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The 10 best Madison albums of 2010

Not so long ago, Madison music was defined by the impressionistic pop-rock of Charlemagne, the socially conscious rap of El Guante and the intellectual indie of Pale Young Gentlemen. But this year, local music swerved in stark new directions. Rock got harder. Country went gothic. Hip-hop grew temperamental. Roots music was restless. The best albums of 2010 were, like the year itself, full of anxiety and urgency. >More
 The best Madison music video of 2010: 'Teach Me How to Bucky' by Zooniversity

This rap parody of the Cali Swag District hit "Teach Me How to Dougie" is the latest coup by the precocious, smug and endearing Zooniversity, the duo who asked "What's a Coastie?" last academic year. >More
 Jose R. Morales serves a mariachi feast

Friday evenings aren't just for feasting at Las Cazuelas, the Mexican eatery at 15 N. Butler St., just east of Capitol Square. They're for fiestas, but not because the margaritas pack a wallop. Arrive after 7 p.m. and a mariachi band will mesmerize you faster than a shot of Jose Cuervo. >More
 Next stop is Madison: Wisconsin Vets Museum explores Vietnam War era through music

A longtime leader in carefully compiled sets has been Bear Family in Germany, one of the pioneers of multi-disc sets dedicated to single artists or labels in rock and country music. The label's 35th anniversary year included one of their most elaborate productions ever, the 13-CD set Next Stop is Vietnam: The War on Record, 1961-2008. The collection will be the starting point of a symposium about music during the war, running November 18-20 at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Monona Terrace. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, cellist Alisa Weilerstein balances nuance and passion

Two distinguished but very different visitors brighten the season's second Madison Symphony Orchestra program, whose first performance was Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 Madison Opera general director Allan Naplan is Minnesota-bound

One of the local arts scene's most notable figures is moving up in the world -- and to Minnesota. Madison Opera general director Allan Naplan has been hired as the new president and general director of Minnesota Opera, the country's 15th largest opera company. >More
 Segredo brings live bands to a massive interior

Live music is back at 624 University Ave. The location is well known to veteran Madison concertgoers who remember Headliners, the venerable 1980s venue that hosted legendary bands like U2, the Replacements, Sonic Youth and the Ramones. >More
 With his band, Latin jazz icon Eddie Palmieri wows Wisconsin Union Theater

The show may have started a little late, but by the time Eddie Palmieri and his band took the stage at the Wisconsin Union Theater, as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series, the crowd was more than ready. "Thank you for coming," someone bellowed. >More
 Madison Opera stages Mozart's splendid The Marriage of Figaro

The Madison Opera has given itself, and us, a grand 50th anniversary present this weekend, in a splendid production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Its first performance was Friday night in Overture Hall. >More
 All-star lineup of Madison musicians playing benefit for child battling cancer

Biff Uranus Blumfumgagnge, profiled in this week's Isthmus, is joining the rest of The Gomers -- along with Primitive Culture, Freedy Johnston, Duke Erikson, the Know It All Boyfriends and the O'bros -- at the High Noon Saloon tonight, for the sake of a little girl named Charlotte Elske. >More
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