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Kickstarter lets customers fund artists in advance

If nothing else, the online fundraising service Kickstarter is perfectly named. Before electronic ignition, a kick start was the only way to fire up that Honda 175cc. Have you ever tried that? A high hop and a hard heel stroke. Sublime. Sometimes it took more than one. The feel of the engine bursting to life between your legs was worth it. It was the same kind of body buzz artists describe having after they make a cash goal with Kickstarter. >More
 Early music group Eliza's Toyes turns to pioneers of the German Baroque

As we speak of The Three B's (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms), so too we hear of The Three S's -- or "The Three Sch's," which is the name of the latest program by the enterprising Madison early-music vocal group Eliza's Toyes. It was performed at Gates of Heaven Saturday night. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra concludes its season with a Gershwin feast

The proclamation of George Gershwin as "America's greatest composer" in the promotional material may or may not in itself attract Madison Symphony Orchestra patrons, but an all-Gershwin program certainly does. The house was virtually full for the Friday evening performance in Overture Hall, and the audience was exuberantly enthusiastic. >More
 At Mickey's Tavern, SST Party revives Minutemen, Hüsker Dü and more

Madison's roster of obsessively specific cover bands gets a a new addition Friday, May 11, at Mickey's Tavern, when Stephen Burke, Tim Sullivan and Michael Brenneis debut their project SSTParty. >More
 The new business model for bands

For musicians, selling songs to corporate interests used to mean selling out. That notion has been replaced by a new one. These days, licensing songs for TV shows and ads is simply smart, 21st-century business sense, a way for artists to earn extra cash -- and find more listeners from a single 30-second ad than an entire year of touring can attract. >More
 Scott Lamps moves easily between pop, classical and musicals

Madison has more than its share of musical chameleons, songsters who switch effortlessly between rock, country, jazz and more. You have to look harder to find people who work not only in pop but also in more complex musical genres, like classical. An example is multi-instrumentalist Scott Lamps. One of the most prolific Madison musicians right now, the UW graduate works in widely divergent genres. >More
 Project M goes to the bands

Scott Lamps' Bello is among the groups competing in Project M: Band Edition, a songwriting challenge hosted by Madison radio staple 105.5 Triple M. "We have done three seasons of solo singer-songwriters," says Triple M program director Pat Gallagher. "We just thought it was time for a little twist." >More
 MadTracks: 'RR' by Control

Schulte, A, the latest EP by Control, reveals the Madison trio's happier side. So often with post-punk, there's something qualified, something nagging, something waiting to go wrong. >More
 With its podcast, online startup Murfie highlights Madison tunes

When Kayla Liederbach graduated from UW-Madison in May 2011, she worried about what would become of her WSUM radio show, U-Dub. She'd been hosting it for two years, and she could hardly imagine life without it. Each Wednesday night, she morphed into a music ambassador as she basked in the tropical sounds of reggae and dub. >More
 Another round of songs inspired by Walkermania

Last week, I provided a sample ballot of local protest songs specific to the Scott Walker era. Here are a few more write-in candidates in the running for best, most earnest, or craziest protest song of the recall period. >More
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