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Shake it up: A Madison live music preview for winter 2011

It doesn't make sense to devote yourself to one musical genre in a city like Madison. Sure, some towns are built upon a particular style of tunes, but ours is defined by its mammoth menu of choices, especially during the winter months. Make a late New Year's resolution to add a new sound to your concert list. >More
 Arts Beat: Thanks to Sound Health at the UW, music is medicine

A University of Wisconsin-Madison program is bringing live chamber music to hospital patients, families and staff. Sound Health's first performance was in February 2010. Since then it's offered 35 performances at UW Hospital & Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital. >More
 Nama Rupa looks to the East for its philosophy

If one story captures Nama Rupa's reflective approach, it is this: Members of the Madison reggae band came up with their name while browsing through Eastern philosophy books together on a Friday night. In doing so, they linked their artistic identity to a term grounded in Buddhist and Hindu thought. It's a term that describes the idea of physical and psychological duality. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra and violinist Henning Kraggerud triumph with Tchaikovsky

The first program of the new year by the Madison Symphony Orchestra is made up of three items, programmed in reverse chronological order. The program debuted Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 Electro rockers Ridley shoveled snow for studio time

Synth wizard Jon Schoepke didn't start out rocking a vocoder or tickling the electronic ivories. He wanted to be a guitar god, spending days at a time attached to an amp, experimenting with picks and pedals. He became so engrossed with hard and gloomy rock that his parents began to worry. >More
 My 17 favorite concerts of 2010, from Milwaukee to Stoughton to Madison

Chalk it up to one in a series of booking coups by the best venue of 2010 (in my opinion), the 475-seat Stoughton Opera House. I saw stellar jazz, country, blues and classical music in the beautifully restored hall, which occupies the third floor of the historic Stoughton City Hall. I didn't see a hipper show last year, for example, than jazz phenom Esperanza Spalding's stop. >More
 Surrounded by Reality collective reinvents Madison jazz

After moving from New York to Madison in 2008, saxophonist Patrick Breiner soon discovered that "none of the bands that I wanted to see were coming through town." So he decided to take matters into his own hands. >More
 Scott & Mike's Hammond Organ Nite is a delightful throwback

After a cold and slushy walk, the low lights and warm wood paneling of the Avenue Bar, 1128 E. Washington Ave., feel as cozy as a grandma's living room. The walls are home to a dizzying mix of knickknacks and Badger paraphernalia. >More
 Sleeping in the Stereo's high schoolers are rock champs

Sleeping in the Stereo is made up of five Madison high school students, but the band's stage-ready pop-rock is anything but amateur. It has been on a winning streak lately, earning two Madison Area Music Awards and finalist honors at the Launchpad high school rock band competition. Most recently, Sleeping in the Stereo clinched the coveted Isthmus Band to Band Combat crown at the Majestic Theatre Dec. 2. Audience members chose Sleeping in the Stereo from a four-band lineup. >More
 What are you doing for New Year's in Madison?

The schedule of touring bands all but dries up this time of year. Happily, New Year's Eve is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the best in local music, whether your thing is live rock, folk, jazz, blues or DJs' dance-floor-motivating sets. Rich Albertoni and Jessica Steinhoff pick highlights for Dec. 31. >More
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