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This is what creativity looks like: A live version of Ryan Bingham's 'Direction of the Wind'

One song guaranteed a spot on the soundtrack to the last month of protests at the Wisconsin Capitol is "Direction of the Wind" by Ryan Bingham, the Texas country singer-songwriters who performed at last Saturday's rally and is set to return for an encore this weekend -- this live music video shot by Madison documentarian Tona Williams captures the spirit of this classic in the making. >More
 This is what creativity looks like: Matt Wisniewski releases a new video, with help from Ryan Bingham

One among a vast crew of prolific videographers covering the demonstrations at the Capitol, Matt Wisniewski, releases the fourth in his series of video montages capturing the atmosphere around the Square, set to "Direction of the Wind" by Ryan Bingham, who will be back in town Saturday to perform at the "Tractorcade" rally. >More
 Jeremiah Nelson picks up the pieces in Drugs to Make You Sober

Connoisseurs of the Madison music scene may know Jeremiah Nelson as the leader of the on-again, off-again lo-fi band Patchwork or as the host of the Tuesday-night tunes at Mickey's Tavern. One-time Minnesotans may even remember him as the mandolinist from the gig-happy gypsy-folk group Ian Hilmer's Stagefright, which played bars, parks and everything in between. >More
 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
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