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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
 Madison Music Collective's fall 2012 series aims to blend audiences, genres

This year keeps promising to upend jazz in Madison, and the effects will spread beyond its usual audience. While the Wisconsin Union Theater spreads its jazz and other bookings in its 2012-13 season to other campus venues during major renovations, and the Surrounded By Reality series brings the noisier side of jazz to Madison, the Madison Music Collective will be presenting a series that has as much to do with hip-hop, R&B and pop music as it does its usual realm of jazz and improvised music. >More
 Cloud Cult takes over King Street (video)

Madison's King Street was a happy place to be Friday night as music fans took in a post-work, pre-bars concert from Cloud Cult. >More
 Singers sample upcoming roles at Opera in the Park 2012 with Madison Opera

This year's Opera in the Park -- on Saturday night in Garner Park -- brought together an unusually fine group of guest soloists, all with excellent voices and seasoned experience. >More
 Cloud Cult kicks off Live on King Street concert series

During Cloud Cult's sound check and DJ Nick Nice's initial spinning early Friday evening, the first block of King Street became something of a bass canyon. The band's drums and some of Nice's selections established a wubba-wubba zone that stretched at least from the Tipsy Cow to GEF 3. >More
 Madison Savoyards stage a treat of a Pirates of Penzance

Now embarked upon their 50th annual summer season, Madison Savoyards have again demonstrated their capacity for enduring self-renewal and for artistic vitality. This year's production, which opened Friday in UW Music Hall, offers the sure-fire Gilbert-and-Sullivan hit, The Pirates of Penzance >More
 Scenes from Live on King Street with Cloud Cult, MS MR and Nick Nice (slideshow)

Cloud Cult, MS MR and DJ Nick Nice filled the east end of Madison's Capitol Square with music Friday night. Here's what it looked like. >More
 Photos and tweets from Live on King Street with Cloud Cult, MS MR

Hundreds gathered on King Street on a picturesque Madison summer evening Friday to take in the sounds of Cloud Cult and MS MR. Thankfully, many of them also chronicled the event on social media. >More
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