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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
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble delivers a Thanksgiving feast of German and Italian works

The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble gave its annual Thanksgiving-weekend program at the Gates of Heaven on Saturday evening. The program offered an interesting menu that matched music by three German composers against that of four composers of Venice. >More
 Ninety Miles Project uses jazz to mend U.S.-Cuba relations

Though Havana is about 90 miles from Florida's southernmost tip, most Americans have never experienced its wonderful sights and sounds. Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. ended more than 50 years ago, and trade and travel restrictions have existed ever since. But the ice has started to thaw, thanks, in part, to a partnership between jazz musicians in both countries. >More
 Make Music Madison would put local performers in public places for a full day

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to strengthen Madison music, but the most promising initiative he's backing comes from outside his office. During a Nov. 8 town-hall meeting, he and Ald. Scott Resnick struggled to explain why the city should spend $50,000 on a video to promote Madison as a destination for out-of-town music lovers. Only one of the night's panelists had many satisfying ideas about how to support local performers: Michael Rothschild, a retired UW marketing professor who's organizing an event called Make Music Madison. >More
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