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MUSIC

For big country acts, radio is still is a lifeline

Some Madison music fans never listen to mainstream radio. For live shows they favor small and midsize venues, never to fork over a Ticketmaster fee or slurp fluorescent nachos in the nosebleed seats. But if you want proof that big radio and big-ticket acts still have a foothold here, look no further than country. >More
 As deadline approaches, Project Lodge nears its Kickstarter fundraising goal

Cool heads prevail as the Project Lodge speeds toward the cliff's edge. That's because it looks likely that the East Johnson Street art and performance space will make its $8,000 Kickstarter goal by Friday. >More
 Great, overlooked singer Mary Stallings headlines the 2012 Isthmus Jazz Festival

Singer Mary Stallings, one of jazz's unsung heroines, will headline the 2012 Isthmus Jazz Festival. She performs a free concert on Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m. in the Wisconsin Union Theater. The festival will also feature performances by regional bands on the Memorial Union Terrace on June 1 and 2. >More
 Madison musicians gather for benefits to support free speech, Cliff Frederiksen

Music fans can spend Sunday, Feb. 12 fighting two scourges: prostate cancer and the nickel-and-diming of the First Amendment. Both Forward! For The First Amendment at the East Side Club and a benefit for Cliff Frederiksen at the Brink Lounge feature impressive lineups. >More
 Redamte and Dragonfly Lounge feature adventuresome acts

Madison has two new music venues: Redamte, a java joint at 449 State St., and Dragonfly Lounge, a candle-lined taproom in the basement of Bellini restaurant (401 E. Washington Ave.). They sprouted from the efforts of their owners and the clever ideas of two groups: homegrown label Mine All Mine Records and local concert-booking agency TKG Music Group. >More
 Vanguard Jazz Orchestra brings New York-style thrills to the Wisconsin Union Theater

The economic model for the touring jazz big band has broken down since the days of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. So it was a rare treat to see the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra on Saturday night, bringing New York-style thrills to the Wisconsin Union Theater. The 16-piece band was a well-oiled machine with a human heart. >More
 Good ideas, healthy venting at Madison hip-hop community meeting

It's tough to be constructive in a conversation everyone is sick of having. About 40 people did just that Saturday afternoon at the East Madison Community Center, site of a meeting about guarding local hip-hop shows from violence and its withering aftereffects. >More
 Mostly flamboyant, sometimes subdued, Patti LuPone delights in Overture Hall

Patti LuPone is a Broadway baby, and Broadway musicals aren't famous for subtlety. Wednesday night in Overture Hall, LuPone presented a few gentle interludes, but mainly the performance was one gigantic climax after another. That could have been exhausting to watch, but she threw in a lot of self-deprecating shtick, which helped make the show just the right size. It was a delight. >More
 The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra keeps an essential American sound alive

The most influential big band in contemporary jazz is bringing a bit of Greenwich Village to Madison, just days before it celebrates an anniversary. As great art often does, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra began in disappointment, when jazz giant Count Basie commissioned Thad Jones, his band's cornetist, to write a full album's worth of material in 1965. Basie rejected the seven compositions Jones presented, saying they didn't sound like his band and might be too hard for his musicians to play. >More
 Madison musicians collaborate with artists overseas

Sometimes music-making thrives on isolation, but a handful of abrasive, experimental Madison artists have found collaborators -- abroad. The Internet makes that easy, but it's still an improbable feat when a musician in Madison and one overseas learn they share the same twisted muse, then develop the discipline and chemistry to make compelling recordings together. Three recent releases capture just that dynamic. >More
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