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New Year's Eve is Madison's biggest night for local tunes

Madison singers, instrumentalists and DJs -- and a few out-of-towners -- aid the history-digestion process this New Year's Eve, whether blazing trails toward new genres, summoning memories with retro-themed tribute acts or inspiring resolutions to rock harder in 2012. >More
 The countdown has begun for the 2012 MAMAs

Artist registration is under way for the ninth edition of the Madison Area Music Awards, with a sign-up deadline of Jan. 31. The first round of open voting to determine this year's nominations will begin in February, with the nominations announced March 24 and the 2012 ceremony set to take place June 2 at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians offer alternative to sappy Christmas entertainment

Trevor Stephenson and his Madison Bach Musicians always reveal how much Baroque music, performed in proper period style, can be a revelation. In his Dec. 16 concert at the First Congregational Church, however, he and his colleagues daringly took on the holiday season, when we are awash in so much shallow "family entertainment," to show in particular what integrity, substance and beauty there is to be enjoyed in the alternative of Baroque literature. >More
 The Big Payback's funk/soul claims the Isthmus 2011 Band to Band Combat title

The Frequency was packed with music fans and a wide variety of sounds Thursday night as The Big Playback was selected by the audience to receive 20 hours of recording time at Madison's Blast House Studios. >More
 Christmas means the gift of over-the-top tunes

There was quite a flap this year over what to call the tree in the state Capitol, but when it comes to music, there's not much difference between a Christmas album and a holiday album. Amid the sleigh bells and the snowmen, you're bound to bump into Jesus somewhere along the way. >More
 Waylan St. Palan & the Magic Elves return, Marques Bovre plays benefit

They don't have a Christmas album, but you'll have to look hard to find a better present under the tree than a live holiday show by Waylan St. Palan & the Magic Elves. >More
 Morten Lauridsen's 'Lux Aeterna' is highlight of UW Choral Union autumn concert

In another display of her enterprise, Beverly Taylor has put aside the usual holiday-season compulsions for the autumn concert by the UW Choral Union to give Madison audiences a chance to hear some examples of mostly recent choral work, with absolutely no Christmas connections whatsoever. >More
 Five videos for Bon Iver fanatics and novices alike

The Grammy-nominated Eau Claire band, which appears at Madison's Orpheum Theater this weekend, appears in many weird and charming online videos. Here's a handful. >More
 Team Bon Iver: Wisconsin's iconic indie act is a band, not a dude

Appreciating Bon Iver is an exercise in imagination. Their fabled trajectory has taken less than three years: from a rural Eau Claire hunting shack, where Vernon emerged from solitude, clutching the songs for the freshman record For Emma, Forever Ago, to appearances on Letterman and sold-out headlining sets at festivals from Perth to Paris. >More
 The transformation of Katie Powderly

From 2002 to 2008, Katie Powderly spent her Tuesday nights barefoot and dressed in overalls, playing upright bass in the Lonesome Rogues bluegrass band at Wonder's Pub. Then she got the itch to start writing original music. "I ended up quitting the band," she says. "I was tired of playing bass and cover songs." >More
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