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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
 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
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