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Sunspot: Deus Ex Machina

Sunspot is the Madison party-rock band that relentlessly tours Wisconsin and captures the energy of its travels in the zany podcast Sunspot Road Mania. But on its new three-song EP, Sunspot ventures way beyond party rock. Deus Ex Machina takes on lyrical themes both deep and dark, and it adds rock riffs rough enough to match the mood. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announces 2011 Concerts on the Square season

Summer is nigh. No, really. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's announcement of its 2011 Concerts on the Square season provides scientific confirmation that despite the wild meteorological mood swings of recent weeks, summer will indeed grace Wisconsin's Capitol a couple months hence. >More
 With Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, pianist Shai Wosner plays elegant Beethoven concerto

For the closing Masterworks concert by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra this season, music director Andrew Sewell began with an unprogrammed opener, a song-based movement from a suite for strings by British choral conductor and composer John Rutter. >More
 Jazz great Dianne Reeves works vocal miracles at Wisconsin Union Theater

Was I lying when I called Dianne Reeves one of the greatest jazz singers ever? I don't think anyone in Friday's ecstatic audience at Wisconsin Union Theater would have indicted me. With her uncannily flexible voice, Reeves turned every song into a tour de force. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2011 offers free fun on the Memorial Union Terrace on June 3-4

The 2011 Isthmus Jazz Festival kicks off summer in Madison with a wide-ranging lineup on June 3 and 4 on the UW Memorial Union Terrace. The festival runs the gamut from big band to small group, Latin to bebop. You can sit and admire the instrumental virtuosity or get up and dance to late-night salsa and merengue. >More
 Late lamented Madison music clubs

 The Shtetlblasters kick out the jams with klezmer and Jazzercise

The Shtetlblasters want America to rediscover the 1980s -- beyond de rigueur Breakfast Club screenings and dance-floor moonwalking expeditions. They're exploring everything from the aerobics craze to early adventures in hip-hop through an unlikely vehicle: Jewish party music, otherwise known as klezmer. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Choir gives majestic performance of Haydn's Creation

I looked forward with high expectations to the performance of Haydn's Creation by the Wisconsin Chamber Choir. And I was not disappointed. >More
 Singer Dianne Reeves makes a case for jazz's relevance

The recent death of Abbey Lincoln made it official. The golden age of female jazz singers is over. But that doesn't mean the genre is played out -- not by a long shot. Contemporary women are finding a way to sing jazz without slavishly imitating Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, the three titans who set the standard over half a century ago. One of the best is Dianne Reeves. >More
 The Disclosures sing songs of credit unions

It all started when Chad Helminak decided to bring his guitar to the training conference he attended after taking a new job at the Wisconsin Credit Union League in 2009. Helminak's guitar got the attention of Chris Morris, who was new on staff at the National Credit Union Foundation and was attending the conference, too. >More
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