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The Bin Men get silly and political on debut EP, Sensible Hair Cuts

The Bin Men come from all over Madison's musical landscape. Singer-guitarist Jim Goronson plays with Seven Stone Weaklings, singer-guitarist Maggie Weiser sings with Reptile Palace Orchestra, bassist Kenny Stevenson plays with Jim Schwall, and drummer Nate Onsrud sings and plays guitar for Sir!NoSir! Altogether, Weiser and Stevenson play in nearly 10 bands, yet they seem to get something new out of playing in their rock band the Bin Men. >More
 Baldwin Street police shooting is doubly tragic for Madison's music community

Paulie Heenan was looking forward to "lighting this town up." That's what the musician and sound engineer told his friend Mark Whitcomb in a text message late Thursday night, after visiting Whitcomb's recording studio, DNA Music Labs, on Winnebago Street. Early Friday morning, Whitcomb learned that Heenan, 30, had been shot dead in an altercation with a Madison police officer. >More
 VH1 Save the Music Foundation equips five Madison elementary schools with new piano labs

Music in Madison schools is getting a big boost today from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the Madison Community Foundation. Besides bolstering the arts, a new program called Music in Education is expected to improve participating students' math and reading skills. Five Madison elementary schools will receive piano labs, as well as curricula, management software and professional development for teachers. >More
 With the UW Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Roman performs Dvorák's Cello Concerto with lyricism and grace

The concert at the UW's Mills Hall on evening of Saturday, Nov. 10 was unusual in being a kind of two-in-one event. It featured the UW Symphony with a guest soloist, cellist Joshua Roman. >More
 University Opera's Medea is an engrossing tale about a vengeful sorceress

For its first production this season, University Opera is tackling a work of daunting challenges, Medea by Luigi Cherubini. Performances take place this weekend at the UW's Music Hall. >More
 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
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