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The top 25 Madison pop albums of all time

The long-play record format -- the LP -- was born in 1948, when Columbia Records released The Voice of Frank Sinatra on 10-inch vinyl. Madison pop musicians took awhile to join the trend. Before Full Compass Sound Studios opened in 1971, local bands had to travel to Milwaukee, Lake Geneva or Sauk City to record. >More
 Mike Behrends spins yarns on his new release

Madison is a city of transients. It's a college town where people come and go. Musically, it's a place where bands and artists play and grow and move on to bigger markets. Mike Behrends is our latest transient tunesmith. The 23-year-old native of Long Lake, Wis., in Washburn County, moved here in 2007 to attend Edgewood College, where he studied English. Later this summer, he'll be taking up permanent residence in Minneapolis. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra begins Concerts on the Square 2010 season, with improved sound

The opener for this year's series of Concerts on the Square by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra was blessed with ideal weather plus a seemingly more ample audience than ever -- and a very well-mannered one to boot. >More
 Mark Healey: Madison native, Badfinger bassist

You may not know Mark Healey by name, but chances are you've heard his band's music. As Badfinger's bassist, he sets the mood in the live versions of "Day After Day" and "No Matter What." The Madison native can hardly recall when he didn't know every word and note of these tunes. >More
 Zola Jesus has the buzz

Before last week, I'd never sent an email to a national publicist to line up an interview with a Madison musician. But that's what I had to do to ask a few questions of Nika Danilova, who performs as Zola Jesus. The 20-year-old goth singer-songwriter has become a phenomenon in the national alternative music press. Danilova is so frequently on tour out of state or overseas, I wasn't even sure if she still considered Madison home. >More
 On the road again, maybe

If you've been following concert announcements, you may have noticed something strange on May 25. Two of the world's most popular acts, U2 and Christina Aguilera, canceled their tours almost simultaneously. While U2 stated that singer Bono will be recovering from back surgery, Aguilera told MTV.com that the show's setup just "felt wrong." This seems like an odd about-face for someone who has a brand-new CD to promote and legions of staffers to plan her stage act. >More
 Mac 'n' cheese 'n' tunes with Project M

Many locals refer to the radio station 105.5 FM as Triple M, but the nickname's taken on a new meaning. In recent days Ian's Pizza has been topping pies with three M's -- macaroni, Manchego cheese and meat (prosciutto, to be exact) -- to promote the radio station's Project M talent competition, and to raise money for the Madison Area Music Awards. >More
 The Handsome Family brings old-school romanticism to the High Noon

"We're celebrating our 22th wedding anniversary," Rennie Sparks said, grinning at her grammar gaffe as she picked up her banjo Saturday night at the High Noon Saloon. "My parents sold me to him when I was 3," she added, nodding toward her husband, Brett, who was swigging one of the many Miller High Lifes lined up by his feet. >More
 Better than ever, Ancora Quartet plays rarities by Mendelssohn, Dvorák

The Ancora String Quartet finished its season with a concert on June 12, in its home at the First Unitarian Society. The program consisted of two nicely contrasted works, by composers whose music in this idiom is not nearly enough appreciated by the public. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society's novel program features Schumann, Mendelssohn, C.P.E. Bach

At the Stoughton Opera House, one of my favorite performing venues hereabouts, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society opened its 19th season with its first program on June 11, fielding a pool of six musicians. >More
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