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Gay old time: Fruit Fest blends tunes, dancing and fundraising

It all begins with the Fruit Loop. The run-walk kicks off June 16's Fruit Fest, a celebration of LGBT culture that pairs athleticism with philanthropy and lots of live music. Unlike most 5K dashes, this one features giant bananas and freakishly overgrown grapes. It's whimsical, absurd and true to the spirit of Willy Street, where Fruit Fest takes place. During the summer, the festival is an entertaining way to celebrate Madison's LGBT community. >More
 Upcoming Madison shows: Tennis, Aaron Freeman, Head and the Heart, Melvins Lite

For most area college students, school's out for summer, but organizers of the fall concert lineup aren't taking any vacations. Bookers and promoters are as busy as ever, lining up shows for August, September and beyond. >More
 Zebras return with a new drummer and album

Had things gone smoothly for Zebras, the band's new, self-titled album just wouldn't be the same. Since starting the Madison band in 2007, guitarist-vocalist Vincent Presley and synth player Lacey Smith have lost one fine drummer and gained another. In between, they recruited members of Milwaukee's IfIHadAHiFi for a 2011 tour and recorded a cover of a song by their Madison spaz-rock ancestors Transformer Lootbag. >More
 Garbage, Flaming Lips to play Warner Park in August at Pondamonium

The Madison Mallards see an opportunity to pull off something big over the summer with the inaugural Pondamonium. On Thursday, August 9, a recently revived Garbage and lovably insane trippers the Flaming Lips will play at Warner Park's Duck Pond. >More
 Mary Stallings sings tenderly at the 2012 Isthmus Jazz Festival

Singer Mary Stallings confessed she was in a sentimental mood during Saturday night's set in the Wisconsin Union Theater, the marquee event of the 2012 Isthmus Jazz Festival. It didn't get the better of her. >More
 Celebrating the scene at the 2012 Madison Area Music Awards

Saturday night in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, Madison musicians and fans feted the local scene with the ninth annual Madison Area Music Awards. The show was a happy and lively affair, complete with slick production, funny jokes, passionate acceptance speeches and stylish dressers, perhaps none more stylish than the guy wearing a Roman centurion costume. >More
 At the Lost City Music Festival, the focus is local

By and large, Wisconsin bands are the point of the Lost City Music Festival, which is scheduled for July 5-8. Organizers of the event are booking only a few bands from outside the Midwest. >More
 Scenes from The Antlers, Sat. Nite Duets show at the High Noon Saloon (slideshow)

Brooklyn indie trio The Antlers took over the High Noon Saloon Wednesday night with support from Milwaukee's Sat. Nite Duets. Here's what it looked like. >More
 Middleton Community Orchestra concludes 2011-12 season with joy and commitment

The Middleton Community Orchestra finished its 2011-2012 season with a Wednesday night concert before a quite respectable audience in the ample auditorium of the town's performing arts center. The program, as usual, was ambitious >More
 Majestic Theatre unveils Live on King Street summer concert series

If Matt Gerding and his team at the Majestic Theatre aren't careful, they're going to be known for booking better shows outside their theater than inside. >More
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