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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
 Isthmus Band to Band Combat 2011 makes musical love, not war

Finding the local band that's right for you is a lot like finding a romantic partner. You want one that's talented, looks good and doesn't sound too abrasive. And since everyone seems to be finding romance on the Internet these days, why not venture online to discover your musical soulmate? >More
 Natty Nation's Black Friday show is a tradition now

"This show will be the fourth annual Black Friday show. It started out as our coming home party when we did a tour of the Middle East and Africa. Since all of the musicians in the group live in or close to Madison, it's the perfect time and place for us to have a show for our families and long time Madison fans." >More
 Composer Shannon Mason, a.k.a. Pongball, unveils soundtrack for eco-themed videogame

Without music's bravery-summoning powers, Super Mario might not rescue Princess Toadstool, and Contra's commandos would struggle to foil the Red Falcon Organization's nefarious world-domination plot. Local composer Shannon Mason knows this cardinal truth. That's why she lives, breathes and sleeps videogame music. It inspires acts of heroism. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, Midori plays Shostakovich with eloquence and passion

Last weekend we had the appearance in Memorial Union concerts of Caroline Goulding, the 19-year-old violinist who is making the transition from child prodigy to mature artist, on a pattern already followed by Midori and Hilary Hahn. So it is appropriate that this weekend we should have Midori herself with us, as a guest soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. >More
 Rock pioneers the Millingtons still fight stereotypes

June Millington was 13 when her family moved from the Philippines to Sacramento, Calif. The year was 1961. "We felt blatant prejudice when we first came here," she says. "It was horrible." But June and her sister Jean knew how to play ukulele, and they used their musical talent to win friends. "We played at the junior high school variety show," recalls June. "Kids started coming up to us and telling us they liked it. So it dawned on us this was a way to make friends." >More
 Madison Opera's Eugene Onegin tells of love and regret

This weekend in Overture Hall, Madison Opera gives us a rare opportunity to see Eugene Onegin, the company's first Tchaikovsky opera in its 50-year history. The libretto, by Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky, follows Alexander Pushkin's 19th-century tale about a young dandy (Hyung Yun, in the title role) who is bored with life and, when it comes to romance, loves the chase more than the woman. >More
 Madison studio DNA Music Labs earns a global reputation

Why did Bligg, the biggest name in Swiss pop music, come to Madison in September? One reason was the rapper's devotion to New Orleans-style parade music, specifically his allegiance to locally based Youngblood Brass Band. The other was to record at DNA Music Labs on Winnebago Street. "They worked 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day," says DNA co-owner Mark Whitcomb, who manned the sessions. >More
 Questions for Hank Williams III

Hank3 will play the Barrymore Theatre Dec. 1. It's the second leg of a tour that showcases four discs recorded from January through June of this year and recently released on his own Hank3 Records. He spoke on the phone from his apartment in East Nashville about his music; his father, Hank Williams Jr., whose comments comparing Obama to Hitler recently got him fired from Monday Night Football; and his grandfather, country legend Hank Williams Sr. >More
 Wonderful student talent lifts University Opera's La Bohème

Probably no serious opera company could survive if it did not mount Puccini's La Bohème every other season or so. Of course, a school opera program is not faced with the same budgetary compulsions, and can expose student performers to a wide range of literature. Paradoxically, though, part of their training should let students experience popular operas in which many will eventually be working as career professionals. >More
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