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Punk, metal and surf bands keep Madison rock steady

It's a convenient fib that the hard, crude side of rock 'n' roll disappears every so often, only to be rescued in time for a slate of rock-magazine photo shoots. But there are always plenty of bands, somewhere, focusing on the gratifying metal riff, the primal rockabilly beat, the simple chord pattern. Still, every so often, a few bands give us extra reason to coalesce around the basics. Meet four Madison acts whose work in punk, metal and surf rock is doing just that. >More
 Ancora and Rhapsodie ensembles join forces for an exuberant Mendelssohn octet

In its closing program for this season, the Ancora Quartet has devised a remarkably diversified and satisfying program -- combining a compact rarity with an expansive crowd-pleaser, each demanding in its own way. >More
 New songs help one-man band Trin Tran play a bigger, better set

Before his opening set for San Francisco rocker Ty Segall last Wednesday at the High Noon Saloon, it might not have occurred to anyone that Trin Tran works really well in a larger setting. >More
 Summer in Madison means the tunes are in open air: A 2012 concert preview

In a Madison spring, the only things popping up faster than road-construction projects are opportunities to hear music outside. Well, mostly to drink beer outside, but the music is still pretty crucial. And just like the newly jagged plates of every major street, it's quite a busy and disjointed mix -- and therein lies the charm. >More
 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
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