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MUSIC

Madison author rediscovers folk hero Mike Seeger

Consider the parallel course American music has run next to American politics. The handiest example is the 1960s, when music and politics raged, clashed and crashed, creating sparks that both united and divided us. Music and politics also met up in the 1930s, and that coalescing did nothing less than identify what being an American meant. >More
 WSUM turns 10

Back in 2002, things looked bad for student radio in Madison. Not that things ever looked great. There was the little matter of the Federal Communications Commission taking the old channel off the air in the 1970s due to broadcasting obscenities. Fact is, for all UW-Madison's student activism, student voices had never been heard to any great effect on the airwaves. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, Hadelich plays Prokofiev with deeply moving beauty

The first program of the new year offered by the Madison Symphony Orchestra is simply fabulous! It debuted Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 DLO creates an instrumental hip-hop series in his basement

Rapper DLO, real name Bradley Thomas, is one of Madison's strongest hip-hop voices. That's thanks in part to his work with dumate, the hip-hop band that released We Have the Technology in 2009. Thomas also pairs with producer Man Mantis as IceMantis and helps fellow dumate MC Laduma Nguyuza produce the James Baldwin-inspired Billie James Project. >More
 Dragonfly Lounge hosts winter music series

The Dragonfly Lounge, under Bellini Restaurant at 401 E. Washington Ave., finally announced its presence last Wednesday, when an awning went up over what had looked like a door for deliveries. In recent months, the 75-capacity space has been increasingly busy -- but easy to miss. >More
 Boccherini pastiche mars Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concert

As so often happens, a wonderful concert by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has been blighted by the contribution of a guest soloist. Amit Peled is a gifted musician and outstanding cellist. But Friday night in Overture Center's Capitol Theater, he displayed total irresponsibility in devoting his major appearance to a completely fake and utterly discredited work. >More
 Scientists study music's effects on our brains and bodies

As we lie under the stars and listen to a Puccini aria or tap our toes in a nightclub to some earthy jazz, we're probably not thinking about how the music affects our brains. We're just feeling good and enjoying the moment. But it turns out that music is a good subject for brain research because it affects so many neurological pathways. >More
 The Project Lodge grows up

Madison's brave, all-ages performance and art space Project Lodge was on the ropes last summer. Noise complaints from neighbors of the East Johnson Street storefront sparked scrutiny from the city. Suddenly, instead of happily flying below the radar, Lodge executive director Bessie Cherry was in the crosshairs. >More
 Wired for Love is an opera for the Internet (scam) age

We are accustomed nowadays to operas on contemporary themes. But an opera about Internet fraud? About the results of an electronic duel between a Nigerian email scammer and his would-be victim? That is the subject of the opera Wired for Love. >More
 Madison landmarks co-star in F.Stokes' video for 'My Simple'

The relentlessly positive, Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist F.Stokes has dropped a nuclear bomb of goodness onto his adopted hometown of Madison. Shot here over 12 hours between two live shows last October, "My Simple" is a video valentine featuring Madison people and Madison locations, like the Crystal Corner Bar. This is the second "My Simple" video, the only public version. >More
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