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This is what creativity looks like, part XVI: Matt Wisniewski channels the Man in Black

First it was the Arcade Fire, then it was Mumford & Sons, and now, it's the Man in Black -- Madison-based videographer Matt Wisniewski has released the third in a series of music video montages depicting the ongoing Wisconsin Capitol demonstrations, with this edition featuring footage from the second week of protests and set to "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra flirts with bluegrass

Conductor Andrew Sewell and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra have a genre-bending experience in store this weekend in Overture Center's Capitol Theater. The bluegrass-inspired music of composer Jennifer Higdon will highlight the sounds of grassroots America, while Gustav Holst and Darius Milhaud weigh in for England and France with blithe 20th-century fare. >More
 Acoustic Africa's guitar masters tell intense truths

Listen to the music of African guitarist Oliver Mtukudzi and you might begin to suspect American pop is intellectually and spiritually empty. Mtukudzi, 58, has written songs for more than 30 albums over the past 30 years. He is arguably Zimbabwe's most accomplished musician. >More
 Madison bands and musicians take on Scott Walker

No political protest is complete without music. Thanks to the demonstrations that have gripped the city the past two weeks, Madison bands and songwriters have been busy. Lou and Peter Berryman's late-afternoon Capitol performance on Feb. 18 featured new lyrics to traditional folk songs. The duo turned "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" into "Bring Back Wisconsin to Me." The final verse declares: "They're trying to stifle our voices/They're trying to keep us derailed/They'll find it's not easy to do, though/McCarthy once tried and he failed." That's not Mike McCarthy, Packers fans. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part XI: Ken Lonnquist's 'Weasel'

To Madison troubador, Gov. Scott Walker doesn't fit the description of a Badger, but rather a less-celebrated woodland animal. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part X: Ida Jo and the Show's 'No (We Won't Take It)'

An original from Ida Jo, a Madison original herself, written and recorded during the protests. >More
 This is what creativity looks like, Part VIII: VO5's 'Cheddar Revolution'

You had to know it was only a matter of time before Madison's disco queens and kings got involved in the goings-on at the Capitol. >More
 Recording in Madison, Julian Lynch turned down the volume

Music bloggers across the country began going gaga for local multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicology Ph.D. student Julian Lynch in 2009, when Pitchfork reviewed his album Orange You Glad. Now Lynch, whose music is a swirl of dreamy pop with a touch of psychedelic sugar, is about to release his third full-length album. >More
 Concert for Compromise draws small crowd, lively discussions

Majestic Theatre organizers' hearts were in the right place Monday night when they put together a fundraiser concert for the 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to delay a vote on Gov. Walker's highly controversial "budget-repair" bill. However, a few wrinkles prevented music-loving protesters from packing the house. >More
 Mama Digdown's, more Madison artists play 'Concert for Compromise' at Majestic

What if, after Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer and others perform at the Capitol this evening, you still need a political music fix? You're in luck. After the Morello show is over (it starts at 5 p.m.), the Majestic Theatre will host a benefit for the 14 Democratic senators who have fled the state. >More
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