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Scenes from Live on King Street with Mat Kearney, Kiernan McMullan and Nick Nice (slideshow)

On another ideal Friday night in downtown Madison, thousands gathered on King Street to hear Mat Kearney, drink beer, hoot, holler and check each other out. >More
 Photos and tweets from Live on King Street with Mat Kearney, Kiernan McMullan

A large and enthusiastic crowd greeted Mat Kearney on Friday evening as the singer-songwriter played at the second Live on King Street concert of the summer. The scene in front of the Majestic Theatre was loud and lively as fans listened to the headliner, along with opening performer Kiernan McMullan. >More
 Madison's 2012-13 classical music season has a youthful glow

Our classical music groups at the Overture Center have prepared an alluring array of offerings for the 2012-2013 season. Many of the composers represented created their works when they were under 30, and some under 20, giving the season a youthful glow. In this milieu of innocent creations, late works like Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante and Brahms' Fourth Symphony sound weightier and more dramatic. >More
 The Flaming Lips' quiet side

A band has to grow into its man-sized hamster ball. As Oklahomans the Flaming Lips became a band that could turn its shows into an irradiated carnival of confetti and light and pull off the cosmic-scale anthem "Do You Realize??," all kinds of other expansions were taking place in its sound and songwriting. One of them was that Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins and company got better at exploring those less anthemic, more elusive spaces. >More
 Shonen Knife's guide to the small pleasures of life

Japanese band Shonen Knife brings thirty-plus years of goofy, formulaic, yet consistently catchy guitar pop to a Union Terrace show this Friday, August 3. Naoko Yamano and a rotation of bandmates have inspired fans from Kurt Cobain to the recently returned Redd Kross to offer praise, and inspired online lyrics transcribers to safely add conjunctions and articles so as not to excessively mock their tendency toward choppy English diction. >More
 Scenes from Live on King Street with The Budos Band, Natty Nation and Nick Nice (slideshow)

After an early, but brief, rain shower Friday, King Street once again filled with music fans looking to fill up on reggae and Afrobeat sounds. >More
 Photos and tweets from Live on King Street with Budos Band, Natty Nation

Despite a bout of early evening rain, the skies cleared for the Live on King Street concert with the Budos Band and Natty Nation. Crowds once again gathered in front of the Majestic Theatre to enjoy an evening of reggae and funk sounds. >More
 Budos Band menaces the Live on King Street crowd

The Budos Band played itself a dark fanfare Friday night before its five-person line of percussion fully kicked into its deft blend of funk, soul and Afrobeat rhythm. The New York City group brought 10 of its members, nearly all of them dark-haired and black-shirted. Even the trumpet and baritone sax onstage looked worn to a dirty copper color, and sounded with a harsh buzz. >More
 Blueheels just want to have fun

The idiosyncratic combination known as Blueheels is convened at the Weary Traveler on Willy Street. Three of them, anyway: drummer Adam Cargin, guitarist Justin Bricco and singer/songwriter Robby Schiller. It's been two years since the group's last record, and the rockers who once played five shows per week have been in a rare live-performance hiatus as well. >More
 Cole Markland returns to Madison

The trail of Madison rock history passed directly through the door to Merlyn's, the 1980s State Street nightclub. Now the venue and its denizens are a deservedly huge slab of "Smart Sounds, Alt Music, Mad Scenes," the exhibit about Madison music that's currently on display at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. >More
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