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Madison Opera's Eugene Onegin tells of love and regret

This weekend in Overture Hall, Madison Opera gives us a rare opportunity to see Eugene Onegin, the company's first Tchaikovsky opera in its 50-year history. The libretto, by Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky, follows Alexander Pushkin's 19th-century tale about a young dandy (Hyung Yun, in the title role) who is bored with life and, when it comes to romance, loves the chase more than the woman. >More
 Madison studio DNA Music Labs earns a global reputation

Why did Bligg, the biggest name in Swiss pop music, come to Madison in September? One reason was the rapper's devotion to New Orleans-style parade music, specifically his allegiance to locally based Youngblood Brass Band. The other was to record at DNA Music Labs on Winnebago Street. "They worked 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day," says DNA co-owner Mark Whitcomb, who manned the sessions. >More
 Questions for Hank Williams III

Hank3 will play the Barrymore Theatre Dec. 1. It's the second leg of a tour that showcases four discs recorded from January through June of this year and recently released on his own Hank3 Records. He spoke on the phone from his apartment in East Nashville about his music; his father, Hank Williams Jr., whose comments comparing Obama to Hitler recently got him fired from Monday Night Football; and his grandfather, country legend Hank Williams Sr. >More
 Wonderful student talent lifts University Opera's La Bohème

Probably no serious opera company could survive if it did not mount Puccini's La Bohème every other season or so. Of course, a school opera program is not faced with the same budgetary compulsions, and can expose student performers to a wide range of literature. Paradoxically, though, part of their training should let students experience popular operas in which many will eventually be working as career professionals. >More
 The Cash Box Kings thrive on a classic Chicago sound

Joe Nosek made a hobby of perusing the pop albums archived at the Whitewater public library when he was a kid. The Rolling Stones were among his favorites. "I would study the back of the album and see all the Jagger/Richards songwriting credits," says Nosek. "But I would also see names like Chester Burnett, and that made me want to dig deeper to find out who these other songwriters were." >More
 Teacher and jazz man Terence Blanchard plays a UW gig

Jazz fanatics who love hard-bopping trumpet have been counting the days until Oct. 21, when Terence Blanchard unpacks his horn at the Wisconsin Union Theater in an Isthmus Jazz Series event. But you don't have to be a jazz fiend to be entranced by Blanchard's compositions. Fact is, you're sure to have already experienced his urgent sound. >More
 Austin originals with Gurf Morlix at Kiki's House

Gurf Morlix, named 2009's Americana Music Instrumentalist of the Year, plays the songs of the late Blaze Foley at Kiki's House of Righteous Music Oct. 27. What we have here is an original, in a tribute to an original, in Madison's original house music setting. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, cellist Lynn Harrell foregrounds underappreciated Lalo

Most guest soloists bring along a popular warhorse as a display piece that's sure to please. All praise, then, to cellist Lynn Harrell -- and to visiting conductor Ward Stare -- for venturing instead a rare but truly worthwhile novelty. >More
 At the Orpheum Theatre, Primus is an immersive, unrelenting spectacle

As the lights fell at the Orpheum Theatre, a giddy audience eyed the bass, guitar and drums, the familiar symbols of rock music. But on the stage, the first movements came from something far less common to rock shows: two giant, inflatable astronauts. >More
 The Smoking Popes' new release has a teenage point of view

Along with Green Day and Jimmy Eat World, Chicago's Smoking Popes helped pioneer the melodic pop-punk movement of the early 1990s. In 2011, they are sounding as youthful as ever. That's due in part to This Is Only a Test, a new album that shines a light on life from a teenager's perspective. >More
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