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Liam Ford, Madison musicians play tribute show to celebrate Johnny Cash's catalog one piece at a time

Johnny Cash's output was as big and conflicted as his character, so why celebrate his 80th birthday in anything like a tidy fashion? This Sunday's tribute show at the Majestic Theatre promises to embrace the sprawl of his catalog, or at least try. >More
 Count This Penny is inspired by Civil War letters

Count This Penny is a keen choice to awaken the voices of long-dead Union soldiers. The quartet's founders, Amanda and Allen Rigell, are East Tennessee transplants, Appalachian artists who bring rich, balanced sensibilities -- the kind of consideration the Civil War demands -- to a unique musical assignment. >More
 Shearwater emphasizes volume at High Noon Saloon

Shearwater's new album, Animal Joy, doesn't quite sacrifice the prettier moments of 2008's Rook or 2010's The Golden Archipelago, but certainly makes a point of rocking a little more bluntly. That was clear enough when the Austin band played a fierce set Sunday night at the High Noon. >More
 Count This Penny to play A Prairie Home Companion

Allen and Amanda Rigell haven't lived in town for long, but Madison will proudly claim them as its own when their Americana duo, Count This Penny, plays for a national audience on A Prairie Home Companion broadcast from the Milwaukee Theatre on March 31. >More
 Uvulittle Records looks to grow with Maestro Subgum reissues

Madison has sprouted a healthy number of new independent labels in the past few years, from the adventurous Brave Mysteries to the garage-pop leanings of Kind Turkey Records. But Jon Hain has been running Uvulittle Records since about 1996. In his spare time as co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, Hain has gradually built a small but chaotic roster that includes singer-songwriter Ritt Deitz and Chicago psych-improv band Milkbaby. >More
 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
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