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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
 Coda: Rich Albertoni's last column

I wrote my first story for Isthmus 12 years ago. It was a piece about the underage music venue the New Loft being evicted from their space on Fairchild Street to make way, ironically, for "the arts district." This column is my last. A new job and life changes are taking me in a different direction. It feels like the right time to put closure on 15 years of freelancing about the Madison music scene. >More
 The best Madison music video of 2011: 'Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest, Part 2'

Last year, my favorite local music video was the well-known, Badger-boosting short film, "Teach Me How to Bucky." The mood of this year's winning video is altogether different. >More
 The 10 best Madison songs of 2011

Madison musicians created another bucketload of great recorded music this year. They put out more than 100 long and extended play albums during the last 12 months, cutting across all genres. >More
 The best Madison albums of 2011

Sound waves pierced the Capitol Square more than usual this year. Between the protest chants, there was music. Sometimes the two were inseparable. Nine monotone notes, distinguished by a one-of-a-kind time pattern, became a clarion call across downtown: "This is what democracy looks like!" The anthem was tapped out on car horns. It was beaten on drums. It was wheezed by snarky kazoos. >More
 The German Art Students mark 12 years of rocking out

You could say the German Art Students are now in grad school. Twelve years into their study of punk, pop and cracked cultural philosophy, the Madison band have slimmed down to a trio, thanks to the 2010 departure of bassist Andy Larson, and released a new EP, The Power and the Trust. >More
 Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble dazzles in Thanksgiving weekend concert

So many cities larger than Madison would be proud and fortunate to have the good early-music activity we have. We are blessed with not just one permanent ensemble, but two. >More
 Madison independent record stores roll out specials for Black Friday

It's the morning after Thanksgiving and you've awakened from your post-turkey coma in relatively decent condition. Sure, your pajamas might be a little snugger and part of you is regretting that second (or third) portion of pumpkin pie, but that's all the more reason to get out and work off those excess pounds while supporting your local record stores during the retail shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday. >More
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