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Ancora String Quartet puts heart into Grieg, soul into Beethoven

The Ancora String Quartet has chosen for its 2011-2012 season the overall theme of "The Musician and his Muse" -- pointing up the debt that composers owed to the performers who inspired them. The theme was altogether apt in the case of the two works the quartet performed Saturday night at the First Unitarian Society. >More
 The Type revive iconic 1990s sounds

The members of the Type offer no apology for sounding like a throwback to 1990s grunge and riot grrrl bands. "We kind of play to what our influences have been," says guitarist and songwriter Jeri Casper. What's influenced them is rock music with a dark edge, a punk ethic and an urgent feel that's high on angst. On Sept. 30, the Type celebrate the release of their second CD, Sirens and Storms, with a show at the Inferno. >More
 Will play for food: Madison needs to get serious about supporting local music

Patrick Breiner, a young sax player who brightened the Madison music scene for three years, packed his bags in August and moved to Connecticut. This was Madison's loss. Breiner came to town after six years in New York City, where he studied jazz at the New School. He gigged with a whole bunch of bands here, including the estimable New Breed, which features the city's best young jazz players. >More
 The Head and the Heart's indie rock is a dream come alive

My friend Rich from Seattle and I ran an errand during our stay at his Vilas County cabin last summer. It was a beautiful morning up north. Sunlight speared down between the tall pines, turning the road ahead into a length of gold ribbon. Steam rose from the ground and moved low, as though the forest floor around us was breathing. >More
 Project Lodge scales back

For patrons, performers, artists and designers, the appeal of Project Lodge is the utterly undefined nature of the place. The current lease for the multipurpose arts and music space at 817 E. Johnson St. isn't up until November 2012, but for better or worse, things are certain to get more defined before then. >More
 Fortepiano master Malcolm Bilson finds the spaces between the notes

When pianist Malcolm Bilson plays the fortepiano in UW Mills Hall this Sunday, he will turn on that grand 18th-century charm. Bilson, emeritus professor of piano at Cornell University, will play his own fortepiano, one based on a circa 1790 Viennese model by Johann Schanz. The concert is free. >More
 John Adams' 'Transmigration' memorializes 9/11

In Overture Hall on Sept. 16-18, the Madison Symphony Orchestra opens its new season with grace and gravitas. The concert contrasts Grieg's sunny piano concerto with powerful musical responses to tragedy and war in John Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning "On the Transmigration of Souls" and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. >More
 The Grasshoppers take a populist approach to rock

The Grasshoppers are an everyband, an ordinary group of musicians audiences can identify with. Especially on a Saturday night, in a bar, with a beer. They make rock music that embraces blues and reggae. Lyrically, they own up to the frustrations of working life and reveal their dreams for something more. >More
 Aaron Rodgers look-alike Lucas Cates is a 'Quarterback Copycat' (video)

The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers open the 2011 NFL season Thursday night at Lambeau Field and, in recognition of this monumental occasion, Madison's Lucas Cates Band has released a video for "Quarterback Copycat," which reveals Cates as an A-Rodg doppelganger. >More
 Meet the musicians: Madison bands will rock your world this fall

It's the week after Labor Day, the new school year's in full swing, and a heap of new Madison residents are learning how to navigate the city. Sure, if you're new in town, it's easy enough to grab a map to learn how to bike from Jenifer Street to Linden Drive. But odds are, you've come here hoping to learn more about Madison than how to get from point A to point B. You might even be curious about the kind of things that shape Madison's personality and define its culture. >More
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