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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
 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
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