help you close out the year on a compelling and head-scratching note. >More
 Sights and sounds from the End of the World Moustache Bash at the Majestic (video)

If you're reading this, then it's safe to say the world didn't end. Take a moment to celebrate this fact. Go ahead and hug the nearest person in the room, but then consider the following: How you chose to spend the apocalypse says a lot about who you are as a person. >More
 'Glitz, glamor, Las Vegas showgirls and Santa Claus': An interview with Waylan St. Palan (video)

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas around Madison, all the children, good and bad, start to anticipate the arrival of Waylan St. Palan and the Magic Elves for their annual holiday lounge show. >More
 Middleton Community Orchestra enchants with dance-themed program featuring stellar soprano Emily Birsan

Last night, the Middleton Community Orchestra presented "An Evening of Song and Dance" at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center. Under the tight and steady stewardship of conductor Steve Kurr, this orchestra dazzled. >More
 400 Saturdays shares Madison music fans' stories about vinyl

When working at MadCity Music Exchange from 2002 to 2010, Kim Johnson-Bair got to know the unassuming eccentrics one meets in local record shops. "The punks would come in, and they're easy to recognize, but what about the guy standing way over there in the Carhartt jacket and the baseball cap?" she asks. >More
 Milkhouse Radio cranks out 'Christmas on the Isthmus,' a bluegrass ode to Madison (video)

Despite being what guitarist Russ Cannon calls a "ridiculous idea," local bluegrass band Milkhouse Radio has managed to write and record an original Christmas song in less than a month. The result is "Christmas on the Isthmus," which is as much a string-band carol as a love note to Madison. >More
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