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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
 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
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