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MUSIC

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
 Music Tuesdays get eclectic at Mickey's Tavern

Not long ago, Tuesday nights at Mickey's Tavern featured a rotation of local singer-songwriters, including Josh Harty, Blake Thomas, Robby Schiller and Jeremiah Nelson. It was enjoyable but never jarring, except perhaps the time Schiller roused the crowd into a National Anthem sing-along. >More
 DJ Nick Nice spins tunes and fights Gov. Walker

Dedicated protester by day, in-demand club DJ by night: It might strike some that Nick Nice is living a double life. He's even got the Clark Kent glasses. The longtime Madison-based DJ won't make any superhero claims, though. Nice has simply found a way to balance -- and even mix -- his love of music and art with a newfound commitment to activism. >More
 Album art lives: The download era doesn't mean the end of lively design

You might worry that digital releases and the newfound trendiness of cassettes will crowd out the possibilities of gorgeous cover art. Well, two Madison bands went the digital and cassette route on recent releases, and if anything, they went to greater lengths to get strong visuals. >More
 My favorite concerts of 2011: Mahler and Mikrokolektyw, Sinatra and sacred steel

D'oh! I missed the Milwaukee's Symphony Orchestra's Oct. 1 performance of John Adams' "Harmonielehre" because I put down the wrong date on our refrigerator calendar. That was painful because Adams is among my favorite contemporary composers, and MSO conductor Edo de Waart happened to be Adams' earliest champion back in the 1980s. >More
 Rock with REACH raises funds to put books in kids' hands

Local music maker Keefe Klug cuts sharp and soulful pop tracks with his band, the Surgical Precision, and he's also got a soft spot for good works. By day, he lends his talents to REACH a Child, a Madison-area nonprofit that distributes books to kids caught in stressful situations like fires, car accidents and domestic strife. As director of the organization's child witness program, he equips tots who testify in court with imaginative stories that transport their minds to a place far from the trauma they've experienced. >More
 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
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