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Concerts on the Square 2012 kicks off with shaky sound, strong selections

With no much-wanted rain to threaten, and with excessive heat no deterrent, the first of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square for 2012 came off before a large public. A few inevitable exceptions aside, the audience was pretty well-behaved, in the area where I sat. I was, however, again concerned about the sound system. >More
 Concert at Farley's celebrates a restored, historic Wisconsin piano

In 1877, the family of the state's first millionaire, Hercules Dousman, brought a magnificent Steinway & Sons Centennial grand piano to their elegant Villa Louis estate in Prairie du Chien. The instrument will soon be heard for the first time since the 1980s. Today the mansion is a museum operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. As for the piano, "it was really played to death, just worn out," says Tim Farley, owner of Farley's House of Pianos in Madison. >More
 Billy Bragg will dedicate his Barrymore set to the Wisconsin protesters

The American left needs Billy Bragg more than ever. Many of the London songwriter-guitarist's songs, including "There Is Power in a Union," lend themselves to use as rousing anthems. But he has a way of avoiding the traps liberal public figures so often hit. >More
 Look beyond the hassles for memorable tunes at Summerfest 2012

If you can deal with the tangles of traffic, overpriced food and hordes of puking patrons, Summerfest is a great place to hear live music. Milwaukee's Henry Maier Festival Park is the site of Big Gig #45, where time-tested bands will lure the investment banker down after work to loosen his tie, toss down Miller Lite and shake it with his third wife. >More
 New performance series helps Madison hip-hop get past its troubles

This article shouldn't be about the continual struggle to find a stable place for live hip-hop in Madison. It should be about any of the following: Madison rapper Sincere Life put out a new mixtape, Don't Let Me Get That Beat, and announced that he'll put out a new album this summer; producer DJ Pain 1 put out the first volume of his Painkillerz series, and the popular blog 2dopeboyz picked up a track from the second installment. >More
 Girls Rock Camp Madison has a radical effect on its students

I walked into the middle of a neon-colored riot: a mess of pigtails and ponytails, excited chatter, apprehensive faces, fidgeting fingers and exuberant energy. It was the first-ever Madison edition of Girls Rock Camp, a weeklong day program in which girls ages 8 to 18 form bands, write songs and then perform them in front of a huge, appreciative crowd. >More
 Wisconsin Historical Museum looks at Madison's rock past in Smart Sounds, Alt Music, Mad Scenes

As Wisconsin Historical Museum staffers assembled the exhibit Smart Sounds, Alt Music, Mad Scenes, they had it confirmed that aspects of Madison's 1980s and 1990s music scene aren't appropriate to a family-friendly setting. The first time they printed out a big sheet of show flyers from the era, they realized the skull and crossbones in a poster for notoriously profane punk band Dwarves was actually a skull and two crossed erect penises. >More
 Surrounded by Reality music series changes hands

Experimental-jazz booking crew Surrounded By Reality continues to fling its key members around the continent. Guitarist Luke Polipnick just left Madison for Omaha after a couple productive years booking the series and playing in a variety of jazz outfits. The University of Michigan's graduate-level improvisation program will eventually claim bass player Ben Willis, who's been involved in Surrounded By Reality lately. >More
 Blockbuster Tchaikovsky trio opens Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society series

The theme for the 2012 season of the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society is "Mixology," using imagery of various mixed drinks to describe their programs. The opening concert, Friday evening in Overture Center's Playhouse, was dubbed "White Russian." Don't worry about it. >More
 Madison musicians prepare for opening of Adam Sandler's That's My Boy

Premiering Friday, June 15, the comedy That's My Boy stars Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. It will also -- hopefully -- feature Madison musicians Scott Beardsley, Chris Boeger and Mike Cammilleri, who a year ago flew to Cape Cod, where they were filmed in a dining room scene requiring a jazz trio. >More
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